Gardening Q and A

TifBlair Centipede – Characteristics

Q: I thought I heard a show of yours in which you gave a good review for a new species of centipede called TifBlair. Would you still recommend this grass as a good low maintenance lawn? A: I have seen...

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Jacaranda Tree – Growing conditions

Q: About 7 years ago my son was in the Peace Corps in South Africa. On his return he presented me with a pot with a Jacaranda tree seed. I have placed the tree outside each year from late May...

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Coconut – Growing

Q: Can you tell me what variety of coconut tree might grow well and produce fruit in Griffin, Georgia? A: Your dreams of a backyard supply of pina colada ingredients will be unfulfilled. Coconut palms are damaged when temperatures drop...

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Fig – Conadria

Q: My mother and I need help identifying a fig. The fruit is different from any I have seen before. They are somewhat larger and “rounder” than regular figs. They have a shorter “neck”, are smoother, and have conspicuous white...

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Fairy Fan – Fungus

Q: We found on our deck banister a brightly-colored fungus. It is about three-eighths of an inch high. Are you able to identify it? A: Wow….very cool! Mary Woehrel, leader of The Mushroom Club of Georgia, says “Looking at these...

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Tree – For a Memorial

Q: My wife and I suffered in January a fetal demise in the middle of our pregnancy. We wanted to plant a tree as a memorial to our unborn child. Could suggest a tree that would symbolize both strength and...

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Lawn Maintenance – Doing it Yourself

Q: I’ve been paying more than two hundred dollars a year for a lawn service to fertilize and maintain the weeds in my bermudagrass. In order to save money I’ve chosen to do it on my own. Everyone tells me...

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River Birch – Bleeding

Q: I asked a crew to remove a large branch from a river birch. The stump where the branch was removed has been “weeping” since it was cut. How am I to stop this tree from losing water or sap...

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Strawberry Pyramid – Building

Q: Are you familiar with the square pyramids that garden catalogs sell for strawberry planting? Can I make one myself? What kind of soil do I use? A: A pyramid alloys you to put more plants into a given space....

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Grape vines – Bleeding

Q: I pruned my vines yesterday and they bled a lot! Was I too late or was it just the mild winter? A: No problem. Grapes can bleed quarts without suffering any harm at...

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Euonymus scale – Control

Q: 1. My variegated euonymus has lots of little white dots under the leaves and it doesn’t look very healthy. Can you diagnose? Q: 2.  I have a row of golden euonymus shrubs that have developed scale on the leaves...

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Trees – Absorbing Carbon Dioxide

Q: I am looking for a formal listings of trees that absorb more carbon dioxide in the photosynthesis process than other trees. Since we live in such a harsh urban environment, I would like to be able to recommend those...

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Parrot Flower

Q: What do you know about the “rare Thailand parrot flower”? Does it exist? A: I have no idea whether it exists. There seems to be controversy over the plant – and, even so, it may be a tall, scraggly...

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Maple – Clawed by Cat

Q: I wonder if you could help me determine what is wrong with my Japanese maple. About 2 months ago, I noticed that the upper portion of the trunk looked like it had been clawed. At first I thought it...

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Cranefly Orchid

Q: I wonder if you could help me identify the plant in the attached picture. It came up under a wax myrtle in our front a couple of years ago. I first thought it was a type of ginger –...

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Weeping Cherry – Damaged

Q: I’ve had a weeping cherry for six years. It bloomed beautifully for three years, then started declining to only a few flowers each year. This past year it never bloomed and did not produce leaves until June. This is...

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Callery Pear – Identifying

Q: On your radio show you mentioned a “calorie” tree to which ‘Bradford’ pear is kin. Could you give me the correct spelling of the name of this tree? A: Callery pear, Pyrus calleryana, is an ornamental pear with wicked...

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Raspberry – When to Cut Back

Q: I would like to know if blackberries and raspberries produce fruit off of old growth or off new growth. A: It depends on which variety you have. Brambles (which is the word folks use to describe both blackberries and...

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