Gardening Q and A

Japanese Maple – Repair

Q: My mother-in-law thought my coralbark maple was getting out of hand so last summer she chopped off the top of the tree. Now I have a million small branches coming out of the limbs she chopped off. I want...

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Abandoned Well – Filling

Q: I found what seems to be an abandoned well on my newly-purchased property. It has a 36″ concrete rim 6″ above the surrounding soil and I can see water at the bottom. What should I do now? A: You...

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Carpenter Bee – Build Your Own Trap

Q: I heard the words “making a carpenter bee trap” on your Saturday morning show. Where can I get details? A: I mentioned that I’d seen a video of a guy making a trap that he said was very effective...

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Seed Companies – Southern

Q: What seed companies do you recommend. All of the catalogs I’ve received so far are from the NE, midwest, or CA. Is there a SE seed company? I would love to buy as local as possible. A: I applaud...

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Spathiphylum – Leaf Spot

Q: This is a leaf from my indoor Peace Lily plant, can you tell me what you think is causing the leaves to get like this ? A: This looks like bacterial leaf spot. I think there could be three...

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American Elm – Resistant to Dutch Elm Disease

Q: I’d like to grow a ‘Jefferson’ American elm to replace a poplar tree in the front yard. Any thoughts? A: It’s rare to see a healthy American elm anymore. Most have succunbed to Dutch elm disease, transmitted by bark...

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Ramps – Growing

Q: I know where some ramps are growing in Morgan County. How can I propagate them in a sunny, creekside, hardwood valley in Smynings? A: Ramps, Allium tricoccum, are also known as wild leeks. They grow in moist woodlands and...

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Mistletoe – In Cotoneaster

Q: In my backyard, I was picking up branches, including some pieces of mistletoe under a large oak tree. When I attempted to pick a sprig out of the nearby cotoneaster, I discovered to my surprise that the mistletoe was...

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Red Maple – Seedless

Q: This tree at my apartment complex has beautiful pink blooms and yellow autumn leaves. Though I live in Tennessee, I am hoping you might know the tree’s identity. A man with the Tennessee State Forestry Dept. tried to convince...

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Mistletoe – Bad for Trees

Q: Would you agree with my hypothesis that the increase in mistletoe in trees is because we haven’t had many ice storms? A: I don’t know if ice storms have had an effect but I sure seem to see lots...

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Camperdown Elm – Planting in the South

Q: On a walk through Prospect Park in Brooklyn with my 8-year-old grandson, we found the Camperdown Elm. He is excited about the possibility of my planting one. Suggestions? A: The Camperdown elm, Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdownii’, was discovered by a...

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Crabapples – Eating

Q: We’re having a debate about eating crabapples from trees growing along a busy four-lane road. Would these be safe? A: I’m not a doctor but I’d be more concerned with road dust and chemicals that land on leafy wild...

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Bermuda – Mixing With Fescue

Q: My lawn care company recommended it would be better if I planted bermuda seed rather than keep the fescue that is in my full sun back yard. Do you think this is a good idea? A: It’s possible to...

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Fescue – Pre-Emergent and Reseeding

Q: I was getting ready to reseed my fescue lawn and my lawn care company put out Princep pre-emergent while I was not home. How long do I have to wait before I can reseed? A: Simazine (Princep, etc) is...

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Bee Keeping – Jasmine

Q: I’m a first-time bee keeper and at a Georgia Beekeeping Association event one of the speakers said that jasmine was toxic to bees. This is disappointing because I want to grow Tangerine Dream jasmine vine. What do you think?...

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Spanish Moss – Growing

Q: Is there a way to grow Spanish moss here? I have seen yards in the area with moss but it seems its growing on a certain kind of tree. A: Spanish moss is not a true moss. It is...

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Wood Chips – Free

Q: You mentioned on your radio program that it was easy to obtain free wood chips. Whom would I contact? A: Most arborist companies (www.georgiaarborist.org) will deliver them free. If you ask nicely, they will be on the lookout for...

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Crape Myrtle – Watering Leaves

Q: My neighbor keeps telling me I’m crazy. When I water I take extra care to spray the leaves of my crape myrtles and Leylands. I know plants absorb water through their leaves but is it beneficial or am I...

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