Gardening Q and A

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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Sago Palm – Small Greenhouse for Winter Protection

Q: I have had a sago palm for seven years. We got tired of dragging it inside every winter so we planted it near our pool. I was worried about the cold weather, so I want to show you the...

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Vegan Garden – A Good Size

Q: My 23-year-old daughter has adopted a vegan diet and I’d like to garden with her. I don’t want to make it so large that it becomes a chore, or too small to have a number of varieties of food....

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Yew – Pruning

Q: What is the proper way to prune our yews? A: Yew is one of the few conifers that will sprout vigorously from the bare limbs and trunk when cut back hard. That said, yours don’t look like they need...

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Blueberry – Pallidum – Identified

Q: I can’t figure out what these plants are. The nursery knew it was some type of blueberry, but they weren’t sure. I would like to know a little more so I can figure out what they like and if...

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Baptisia – Identification

Q: I intended to write down the name of this plant but I didn’t do it. It has beautiful small dark blue/purple flowers when it blooms. Can you please tell me what this plant is and how I can propagate...

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Spring (for water) – Cleaning and Decontaminating

Q: We have a spring on our property that is overgrown with trees and brush. It has always run even during drought. How do we clean it? My grandparents had one instead of a well and it was lined with...

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Shrubs – Damaged by Boys

Q: My question is about my boxwoods that are at the front of my house. First they were used as a landing mat for my boys climbing down the drainpipes. It took me a few days to realize why the...

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Buffalonut – Identified

Q: Could you please tell me what these are? I found them on a walk in the North Georgia mountains and was wondering if they were poisonous to feed to a squirrel. A: Shannon Pable, expert on all plants native,...

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Bamboo – Escaped from Pots

Q: This showed up in one of my beds this spring. Can you identify it? We had some black bamboo nearby but we thought we had it contained. It was set in a pot that was inside a larger pot....

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Pothos – Leaf Spot

Q: My pothos seems to be healthy, with lots of new growth near pot and on ends. It’s growing very rapidly. But leaves are spotting in the middle. This is not an exterior window. Why only the middle ? You...

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Sugar Maple – Planted Too Deep

Q: Could you please give me your opinion on a problem I’m having with my Sugar Maple? I planted it about 21 years ago and I’m having a problem with the bark splitting and coming off near the bottom of...

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Trees – For Bees

Q: I want to learn more about the relationship between bees and trees. Can you recommend trees that are important to bees? A: There are a wealth of trees that bees love for nectar. My Dad would take his hives...

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Pumpkins – How To Grow

Q: I want to grow Halloween pumpkins this next year. I had no problems in California but here even powdery mildew resistant varieties in good soil don’t make it. A: Pumpkins are difficult to grow in a backyard garden. Bill...

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Squirrel – Damage to Bird Feeder

Q: Two of my bird feeders have been destroyed. I thought they were squirrel proof. Can a squirrel do this type of damage or could it be a deer? A: Definitely squirrel damage. They will chew through anything plastic near...

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