Gardening Q and A

Ivy – Able to Root after Shredded?

Q: We have removed lots of ivy climbing our trees. We were thinking about renting a chipper/shredder to chop the vine. Afterwards, will it still be able to take root? Gwen Kemmerick, Duluth A: You face two concepts: the possible...

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Hydrangea – Damage After Frost

Q: What do I do now that freezing weather has taken its toll? These were hydrangeas but they look pretty pitiful now. A: I have good news! This is exactly how hydrangeas are supposed to look. The leaves will fall...

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“Shade Champ” Grass Seed

Q: My yard gets too much shade from oak trees. I’ve found “Shade Champ” grass seed for sale. It contains creeping red fescue, PennLawn red fescue, Chewings fescue and Pizzazz ryegrass. Can it really grow in Georgia? A: All of...

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Flowering Magnolia – Bloom Cold Tolerance

Q: I noticed last week that my flowering magnolia has huge buds on it. Will it have black blooms due to the cold? Jimmy W. Mize, email A: Flowering magnolias, including star magnolia and saucer magnolia, are extremely cold tolerant....

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Autumn Blaze Maple – Trimming

Q: We have an Autumn Blaze maple tree that we built a deck around. The branches at the bottom are very close to the floor of the deck. Should we prune off the bottom branches or will the branches grow...

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Pileated Woodpecker – Hole in Tree

Q: What is eating holes in our live sourwood tree? What should we do? A: Jim Rogers, at Nearly Native Nursery, says: “In my personal experience observing woodpecker holes, the size of the chips removed and the rectangular-shaped hole appear...

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Sheep Sorrel – Identification

Q: We have a hill that is planted with English ivy. It is doing very well but we now have a plant that is invading and choking the ivy. We do not want to harm the ivy but if it...

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Christmas Cactus – Seed Pod

Q: My cactus is blooming now. My question is what is next for this fruit from last year? As you can see, the withered blossom is still attached. Is it possible that there are viable seeds inside? A: I’ve never...

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Mondo Grass – Planting Seed

Q: I would like to plant dwarf mondo seed in my yard. If I bought plants it would cost me a fortune to do the yard. What do you suggest? Where can I buy the seed? A: It is difficult...

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Humate – For Lawns

Q: I read that one of best things to do for your lawn is to add humate, a soil conditioner. Do you know anything about it. A: Despite many glowing claims from promoters, very little unbiased, university-based research supports the...

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Raccoon Tracks – Identification

Q: The attached photos are of animal tracks I found following the snow. I can’t identify them. Can you help? A: Let’s do some eliminating first: they’re not dog or cat tracks because those animals have only four toes that...

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Indian Hawthorn – Leaf Spot

Q: My Indian hawthorns have a fungus and I was advised to remove them and plant new ones. What soil preparation should I do before planting the replacements? Should I also be on a yearly program to prevent the fungus?...

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Camellia – Damaged By Squirrels

Q: My thirty-year-old sassanqua camellias are being murdered branch by branch. Something chews the bark off in rings and either kills them or allows fungus to kill them. What can I do? A: You’re seeing squirrel damage. I sometimes see...

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TifGrand – Shade-tolerant Bermuda

Q: I’ve heard there is a new bermuda that is shade tolerant. Is it available now? A: The University of Georgia developed TifGrand bermudagrass, which produces healthy turf in areas with less than half the light this grass normally requires....

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Pawpaw – Pollination

Q: I heard you say on your radio show that a pawpaw is dioecious, having male flowers on one tree and female flowers on another. In fact, the flower is perfect or bisexual, not male and female. A: I checked...

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Rhododendron Borer – Identification

Q: We noticed wilted leaves on some of our rhododendron this morning. When my husband removed the branch it had the dreaded hole in it. Some of the holes go all the way into the ground. Do we need to...

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Spring Crocus – Identification

Q: I noticed this unexpected beauty last weekend. It’s roughly 5 inches tall, as thin as a pine needle, with a white stripe, and a purple bloom. The bloom opens during the day, even during freezing weather. Any idea of...

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Tomato – Growing From Seed

Q: Can you give me a quick 1-2-3 on how to start my tomatoes indoors in spring? A: I can find no better resource than a summary of the process from the experts at GardenWeb #1 Get Fresh Seeds For...

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