Gardening Q and A

Kiowa Blackberry – Management

Q: Last April, I ordered three small Kiowa blackberry plants and planted them five feet apart. Last summer, they spread across the ground like a hyperactive ivy covering a 20′ x 10′ area.This year, the runners from last years growth...

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Q: Is there a product that repels deer with ultrasonic sound? A: Ultrasonic repellers are ineffective at detering deer, rats, squirrels and mosquitoes. The University of Vermont says of stationary ultrasonic devices: “Deer quickly become used to stationery objects and...

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Lawn Aeration – How Much/Proper Method

Q: I got the following from my lawn company when I asked about aeration. We provide core aeration but do not offer the Criss-cross method. We have found this to cause too many divots in the lawn from the tires...

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Aerify Plus – Thoughts

Q: I’m about to aerate and overseed fescue in my lawn but the drainage is poor with lots of compacted soil. I read about a product called Aerify Plus that you spray on the lawn. Ever heard of it? A:...

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Hino Crimson Azalea vs Hinode Giri

Q: Is there a difference in the Hino Crimson red azalea and the Hinodegiri red azalea?? I read the Hino Crimson is a “sport of” the Hinodegiri but am not sure what that means. A: Hino Crimson is actually a...

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Pear – Thinning Fruit

Q: This is the 2nd spring with my Keiffer pear tree, it had eight pears last year. This year I’ve spot-counted 125. What’s the rule for removing some of the pears so I can have a good crop without breaking...

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Honeybees – In Swimming Pool

Q: My neighbor is a beginner beekeeper. His bees like to get water from my pool but I am allergic to them. What can I do? A: Tom Bonnell, Henry County beekeeper, says honeybees are one of the most beneficial...

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Bedstraw – Control

Q: I have a pesky weed which I don’t have any idea what it is. It feels “sticky” to the touch. I have dug up this weed and made sure no roots were left but it still came back to...

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Bulbs (Daffodils, Tulips) – Planted Really Late

Q: What would happen if I plant bulbs really late? Like in March? Mine are still firm to the touch. A: They would bloom six weeks later but would quickly fade in April’s heat. Here are some examples:...

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Frogs – Found in Bathroom

Q: This is the second frog I have found in my bathrooms. The first one in December was IN the toilet, the one this morning was on the FLOOR next to the toilet in the OTHER bathroom! Do you know...

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Pear – How to Thin Overloaded Fruit

Q: My young tree had eight pears last year. This year I’ve counted 125. What’s the rule for removing some of the pears so I can have a good crop without breaking all the limbs. A: Pears commonly overproduce young...

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Calico Scale – Identification

Q: Any idea what these black and white things are? They are on the trees along a front walkway near Atlantic Station. A: They are calico scale. You can control them by scraping them off the trunk and keeping watch...

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Pine – Orange Dust on Gall

Q: What is it? In my young pine tree near the lake. A: One of the Cronartium rust diseases. Maybe Cronartium quercuum. Although there are several kinds of rust diseases, I lump them all together as “fusiform rust”. The only...

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Japanese Honeysuckle – Juvenile Leaves are Lobed

Q: This comes up amidst my honeysuckle, but these leaves are not the same at all! New to my yard this year. The vines were reddish earlier, but I think now the color is not so apparent. A: This is...

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Rose – Sprouts From Grafted Understock

Q: I have a rose bush that I had in a planter for about a year but it died. Now that the weather has gotten nice I have noticed four or five small bushes growing in the planter. Two appear...

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Azalea – Dead Area on Side

Q: I have a shrub with problems in my front yard. I cannot tell if this dead pattern is due to the soil or a bug. A: This shows why it’s important not to shear azaleas. Over the years the...

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Termites – In Dead Stump

Q: I prepared to remove a stump in my parent’s backyard and realized that it has termites. I want to remove and grind the stump; however, I’m not sure if we need to treat the termites first. Her house is...

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Bamboo Iris – Winter Care

Q: I have a large (and spreading) clump of bamboo iris, Iris confusa. Can I remove leaves in winter? A: Unlike most irises, it’s better not to remove leaves in winter. The slender, flower-bearing stems emerge from old foliage and...

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