Gardening Q and A

Hardiness Zones for Georgia

Q: I’ve heard several people referring to Atlanta as being in USDA Hardiness Zone 8 and 8A. But I am under the conviction that we are in Zone 7A, formerly just Zone 7. Can you clarify? A: In 1960, the...

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Garden invading Animals – Repelling

Q: What can I do to keep critters from eating my pansies? A: Theresa Schrum replies: “There are products such as Ropel which will supposedly repel rabbits and other animals from your garden. There are also some home rememdies which...

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Spring Starflower – Identifying

Q: I discovered a flower growing in the back yard of my home. I’d like to plant more, but I don’t know what it is. The leaves appear first in March followed by small white flowers with a touch of...

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Slime Mold – On Wood

Q: We found on our deck banister a brightly-colored fungus. It is about 3/8-inch high. Are you able to identify it? A: Wow….very cool! It’s a myxomycete…one of the thousands of kinds of slime molds. Your example is basically a...

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Flowering Cherry – Sudden Death

Q: We came home last week from a week of vacation and found one of our cherry trees like this. It has since progressed to the entire tree – most of the leaves are completely brown. What is causing this?...

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Leaf Spot – On Poplar, Maple, Sweetgum

Q: I have a sweetgum tree in my back yard that appears to be dying. The leaves have all turned color as though it was fall and they have black spots on them. What is this? A: I’ve seen similar...

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Gardening Memorials

Q: Can you suggest small gardening charities that accept donations in memory of people? Some state organizations aren’t appropriate because donations have to begin at such a large amount. A: I am positive that any small garden organization would be...

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Yard of the Month – Criteria

Q: Our Neighborhood Asssociation would like to begin awarding a Yard of the Month. We need help with some criteria for judging each property in order to be fair. A: My friend J. D. sent this document his group uses:...

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Foxfire – bioluminescence

Q: The other day my son chopped down a small dead tree. That night we noticed the stump and the piece he had cut off were glowing just like a fluorescent light. The chips laying on the ground were also...

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Green Roof (Living Roof) – Installing

Q: My leaky flat-roofed front porch is quite irritating. I remember there was a push in Chicago to put plant-covered roofs on some of their buildings. I thought maybe you would know how to create a green roof. A: I’m...

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Cucumber – Downy Mildew

Q: I believe I have cucumber mosaic virus in my garden. It has spread throughout – on squash, zucchini, and cucumber. Is it likely that is was caused by all the summer rain? Is it o.k. to eat the fruit...

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Bean – Anthracnose

Q: My mother, who lives in Kentucky, is about to quit growing green beans due to some type of fungus that appears on them. My wife, who is a “Georgia Master Gardener”, identified this as being caused by saving the...

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Clerodendron – Harlequin Glorybower

Q: I have two small trees that my father gave me. He told me that they were Butterfly Trees. I would like to know the scientific name as well as the common name for them. The blooms are white and...

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Native Evergreens – For creek banks

Q: I know of deciduous plants for creek banks – but want to know some evergreen ones that will hold the soil during heavy rains when the water rises. Would nandina be good for this? A: Theresa Schrum replies: “Most...

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Climbing Hydrangea – Not blooming

Q: I planted a climbing hydrangea in the spring of 2001. The plant is doing well, almost covering one wall. Yet it still has not produced a flower. It gets sun about three hours a day. Anything I can do...

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Nitrogen – Applying too Much

Q: I have about 3200 square feet of grass, and I have made a terrible mistake. I have put down 4 bags of nitrogen (34-0-0) . I must have misunderstood the guy because he said nitrogen would not burn as...

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Rat-tailed Maggot

Q: I found the weirdest things I’ve ever seen in an old log-filled trash can that had rainwater in it. When I poured out the water there were several white grub-like things that each had a long tail. They wiggled...

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Yucca – Separating the Pups

Q: I have four variegated yucca plants in my garden and all but one bloomed. However, with the blooming I noticed that the plant had produced others – can I separate them or should I just leave them alone and...

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