Gardening Q and A

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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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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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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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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Lawn Chemicals – Fate of

Q: What happens to the chemicals I spray on my lawn. Do they stay there for years or months or what? A: Lawn chemicals, like anything else, begin to be broken down as soon as they are exposed to the...

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Sweetgum – Dropping Limbs

Q: Help! My sweetgum tree is trying to kill me! I have a large tree in the backyard that keeps dropping big limbs. It appears to be caused by the weight of the seed balls. What can I or should...

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Daylily, Dutch Iris – Dividing

Q: I have a lot of Daylilies and Dutch Iris that have been taken over by the weeds, blackberry plants, and little trees. I want to dig and divide the best I can and share with family and friends. When...

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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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Tomato Pollination

Q: Last week you talked about how hot, sticky days inhibit tomato pollination. Looking at the weather report, all I see are hot, sticky days ahead! My plants are big and I have blooms – but how can I get...

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Alphabet Gardening

Q: I am planting an alphabet garden with my son. We are choosing plants with common or scientific names that begin with each letter of the alphabet. However, we are stuck with the letters ‘U’ and ‘X’. Do you have...

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