Gardening Q and A

Asian Ambrosia Beetle – Dogwood

Q: I have an Asian dogwood. This spring little white “sticks” started popping out of the trunk overnight. I wiped them all off, (it looks powdery and comes off easily) but today they were all back. Would you know what...

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Camellia – Wires Embedded in Trunk

Q: I have taken on the monumental task of reclaiming my mother ‘s formal gardens because she has developed Alzheimer’s Disease. I’m concerned for some camellias which have been trained to grow up a shingled wall of the garage. They...

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Cherry Tree – Planted Too Deep

Q: I need your advice on a cherry tree that I planted three years ago. The tree trunk has been developing cracks and some branches are now dead. Can I save the tree? A: It sure looks like it was...

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Citrus Tree – Spider Mites

Q: Our orange tree has been indoors for the winter. The leaves now have a rust-looking deposit on them. It feels gritty when you rub the leaf. What can we do? A: I’m reasonably sure the plant is infested with...

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Azalea – Should It Be Pruned?

Q: I have a plumleaf azalea I purchased from a nursery in Commerce about four years ago. I initially planted it in the shade out of fear of too much sun and heat, but after 2 years of no blooms,...

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Plumeria – Not Flowering Like Expected

Q: Two years ago I brought back a cutting of plumeria from Hawaii. It is in the shape of a capital “Y”. It rooted successfully and produced large green leaves at the end of each point of the “Y” but...

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Lime – Still Good When It’s Old

Q: I found some five-year old sacks of lime, 8-8-8 and bonemeal at my mother-in-law’s house recently. Are they still useable? If they are, I can make good use of them! A: On the farm when I was a kid,...

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Liriope – Spreading Monkey Grass vs Clumping Monkey Grass

Q: I’m having a terrible time with liriope that is sprouting up all over my yard. Most of the landscape is either pine straw beds or English ivy. I have begun digging up patches of the liriope and then putting...

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Magnolia – Proper Seed Care

Q: I wish to plant some seeds to grow magnolia trees. I have heard various stories about refrigeration and splitting the seeds. What exactly needs to be done to ensure successful germination? A: Many woodland plants have seeds that need...

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Forsythia – Stem Gall Disease

Q: I transplanted a large forsythia last spring and managed to get it through the summer drought. It flourished and I began to neglect it – at least I wasn’t checking it hourly like a new mother. Now I find...

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October Glory – Compensating For Root Damage

Q: I recently tilled an area around my ‘October Glory’ maple tree in which to plant spring bulbs. The tree was planted last October. I noticed a lot of roots from the maple tree at ground level and just barely...

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Ginko – Playing The Odds With Gender

Q: I need some information about ginkgo trees. We were in Vicksburg, Mississippi in September and picked up some ginkgo fruit at the old courthouse. We cleaned and dried them and brought them back home. How should I plant them?...

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Indoor Plants – Diagnosing Problems

Q: Can you help me find a good Web site for diagnosing problems with indoor plants? A: Now that winter is approaching, houseplants are moved indoors from their summer home on decks and patios. Though most thrive in the dappled...

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Pine Beetles – Dealing With An Infestation

Q: We had a tree die from pine beetles and my husband would like to cut it down himself as he has done with other trees. Is there is a risk of spreading beetle larva when the limbs are moved?...

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Iris – Dealing With Borers

Q: Something has attacked my iris plants and has wiped out about half of them. The roots which are affected are mushy and the leaves either dry out or just fall over on the ground. A: I think you have...

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Silver Maple – Perhaps Another Shade Tree

Q: On several occasions we have heard you advise callers on your radio show not to get a silver maple tree but we have never heard you say why not. We planted a silver maple on the side/front of our...

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Loosestrife – A Plant To Avoid

Q: I was in a garden center recently when I noticed that they were selling purple loosestrife, ^Lythrum salicaria^ ‘Dropmore Purple.’ I have heard that loosestrife is an invasive plant. Is the sale of this plant legal in Georgia? Or...

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Worms – Don’t Cut Them In Half. Please.

Q: Is it true that if you cut an earthworm in to two parts both will survive? What if just a small part is cut off? A: I hope you’re not planning an experiment to find out! Earthworms survive being...

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