Gardening Q and A

Crickets – Catching With Duct tape

Q: A small outbuilding on our property has been taken over by camel crickets. It will soon be an art space for my daughter. Any control suggestions? A: Camel crickets are creepy! In my experience you can catch lots of...

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Sod – Laying It Yourself

Q: We have a new house and are ready to put in a lawn. We have a landscape plan that calls for zoysia. We want to lay the sod ourselves. Should we do it now or wait until spring? A:...

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Leyland Cypress – Predicting Growth

Q:If I plant a gallon-sized Leyland cypress, will it grow more quickly and match the size of five-gallon plant in a relatively short period of time? A: I think the answer is “It depends.” If the smaller plant has an...

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Phone Apps – Identifying Wildflowers

Q: Someone has ‘borrowed’ my Audubon Guide to Wildflowers. Can you recommend a smartphone app for identifying wildflowers? A: I don’t know about smartphone apps that include the entire nation but UGA’s Mickey Cummings designed an excellent reference for north...

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Flower Book – Where To Find One

Q: I saw a coffee table book about flowers on the Today show years ago. It showed each flower in a blossom, full bloom and then dying. I can’t find it anywhere and don’t even know the title. A: The...

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Pests – Key To Control

Q: We recently bought some property that was formerly a hayfield. Our fruit and shade trees are being eaten alive by various pests. Is there a way to treat the entire property to keep these bugs off my trees and...

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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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