Gardening Q and A

Japanese Climbing Fern

Q: I found an odd vine growing in the neglected landscape of a small office building in Buckhead. Is this Japanese climbing fern? A: You’re exactly right! This invasive vine can smother nearby perennials. I suspect it is brought into...

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Tomato – Splitting

Q: I have two tomato plants in 24 inch pots. They are doing very well but 75 percent of the fruit is split at the top near the stem. Is there any solution for this? A: Fluctuations in soil moisture...

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Centipede Grass – Prostrate Spruge

Q: My centipede lawn is being taken over by prostrate spurge. I know I should have put out pre-emergent, but is there anything I can do besides wait for it all to die? A: Prostrate spurge has wiry stems, a...

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Lawn – Armyworms

Q: My back lawn was recently infested with army worms. I was out of town and didn’t notice it until it was too late. I sprayed B.t. and now they appear to be gone. Is it okay for me to...

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Yoshino Cherry – Roundup

Q: My Yoshino cherry is sending up new shoots from its roots. My landscaper has been spraying them with Roundup. He says that this will not kill the tree. I disagree. Who is correct? A: Your landscaper is playing a...

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Fescue – Summer Heat

Q: I seed, re-seed and fertilize my fescue lawn every year. I get beautiful grass every spring until early summer and the heat kills it. The yard is mostly sunny all day. What do I do? A: Look at it...

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Okra – Trimming

Q: When okra gets six feet tall, what can be done to keep it from getting too tall to easily pick without reducing the daily harvest? A: You can’t do anything to reduce height that won’t also reduce flowers. I...

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Willow Oak – Replacing

Q: I just removed an old willow oak from the front of my yard due to disease. I would like to replace the tree and was wondering what type of tree I should consider. A: You have several choices and...

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Panicle Hydrangea – Pruning

Q: My hydrangea tree is fifteen feet tall and beautiful. I wonder if I should trim the lower branches and give the tree a trunk and a “head”. A: I’m guessing you have one of the panicle hydrangeas: Hydrangea paniculata...

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Greenhouse – Temperature Control

Q: I have wanted a greenhouse for a long time and the time has come to get one. Do I need a heater in my greenhouse? I want to overwinter many of my plants there. A: If your greenhouse is...

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Tomatoes – Bird Problems

Q: We have beautiful tomatoes but as soon as they begin to show color, they are pecked at by birds. Is there anything we can do? A: I suppose bird netting is a possibility but the easiest thing to do...

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Spinning Primrose – Winter Preparation

Q: I was given a spinning Persian primrose that blooms in the evening, just as it’s getting dark. What do I do with the stalks during the winter? A: Spinning primrose, Oenothera biennis, is also known as evening primrose. It...

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Compost Pile – Lemon Rinds

Q: Will fresh lemon rinds hurt my compost pile? A: Not at all. Anything that was previously a plant can be composted and the resulting humus can be incorporated into garden beds. Folks commonly compost banana peels, coffee grounds and...

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Lawn – Funnel Weaver Spider Webs

Q: My neighbor has hundreds of small spider webs all over his lawn after a rain. Any idea what those webs are? A: They are probably the webs of funnel weaver spiders. They are completely harmless and indeed eat aphids,...

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Hardwoods – Cicadas

Q: In the last couple of months we have noticed foot-long ends of limbs on our hardwoods turning brown and falling off. Do you know what is going on? A: Remember back in May when you heard the constant shriek...

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Squash – Protection

Q: Squash borers decimated my squash plants this year. Can I plant more this year or should I consider it a bust? Kimberly Hardy, e-mail A: Summer squash only take 50 – 60 days from planting to harvest so you...

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Asparagus – Transplanting

Q: My daughter is moving away. Is it feasible to transplant her asparagus plants to my garden now? A: Before you go to lots of trouble, try to determine what variety they are. If they are ‘Mary Washington’ or ‘Martha...

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Corn – Ants

Q: I have some ants that are congregating at the top of my corn tassels. I’ve seen that mineral oil may rid me of them; your thoughts? A: Ants congregate on corn to eat honeydew from aphids and sometimes to...

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