Gardening Q and A

Pantry Pests – Drugstore Beetles

Q: I have tiny brown beetles everywhere in my pantry! They crawl on the shelves and get in my rice. What should I do to evict them? A: The insects you have are called drugstore beetles. They are a common...

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Huckleberry – Growing

Q: Do know where I can obtain some huckleberry bushes? We had them in our backyard growing up. I tried to transplant some last fall but they didn’t survive. A: Theresa Schrum, at Eco Terra Landscape, says when it comes...

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Cudweed, Prickly Lettuce – Control

Q: This weed grows in our centipedegrass lawn. My husband and I are at odds over what it is. Please identify and tell us how to get rid of it, as it is taking over the lawn. A: Hmmm…you might...

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Clerodendron – Identification

Q: Can you identify this plant? I have admired it for several years and no one seems to know what it is. A: You have a clerodendron, Clerodendron bungei to be exact. There are actually two species of clerodendron I’m...

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Small Hydrangeas – Prune or Leave Alone

Q: I recently planted some small hydrangeas. Should I prune them or should I let them get some root growth first? A: I think I’d opt for leaving them unpruned for the time being. Like all plants, hydrangea roots respond...

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Zoysia – Control Rust in Fall

Q: If rust is observed on zoysiagrass in fall is it worthwhile to treat with a fungicide or is it better to wait until spring and then apply the fungicide? Does rust have activity during winter cold season? What fungicide...

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Hydrangeas – Green Blooms

Q: I enjoyed your article about pruning hydrangeas but I have a different situation. My hydrangeas look great but their flowers are green – almost as green as the leaves. Can you suggest how to make them turn back to...

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Elephant Ear – Leaves Edible

Q: I have question about a plant I picked from a nursery recently. The name of the plant is BLACK MAGIC ELEPHANT’S EAR (Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’ ). It is a tropical plant. On the information attached to the plant...

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Muscadines – Fruit Skin Color Changes

Q: My husband and I planted two muscadine grape vines many years ago. One was supposed to be bronze and the other black. Both came up bronze, which was a great disappointment, but we just blamed the nursery. This year,...

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Mulch – Use Shredded Paper

Q: My office produces a lot of shredded paper. I have been thinking about collecting it and composting it. Will this work? A: You can compost anything that is organic in nature: shredded paper, shrimp shells, peanut hulls, etc. All...

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Cutworms – Control

Q: Six weeks ago I had twenty pallets of Bermuda sod installed on my new home’s lawn. It was green when they put it down but within two weeks it was all brown. I watered it every day. Yesterday I...

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Grass Dying – Why

Q: We have a large spot in our yard where the grass won’t grow. We have Emerald zoysia sod in the rest of the lawn but in this same spot, year after year, the zoysia dies in the winter. What...

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Shrubs – Fertilizing

Q: I have some questions regarding fertilizing plants. Are you supposed to fertilize gardenias while they are blooming? If not, then when and how often? How often should I fertilize my roses? I read that during the hot summer months,...

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Borer Sprays – Effectiveness

Q: Last week you said that no borer sprays are effective on borers in pines and oaks. How can garden centers sell insecticides labeled “Borer Spray” if they don’t work? A: I have a hammer in my garage that I...

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Wisteria – Make it Bloom

Q: Last week you described some ways to make a wisteria bloom but you didn’t tell about what my grandfather used to do. Each fall, he would stand on his shovel blade and slice through the wisteria roots a foot...

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Easter cactus – Care and Identification

Q: A couple of years ago I bought a plant called “Easter cactus”. I have had excellent luck getting Christmas cactus to bloom year after year and, but the Easter cactus has never bloomed again. Any ideas? A: There are...

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Termites – Woodchips Not a Problem

Q: I have a drop-off of more than twelve inches at the edge of my patio. I want to fill the area with several inches of soil and cover it with pine bark chips. Will the bark chips attract termites...

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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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