Gardening Q and A

Spurweed – Control

Q: Three years ago a weed appeared in our yard. Around Easter it will have little spurs on it that stick in your feet. My grandchildren and I like to go barefooted but this year my yard is full of...

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Blueberry – Freeze Damage

Q: I have 9 blueberry plants in Fayette county. The plants are full of buds on the verge of blooming. The weather forecast is calling for mid to upper 20s temperatures this week, the last of February. Will the blueberry...

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Japanese Maple – Sports

Q: I have this new growth in the top of my maple. The green leaves are on two stems, one of which is growing from the main trunk about twelve inches above ground level and another small branch is growing...

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Chinese Parasol Tree

Q: Can you tell me where I can go to identify this tree? A: Why go anywhere but here? Your tree is a Chinese parasol tree, Firmiana simplex. I’m sure you became curious about it due to its huge leaves....

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Japanese Beetle – Timing Insecticide Application

Q: I bought a product containing halofenozide to kill white grubs , hoping it will reduce our infestation of Japanese beetles. The instructions for application say that timing of the application is important, but then says to contact your local...

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Bahia – Remove from Centipedegrass

Q: I have a centipedegrass lawn with some bahiagrass mixed in. What can I apply that will handle the bahiagrass and leave the centipedegrass? A: The chemical imazaquin (Image ) should work. Its label states: “IMAGE Herbicide is a postemergent,...

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Acetic Acid – Use as Herbicide

Q: I have a dachshund who – even though we kept him away from the area for 24 hours – wheezed and got red eyes when we used Roundup the last time. Consequently, we stopped using it and now have...

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Corn – Poor Pollination

Q: There doesn’t seem to be a good supply of bees this year. How will this affect the development of my corn? A: It won’t hurt your corn crop at all. Corn pollen is distributed by wind. Rainy weather, like...

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Mallow – Identification

Q: Do you have any idea what this plant in my garden is? A: It’s common mallow, Malva sylvestris. A look at the flowers and leaves reminds me that it is kin to the much-larger hollyhock. Mallow has striking flowers,...

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Asparagus Fern

Q: I just purchased an asparagus fern and the roots have big bumps on them. Are these root galls or nematodes? Is this bad? A: The swollen parts are normal – just root nodules where water is stored. If you...

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Slime Mold – In Mulch

Q: This fungus keeps popping up in my beds. It occurred once last year and three times this year. I have a feeling it has to do with the mulch. Last year’s mulch was bought in one bulk load and...

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Zoysiagrass – Late to Green Up

Q: Why is zoysiagrass so late to green up each year? Our lawn looks like it isn’t coming in well.   A: Yes – in some years zoysiagrass won’t be completely green until June. It might be caused by several...

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Olive Tree – Growing

Q:  I would like to try to grow a few olive trees in Gainesville. Am I setting myself up for failure? I am thinking of keeping them in large pots to give them very sandy soil. A: I am always...

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Fothergilla – Gall on Leaves

Q: I have about a dozen fothergilla bushes. I just noticed that one of them has strange cone-like shapes growing out of the leaves! None of the others have anything like this. What in the world is this? A: Fothergilla...

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Branch Drop – Crapemyrtle

Q: I am puzzled by twigs dropping from the three-year old crepe myrtles in our yard. Three weeks ago I noticed several small branches had fallen around the tree. We did have more wind than usual the night before. A:...

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Liquid Aeration Product

Q: I have a client that wants information about liquid aerating. I am not familiar with this. I looked online and the companies claim that it breaks the bonds that hold the clay particles together, releasing the water and leaving...

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Peach – Scab disease

Q: Every year my peaches are covered by little black spots. I have golf ball sized fruit now and it is beginning again. What should I do? A: The better question might be “What should I have done?” Peach scab...

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Maple Eyespot Gall

Q: Can you tell me what this is on my maple tree? It seems to be on much of the lower foliage. Your advice on this strange phenomenon will be appreciated. A: You have maple eyespot gall. Although it looks...

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