Gardening Q and A

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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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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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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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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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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Peach vine – Identification

Q: I saw an advertisement in the paper for a “Peach vine”. Is there really a peach that grows like a vine? A: It took some digging (in the phone book, not in the dirt!) to find out about the...

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Night-blooming cereus – Care

Q: How should I care for a night-blooming cereus? I was given one last year and I have it in a heated sunporch. A: Night-blooming cereus has been a “passalong” plant for decades. As you can tell from looking at...

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Gourd Seed – Sources

Q: I would like to purchase a variety of fancy / exotic gourd seed. I need to find a source that will sell enough for several acres. Most of the seed catalogs sell packets with only a few seed per...

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Earthworm – Castings

Q: I have mounds of what look like lilliputian guinea pig droppings all over our front yard. Can’t find any one who can I.D. Any thoughts? A: I’m not sure how you’d know what lilliputian guinea pig droppings look like...

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False Aloe

Q: I found some interesting looking plants on a building lot that I was about to grade. The plants appeared to be a native orchid of sorts, so I planted them in a raised bed at my home. I was...

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