Gardening Q and A

Tomato – Sun Scald on New Plants

Q: I’ve been starting my tomato seeds indoors in preparation for spring planting. Since the weather here in Marietta has been steadily warming, I decided to plant the tomato plants outside in mid-April. Ever since, I’ve noticed that the leaves...

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Straw Bale Garden – One Gardener’s Project

Q: I called you in early April about whether to go ahead and plant my straw bale garden. You seemed a bit skeptical about planting that early, but since I had the plastic sheeting in place and was able to...

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Chipmunk Control – Georgia Laws

Q: Is it true that chipmunks are protected by Georgia law? A: Yes, it is true. Here is the appropriate part of the Georgia State Code: TITLE 27.  GAME AND FISH CHAPTER 1.  GENERAL PROVISIONS O.C.G.A. § 27-1-28  (2012) § 27-1-28.  Taking of...

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Wisteria – Remove Due to Kudzu Bug?

Q: Am I going to have to cut down the wisteria on my pergola to get rid of the massive amount of kudzu bugs hanging out on it? The wisteria is just starting to bloom. A: I hate to destroy...

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Dogwood – Few Flowers in 2013

Q: This year (2013) there were not very many white blossoms on any of my dogwoods. They are leafing out as normal. Should I worry about this lack of blossoms? A: You are not the first (or second or third)...

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Pine Cones – Why So Few

Q: I have several pine trees on our property. Some have pine cones… but others do not! The trees here are side by side. Can you explain the difference? A: Pine cones don’t all drop in the fall. In fact,...

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Cumberland False Rosemary – Growing

Q: I inherited a Cumberland false rosemary planted in a large outdoor pot. Can this plant survive planted in the ground here? A: Native plant expert Shannon Pable (shannonpable.com) says Cumberland false rosemary, Conradina verticillata, naturally grows in sandy soil...

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Dung Beetles – For Cleaning Up Dog Droppings

Q: Recently I saw a show on TV that described dung beetles. Since gardeners buy ladybugs to eat aphids, I wondered if it would be possible to buy dung beetles to clean up my dog run. A: Your question might...

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Nandina – Poisonous to Cedar Waxwings

Q: Did you know that nandina berries are poisonous to cedar waxwings? A: A recent observation of mass death among cedar waxwings was followed by a veterinary necropsy. The doctors found huge amounts of nandina berries in the cedar waxwing...

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Banana – Trimming in Winter

Q: With the mild winter we had, I never felt the need to cut my banana trees back. I have 4 stalks about 6′ tall that are now sprouting leaves. I did trim off the dead leaves to clean them...

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Walkingstick Kale – Identification

Q: We saw an amazing garden in France at a chateau. Could you tell me what is the tall plant with large leaves? A: Vegetable expert Daryl Pulis (www.mrsgreenthumb.com) says it’s walking stick kale, Brassica oleracea var. longata, also known...

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Rats – Eating Pansies

Q: I have pansies in a planter on my deck about 4 feet off the ground. The plants kept disappearing overnight so I placed my game camera nearby. I put some cut off celery leaf tops and broccoli flowerets as...

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Plants for Soggy Shade

Q: I have absolutely no lawn or plant experience. My unit is a corner of the building. The north side gets no direct sunlight and the east side has sun in the morning. For some reason the soil around the...

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Evergreen Tree – Pruning

Q: I planted these trees years ago to serve as a border between our house and our neighbor. They have grown to be a little wider than I had anticipated. Would it hurt them to cut them back so that...

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Alabama Jumper Earthworms – Not Recommended

Q: I have been told that Alabama Jumper earthworms are the best type of worms to help aerate red clay. Is this true? A: Although we think of earthworms as always good for the garden, such is not always so....

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Sweetgum – Positive Characteristics

Q: I saw the posting about your aggravation with sweetgum trees. They have three other rather aggravating traits. The green balls are formidable projectiles when encountered by a lawn mower. The wood is almost impossible to split and then it...

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Longhorn Borer – In Maple

Q: This grub and small ants are in the crotch of my large maple tree. What type of grub is it? How should I treat it? A: This is one of the many bark borers that afflict trees. It may...

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Liriope – Crown Rot in Drain Area

Q: We used to have a full, strong area of Liriope in our front yard. Beginning last year we began to see indications of the growth dying and patches showing up. The grass itself appears to have lost strength and...

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