Gardening Q and A

Squirrels – Licking Stuff…

Q: Our very shaded home is prone to mildew on the siding. We noticed odd squiggling lines, about a half-inch thick, that appeared on the front porch walls starting at the floor and going up to about a foot. After...

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Azaleas – Protection During Winter

Q: After last year’s cold weather our azaleas really took a beating. They have come back but I don’t want to stress them again this year. Would it be a good idea to cover them with burlap? A: If the...

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Persimmon – Not Bearing Fruit

Q: I have three three-year old persimmon trees but they have never had any persimmons. Is this normal or should they be bearing? A: Three- or four-year old trees are still establishing a vigorous root system. Your trees are more...

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Seeds – Storing Your Seed Bank

Q: I purchased some seeds earlier this year, placed them in a freezer bag and placed the bag in the freezer. I plan to purchase more seeds to continue my seed bank and wanted to know can the frozen seeds...

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Amending Soil – Does It Work

Q: I was told by a landscaper that it was not necessary to add anything to the hole when planting new shrubs. I live at pinetree country club and nothing but clay do I see. What do you recommend. A:...

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Asclepias – Treatment During Winter

Q: In March I planted two Asclepias butterfly plants. The plants grew OK, one better than the other and I didn’t expect blooms the first year and I didn’t get any (yet). I have been trying to get some information...

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Centipede Sod – Irrigation Techniques

Q: I am going to put down centipede sod in my GA yard. I am on well water that only generates 5 GPM. I have had different people tell me different things regarding the feasibility of having irrigation installed due...

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Tree Trunk – Branch Broke Off

Q: I had a branch near the bottom of a tree break off a few years back. Should I seal up the hole it left? A: The trunk is going to fail….probably sooner rather than later. Most arborists agree that...

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Loropetalums – Not Purple Any More

Q: My Plum Delight loropetalums have gone from the gorgeous deep purple color to a dull green. I choose this variety for the year round color. The plants are healthy and increasing in size, but I am puzzled by the...

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Tea Roses – Holes And Brown Sticky

Q: Something is eating holes in the buds of my hybrid tea roses, and there is a brown, sticky substance leaking from the holes. A: Various caterpillars bore into rose buds at this time of year. Sticky sap oozes from...

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Crocosmia – Planting Seeds

Q: I have tall crocosmia flowers. Can the seeds be saved for starting next spring? When should they be thinned out? A: Plant crocosmia seeds now, mimicking the natural cycle of the plant. In a good location, your spring sprouts...

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Viburnum – Failed To Bloom

Q: Our ‘Erie’ viburnum failed to bloom in May. Should it be pruned heavily? When? A: Like mophead hydrangea, ‘Erie’ viburnum blooms on twigs that form the previous season. Your shrub’s flower buds must have been frozen off in winter....

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Community Garden – Management Tips

Q: I am starting a community garden with raised garden beds. I need tips on how to manage it. A: Becky Griffin is a UGA garden expert who blogs about community gardening at bit.ly/UGAcommunity. There you’ll find timely tips plus...

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Parrotfeather – Removal From The Pond

Q: Our one-acre pond is becoming clogged with masses of parrot feather. Although it’s an attractive plant, it’s beginning to take over. How can we get rid of it without harming our fish? A: Aquatic plants are divided into four...

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Basil – Leaves Being Eaten

Q: The leaves on my basil plant have been eaten by something. There are holes in the middle of most leaves. A: The holes could be caused by slugs, snails or caterpillars. To differentiate, put a saucer-ful of beer near...

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Pecan – Finding Papershell

Q: At my former home in Texas I had two paper shell pecan trees and would like to plant one here. Do I need to have two different pollination types or can I get by with two trees of the...

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Spiderwort – Keeping Variegation

Q: How do you keep variegated leaves variegated? I have a green spiderwort with white variegation. It looks very healthy but the leaves going all green. I have an acid-green heuchera but it too is going darker. A: Variegation or...

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Strawberries – Identifying Mock Strawberries

Q: This year I planted a bed of wild strawberries but mock strawberries have invaded! How can I tell them apart so I can pull the weed and keep the wonderful? A: The leaves of the two plants are very...

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