Gardening Q and A

Puffball Mushroom – Identification

Q: I have found in my yard something which resembles a potato, but I think is some type of mushroom. It is embedded in the ground, round, light tan in color, and when crushed it has a black core. Do...

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Mowing – Mulching vs. Bagging

Q: Which is best – mulching or bagging? I used to be a firm believer in bagging but my son convinced me that mulching was the way to go. My main concern with mulching is the cutting and broadcasting of...

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Landscaper – Finding

Q: I am looking at doing a stone patio and wall in my backyard. Is there anyone you know that does quality work? A: The best way to find a good landscape construction company is to ask friends, and friends...

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Beech Tree – Leaves in Winter

Q: What is the small tree that has light brown leaves in winter? I can see several of them clearly in the woods near my house. A: I’ll bet you’re seeing American beech, Fagus grandifolia, trees. They are well-known to...

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Cherry Tree – Bleeding

Q: I was cutting my grass around my cherry tree, and noticed an oozing from a place at the bottom of the trunk. Can I fill in the hole with anything to prevent disease from infecting the tree? A: Gummy...

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Salt Damaged Lawn

Q: I am a realtor in Indiana and have searched the web for this problem with no success. My clients did a walk through the day before closing on their new condo and noticed a huge spot of dead grass....

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Lizard Eggs

Q: I was working in my flower garden, digging up Easter lilies, and unearthed these tiny eggs. They are white and about the size of candy jellybeans. At first I thought they were snake eggs but my husband said snakes...

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Sicklepod (Coffeebean, Coffeeweed) – Identification

Q: This interesting plant came up in my flower bed. I let it grow to see what it would be and it continues to grow! The leaves have a soft touch and around sunset the leaves begin to close and...

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Crabapple – Fruit Control

Q: Is there a product that will kill blooms on a crabapple tree and prevent fruit from growing? A: Fruit control on small trees is possible if you time it correctly. You can spray with ethepon (click for sources) at...

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Thermal Blue – Seed Sources

Q: Where can I find pure ‘Thermal Blue’ bluegrass seed. I would like to overseed my fescue lawn. A: ‘Thermal Blue’ is just one of the new heat tolerant bluegrasses introduced in the last year by Scotts Seed. Others include...

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Pampas Grass – Plumes with Disease

Q: My pampas has a fungal look on it that is keeping the plumes from opening up. I have had the same problem for a couple of years. I have drenched it with fungicide early in the growing season and...

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Mistletoe – Identification and Control

Q: I have a big clump of mistletoe at the top of one of my trees. I’ve heard there is something you can spread at the bottom of the tree that will kill the mistletoe but not hurt the tree....

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Squirrel – Chewing on Deck

Q: This past June we helped my son and his wife refinish their deck with Olympic water base stain. Since then the squirrels are chewing the edges of the boards. She has witnessed a squirrel tearing a stick off the...

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Hercules Beetle Grub

Q: I’ve seen grubs in my yard from time to time, but yesterday, I ran across a big one. This rascal has to be almost 4″ long when fully stretched out! Normally, grubs are about 3/4″, right? What is it...

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Naranjilla – Identification

Q: I took this picture at the North Carolina State Fair horticulture exhibit last fall. I’m curious what it is. It was a decent sized shrub – about 3 feet in height with a wider diameter. A: The plant  is one...

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Jerusalem Cherry – Identification

Q: This shrub “volunteered” at the base of a large sweetgum two years ago. I have never seen anything like it. It has small white flowers in the spring and the fruit is as shown; a bright, tomato red, sphere...

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Pecan Phylloxera

Q: We have an enormous old pecan tree on our property. While planting some vegetables in mid-summer, we noticed some horrible looking leaves on the ground. We aren’t sure if it’s scab or something worse. Our main concern is if...

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Crapemyrtle – Roundup Damage

Q: OK, lets be up front about this, I did a stupid thing. I have made just about every mistake in the gardeners manual, but I make them only once. I forgot to purge my lawn tractor sprayer of Roundup...

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