Gardening Q and A

Velvet Ant – Identifying

Q: On Saturday I noticed a large red bug crawling across my lawn. It looked like an ant but I think it was a wasp without wings. It walked at a funny angle with the rear legs higher than the...

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Steep Hill – Landscaping

Q: I have a bank at the front of my home, it is approximately at a 60 degree angle, it is quite a large area, and it is in full south/east sun for most of the day. I planted 35...

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Peach Trees – Pepper spots on Fruit

Q: My peach tree has hundreds of peaches not quite the size of tennis balls. The problem is half of the skin is perfect but the other half is sprinkled with black pepper-like spots. I began spraying the trees after...

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China Doll Plant – Re-potting

Q: We received a beautiful China Doll plant. We want to know about re-potting and care. We do know it requires bright light and wonder if it should stay inside our home during summer. A: Your plant is Radermachera sinica...

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Fertilizer – For Fescue in Summer

Q: I know you say not to fertilize Fescue grass in the summer months and I have had relatively good success not doing that but I get brown spot every year. I have seen the advertisement for Scott’s Summer Lawn...

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Yucca – Separating the Pups

Q: I have four variegated yucca plants in my garden and all but one bloomed. However, with the blooming I noticed that the plant had produced others – can I separate them or should I just leave them alone and...

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Crapemyrtle – Correcting a Poorly Pruned One

Q: I have a poorly pruned crapemyrtle that has the knobs on the ends. The knobs are rather large from years of the poor pruning. Would you recommend cutting the knobs off? If not, what do you recommend? A: This...

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Owls – Identifying by sound

Q: I want to see if you can identify this bird noise. He (or she) is usually out at night. It will be hard to describe the sound in words but it sounds like “tisk, wow, wow”. I can never...

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Birds – Identifying by sound

Q: I want to see if you can identify this bird noise. He (or she) is usually out at night. It will be hard to describe the sound in words but it sounds like “tisk, wow, wow”. I can never...

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Aspen Tree – Growing in Atlanta

Q: I love the aspen trees in Colorado and would like to plant some here. Could I plant them here in the city (Atlanta)? A: Theresa Schrum replies: “I just loved the Aspen trees when I was in Wyoming in...

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Leyland Cypress – Poor Watering

Q: I planted 4 Leyland Cyress trees last spring. By late summer one had turned pale green with droopy branches. The branches eventually turned brown and died. The landscaper who planted the trees replaced the tree in late fall. The...

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Mondo Grass – Controlling Weeds In

Q: I think that you mentioned on one of the shows that there is a chemical that will kill zoysia that has creeped into my mondo bed. Could you send me the name? A: The chemical sethoxydim (Vantage) is labeled...

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Dogs – Urinating in the garden

Q: I have an area in my yard where I plan to plant a new bed soon. The problem is that a dog has been urinating in that area. Is there anything I can use to neutralize the area before...

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Blue potato bush – Growing

Q: I have a blue potato bush, I believe the scientific name is Lycianthes rantonnei. How do I grow this? A: Having the scientific name makes it easy. Unfortunately, your plant is not hardy outdoors here. You might be able...

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Treated Wood – Safety of ACQ

Q: My wife and I were advised to use ACQ treated timbers when considering cedar alternatives for raised vegetable gardens. I would have thought cedar a good choice, but was told that it would deteriorate within a year given direct...

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Bermudagrass – Common vs Hybrid

Q: How can you tell if you have common or hybrid bermudagrass? A: Even an expert would have a hard time telling them apart if presented with just a blade or two. The difference is most obvious to me when...

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Annuals – Determining Light Levels

Q: What do the term “partial sun” mean when planting annuals and shrubs. I never know what will work. Can a plant that says “shade” take morning sun, but not afternoon sun? And can a plant that says sun handle...

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Tree Well – Constructing

Q: We’ve built a home with a large tree in the front yard. The builder, in order to protect the tree, created a tree well that’s about six feet deep. The problem is that it is clearly a safety hazard...

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