Gardening Q and A

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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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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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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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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Daisies – Floating in Drinks

Q: I would like to float daisies in my punch for a christening. Are they harmful in any way? A: Master Gardener Mary Kay Woodworth replies: “PLEASE don’t eat the daisies! Daisies are considered toxic plants, but they are not...

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Frog Calls CD – Online purchasing

Q: At some point during the show on Saturday, I heard frog calls. I think you mentioned that it is from a CD. I wanted to try to obtain a copy for a friend. Who do I call, where do...

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Hydrangeas – Keeping their true color

Q: I bought 5 Monrovia ‘Red and Pretty’ hydrangeas this spring. They are doing well in my garden, but the blooms are hot pink, not red! Is there anything I can add to the soil to change the color to...

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Iris – Trimming and Mulch

Q: The iris’s were lovely this year, but now that the bloom is over, the foliage is floppy and lying on the sedum. Does it need to absorb sunshine like bulb foliage, or can it be trimmed back? I’ve read...

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English Ivy vs Irish Ivy – Identification

Q: I have heard that English ivy is really Irish ivy and that Irish ivy is the plant that covers my woodland. How can I tell them apart? A: According to Suzanne Pierot, President of the American Ivy Society: “Irish...

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Squirrels – Eating leaves in tree

Q: I planted a maple tree last fall and have been waiting for it to leaf out. The leaves started disappearing and to my surprise, I spotted a squirrel in the tree, climbing the branches and munching on the leaves!...

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