Gardening Q and A

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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Termites – Control In Raised Beds

Q: I recently built a raised garden using untreated wood. I applied five coats of paint to each piece. Later, while I was congratulating myself on making the wood more rot resistant it occurred to me that I didn’t do...

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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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Bradford Pear – Fruit and Thorns

Q: There is a tree in our front yard that I always assumed was a Bradford pear. It blooms the same time, has the same a similar look, but it has berries. It also has thorns on it! Do Bradford...

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Elephant Ear – Protecting for Winter

Q: What is the botanical name of elephant ear? I need to know if now is the right time to dig them up, how to store them and when to replant in the spring. A: Elephant ear is Colocasia esculenta...

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Wild Poinsettia

Q: One day last month my attention was drawn to a new but attractive little weed that had come up in one of my plant beds and grown to a height of about 15 inches. It has all the characteristics...

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Deer – Eating Bird Seed

Q: I’m sending a photo of a doe that I caught in the act of helping herself to one of the feeders in our backyard. We thought a flying squirrel (which we had seen) had been cleaning the feeder out...

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Euonymus – American

Q: Do you have any idea what this is? A: It’s American euonymus, Euonymus americanus….commonly called “Hearts-a-Busting”. You can tell it’s a euonymus because it has green stems (rather than brown ones) coming from the main trunk. The seed pods...

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Confederate Rose – Flower Color

Q: I am a huge hibiscus lover, but I hate the way the tropical ones die at the end of summer. I was thrilled a few years ago when you talked about the Confederate Rose hibiscus. My dad and I...

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Caterpillar Identification Books

Q: We just moved to the Atlanta. Could you tell me the name of the caterpillar book which you mentioned on the radio while discussing caterpillars that sting? I think some of my grandchildren would enjoy it since they’re always...

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Duckweed – Control

Q: We have a lake of approximately 2 acres. My problem is duckweed, Wolffia columbiana that has covered the entire surface of the lake. This has happened for the past two years.Since the warm weather has returned the duckweed has...

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Pine Straw Mulch – Annual Replacement

Q: I have a question about pine straw mulch. I’ve used it for years and will be putting out new pine straw in a few days. For years I’ve read and heard that the old pine straw should be cleaned...

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