Gardening Q and A

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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Citrus Trees – In McDonough

Q: I have four orange trees in McDonough. The three trees by the driveway are about 18′. I have pruned the other one to about 12′. A: Wow! Due to the egg-shape of the fruit and the plants’ cold-hardiness, I...

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Okra – Pruning

Q: I have always wanted to plant some okra. I once visited a vegetable farm where the farmer was pruning his okra. It looked as it was setting the pods closer together with this practice and was much easier to...

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Bradford Pear – Is Topping OK?

Q: I have two mature Bradford pear trees on my property and they have always been very large. Each tree has several limbs growing from the base and the tree height is above the street light in our neighborhood. I’m...

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Daffodil ‘Telamonius Plenus’ – Identification

Q: We moved some “buttercups,” as my mother-in-law used to call them, from the family farm in Tennessee to our home in Kennesaw. We have never seen one like this! We’d love to know what it might be. A: Jaydee...

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Bloodworms – In Pond

Q: I have a small pond. The pump stopped running and when I checked, the filter was completely full of disgusting leeches. They look similar to earthworms with flattened “heads”. When I opened up the filter, several “grabbed” my fingers...

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Weeping Cherry – No Longer Weeping

Q: We were given a weeping cherry tree and it isn’t very droopy. When we received it, the branches all bent down toward the ground in a very nice shape. However, it got some disease, and I had to prune...

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Florist Gardenia – Planting Outdoors

Q: My husband’s grandmother passed away and we were given a gardenia. Can I plant the gardenia in winter? A: Most florists’ gardenias are selections of the common southern gardenia, Gardenia jasminoides. In all likelihood, yours was grown in a...

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Green Globs (Algae, Nostoc) – In Lawn

Q: I have green Jello-like stuff growing in my yard. It started a few years back as a small patch about the size of your hand in shaded area that has now grown and spread 20 yards in all directions....

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Weed Preventer (Pre-emergent) – Organic

Q: Are there organic weed preventers you would suggest rather than dumping chemicals on ground? A: I’d love to find a non-chemical weed preventer but there simply doesn’t seem to be an effective one for our part of the world.....

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Slugs and Snails – Deterred With Copper

Q: How can I manage the slugs that come to the cat and dog food bowls on my brick patio? A: I suppose a long term solution would be to stop leaving pet food outdoors. But if you want a...

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Boxwood – Diseased Foliage

Q: We have a troubled boxwood and a noticeably unmatched pair. These boxwoods have been in the ground for five years. The yellowing started over a year ago and continues to get worse. Do you have any suggestions? These bushes...

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Arborvitae – Black Foliage

Q: I have nine arborvitae that have been in the ground three years. About a month ago I noticed blackening of the leaves out near the tips on several branches. The affected branches are just above ground level and isolated...

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Fescue – Yellowing

Q: I have seeded and re-seeded tall fescue grass for seven years, with not much success. In my frustration this past fall, I cut a couple trees down to increase light, had my soil tested, tilled the yard to 4”...

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Bittersweet – Viability in Georgia

Q: I see bittersweet vines and berries used in decorating this time of year. Can we grow bittersweet here? A: After I described how to propagate invasive Chinese privet in a recent column, I had to invent a self-flagellation machine...

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Lemon Grass – Winterizing

Q: What do I do with a lemon grass plant over the winter? I planted it this spring and it is huge! A: Lemongrass, Andropogon citratus, is a perennial plant in south Georgia but it is killed by winter cold...

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