Gardening Q and A

Tomato – Leaf Miner

Q: I had problems with tomatoes last summer. The leaves started looking etched with white, then died and ultimately the plants died. Can you tell me what the problem was and what should be done to prevent it this summer?...

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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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