Gardening Q and A

Mole – Hills Near Lawn Edge

Q: I listen to your show every Saturday morning on my way to the golf course. Do you have any idea what kind of critter would be responsible for making these mounds in my back yard? A: They look like...

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Hornet Nest – Removing from Leyland Cypress

Q: My neighbor noticed a large hornet’s nest in a branch of my Leyland cypress. It’s about 15 feet in the air and embedded in 1 or 2 of the branches for support. Is there a practical way to get...

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Arborvitae – Multiple Leaders

Q: I planted a big ‘Green Giant’ arborvitae this year. It has one tall leader and 3 or 4 shorter leaders coming out of the rootball beside the main one. I would like to have just one leader so that...

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Philodendron – Cold Hardy?

Q: I have had this plant on my front porch for thirty years. It started with one sad looking leaf and has turned into what you see. I would love to know exactly what kind of plant this is. It...

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Palms – Transplanting

Q: I’m doing some research for a Sunday sermon which has a short discussion of date palms in it. Can a date palm re-root after being blown over? A: Yes, like most palms, date palm can be propped up for...

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Clover – Control in Iris Bed

Q: Is it possible to chemically eradicate clover in a bed of dwarf iris? A: My friend Theresa Schrum points out that irises are monocots (single-leafed plants) and therefore should be immune to 2,4-D, the primary ingredient in broadleaf (dicot)...

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Rose of Sharon – Mentioned in the Bible

The following came from Consumer Q’s, written by Arty Schronce and published by the Georgia Department of Agriculture Q: Is the rose of Sharon mentioned in the Bible the same shrub we know by that name? The shrub is also...

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Formosan Sweetgum – Identification

Q: We found this leaf on the UGA campus last weekend. Any idea what kind of tree? I searched all my tree ID books to no avail. A: Sharp-eyed naturalist Shannon Pable says it is Formosa sweetgum see Formosa...

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Milkweed Aphids – Identification

Q: Please tell me what this is! I don’t know if I should spray this or leave it. A: They are milkweed aphids. I see them every year on my milkweed plants , looking like a bright yellow crust on...

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Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle – Identification

Q: These bugs are savagely attacking our turnips and other leafy vegetables. What are they and how do you get rid of them? A: They are grubs of the yellowmargined leaf beetle. The adult beetle has an edge of yellow...

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Sweet Potato – Curing After Harvest

Q: For Christmas, my eighty-year-old dad wants a bushel of sweet potatoes that have been laid out in the sun to dry after being dug up, like his family in Alabama did. According to him, sweet potatoes are now kiln...

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English Ivy – Rooting

Q:We have two large oak tree stumps in our front yard as a result of recent storms. We would like to plant ivy around them to cover. Can ivy be rooted from clippings? A: It’s a simple task to root...

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Earthworms – Eradicating

Q: I have a photography studio and have numerous earthworm mounds on a grassy spot where I photograph families or people on the grass. My studio is on a wooded lot and this is the only piece of grass I...

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Creasy Greens – Identification

Q: My grandmother mentioned eating creasy greens in spring. She said they were a favorite mountain tonic. What can you tell me about them? A: Creasy greens, also called winter cress, are in the mustard family. The botanical name is...

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Invasive Plants in Georgia – List

Q: Where can I find a list of invasive plants in our area? Every time I see a plant doing well in the wild areas near me I wonder if it would be a good one in my yard. A:...

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Leaf Spot – On Turnips and Mustard

Q: I have these spots on my mustard and turnip leaves . I ‘d appreciate if you could help me get rid of what is causing them so I could get some in the freezer. A: I think it’s cercospora...

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Alstromeria – Weed-like in Garden

Q: Please warn people about planting alstroemeria. It’s gone under a cemented stone wall, under paving stones, has engulfed ferns and is about to do in a hydrangea. For me, alstroemeria is a nightmare. A: I’ve enjoyed this long-lasting component...

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Earthworms – Thousands of Casting Mounds

Q: Last year I had a beautiful lawn but now I fear I’m losing it. There are thousands of small mounds of soil similar to ant hills but much smaller. This condition covers the entire lawn area. Can you tell...

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