Gardening Q and A

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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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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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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Sweetshrub – Care

Q: After many months of searching I have located an old fashioned sweetshrub bush on a private lot. I do not know the botanical name of this plant but its blooms have a very distinctive sweet odor. The plant in...

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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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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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Butterfly Houses – Not Helpful

Q: My daughter gave me a butterfly house that she was told had some kind of special paper in it to keep out wasps. It didn’t work. I go to the hospital real quick if a wasp stings me but...

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Watering – With Dishwater

Q: My Dad has always put the water from the sink, after washing the dishes, on his plants, believing it to be good fertilizer, or somehow else good for them. Is he correct? A: I don’t have any problem with...

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Roots- Large tree – Covering with soil

Q: I have an idea to solve my “tree roots in the lawn” problem. I’ll toss soil and compost onto roots and make a planting bed out of the space. Will the maple roots or dogwood roots suffer any by...

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