Gardening Q and A

Keeping Hydrangeas Pink When They Bloom

Q: We have pink hydrangeas that haven’t bloomed yet. When they do bloom we want them to stay pink. I have been advised to keep the soil alkaline. A: If you want to do it right, start by having a...

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Chinese Elm (Lacebark Elm) Varieties

Q: I had to take down a big oak and I want to replace it. A friend mentioned Chinese elm. What are your thoughts? A: Chinese elm, Ulmus parvifolia, also known as lacebark elm, is an excellent tree. The bark...

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Cardinal Climber Vine Not Blooming

Q: My three sunny cardinal climber vines are not blooming. They’re pretty big and green but no blooms. Jody Darby, Calhoun A: Cardinal climber, and its parents, cypress vine and red morning glory are vigorous annual vines. Given a good...

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Pawpaw – When to Pick

Q: My son-in-law gave my three daughters & me pawpaw trees after my husband passed away. (The grandkids always called him Paw-Paw) Mine was the only one that lived but I don’t know what to do with the pawpaws. When...

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Puffball – Identified

Q: I found these under a tree, about the size of a lemon, half buried. They have holes in the top. I cut one open and it had blackish looking stuff inside. A: It’s a pigskin puffball. The black stuff...

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Tree Trunk Wrapped With Dog Food Bag

Q: I recently purchased a new home and have some questions about the tree planted by the builder in the back yard. It has been planted for 4-5 months. The tree has a used dog food bag wrapped around the...

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Growing Ginseng in Georgia

Q: Will ginseng will grow in Georgia very well? A: Ginseng grows very well in north Georgia. That’s where shady, moist, rich, well-drained sites under hardwood trees can be found. Wild-simulated ginseng production is the most profitable and ecologically sustainable...

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Selling a Japanese Maple to a Landscape Company

Q: I have an eight-foot-tall, 20+ year old Japanese maple in my front flowerbed. I am wondering if transplanting it is an option? Do you know anyone who would like to have it enough to come dig it up and...

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Emerald Ash Borer in Georgia

Q: Does Georgia have the emerald ash borer? A: Yes, we do. This destructive insect has only been found in 26 of our 159 counties but it has the capability to kill every ash tree in the state. Georgia does...

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Soil Test First to Keep Hydrangeas Pink

Q: We bought pink hydrangeas and we want them to stay pink. I have been advised to keep the soil alkaline. Is fast acting lime okay? A: I have a group of hydrangeas in the front of my house. I...

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Japanese Maple – Squirrel Damage

Q: I planted a Japanese maple in late winter. It was doing great until recently when two squirrels wreaked havoc. My husband witnessed the hooligans and ran out to shoo them away, but this is what was left . A:...

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Yellow Flag Iris – Identified

Q: I found this plant growing on the shoreline of the lake in my neighborhood . Can you identify the plant? Can the plant be propagated via the seed pods. A: This is yellow flag iris, Iris pseudacoris. You can...

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European Hornet – In House Wall

Q: I have these insects at my home. I see individuals going behind my house’s fascia. Do I have a huge problem? A: It’s a European hornet, Vespa crabro. Unlike the bald-faced hornets that make gray, football-shaped nests in trees...

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Morning Glory Rust – yellow powder on back of leaves

Q: This yellow stuff is on the backside of my morningglory leaves. When you rub it it seems to be like a yellow pollen. A: It is morningglory rust. Rust disease attacks many ornamental plants. One way to manage it...

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Tiger Lily Bulbils Identified

Q: What is this flower and what are the black, bead-type things on the stalk? A: It is a tiger lily. The black things are called bulbils and can be planted exactly as you would seed. Lilies, of course, have...

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How To Cut Back My Huge Buckeye

Q: My buckeye lost its shade when two old pines were removed. Now it has absolutely taken over a side of my yard, covering everything in sight: azaleas, nandina, weeds, etc. The buckeye has white flower spikes in June. Should...

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Blueberry Leaves Stuck Together

Q: My blueberries are starting to turn blue but I noticed that something is binding the leaves together. It looks like the leaves have been bitten on the ends but they are then stuck together with something invisible.  A: You...

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Will Roundup Affect My Liriope?

Q: I have recently planted six hundred liriope plants for groundcover. Some unwanted grasses, mimosa, and other weeds have sprouted in my planting. Can I spray Roundup on the unwanted plants or will that affect the liriope?  A: I can...

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