Gardening Q and A

Boxwoods – Keeping Them Happy

Q: On each side of my front door I have four boxwoods. For the past couple of years I have continued to lose shrubs on the right side of my door. At first we thought it was due to improper...

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Photinias – Preventing Leaf Spots

Q: I have a line of red tip photinias in my back yard. The shrubs on the southern end are in real good shape with very few leaf spots. The shrubs in the other end of the line are in...

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Amaryllis – Fooling A Plant

Q: I have an amaryllis that bloomed this past spring and the leaves look very healthy now. How can I make it bloom this Christmas? A: All you have to do is fool the bulb into thinking it’s spring in...

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Fungi – Keeping It In Check

Q: I’m clearing out a pine island that was filled with junipers under the pine trees. I’m finding a white, gauzy, fungus-looking substance under the pine straw. What is it and how diligent do I need to be in removing...

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Garden Club – Creating Your Own

Q: How do I go about finding or setting up a garden club? A: I think there are many models for a garden club these days. It could be a group of co-workers who enjoy getting together on weekends to...

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Trees – Keeping Track Of Roots

Q: My parents have received contradictory advice regarding their trees’ roots and their septic lines. One contractor insists that they must have the trees cut down and another man said that they should trim back the branches and the roots...

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Cherry – Planted Too Deep

Q: I have a four year old Yoshino cherry. The trunk is splitting vertically, and there is a strange wound (maybe mechanical damage) on the trunk. One of the splits has fungus growing on it. The leaves seem to drop...

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Horses – Plants They Won’t Like

Q: I have the perfect area for a new garden on our property! However, the garden site is accessible on two sides to horses leaning over the fence to check out the new plants. Do you know where I can...

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Street Lamps – Any Negative Affect On Perennials?

Q: I am considering having a street light installed by the edge of my property. However, it would be near a perennial flower bed I have. I think most lights that the electric companies install are now sodium vapor type...

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Fescue – The Best Time For Planting

Q: Is there an optimal time for aerating and applying lime and fertilizer for fescue overseeded in fall? We have a major oak tree canopy over much of the lawn in question. If I wait until after the leaf drop,...

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Azaleas – Proper Planting

Q: A few months ago I had a professional installer plant a large number of bushes around my house. He used a method that violates my own knowledge of planting. I was told his method was advocated by a UGA...

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Dragonflies – Making Them A Home

Q: Recently I saw an article about dragonflies. It intrigued me since they are particular favorites of mine. You hear a lot nowadays about how to create a butterfly garden but I’ve never seen anything about how to attract dragonflies....

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‘Native’ – Misuse In Your Contract?

Q: This may seem like a ridiculous question, but the covenants for my subdivision require plant material “native to the southeastern U.S.”. What qualifies as “native”? The contract also refers to “natural” landscape material. Would you consider “pea gravel” a...

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Grass Seed – Increasing Chances Of Germination

Q: Previously, I have properly sowed grass seed yet no grass ever developed. I believe there may have been a problem with the seeds not germinating. When I purchase grass seed next time, is there any way I can ascertain...

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Bats – Leaving Them Homeless?

Q: Recently you described how to get bats out of an attic. Why didn’t you mention hanging a bat house outdoors so they would have somewhere to go? A: I didn’t mention bats houses for two reasons: they are rarely...

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Pine Beetles – Infestation and Tax Concerns

Q: Our neighborhood is in a lather about the pine beetles. They killed two trees in my front yard and they have infested others on a neighbor’s property. When the trees are taken down, should we save the chips? Or...

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Pine Beetles – Dealing With An Infestation

Q: We had a tree die from pine beetles and my husband would like to cut it down himself as he has done with other trees. Is there is a risk of spreading beetle larva when the limbs are moved?...

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Iris – Dealing With Borers

Q: Something has attacked my iris plants and has wiped out about half of them. The roots which are affected are mushy and the leaves either dry out or just fall over on the ground. A: I think you have...

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