Gardening Q and A

Tomato Leaf Miner

Q: What do you know about the new pest tomato leaf miner? A: Zero! A gardener brought the pest to my attention in January, 2015 and all I could find was warnings that it would be very hard to manage....

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Crapemyrtle – Bark Scale

Q: What do you know about crapemyrtle bark scale? A: All I know was passed to me by Steve Pettis in the Rockdale Extension office. Here are some references: Crapemyrtle Bark Scale – Arkansas Crapemyrtle Bark Scale Spreading in...

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Jelly Fungus – On Twig

Q:I am guessing this is some kind of fungus and it isn’t good for my tree. A: It looks like one of the jelly fungi, probably Exidia recisa. The twig is dead and the fungus is decomposing it. No harm...

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Nostoc Bacteria – In Damp Gravel

Q: I have this stuff that looks like dark green seaweed growing on my gravel driveway. I looked online and found posts on garden forums from other people who have it and no one can seem to get rid of...

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Hellebore (Lenten Rose) – Aphids

Q: I was piddling around with my hellebores yesterday (Jan 25, 2015) and found a big infestation of aphids under the leaves of my ‘Ivory Prince’. I didn’t know aphids attacked hellebores! A: You are very observant! Hellebores have their...

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Hickory, Pecan, Acorn – Huge Nut Crop

Q: Our home is surrounded by many hardwood trees. This year we are experiencing a proliferation of hickory nuts. It is basically a solid mass of nuts underneath. Do you know of any explanation for this? A: Nuts such as...

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African Violet – Mites

Q: I have noticed white particles on my African violet leaves. The particles do not seem to be affecting the health of the plant, but I was hoping you could shed some light on what it might be. A: The...

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Squirrel – Albino

Q: A co-worker you discussed albino squirrels on the radio. I have one that frequents my yard here in Norcross. A: Albino squirrels are unusual but not exactly rare. It’s a genetic trait that is passed from parent squirrels to...

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Pride Of Barbados – Surviving The Cold

Q: While visiting San Antonio this summer we saw beautiful Pride of Barbados bushes with lovely flame orange flowers. My husband had to have one and we planted it in a very large pot. When the temperature dropped into the...

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Crapemyrtle – To Prune, Or Not To Prune

Q: I planted ten Acoma crapemyrtle sprouts four years ago. I’m not sure how they should be pruned or if they should be pruned at all. A: ‘Acoma’ crapemyrtle is a small-statured, white-blooming crapemyrtle. It grows to approximately ten feet...

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Japanese Maple – Leaves Have Dropped

Q: Last August we bought and had planted a large dwarf Japanese maple. We were told to water it regularly for the first year. Do we continue to water after the tree drops its leaves? A: I think your instincts...

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Azalea – Golden Yellow Leaves

Q: With the early cold snap, some of my azalea leaves are now a golden yellow color. Is there anything I should do? A: What you’re seeing is normal behavior for azaleas. The yellow leaves are those that were produced...

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Cardinals – Where Are They?

Q:I have not seen cardinals at our feeders since October. Do you have any ideas as to what happened? A: I don’t know but other bird lovers have noted the same thing. Perhaps a hawk or an owl has settled...

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Miscanthus – Turned Brown

Q: Our new yard has a grassy plant next to the front steps. It is about four feet high and has feathery plumes at the ends of stems. It is brown now. Do we cut it back? A: It’s probably...

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Japanese Maple – Brown Leaves

Q: Is there an explanation as to why our Japanese maples’ leaves are all brown but still hanging onto the trees? A: I’ve noticed as well that leaves on some crapemyrtles are lingering longer than usual this year. Young American...

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Grape Vine – Deer Damage

Q: A deer chewed my grape vine clean in half about two feet off the ground. Do I need to dig up vine and start over? A: The grape vine will definitely come back, either from just below the damage...

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Greenhouse – Lighting Systems

Q: My parents recently purchased a small hobby greenhouse. I want to purchase some sort of supplemental lighting system for them. Do you have any recommendations? A: The lighting system is a good idea. They can easily start seeds in...

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Euonymus – White Dots On Leaves

Q: I have a variegated euonymus shrub which has little white dots covering the leaves and stems. I need your help in identifying the culprit. A: You have euonymus scale, a sap sucking insect. In my experience, a heavy infestation...

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