Gardening Q and A

Cardinal – Bald Headed

Q: I’m concerned about a female cardinal that has frequented my backyard feeder. She is completely bald from the shoulders up! What do you think is the trouble? A: Maybe feather mites? See “The Case of Bald...

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Bamboo Stakes – Rooting

Q: If I whack down a tall stalks of bamboo to build a pole bean teepee, will the bamboo take root? If so, how can I speed up the “won’t root” process? A: Bamboo usually will not root when stood...

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Neem – Grow in Georgia

Q: Can we can grow ‘Neem’ plant here? If so, how and where can we get this plant? I am also curious if ‘Sandalwood’ ‘Teak’ and ‘Rosewood’ are grown anywhere in U.S. I come from southern state of Karnataka in...

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Bermuda Grass – Green Over Septic Lines

Q: My septic line is in my front yard. So I have a beautiful yard with a dark green racing stripe running down the middle. The overall greenness of the lawn never seems to be able to catch-up to the...

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Ladyslipper Orchid – Plant Seed

Q: I have Ladyslipper Orchids growing in my pine thicket. How do I gather the seed and plant it? A: It’s hard to be successful. One expert uses woods dirt and table sugar to get his to germinate. See Ladyslipper...

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Seed Bags – For Hand Planting

Q: I am trying to find the cloth bags farmers use to use for sowing that they would wear over their shoulders. Do you know where I could get some? A: I think you’re going to have to make them...

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Bumblebees – Smaller Species

Q: One day my family and I noticed bees that were smaller and thinner than regular bumble bees in my yard. The pollen pouches were bright orange. What are they? What should we do about them? A: I’m betting it’s...

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Leyland Cypress – Branches Dying

Q: Three out of my twenty seven Leyland cypress’s are dead and most of the others have branches turning brown. Is there chemical that will stop this? A: This is a common situation during and after a drought (and after...

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Mothballs – Poisonous

Q: I heard on your radio show that mothballs can be poisonous. I’ve used them and I am just hoping for some clarification: are they poisonous to humans or animals only? Should we be expecting to experience particular symptoms? If...

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Dogwood – Septoria Leaf Spot

Q: I have spots on my dogwood as shown in the attached picture. Can you help? A: It’s septoria leaf spot. In my view it is not generally a big problem but removing fallen leaves in autumn is a good...

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Blackberry Lily – Identification

Q: I have a beautiful orchid-like flower growing wild in my horse pasture. I’d love any info on when, where and how to move it so I can enjoy it without hiking to the back of my property to see...

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Tomatillo – Identification

Q: What is this in my garden? It grows like a bush, more wide than tall. The fruit starts as a pod with a small green pea. This pea outgrows the pod, but no bigger then the palm of my...

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Balloon Cotton Bush – Identification

Q: I found an odd bush in my back yard. It has light green hairy seed pods. Any idea what it might be? A: My colleague Winston Eason gets the identification prize. He says it is a balloon cotton bush,...

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Rain Lily – Identification

Q: This flower bloomed from a bulb that was given to me. The leaves show in the spring but the flower appears in early September. Can you help me with an identification? A: It’s a rain lily, Zephyranthes atamasco The...

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Pumpkin – Mouse Damage

Q: My heirloom pumpkin patch has thrived until recently. When we first planted we had problems with field mice eating the seeds so we trapped them. Now something is eating the green pumpkins. Do you think the mice are back?...

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Buzzards (Vultures) – Control

Q: How can I encourage buzzards to move away from their roosting site? It is a very large flock. They have been there at least 3 years. The problem is that they smell bad & leave a mess on the...

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White Pine – Dying

Q: We just returned from an overseas trip and found one of our three pine trees pretty much dead and another one with a fair amount of brown needles. I stood next to the tree today, and heard...

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Tree – Trunk Rot from Mulch

Q: My mother lives in Ohio. She calls this tree her “beaver tree” because there is something eating away at the base. Could you let us know what to do to save the tree? A: I worked for three years...

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