Gardening Q and A

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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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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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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Christmas Tree – Additives in Water

Q: I’ve heard a lot over the years about additives to the water I put in my Christmas tree stand that will help the tree stay fresh longer. Is there any thing like that commercially available? A: I check my...

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Pine Beetle – Damage to Pine

Q: I have a dead tree, 20′ – 30′ tall, in my backyard. It appears to have been gnawed, like by a beaver, around 10′ – 15′ off the ground. Any idea as to what is doing this? A: Your...

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Stings – Avoiding (and the only rude gardener I’ve ever met!)

Q: Q: My name is Ann, and I really need your help! I am trying to plan some landscaping for my front yard and backyard and around the front sidewalk and around my brick mailbox. Normal people would have no...

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Coral Bark Maple – Identification

Q: I have a tree that seems to have a sunburn. The trunk and all the limbs are red and very showy. What is it? A: You have a coral bark maple. Most likely it is the...

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Wax Scale – On Maple

Q: Our Japanese maple appears to have some type of fungus. Actually, it looks like small mushrooms. Is this harmful to the tree and what causes this? A: You have an excellent example of wax scale. The adult females you’ve...

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Bermudagrass – Killing for a Garden

Q: I want to start a vegetable garden in a pasture with bermudagrass. I want to go ahead and plow it up now and add some leaves and compost to sit over the next few months, but feel I need...

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Tools – Sharpening

Q: My hand pruner is getting dull after a few years of hard work. Could you please tell me if it is easy to sharpen it? A: A hand pruner is not terribly difficult to sharpen. All you need is...

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Blueberry – Ochlockonee

Q: I am looking for a blueberry plant for fruit and for privacy screening. I’ve heard the ‘Ochlockonee’ rabbiteye blueberry is a good one. Do you have any better suggestions? A: The blueberry you’ve chosen has a great reputation. It...

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Siberian Iris – Dividing

Q: I have Siberian irises that need to be divided. Can I do this now? I read that irises should be divided in August, but that seems like a hot time to do it. A: Siberian iris are almost indestructible....

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