Gardening Q and A

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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Shamrocks- Pale leaves

Q: I am having a problem with my Shamrocks. They are several years old and were always lush dark green until last year. They continue to bloom but are very pale and have white spots on the leaves and grow...

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Full Sun vs Part Sun

Q: Here’s your dumb question of the day. When a plant tag says full sun or partial shade, how many hours of sun or shade are appropriate when determining if a spot is suitable for the plant? A: If more...

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Compost – Starter Products

Q: I have been trying to find a product that I was able to get when I lived in Pennsylvania. It is a sort of accelerator for grass clippings for a mulch pile. A: I don’t think you need such...

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Butterfly Houses – Not Helpful

Q: My daughter gave me a butterfly house that she was told had some kind of special paper in it to keep out wasps. It didn’t work. I go to the hospital real quick if a wasp stings me but...

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Watering – With Dishwater

Q: My Dad has always put the water from the sink, after washing the dishes, on his plants, believing it to be good fertilizer, or somehow else good for them. Is he correct? A: I don’t have any problem with...

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Roots- Large tree – Covering with soil

Q: I have an idea to solve my “tree roots in the lawn” problem. I’ll toss soil and compost onto roots and make a planting bed out of the space. Will the maple roots or dogwood roots suffer any by...

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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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