Gardening Q and A

Butterflies – Identification

Q: I’ve already seen my first butterfly. Is there an easy source to use to identify it? A: Butterflies are exciting to see in a garden. They help pollinate plants but they are beautiful in their own right. I found...

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Cleyera – Leaf Spot

Q: I have some shrubs in front of my house that I keep pruned to about 5 feet tall. They’re 12-14 years old and have always looked great, but this year they have some kind of spot or disease. A:...

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Horseradish – Growing

Q: I bought a horseradish root from the grocery and placed it in a jar of water. I got sprouts! How do I separate the sprouts to give me multiple plants? A: I’d carefully slice down the middle to make...

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Grassology Grass – Growing in Georgia

Q: How does the new Grassology grass grow here? It’s sold on TV and at Bed Bath and Beyond. A: Despite the glossy ads, I have no confidence in this grass mixture at all for the metro Atlanta area. After...

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Goji Berry – Growing

Q: What do you know about growing goji berries? A: I have a plant in my backyard but it’s only been there for a year so  I have not had enough experience to judge yet. I found these two references,...

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Zoysia – Narrow Stripes of Dead Grass

Q: We have a Zeon zoysia lawn and I am stumped.These start out with one blackish spot and then about 24 hours later we have a STRAIGHT brown strip. We have tried various fungus stuff but nothing touches it. A...

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Tomato – Catfacing

Q: My Brandywine tomatoes look like some kind of mutants. The plant started off looking very healthy and was mulched and fertilized as I have always done. The first tomato harvested looked ok but did not have a good taste...

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Pre-emergent – Inhibit Thin Bermudagrass?

Q: When the label on a pre-emergent bag says it will prevent seeds from growing does that also mean it will keep bermudagrass from spreading into bare areas? A: Common pre-emergent herbicides labeled for use in turfgrass areas include benefin,...

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Callery Pear – Sprouting from Asian Pear

Q: We went to prune our 3-year-old Asian pear tree and found a locust tree growing out of it in two places. It’s really growing right out of the trunk! A: It’s not a locust tree, it’s a sprout from...

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Wisteria – Scattering Seed

Q: My office parking lot is near a wooded area. One afternoon as I was leaving I hear a short “pop” and then the sound of things dropping through the tree leaves nearby. It turned out to be wisteria seed...

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Crapemyrtle – Shorter Types

Q: I have three crepe myrtles in my front yard and I prune them every year, following your recommendations, but the one next to my garage has just gotten too large. After the new branches grow out again in the...

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Old Peach Tree – Rejuvenating

Q: I bought an old farm and I found a peach tree. I have removed the vines on it. I did find peach pits all on the ground so I hope it will still produce. Do you have any advice...

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Camellia Flowers – Frozen?

Q: After the extreme cold of 2014, how can I tell which flower buds on my camellia are frozen and which are not? A: A few days after the cold, frozen buds will be brown at the tip and will...

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Pepper – Green Growth Inside

Q: What in the world are these green things growing inside my green (red) pepper? A: It may look yucky, but what you’re seeing is a not uncommon internal proliferation. It’s especially common in peppers that are picked unripe and...

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Leyland Cypress – Pruning Overgrown

Q: Against my landscapers opinion I had him install about a dozen Leyland Cypress trees along the side of my house. He advised that they grew like weeds and would be hard to control. Was he ever right. Can you...

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Pansies – Killed by Cold?

Q: My pansies seem to have died in the recent cold spell. They were planted in an old wagon. Is there any chance they can revive or should I just ditch them? A: They will survive but they won’t look...

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Squirrel Damage – Snowball Viburnum

Q: What can we do to save this big snowball bush? A: I think the damage is caused by squirrels enlarging the holes made by sapsucker woodpeckers. It’s serious but I don’t think you can do much to deter the...

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Bee-friendly Flowers – What Blooms When

Q: I have nine hives and am a member of a local beekeepers club. We need to know what bee-friendly plants are blooming when. A: I well remember my beekeeper father moving his hives from place to place to take...

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