Gardening Q and A

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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How To Get Rid Of Boxelder Bugs?

Q: We have a silver maple in our back yard that seems to be a real poplar hangout for boxelder bugs. Is there anything we can do to persuade them to move along besides using pesticides? A: If you don’t...

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How/Why Kudzu And Chinese Privet Were Brought Here

Q: Could you tell me how and why kudzu and Chinese privet were brought here?  A: Kudzu came from Japan to the United States at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876. Importers thought it could be a nice flowering vine...

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How High Can Raised Beds Be?

Q: I am working to create permanent raised beds in my garden. I have been told that raised beds should not exceed twelve inches high because the soil becomes too hot and dry.  A: Raised beds do dry out a...

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Will A Vinegar And Salt Solution Kill Underbrush?

Q: Can you spread a vinegar and salt solution under big pine and oak trees to kill the underbrush below them?  A: Neither vinegar nor salt will kill the underbrush. Concentrated acetic acid, which smells like vinegar, might burn the...

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Mouthwash, Epsom Salts And Stale Beer – Mosquito Repellent?

Q: I have been told that a mixture of mouthwash, Epsom salts and stale beer can be sprayed around your landscape to keep mosquitoes away. What do you think?  A: I think this is an excellent recipe for hogwash. For...

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Are Kingsnake Eggs Protected By Law?

Q: I saw a kingsnake next to a big pile of wood chip mulch. If it is a female and has laid eggs in the pile, are the eggs are protected by law like the snake is?  A:Jason Clark at...

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Should I Use Liquid Fertilizer On My Lawn

Q: I just bought a large tow-behind sprayer. I would like to use it to apply liquid to my one-acre lawn. What’s the least expensive fertilizer to use?  A: The best product for your situation is one of the granular...

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