Gardening Q and A

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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Montauk Daisy – Rooting and Transplanting

Q: I’ve rooted some cuttings from a neighbor’s Montauk daisies and they’re now going dormant. Should I leave them in their little flower pots all winter? A: Montauk daisy, Nipponanthemum nipponicum, is usually perennial here but transplanting the little ones...

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Nightshade Family – Linkage to Arthiritis

Q: My grandmother was told that eating vegetable members of the nightshade family would exacerbate her arthritis. Which ones should she avoid? Why are they called nightshade? A: The nightshade (solanum) family is very diverse, covering tobacco, jimson weed, angel...

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Pansies – Fertilizing with Oatmeal

Q: My mother in Asheville, NC heard a professional landscaper say that she fertilizes pansies with oatmeal. Have you ever heard of this? A: I’ve never heard of it before but I guess oatmeal could provide a bit of nutrition...

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Persimmon – Planting from Fruit

Q: My granddaughter found a persimmon while walking the dogs. Can I plant it and have a tree in my yard? A: You can certainly plant it and eventually get a tree but there is a caveat. The seed might...

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Oak Tree – Selling or Donating Possibility?

Q: We must remove a huge, beautiful oak tree. It’s healthy, but has outgrown its available space. Is there a way to sell or donate this tree? A: Selling or donating a tree is problematic. A firewood vendor could use...

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Meyer Lemon – Spider Mites

Q: I have a mature Meyer lemon tree but every winter when I bring it inside, it gets those awful mites. I spray it with an organic soap, but it is almost impossible to get rid of those suckers. A:...

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