Gardening Q and A

Dark Winged Fungus Gnat – Larvae

Q: Recently, large groups of worms have been crawling onto our patio from the lawn. It is hundreds of them moving as a single unit. When sprayed with insecticide, the cohesive group breaks up and they die quickly. The next...

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Wood Bridge – Building

Q: I am making a small wood bridge to go over a creek about 1 1/2 feet wide. Is there a book that you know of that tells you how to build it ? A: Here are a couple of...

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Balloon Flower

Q: I have a flower growing in my yard that I would love to buy more of. It was here when I bought the house and I haven’t been able to identify it yet. Can you tell me what it...

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Fire Ant – Control in Pastures

Q: We would like to treat our 84 acre farm pastures for fire ant mounds. We don’t have any livestock there but we mow them regularly. Our two dogs, though, are trained on the fields. We can’t stand how the...

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Perennials – Liming

Q: How do I apply lime to an established perennial garden? A: Just scatter it over the top of the plants then rinse it off the leaves. A ballpark amount to apply is 4 lb. per 100 sq...

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Black Rat Snake

Q: I found two black rat snakes tightly wound around each other in one of my bluebird houses. They stayed about a day and then departed. I have a good idea what they were doing! A: This is certainly different...

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Poke Weed – Characteristics

Q: I need help in identifing a plant that grows in numerious locations around the property. Description: It is a purple stemmed plant, and has bright green leaves when the plant is young. The leaves darken a little as it...

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Azaleas – Pruning Overgrown

Q: Can I cut my overgrown azaleas back? And, if so, how much? A: The best time is in early spring, even though you’ll cut off most of the blooms. I cut my scraggly five-footers down to 18 inches in...

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Sweetgum – Seedpod

Q: We found from one of the trees in the back yard a small ball about the size of a golf ball with spiny projections eminating out of it competely around the ball. It also had one thicker stem from...

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Spittle Bugs – Removing

Q: In the past few days, I have noticed a white, foamy spittle on the stems of some of my plants. Do you have any idea what is causing this? A: Theresa Schrum replies: “Your description is accurate…. as the...

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Poke Weed – Characteristics

Q: I need help in identifing a plant that grows in numerious locations around the property. Description: It is a purple stemmed plant, and has bright green leaves when the plant is young. The leaves darken a little as it...

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Earthworm Castings – Eradicating

Q: I have a well established Meyers zoysiagrass lawn. For the past year or so, I’ve had a problem with worm castings. While I understand the worms and castings are beneficial, the castings present an aesthetic mess and I would...

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Pine Trees – Cutting and Selling

Q: I have three 20 year old pine trees in my back yard that need to be removed. It is my understanding that there are some lumber companies that will purchase the logs from you once the tree has been...

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Centipedegrass – Overseeding

Q: Can or should centipede be over seeded? If so should I thoroughly aerate first? A: You should not overseed with anything else (like rye) in the winter but you can over plant with centipede seed in June. Aerate heavily...

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Nutgrass – In Daylilies

Q: I have nutgrass in one area of my day lilies. What can I do to eliminate it? A: Nutgrass is tough to eliminate in a flower bed. Why not dig and divide the daylilies and wash the roots so...

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Cleveland Select Pear Tree – Characteristics

Q: I would like some information about the ‘Cleveland Select’ pear tree. My husband and I planted some of the ‘Clevelands’, thinking they would be very much like a ‘Bradford’ pear with stronger branches. Are there any serious pest/disease problems...

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Bird – Nesting in Fern

Q: I have a fern that hangs on my front porch. There is a bird that builds a nest in it over and over. Is there anything, other than getting rid of my fern, that I can do stop this?...

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Gardening – For beginners

Q: I have been asked to be the teacher advisor for a gardening/environmental group at my elementary school in Cherokee County. This is a brand new group so we need some direction. Do you have information that may help? A:...

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