Gardening Q and A

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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Champion Tree – Nominating

Q: When I was a boy, a picture was made of four of my family standing inside a crevice of a poplar tree on our property. It was big then but 57 years later, it is bigger still. What is...

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Trough Plant Container

Q: Can you tell me the recipe for making trough containers out of portland cement and peat moss? Mrs. Charles Carter, Vidalia A: It is a simple recipe: one part portland cement, one part sand and two parts peat moss....

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Brown Patch – Causes

Q: My fescue lawn looked great until a few weeks ago. Now there are big yellow spots that seem to get bigger each day. Is this “Brown Patch”? A: Many homeowners blame any turf dead spots on a disease called...

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Fertiliser – Root Burn

Q: A couple of weeks ago, I put too much fertilizer on an English boxwood. Now the branches have begun to turn brown. Is there any way to save it? A: Boxwoods, like azaleas, have a shallow root system –...

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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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Pecan – Scab Disease

Q: I have two eight-year old pecan trees. The nuts turn black, sort of like mildew on the hulls. Is there anything special I can do to correct this. A: I’ll bet your trees have scab, a common disease of...

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Hypoxylon Canker – Identification

Q: Could you please look at this problem with our white oak? In the last two months the bark has come off, leaving a brownish-gray powdery substance. I can scrap it off to the wood below. The gray stuff repels...

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Weeds – How to identify – Websites

Q: I have a lot of broadleaf weeds growing in my yard. How do I identify them so I can use an appropriate weed killer? Is there a site on the Web that has a catalog of weeds? I don’t...

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Houseplant – Leaf Tips turning brown

Q: I have a Zebra plant and a Peace Lily that have leaves that seem to be dying and turning brown from the tips of the leaves. Eventually the leave turns brown about half-way up the leaf. The whole leaf...

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Houseflies – Controlling

Q: Do you have a solution for combating flies? There was a home remedy in the Market Bulletin once that advised using black powder and water in a saucer. It supposedly would be consumed and the fly would die. I...

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