Gardening Q and A

Rose of Sharon – Budding

Q: Both this year and last on our Rose of Sharon bush there have been a considerable amount of blooms on the plant that never fully open. They turn yellow and drop. A: In my experience, two things cause Rose...

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No Mow Grass

Q: We hate to mow our lawn and were wondering what you know about “no-mow” grass. Our lawn is primarily shady, so what we are mowing now is weeds. A: If you’re referring to No Mow Grass sold on the...

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Moss – Weeds

Q: I am a moss lover. Is there a best way to remove weeds from my moss areas? When I pull them by hand, particularly the grass, the moss comes up also. A: The best idea is to clip weeds...

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Manure – Killing Garden Plants

Q: My wife and I are very experienced gardeners. This past winter I picked up a load of horse manure from a stable and let it compost under a tarp. In spring I top dressed my flower beds and mixed...

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Crows – Control

Q:We just had some new zoysia sod put in and crows are out there every evening plucking it out of the ground. Any suggestions? A: I consulted my University of Georgia Extension friends and they say the crows are likely...

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Potato Vine – Trimming

Q: I have a potato vine in a large ceramic pot. It grows like kudzu and is covering everything close by. Any problem with trimming? A: There’s no problem at all with cutting the vine when needed. Some early varieties...

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Bermuda Grass – Spreading

Q: Can you tell me the best way to prevent bermuda grass from getting into my flower beds? Can you recommend a barrier of metal, plastic, etc? A: Landscape architect Bruce Holliday (www.landscapeplansplus.com) says the very best material is brick...

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Mulch – Spiders

Q: Last fall I raked mulch off the garden and let it sit in a pile. After planting this year I re-spread it over the garden. Apparently over the winter a bunch of spiders nested in the mulch. I try...

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Limelight Hydrangea- Pruning

Q: I planted two Limelight hydrangeas last year. They look very healthy but will they bloom if I didn’t prune them this spring? A: They will be fine and will bloom in late summer. ‘Limelight’ is a panicle hydrangea. It...

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Wax Myrtle – Flowers (catkins)

Q: What’s going on with my wax myrtle? There seems to be some kind of infestation on the stems. A: It’s not an infestation, it’s wax myrtle sex! The things on the branches are female catkins (flowers) which will get...

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Vole – Damage to Oak

Q: Two years ago I planted 4 sawtooth oaks. A few weeks back I noticed the 2nd largest tree leaning over and something had gnawed it in half 3 or 4 inches below grade. I would assume from the marks...

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Rose of Sharon – Seed Bugs

Q: I found these on our Rose of Sharon. Am kinda sure they are not aphids, yet they do not seem to have a ladybug shape. Could you advise as to what they are? A: They’re seed bugs, Niesthrea louisianica....

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Bermudagrass (bermuda grass) – Control in Centipedegrass

Q: Four years ago I installed Tifblair centipede sod. Last summer I noticed bermuda grass in it. How do I eliminate the bermuda in the centipede? A: There are usually only two choices: dig out the offending bermudagrass or spray...

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Chelsea Garden Show – Erica Glasener

Want to attend the storied Chelsea Garden Show….with local garden expert Erica Glasener? Check out this tour...

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Hican – Identification

Q: What is a hican?   A: According to Arty Schronce at the Georgia Department of Agriculture, pecans and hickories are closely related and they can hybridize. Both belong to the genus Carya. The nuts of pecan-hickory hybrids (at least...

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Mouse – Bot Fly

Q: I am very curious about what the object protruding from this mouse might be. The mouse had been dead for not more than three days when the picture was taken. The strange object does not seem to be coming...

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Sandhill Crane – Identification

Q: In early January I heard a very strange sound in the sky. Looking up there was a large (More than 50) flock of birds. In looking closer, I realized they were actually split into two groups, each of which...

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Kiwi – Hardy Types

Q: I recently purchased a pair of hardy kiwi, that have a smooth skin, which appealed to me for my experiment in making jam from them. How are they grown? A: Hardy kiwi is different from the fuzzy kiwifruit, Actinidia...

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