Gardening Q and A

Fertiliser – Root Burn

Q: A couple of weeks ago, I put too much fertilizer on an English boxwood. Now the branches have begun to turn brown. Is there any way to save it? A: Boxwoods, like azaleas, have a shallow root system –...

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Hypoxylon Canker – Identification

Q: Could you please look at this problem with our white oak? In the last two months the bark has come off, leaving a brownish-gray powdery substance. I can scrap it off to the wood below. The gray stuff repels...

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Weeds – How to identify – Websites

Q: I have a lot of broadleaf weeds growing in my yard. How do I identify them so I can use an appropriate weed killer? Is there a site on the Web that has a catalog of weeds? I don’t...

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Houseplant – Leaf Tips turning brown

Q: I have a Zebra plant and a Peace Lily that have leaves that seem to be dying and turning brown from the tips of the leaves. Eventually the leave turns brown about half-way up the leaf. The whole leaf...

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Houseflies – Controlling

Q: Do you have a solution for combating flies? There was a home remedy in the Market Bulletin once that advised using black powder and water in a saucer. It supposedly would be consumed and the fly would die. I...

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Planting Trees High

Q: My house was built on hard red clay. The trees that have been planted are not surviving because water accumulates in the hole. How can I make the soil drain better? A: Of course, you realize that now is...

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Sweetshrub – Care

Q: After many months of searching I have located an old fashioned sweetshrub bush on a private lot. I do not know the botanical name of this plant but its blooms have a very distinctive sweet odor. The plant in...

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Sweetgum – Wings on Twigs

Q: I have a very small tree on the edge of my yard in the midst of a lot of other foliage. I recently noticed the tree has a strange ribbon like fungus growth on most of it’s branches. I...

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Stinkbug – Control

Q: I have a brown, funky-looking bug on my tomatoes. It flies and has large legs. Somebody told me it looked like a stink bug. Any ideas? A: Funky aptly describes stink bugs and their kin. Their body shape is...

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Pecan – Scab Disease

Q: I have two eight-year old pecan trees. The nuts turn black, sort of like mildew on the hulls. Is there anything special I can do to correct this. A: I’ll bet your trees have scab, a common disease of...

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Creeping Raspberry – Eating

Q: I have a profusion of golden raspberries now in my Atlanta yard. The plant is commonly used for landscaping and referred to as creeping raspberry (Rubus calcinoides). Are the fruits edible? A: I ate lots of them last year...

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Privet – Control

Q: I am clearing three acres that was full of mature blackberries and privet. Some of the privet was in tree form. The privet is continuing to pop up because of the root system. Am I going to have to...

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Spiders – Beneficial for plants

Q: This morning we had heavy dew and I noticed my Foster Hollies and various surrounding shrubs were overrun with tented webs. Each tented web contained one small spider. They appeared to have a yellow striped body with a brown...

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Cypress Vine

Q: Can you ID this pretty little flowering plant? A neighbor gave the seeds to me but she could not remember what the plant is called. It is a ferny looking vine with a tiny red flower. A: She gave...

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Newspaper – Using to Kill Weeds

Q: I am thinking of mulching a large weedy area behind my house. Can I use old newspaper instead of black plastic sheeting under the mulch to prevent weed growth? A: I’d spray with Roundup, wait until all of the...

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Fescue Sod- Laying Quickly

Q: I have a friend who purchased 10 pallets of fescue sod 2 weeks ago. She put in 1 pallet the same day. The other 9 pallets were not installed until this past Sunday. The first pallet put down looks...

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Japanese Maple – Recovering from Damage

Q: I purchased a ‘Sango Kaku’ Japanese maple tree about 3′ tall but made the mistake of carrying it around in my car all afternoon and leaving it in the parked car some time. It looked fine that night but...

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Scalping – Definition

Q: I’ve read that you should not scalp zoysiagrass. What is scalping and why not zoysiagrass? A: Scalping is cutting the grass so low that the crown (where the plant emerges from the earth) is damaged by the mower blade....

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