Gardening Q and A

River Birch – Bleeding

Q: I asked a crew to remove a large branch from a river birch. The stump where the branch was removed has been “weeping” since it was cut. How am I to stop this tree from losing water or sap...

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Strawberry Pyramid – Building

Q: Are you familiar with the square pyramids that garden catalogs sell for strawberry planting? Can I make one myself? What kind of soil do I use? A: A pyramid alloys you to put more plants into a given space....

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Grape vines – Bleeding

Q: I pruned my vines yesterday and they bled a lot! Was I too late or was it just the mild winter? A: No problem. Grapes can bleed quarts without suffering any harm at...

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Callery Pear – Identifying

Q: On your radio show you mentioned a “calorie” tree to which ‘Bradford’ pear is kin. Could you give me the correct spelling of the name of this tree? A: Callery pear, Pyrus calleryana, is an ornamental pear with wicked...

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Raspberry – When to Cut Back

Q: I would like to know if blackberries and raspberries produce fruit off of old growth or off new growth. A: It depends on which variety you have. Brambles (which is the word folks use to describe both blackberries and...

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Parrot Flower

Q: What do you know about the “rare Thailand parrot flower”? Does it exist? A: I have no idea whether it exists. There seems to be controversy over the plant – and, even so, it may be a tall, scraggly...

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Maple – Clawed by Cat

Q: I wonder if you could help me determine what is wrong with my Japanese maple. About 2 months ago, I noticed that the upper portion of the trunk looked like it had been clawed. At first I thought it...

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Cranefly Orchid

Q: I wonder if you could help me identify the plant in the attached picture. It came up under a wax myrtle in our front a couple of years ago. I first thought it was a type of ginger –...

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Weeping Cherry – Damaged

Q: I’ve had a weeping cherry for six years. It bloomed beautifully for three years, then started declining to only a few flowers each year. This past year it never bloomed and did not produce leaves until June. This is...

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Retention Pond – Plants for

Q: Our neighborhood has a stormwater detention/retention area that has become very overgrown. We are planning a work day to clear it but what plants should we use? A: I found a great list put together by Prince Georges County...

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Seed – Sprouting with Fluorescent Light

Q: I have my seed packets in hand, ready to start sprouting plants for my spring garden. But I am so confused as to what kind of fluorescent bulbs to buy. Everywhere I look, a different kind of bulb is...

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Pine Ambrosia Beetle

Q: I was wandering my property in Jackson county and found sawdust at the base of some pine trees. I decided it was the southern pine beetle so I took out several trees and thought I had taken care of...

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Georgia Daffodil Society – Contacts

Q: Is there a Georgia Daffodil Society? A: There sure is! Contact them...

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Raised Bed – Building

Q: Planning for my old age arthritis, I am building some large flower garden beds from railroad ties stacked two tall so I can weed without getting on my bad knees. I have some excess “crusher run” rock from Hurricane...

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Squirrel Damage – On Maple

Q: I just noticed today that something is eating our seven-year old Japanese maple. The damage looks fresh. There are plenty of bark chips all around the base. This tree has been beautiful and we would hate to lose it....

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Chickweed – Control

Q: We had our fescue lawn aerated and overseeded in mid-September and it has come in really well. Unfortunately, a weed started sprouting at the same time as the seedlings, and now is in about one-third of the front yard....

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Insects – Identification Online

Q: Is there a good online resource for identifying insects? A: You bet! I am really impressed with BugGuide.net which is the brainchild of Troy Bartlett of Duluth. You simply click on one of the graphic outlines of common insects...

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Chrysanthemum – Fall and Winter Care

Q: Our church recently put out one hundred mums in pots for our dedication. Someone told me that these cannot be planted in a garden. We hate to throw away that many mums. Can they be successfully transplanted to a...

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