Gardening Q and A

Leafcutter Bee – In Branch

Q: I’ve never seen anything like this. A small branch, about as thick as a man’s finger, fell from our mature oak tree. When my husband went to pick it up, he saw a small pile of sawdust at the...

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Rustic Sphinx Moth

Q: I found a caterpillar hanging upside down on my lantana. Can you please tell me what kind it is and what those white things are attached to its back? A: It looks like Rustic sphinx moth caterpillar. The moth...

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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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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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Rabbit – Eating Ornamental Sweet Potato

Q: I planted several ornamental sweet potatoes in planters around my house. Immediately, something started gnawing them to the bare stems. I thought it was a chipmunk. Today I caught the actual muncher with a mouth full! A: CAUGHT IN...

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Asian Ambrosia Beetle – On Crapemyrtle

Q: I have toothpicks of sawdust coming out of the trunk of one of my crapemyrtles. The other one looks OK but this one can’t put out much new growth. A: I feel sure you have an infestation of Asian...

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Maple – Bark Splits

Q: Nine years ago I planted 4 red maples . I am concerned about two of the trees. Their bark has long cracks in it. Why? A: My initial answer is “That’s just what they do sometimes!” Notice how the...

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Crapemyrtle – Sprouts in Lawn

Q: Last year I had a very old crepe myrtle tree removed. The stump was removed but now the plant is coming up everywhere. Many of these sprouts are coming from various roots left from the removal. Other than digging...

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Tomato Hornworm – Droppings

Q: My wife has a couple of tomato plants. This evening she noticed some “things” on a leaf of the plant. Could you please take a look and give us any information you might have about them? A: Somewhere on...

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Milkweed Bugs

Q: Last evening I noticed my Mexican butterfly flower’s seed pods were covered up in these little orange bugs that I have not seen before. They are orange with two black spots on their backs about where their shoulders would...

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Red Hot Poker – Identification

Q: My Mother calls the flower I’m sending you “Bread and Butter”. She could not remember the actual name so I researched it on the Internet and found that gladiolus are referred to as ‘Bread and Butter’. My sister took...

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Acorns – Control Sprouts in Lawn

Q: I have a problem with acorns dropping in beds (pachysandra and juniper). Would Preen inhibit their sprouting in spring? We spend soooo much time on our hands and knees pulling oak “babies”.   A: Mark Czarnota, my UGA weed...

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Crapemyrtle – ‘Acoma’

Q: When is the best time to plant an ‘Acoma’ crepemyrtle? What is its mature height? A: ‘Acoma’ is an excellent choice for a white-flowering crapemyrtle when space won’t accommodate a ‘Natchez’. ‘Acoma’ grows to 15 feet tall in ten...

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Geese – Control in Lawn

Q: I have a small pond in my backyard. Geese have taken up residence and are making a mess of our lawn. Any ideas on how to get rid of them? A: Geese molt in late summer so they can’t...

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Japanese Beetles – Organic Repellent?

Q: I contacted you regarding the use of various flowers, herbs, and horticultural oil as a mixture to get rid of Japanese Beetles. You wanted me to let you know how it worked. I steeped (like tea) Convolvulus leaves (and...

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Aspartame – As Ant Poison

Q: Do you know anything about the Internet rumor that says aspartame artificial sweetner kills ants? A: Yes I do….and I consider it false. It’s funny that the email right before yours was from a guy advising me that chewing...

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Rabbits – Repelled with Milorganite

Q: On your radio show a caller asked for something to discourage rabbits from munching on their garden. Milorganite seems to work for me. Each spring, rabbits would make a meal out of the new, tender blades of mondo grass...

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Hornet Nest – Huge

Q: We have a bass lake and “cook-house” that is about 300 yards from our house in Lafayette, Alabama. We have just noticed this hornet nest, about 2-3 feet in diameter.Do any of you know how to get rid of...

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