Gardening Q and A

Slugs and Snails – Copper Repellent

Q: I understand that one can repel slugs and snails by putting a strip of copper around the edge of pots or raised beds. I can’t find copper strips at local nurseries. Do you know where to get them? A:...

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Internet Sites for Gardeners

Q: Do you use the Internet to look up answers to questions in this column? If so, what are some of your favorite sites? A: I use the Internet constantly to find information. For instance, last week a question regarding...

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Seedless Fruit

Q: Why do limes not have seeds? I assume they’re propagated the same way lemons are, but I’ve had a fresh lime every day for the last two years and have yet to see a seed. A: It’s because the...

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Geranium – Keeping Over Winter

Q: I have a prized geranium that I would like to carry over during the winter. What is the best way to do this. I have a closed garage I can store it in. A: There are two ways. You...

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St. Augustine Grass – SAD Virus

Q: My St. Augustine grass has pretty much disappeared since last year. What do you know about the SAD virus that might have caused this? A: As you might be asked in rural areas “You’re not from around here, are...

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Brown Patch – Not Spread by Mowers

Q: My son has a neighborhood lawn mowing service. Could he be spreading the brown patch fungus to our lawn on his mower blade? Should we be wiping the blade with alcohol each night? A: Your question makes good sense...

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Hemlock Adelgid – Habersham county

Q: We have property on the Soque River at the northern tip of Habersham County. We have quite a few hemlock trees that have been showing signs of distress over the past several months. We first noticed some of the...

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Turf Insects – Discovering

Q: My grass looks yellow and is gradually disappearing in a ten foot square area. How can I tell if this is caused by insects or by disease? A: Bugs in turf are very hard to find with the naked...

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Shade – Defining Levels of

Q: Last week you gave tips for growing lawn grass in the shade. I see grass growing in some shady spots but not others. How do I know if I have too much shade for grass to grow? A: Georgia...

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Tree Shelter – Correcting Damage

Q: I planted a two acre wildlife orchard four years ago on my property, using sawtooth oaks, crabapples, persimmons, pears, and chestnuts. The catalog where I bought the trees included a tube, to protect the trunk, with each one. They...

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Bottlebrush Buckeye – Scorched Leaves

Q: The leaves of our Bottlebrush Buckeye are dying from the outer end back toward the stem. The line that separates the live part of the leaves from the dead part is straight and well defined, and it progresses over...

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Vitex – Identification and Care

Q: Can you identify the plant that has lavender blue flowers and is blooming right now beside the downtown connector just above Brookwood Station? My carpool friends and I were stuck in traffic there last week and wondered what it...

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Labyrinth – Building

Q: I will be moving soon to a home which has a large flat back yard. I want to plan a labyrinth path for my yard so I can exercise without getting too far from my house because I have...

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English Ivy Control – Large Area

Q: My group, “Friends of Murphey Candler Park”, has spent about 500 volunteer hours cleaning it up. Large parts of woods and many trees are covered with ivy. We have begun pulling it off trees but the job is monumental....

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Cleome – Resembles Marijuana

Q: I called your radio show hoping you could identify a plant that resembles marijuana…but there are small thorns on some of the stems. A: You can tell the police that your plant is cleome, Cleome hassleriana. The skinny leaves...

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Che Tree

Q: I found a small tree with weird looking fruit behind my neighborhood library. It is growing in a tangle with other small trees and has thorns on the branches. Any ideas? A: You found a che tree, Cudrania tricuspidata,...

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Burning Bush Euonymus

Q: Can you identify these trees that are found on the campus of Berry College? A: Burning bush euonymus (Euonymus alatus) is pretty much a one-trick pony plant. For much of the year it is a nondescript green “background plant”....

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Using Miracid Fertilizer

Q: The leaves on my azalea are turning yellow. I am using a powdered, water soluble fertilizer product that says it acidifies the soil and adds iron to the soil. How much should I use to increase the soil=s acidity?...

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