Gardening Q and A

Japanese Maple – Watering Properly

Q: My mother has a Japanese maple which did very well after being planted in the fall of 2000. However, over the last two weeks, the leaves have begun to curl and dry and subsequently fell off the tree. She...

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Lizard – Hatching Eggs

Q: I was in the process of moving plants in a container and lo and behold a lizard scrambled out. It had a blue tail so I assume it is a blue-tailed skink. After moving the plant I found a...

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Cherry – Canker

Q: I have a cherry tree on which I noticed a place oozing sap about halfway up the main trunk. I looked it up in a reference book and it diagnosed it as bacterial canker. The book says to prune...

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Swallowtail Caterpillar – On Parsley

Q: I found a bunch of these happily munching on and devouring my parsley. Any idea what they are? A: They are the caterpillars of swallowtail butterflies. They are sometimes called parsley worms. The butterflies laid their eggs on your...

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Creeping Raspberry – Locating

Q: A few weeks ago I wrote to you asking if you could recommend a shade vine to plant on a topiary. Theresa Schrum recommended using a creeping raspberry. My question now is where can I locate this vine? A:...

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Saddleback Caterpillar – Attacked by Parasitic Wasp

Q: I was cleaning some leaves from my small pond a week ago and my leg brushed up against this little devil. It stung worse than a bee sting! It is the weirdest little “caterpillar” I’ve ever seen. And it has...

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Book – A Garden of Fragrance

Q: You mentioned some books on your show. I believe you mentioned a book on fragrant plants, but missed hearing a title. A: Theresa Schrum replies: “The book that Walter discussed is “A Garden of Fragrance” by Suzy Bales. It...

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Kousa Dogwood – Fruit

Q: I would love to know the name of this tree. I took this picture at Stone Mountain Park near the Plantation parking lot. A: It’s a kousa dogwood. The fruit you noticed has been particularly prominent this year. I...

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Deer Repellent – Make Your Own

Q: I have had pretty good luck with a product called Grant’s Deer repellent, but I can’t find it anymore. Walter has mentioned another spray product. Can you recommend anything else? A: I mentioned that you could make your own...

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White-marked Tussock Moth – Identification

Q: One of my first grade students found a pretty caterpillar. It was about an inch and a half long, mostly white with yellow accents. It was very skinny and had what appeared to be very large antennae that were...

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Green Kyllinga – Control

Q: Every year in August and September I start to see this grass (or weed? ) infesting my bermudagrass lawn. It seems to be getting a little worse each year. What is it? How can I get rid of it?...

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Milkweed Tussock Moth

Q: I’ve found many of these caterpillars on my tropical milkweed plants. I know the tropical milkweed is a host plant for monarch butterflies, but I don’t seem to be able to identify what type of butterfly or moth this...

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Grasshopper Control

Q: In mid-September, my yard is full of grasshoppers. I have every size and color you can imagine. What happened to cause this and what can I do to get rid of them? A: Just about any landscape insecticide will...

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Azalea – Watering from the Top

Q: I have thirty five mature azaleas. I give my plants a deep watering at the roots once each week. Is there any value to watering from the top, getting the leaves wet in addition to the root systems? A:...

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Ceanothus – Growing Information

Q: I would like to grow ceanothus and wonder whether you have had any experience with it. A: Horticulturist Mike Dirr says his camera almost imploded when he saw a sky-blue ceanothus in Edinburgh. There are dozens of other ceanothus...

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Christmas Tree – Flocking

Q: What is the stuff used to make Christmas trees white, like they are covered with snow? Is it poisonous? A: The flocking material that is applied to Christmas trees is composed of finely ground cellulose (in other words, paper!)...

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Guinea Fowl – For Tick Control

Q: Ticks are a real problem on my property in Fayette county. Do guinea fowl eat ticks? I live in a rural area and would gladly raise a few if they would control these insects. A: With Peachtree City using...

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Centipedegrass vs St. Augustine grass

Q: I have a question that I need your help on. I’m trying to determine if my yard has centipede or St. Augustine grass. I was wondering what route to take to go about finding out for sure which one...

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