Gardening Q and A

Sweetgum – Wings on Twigs

Q: I have a very small tree on the edge of my yard in the midst of a lot of other foliage. I recently noticed the tree has a strange ribbon like fungus growth on most of it’s branches. I...

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Stinkbug – Control

Q: I have a brown, funky-looking bug on my tomatoes. It flies and has large legs. Somebody told me it looked like a stink bug. Any ideas? A: Funky aptly describes stink bugs and their kin. Their body shape is...

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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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Planting Trees High

Q: My house was built on hard red clay. The trees that have been planted are not surviving because water accumulates in the hole. How can I make the soil drain better? A: Of course, you realize that now is...

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Spiders – Beneficial for plants

Q: This morning we had heavy dew and I noticed my Foster Hollies and various surrounding shrubs were overrun with tented webs. Each tented web contained one small spider. They appeared to have a yellow striped body with a brown...

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Cypress Vine

Q: Can you ID this pretty little flowering plant? A neighbor gave the seeds to me but she could not remember what the plant is called. It is a ferny looking vine with a tiny red flower. A: She gave...

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Newspaper – Using to Kill Weeds

Q: I am thinking of mulching a large weedy area behind my house. Can I use old newspaper instead of black plastic sheeting under the mulch to prevent weed growth? A: I’d spray with Roundup, wait until all of the...

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Fescue Sod- Laying Quickly

Q: I have a friend who purchased 10 pallets of fescue sod 2 weeks ago. She put in 1 pallet the same day. The other 9 pallets were not installed until this past Sunday. The first pallet put down looks...

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Japanese Maple – Recovering from Damage

Q: I purchased a ‘Sango Kaku’ Japanese maple tree about 3′ tall but made the mistake of carrying it around in my car all afternoon and leaving it in the parked car some time. It looked fine that night but...

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Scalping – Definition

Q: I’ve read that you should not scalp zoysiagrass. What is scalping and why not zoysiagrass? A: Scalping is cutting the grass so low that the crown (where the plant emerges from the earth) is damaged by the mower blade....

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Hickory – Using Nuts to BBQ

Q: I have a question that is a topic of debate between me and my wife. We all know that hickory is a wonderful smoker for the barbeque. But do you have any information about using the nuts from the...

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Shamrocks- Pale leaves

Q: I am having a problem with my Shamrocks. They are several years old and were always lush dark green until last year. They continue to bloom but are very pale and have white spots on the leaves and grow...

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Full Sun vs Part Sun

Q: Here’s your dumb question of the day. When a plant tag says full sun or partial shade, how many hours of sun or shade are appropriate when determining if a spot is suitable for the plant? A: If more...

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Compost – Starter Products

Q: I have been trying to find a product that I was able to get when I lived in Pennsylvania. It is a sort of accelerator for grass clippings for a mulch pile. A: I don’t think you need such...

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