Gardening Q and A

Flapjack Plant – Identification

Q: My wife and I have been trying for a year to identify this plant to no avail. It was a hand-me-down plant, given to us last fall. It was an outdoor plant, we took it inside when the weather...

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New Garden – Not Thriving

Q: We want to know if you have insight as to why our garden failed this year so we can avoid issues next season. We planted our garden in August, with mushroom compost and landscape soil turned into it. You...

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Cherry – Severely Pruned

Q: I have four Yoshino Cherry trees, about 8-10′ tall, and all get trimmed to about 6′ in early February. The sicker one lost a branch a couple of months ago – completely dead, so we lopped it off. Also...

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Luna Moth Caterpillar – Identification

Q: My son found this in the wood chips. It latched onto him when he carried it, and had small little spines on its back. A: A: It’s a luna moth caterpillar. Note the white stripe down the side, which...

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Pansy – Crown Rot

Q: I planted a large bed of pansies in mid- October. Most have been growing well. However, I noticed one plant that appears extremely wilted. Upon examination, it seems the stem of the plant at soil level narrows to the...

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Wheat Sprouting in Fescue Lawn

Q: I planted seed three weeks ago. The grass has come up nicely but there are some tall sprouts that are twice as big as the rest of the grass. What are they? A: Did you use wheat straw to...

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Tomato – Whitefly Control

Q: I have a problem bug that has been killing my tomato plants and caused them to have black fungus. The same insects have destroyed my garden every year. A: Whiteflies are having a feast at your expense! This prolific...

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Canada Geese – Control

Q: Is there a way to control Canadian geese that won’t leave our pond? A: Extension agent Jule-Lynne Macie says Mike Mengak, UGA Extension Wildlife Specialist, always reminds people that, “A Canadian is a human being from the country of...

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Prostrate Spurge (Spotted Spurge) – Identification and Control

Q: I have a plant in my lawn that spreads out like a mat in August and September. What can I do to control it? A: You probably have prostrate spurge, Euphorbia supina, but you might have spotted spurge, Euphorbia maculata....

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Cucumber – Not Turning Green

Q: I am growing a cucumber that is supposed to be 10″ long when ripe. I watch them daily to make sure to pick them before they start turning yellow. Unfortunately, they never “greened up”. I applied fertilizer about 4...

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Tomato – How Long to Ripen (Extending Summer Season)

Q: I would like to have ripe tomatoes throughout the summer. Are there early, mid and late season varieties? A: Yes – there are varieties that claim to ripen earlier or later than others but predicting exactly when a tomato will...

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River birch – Dropping Leaves

Q: We have a birch tree in the front yard which I think has exceeded its water resources. I have to rake every other week to prevent the brown dry leaves that fall in that period from blowing into the...

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Tree Limb – Orange Fungus

Q: I recently noticed a couple of leafless limbs on my sawtooth oak. They also have a scaly orange fungus and one had a gelatinous, drippy mass of some sort. A: It looks like both limbs were shaded out by...

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Hornet – Eating Yellowjackets

Q: An unidentified wasp camps out in my garden next to the entrance to a yellow jacket nest. I call him “Super Wasp”. Throughout daylight hours a Super Wasp remains on station conducting an aerial patrol in front of the...

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Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar (Orangedog) – Identification

Q: I found these creepy critters on a small citrus tree at my home. What could they be? A: They are indeed creepy but these caterpillars turn in a giant swallowtail butterfly, Papilio cresphontes. Their markings effectively deter predators…even humans,...

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Leaf-Footed Bugs – On Tomatoes

Q: These insects are attacking my tomatoes. Please tell me what they are and how I can get rid of them. A: You’re seeing leaf-footed bugs, Leptoglossus pyllopus. These insects are close kin to stinkbugs and have the same piercing-sucking mouthparts....

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Maple – Mechanical Injury

Q: I found a full looking Legacy sugar maple at a local nursery. Now that it’s in the ground I started noticing these canker looking things on some of the branches. The cankers are always on the outside of the...

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Maple – Planted Too Deep

Q: I have a five-year-old October Glory maple whose bark is peeling off in long chunks. Underneath, the trunk is smooth with dark spots. The leaves began turning colors and now are drying out. I have a second tree within...

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