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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Swallowtail Caterpillar – On Parsley

Q: I found a bunch of these happily munching on and devouring my parsley. Any idea what they are? A: They are the caterpillars of swallowtail butterflies. They are sometimes called parsley worms. The butterflies laid their eggs on your...

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Creeping Raspberry – Locating

Q: A few weeks ago I wrote to you asking if you could recommend a shade vine to plant on a topiary. Theresa Schrum recommended using a creeping raspberry. My question now is where can I locate this vine? A:...

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Saddleback Caterpillar – Attacked by Parasitic Wasp

Q: I was cleaning some leaves from my small pond a week ago and my leg brushed up against this little devil. It stung worse than a bee sting! It is the weirdest little “caterpillar” I’ve ever seen. And it has...

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Book – A Garden of Fragrance

Q: You mentioned some books on your show. I believe you mentioned a book on fragrant plants, but missed hearing a title. A: Theresa Schrum replies: “The book that Walter discussed is “A Garden of Fragrance” by Suzy Bales. It...

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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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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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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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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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