Gardening Q and A

Silver Maple Is Losing Bark And Limbs – Can I Save It?

Q: I have an old silver maple in my yard that is losing bark and has dead limbs. How can I save this beautiful tree?  A: My answer will disappoint you, but I think you should have it taken down....

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A Growing Hole In Our Gravel Driveway

Q: A hole has shown up in our gravel driveway. Growing from two inches across to six inches. Is it a critter or something else? A: In my experience, lots of landscape holes are formed when an underground piece of...

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How Do I Remedy A Fusarium Infection From Soil

Q: I believe I have a fusarium infection in my garden soil. Plants start out healthy but quickly wilt and discolor. Is soil solarization an option?  A: Fusarium is a root disease that is hard to eliminate from soil. Solarizing...

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Zinnias – How To Cut Them Back

Q: I put zinnias around my mail box. They grew five feet high! Is there a way to cut them back so they won’ t get too tall? A: On a garden tour in England, I learned the phrase “the...

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How Do I Move My Banana Tree?

Q: My banana trees are really big. If I decide to try to bring them into the garage, would I need to dig the whole ball up with them or would it be possible to just pull them up without...

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Do I Still Have Time To Plant Potatoes? 

Q: Do I still have time to plant potatoes?  A: Planting potatoes in fall in north Georgia is not usually successful. Sometimes you can get a crop if we have a warm fall and late frost but typically the soil...

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Is Summer Rain Making My Pre-Emergent Less Effective?

Q: My zoysia had quite a crop of crabgrass. I put down a pre-emergent in February but someone said summer rain made the pre-emergent less effective.  A: Your friend might be right but there is another possibility as well. If...

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Lawn Service Saw Grubs, How Do I Treat?

Q: My lawn care guys told me that they saw grubs in areas where the fescue had died. How should I treat for them?  A: I would first ask for the guys to show you the grubs. White grubs are...

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What Is The Best Height To Mow Centipede And Bermuda Grass?

Q: What is the best height to mow centipede and bermuda? I generally mow them at 3 1/2″. A: Both centipedegrass and bermudagrass do best when mowed around 1 1/2″ – 2″ high. When you mow higher, the grass won’t...

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Is Transplanting A Four-Year-Old Blueberry Bush Possible?

Q: I have a four-year-old blueberry bush I need to transplant to a new location. Is this possible?  A: Blueberries have very fine, wide-ranging fibrous roots. This is normal for plants that have to scavenge for nutrients under trees in...

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Impatiens – Grey Powder On Leaf Backs

Q: I planted forty impatiens plants in a bed this past spring. The flowers did very well for most of the summer. In early fall, the plants started to drop leaves and flowers, exposing the stalks. There is a gray...

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When do you prune Encore azaleas? 

Q: When do you prune Encore azaleas?  A: This is an understandable question because reblooming azaleas (Encore, Bloom-A-Thon, etc) can have flowers on them for most of the growing season. The answer is to prune, if needed, after the first...

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Finding Scorpions Indoors

Q: Our ranch-style house is built on a slab, primarily one level. In an average year, we may find two or three scorpions indoors. But since the beginning of September we’ve started finding them almost daily, in all parts of...

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Camellias – Severe Pruning

Q: My camellias have reached ten feet tall and are getting bare on the lower branches. Would five feet be too low to prune them? Will they re-sprout on the lower bare limbs?  A: If they are healthy, there should...

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My Tomatoes Develop Black Spots And Rot After Being Picked

Q: This summer I had beautiful tomato plants with loads of fruit. Problem is, after I pick them they begin to get blackish spots and rot right away.  A: Your symptoms sound like you have stink bugs or leaf-footed bugs...

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When Should I Plant Maiden Grass

Q: I am planning to use maiden grass, Miscanthus sinensis, as a screen between my house and a neighbor’s. Will it be okay to plant them in late September or better to wait until spring?  A: Maiden grass is a...

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Is There A Weeping Crapemyrtle?

Q: Is there a weeping crape myrtle?  A: I don’t believe there is a crapemyrtle that could be truly called “weeping” but “arching” could describe the form of several cultivars. McKinney, TX, “America’s Crape Myrtle City” (crapemyrtletrails.org) has a collection...

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Bermuda Lawn – I Put A Double Dose Of Pre-Emergent In September

Q: I have a bermuda lawn. I did not put out a pre-emergent in spring, hence I’ve got lots of weeds. I’ve put out a double dose of pre-emergent in September.  A: This is a situation where reading the label...

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