Gardening Q and A

Daphne – Identification

Q: I am trying to identify a new plant. I am fairly sure that it is a rhododendron, but why is it blooming now? Is it a special variety that blooms in winter? I am looking for plants that add...

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Leyland Cypress – Burned

Q: Some meathead tossed a lit cigar onto my dormant bermudagrass lawn. It burned come of my grass and spread into the mulch under my Leyland cypresses. Some lower limbs of these trees burned before the fire was extinguished. Will...

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Hawthorn – ‘Winter King’

Q: I saw these trees at a bank on Jimmy Carter Blvd. and thought they looked fantastic. Could you identify them for me please? A: They look like ‘Winter King’ hawthorn to me. The red berries on this small-sized tree...

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Oleander – Frozen

Q: Last summer we planted these two oleander plants and looked forward to them coming back bigger and better this season. You can see what happened this winter in Cumming. What to do now? How do we care for these...

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Plantskyyd – Sources to Repel Deer

Q: You have talked about Plantskyyd being used to repel deer. Where can I get it? A: You can find it at Scottsdale Farms Garden Center15639 Birmingham HighwayAlpharetta, GA 30004...

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Austree (Aus-Tree)

Q: Have you ever heard of Aus-trees? They are a hybrid and are supposed to be super fast-growing and good for shade and windbreaks. Will they do well here in Georgia? A: The Austree is heavily promoted through the mail...

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Crapemyrtle – Pruned Correctly, Before and After

Q: Here are my crapemyrtles before pruning and after pruning. They had never been pruned before and each was about 25 feet tall. They are adjacent to my driveway and when in bloom or when carrying ice were severely encroaching...

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Clay Seedballs – Making

Q: I have lots of zinnia and other seeds from my cutting garden last year. I want to give them out this spring to friends. I’ve heard you can put the seeds in clay balls for a germination media. Do...

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Plant Salt Tolerance

Q: We have a beach house at Carrabelle, Florida, which was hit hard by hurricane Dennis. The landscape was drenched in salt water. We have crepe myrtles and some small oaks that we’re especially concerned about. Should we cut them...

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Italian arum – Identification

Q: An elderly friend gave me a couple of these plants last spring. He’s not sure what it is. They looked sickly all summer after I planted them. Then when fall and cooler weather came they took off like crazy....

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Organic Sources of Nutrients

Q: I am trying to have an organic garden. I know that I need to feed my corn heavily. How do I know how much fertilizer chicken manure contains? A: My friend Dr. Wayne McLaurin compiled a list of common...

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Aphids – On Pansies

Q: My container pansies are being attacked by these bugs. They hold on for dear life through bug sprays, water, and January wind. I have tried using Schultz’ Household and Garden Insect Spray and they just keep coming back. They...

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Hollyhock – Identify Seedlings

Q: These two identical plants sprouted in my flower bed after a flood. Even though they look familiar I cannot seem to identify them. Can you? A: They look like hollyhock to me. Hollyhock plants drop numerous seed after they...

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Cherry – Badly Pruned

Q: This was a healthy tree about 15 to 20 feet tall, the diameter of the trunk was 18 inches. My Homeowners’ Association landscape maintenance sub-committee requested that this tree be pruned so the people that cut the grass came...

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White Pine – Yellowing

Q: I have a white pine turning yellow. It is located 20 feet from my pond. Is there any thing I can do or is this normal? A: Although I see plenty of white pines planted in metro Atlanta, I...

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Goosegrass – Identification

Q: Is this poa annua, nutsedge, or something else, and how do I get rid of it? I have kept it out of my beds by pulling it out but it is taking over all the other areas of the...

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Blue Velvet Fungus

Q: Have you ever seen anything like this growing on the bark of a dead limb? It is a beautiful cobalt blue which I hope shows up in the picture. A: Mushroom expert Mary Woehrel says it’s called Velvet Blue...

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Chandelier Plant – Identification

Q: I know you are not a Florida gardener but, I thought you might be able to send me to someone who can identify this plant. It was blooming at Christmas near our home in Port Charlotte. It is so...

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