Gardening Q and A

Blackbird – Dropping Feces in Pool

Q: We are having problems with black birds defecating in our swimming pool and do not know how to resolve this. We watch them fly over the pool and drop feces. Is there anything we can put in the pool...

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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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Fescue – Looks Better at Commercial Sites

Q: Why do the fescue lawns at commercial establishments look so beautiful? What are they doing so different? The lawns are so dark green and they are cut very tall. According to all the books fescue should be cut at...

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Scarlet Hibiscus – Propagating

Q: Last Saturday on radio you talked about a Hibiscus coccineus. I have had one of those hibiscuses for several years and never knew the real name. My question is, how do you propagate them? A: Theresa Schrum replies: “I...

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Maple – Epicormic Branches

Q: I planted a sugar maple a year ago. Buds had already formed when we had a hard freeze in March. The buds never opened. I only see one small group of leaves near the base of the tree. My...

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Vines – Growing on pressure-treated wood

Q: Is there anything about pressure treated wood that would discourage vines from growing on it? A: I have never heard of anything about pressure treated wood repelling vines. I just finished a trellis that has several pressure-treated components and...

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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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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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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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