Gardening Q and A

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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Shrubs – Stuffed into Container

Q: I recently purchased azaleas in 3 gallon containers only to discover at planting that the container had 2 one gallon plants replanted into a 3 gallon container. The nursery owner was not receptive to my questioning this and stated...

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Gardenia – Getting Continuous Blooms

Q: I’m originally from Chicago. My ‘August Beauty’ gardenias, are doing fine but I would like to get more than one bloom period from them each summer. When the bloom is spent, is it proper to pluck the brown bloom...

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Corn – Falling Over

Q: How do you keep corn stalks from falling over? I have a small vegetable garden with three rows of ‘Silver Queen’ corn. After every heavy rain just about all the stalks are on the ground! So far most have...

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Cherry – Quick Death

Q: We purchased in June an eight foot tall flowering cherry tree. The nursery was pretty far from the house so I put the tree in the back of my pickup to bring it home. When I unloaded it, the...

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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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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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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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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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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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