Gardening Q and A

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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Roots Of Trees Growing Toward Slab Of Foundation

Q: I have a solid slab foundation under my home. The roots of a tree near the house are growing toward my slab. What should I do?  A: I think the tree roots are not growing toward your slab, they...

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Snowball Viburnum – Do I Need Another Vibrurnum To “Berry Up”

Q: I have a wonderful snowball viburnum but never notice it producing berries. Do I need another viburnum species nearby for it to “berry up” for the birds?  A: There are two flower forms of snowball viburnum. Viburnum macrocephalum, with...

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Will Locust Trees Do Well In Georgia?

Q: Will locust trees do well here? They are so amazingly fragrant when their white flowers come out in the late spring.  A: Black locust, Robinia pseudoacacia, and honey locust, Gleditsia triacanthos, are commonly grown in Georgia. Good sources of...

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My Lawn Is Suffering From Drought

Q: Some areas of my lawn look really stressed from drought. I try to water it once a week for twenty minutes each zone.  A: You need to know how much water is being applied in twenty minutes. Set six...

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My Pomegranate Trees Have Only One Or Two Fruits

Q: My wife and I have three six-year-old pomegranate trees. One of them has full of orange flowers but only one or two fruits. Most of the flowers are single but there are many double flowers too.  A: I think...

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Filbert bush needs pollinator

Q: I harvested one lone filbert nut on my tree. When will the tree mature and give me more? A: Congratulations! You have accomplished the typical yield from a single filbert tree. The reason is that filberts (and hazelnuts) have...

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Sunflowers don’t inhibit other plants

Q: I was told that sunflowers produce toxins in the soil they grow in. Will these gentle giants destroy my surroundings plants? I have had sunflowers in my garden many times and have not noticed a problem with growth of...

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Glyphosate (Roundup) damage to angel trumpet

When John S. asked about the tiny leaves on his angel trumpet, I told him it sure looked like the damage that glyphosate causes on azalea, rose and crapemyrtle. A few days later he replied that he had sprayed Roundup...

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