Gardening Q and A

Pepper and Basil – Bacterial Leaf Spot

Q: Can you tell me what the black splotches on the basil in our small garden are? Q: This is a picture of a pepper I planted about 2 weeks ago. It looked healthy and vibrant when I put it...

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Elm – Drooping Limbs

Q: I planted a Princeton Elm about 3 years ago and the upright vase shape has been lovely. Now the elm seems to have had a growth spurt and added several feet to the limbs. A recent downpour has made...

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Aphids – Honeydew on Patio

Q: Shortly after we had these pavers installed we noticed a small gray patch of something. It slowly grew to a large gray patch. Now we have a second gray patch. And the first patch has developed little white flies....

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Taber Azalea – Flower Chimera

Q: We were out in the yard this weekend and I noticed a few dark pink flowers on my otherwise light-pink azalea. Then we looked closer and noticed a flower that is half light pink and half dark pink. This...

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Maple Tree – Burned at Base

Q: We have several eight-year-old maple trees at the fire station I work at. As you can see, they look rough. My best guess as to what happened to them is they were severely scorched last spring. Another crew burnt...

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Fig – Freeze Damage

Q: My fig tree has not put any leaves or even any little buds yet. Did this past winter kill it? A: I’m on the edge of my seat trying to decide the same question about my mother’s figs which,...

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Peach Leaf Curl – Identification

Q: We have an ornamental peach tree that has a problem on some of the leaves. No insects found. What is it and how do we treat? A: These are beautiful pictures of peach leaf curl! Spring is a time...

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Blueberries – Not Shipped to Georgia

Q: Do you know what’s happened in the last year or so regarding blueberry bushes being shipped to Georgia? I have never had an issue in the past but recently web sites are indicating that their blueberry plants cannot be...

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Hole in Lawn – Tree Trunk Subsiding

Q: I have a single hole in my front lawn, about a foot deep, cleanly dug without loose dirt around it. It’s kind of in the middle of the lawn and not near anything. A: It looks like a spot...

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Fern – Sunburn in Spring

Q: We have a Macho fern that we bought last summer and it was doing great in a pot on the front porch, we brought it inside for the winter and it did very well. Now for the spring we...

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Palms – Cold Damage

Q: At my home there already existed around my pool two well-established palms. They looked fine *last* spring, but so far this year all the limbs are slanted down completely, and brown. Obviously we had a cold winter. Is there...

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Asian Ambrosia Beetle – Dogwood

Q: I have an Asian dogwood. This spring little white “sticks” started popping out of the trunk overnight. I wiped them all off, (it looks powdery and comes off easily) but today they were all back. Would you know what...

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Camellia – Wires Embedded in Trunk

Q: I have taken on the monumental task of reclaiming my mother ‘s formal gardens because she has developed Alzheimer’s Disease. I’m concerned for some camellias which have been trained to grow up a shingled wall of the garage. They...

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Cherry Tree – Planted Too Deep

Q: I need your advice on a cherry tree that I planted three years ago. The tree trunk has been developing cracks and some branches are now dead. Can I save the tree? A: It sure looks like it was...

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Citrus Tree – Spider Mites

Q: Our orange tree has been indoors for the winter. The leaves now have a rust-looking deposit on them. It feels gritty when you rub the leaf. What can we do? A: I’m reasonably sure the plant is infested with...

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TifGrand Bermuda – Thinning

Q: In November 2011 we cleared out some of the trees in our backyard, brought in top soil, and created an area that looked something similar to an hourglass. There is a gentle slope from the top of the hourglass...

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Italian Cypress – Dead Foliage

Q: My Italian cypress has rust spots and I assume that is some sort of fungus. What do you recommend? A: In my experience Italian cypress is relatively short-lived. It grows wonderfully fast for a few years, looks majestic for...

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Rupturewort – Growing

Q: After searching for a grass-like ground cover that doesn’t flower I found Green Carpet Herniaria glabra Rupturwort on-line. Will it grow well in full sun in Alpharetta? A: I’ve not grown it but it’s listed as being hardy in...

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