Gardening Q and A

Lawn – Vandalized

Q: Someone has poured something on my lawn killing it instantly, within 24 hours, turning it blackish in stripes. I called the police and asked if they would test the grass to see what was used. They say they do...

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Pineapple – Forcing Fruit

Q: I have heard that to make a pineapple produce you have to put a rotten apple in the middle of it. Can you please send me the information we need to make our pineapples have fruit? A: Once a...

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Tree – Repairing Split

Q: We have a redbud tree with an eight inch trunk that has split straight down the middle. Both sides are still very much alive but we are wondering if we should cut one side completely off or tie the...

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Honeybees – In Wall

Q: For the second time at my mother’s house honey bees have decided to swarm/nest in her walls. The first time we shot them with some good bug poison and sealed the holes. This time they are coming in the...

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Tomato – Heirloom not like Parent

Q: This spring I planted seeds I saved from a single ‘Cherokee Purple’ tomato I had eaten. One of the seeds produced a plant and fruit that was completely different from the rest of the plants. This particular plant had...

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Vitex – Identification

Q: A family member bought this plant at a yard sale/flea market but does not know what it is. It is a small tree – but the leaves look like hemp. Any ideas? A: More than one ornamental plant has...

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Poison Ivy – On DeadTree

Q: A large dead pine tree at the edge of our property fell recently. All that had been growing on it was a massive vine of poison ivy. The base of the vine was at least twelve inches around. We...

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Carpet Beetle – Control

Q: I found some odd-looking bugs in a corner of my bedroom. They are small – a little smaller than a grain of rice. They appear to have little hairs growing out all over. They wiggle and are darker on...

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Loropetalum – Pruning

Q: When and how do I go about pruning my ‘Zhuzhou Fuchsia’ loropetalum. It has grown long limbs and is very open. I’d prefer it to be a little bushier. All the books say it needs little pruning. A: It...

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Plastic – Use Under Tree

Q: Six years ago I planted a silver maple on my front lawn. About a year ago I noticed branches growing from the base of the trunk of the tree, almost at the soil line. I trimmed these branches off....

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Tulips – Planting in Pots

Q: I have some tulip bulbs I would like to plant in pots on the deck. Do I need to pre-chill the bulbs for eight weeks and then plant in December? Can I re-use the bulbs next fall? A: You...

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Outdoor Plants – Double-potting

Q: I recently purchased two dwarf-looking little shrubs with a named spelled like Thuia (or Thuja) Homstrup. I hope to keep them in containers on the patio throughout the year. I remember the nursery salesperson saying that if I planned...

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Norway Spruce – Planting

Q: I planted a Norway Spruce in December of last year. The tree was five feet tall when I planted it and has grown approximately one foot since planting. In the last few months, needles on some branches have turned...

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Daylily – Fertilizing Stella d Oro

Q: For the past four years, I have purchased plants that I thought would be prolific all-summer bloomers: ‘Stella de Oro’ daylilies, carpet roses and the ‘Nearly Wild’ rose. While they bloom abundantly in the early summer, it is only...

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Rose – Rainbows End

Q: I visited the rose gardens at the Chattanooga Choo Choo last week and found a rose there I must have! It is a multicolored (red-orange-yellow- gold) miniature rose bush. It was labeled ‘Rainbow’s End’. I thought it would be...

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Fungus in the Ground – Diagnosing

Q: I have an area in my yard where everything I plant there does terribly. I think it is a fungus in the ground. My lilac tree has white-like curled up leaves, the summer phlox turns yellow at the bottom,...

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Obscure Scale – Control

Q: I recently got a note from a tree company that had been out inspecting my neighbor’s trees. It stated that they had discovered a insect pest known as “obscure scale” ravaging my neighbor’s pin oak trees. The tree man...

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Apple – Jonathan Red

Q: We are looking for a source to purchase a ‘Jonathan Red’ dwarf apple tree. We had been buying trees from one nursery, but we understand they are out of business. Can you provide a source for this tree? A:...

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