Gardening Q and A

Ailanthus Webworm Moth – Identification

Q:  This bug was on my storm door the other day. The pattern looked kind of like an elongated ladybug. A: It’s an ailanthus webworm moth. The caterpillar feeds on the leaves of a “trash tree” named Tree-of-Heaven, Ailanthus altissima....

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Pistache – Planted Too deep

Q: Our 71/2 year old Chinese Pistache tree has always been dense with foliage. In the past couple of weeks, we have noticed that it was not filling out with the abundance of leaves.  Upon close examination today, nothing seems to...

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Tree Sidewalk Root Protection

Q: I drove past a sidewalk near LaVista Rd. that had evidently been raised to protect tree roots. Can you tell me how they did this? A: The owner says: “I really don’t know how I accomplished it. I just...

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Hercules Club – Identification

Q: Is this thorny woodland plant  a noxious weed or a beneficial native? A: You have a Hercules’ club or Devil’s walking stick: Aralia spinosa (or Zanthoxylum clava-herculis). I consider it a beneficial native. Though the thorns along the trunk...

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New Blueberry Varieties – Sources

Q:  I keep reading about the new blueberry varieties, including ‘Vernon’, ‘Ochlockonee’, ‘Alapaha’, etc. Where can I buy them? Your first call should be to your local garden center. If they don’t have these superior blueberries, try: Cornelius Farms 912-284-0266...

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Centipedegrass – Decline

Q: I’ve heard of centipede decline…….but this is ridiculous! Our fourteen year-old centipedegrass yard began developing bare patches about four years ago. Now almost a third of my yard is bare and looks horrible. A: It turns out that a...

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Organic Gardening – Resources

Q: I have been all over the Internet and cannot find a good resource about organic gardening in Georgia and what to plant when. We want to start an organic vegetable garden now. What can we plant in the summer...

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Armyworms – In Lawn

Q: We have armyworms in our lawn eating up the Bermuda grass. What insecticide should we use and how should it be applied? A: Armyworms are caterpillars that feed predominantly on grasses. They attack pastures and lawns each year. The...

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Hercules Beetle – Identification

Q: My husband found this beetle at a convenience store in Carroll county and brought it home. We have no idea what it is. We were hoping you could help us to identify it. A: It’s a female Hercules beetle,...

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Aspidistra

Q: Could you tell me where it’s best to grow an aspidistra plant? Are there any instructions on how to transplant? A: Aspidistra is sometimes called cast-iron plant because it adapts to so many situations. However, until recently, I had...

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Potato – Varieties for Georgia

Q: My mother was born and raised a farmer in Galicia, Spain but I have not inherited her farming skills. I bought 12 lbs. of ‘Shepody’ seed potatoes online. I tilled, fertilized and planted the potatoes in a good spot....

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Bermudagrass – Fertilizing Before Rain

Q: My bermudagrass lawn is in great shape. Should I lime and fertilize even if there is no rain in the forecast for several days? A: Water is the only thing that will move the fertilizer down into the root...

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Hops – Yield from Vine

Q: I am trying to find out how much in weight the average hops vine yields. Can you help ? A: “Each of the four to six vines arising from a hill produces four to six ounces of dried hops.”...

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Plumeria- Leaf Loss

Q: During a trip to Hawaii a couple of years ago I bought a plumeria plant. It has grown very well. It lives outside during the summer and is brought inside for the winter. Each winter it drops all its...

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Bermudagrass – Mowing Correctly

Q: My yard is in great shape but my goal is to have shorter bermudagrass that stays green. I have tried to train it shorter but no matter what, when I cut it low, it is brown underneath. Some in...

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Plumeria – Care

Q: Two years ago I brought back a cutting of plumeria from Hawaii. It is in the shape of a capital “Y”. It rooted successfully and produced large green leaves at the end of each point of the “Y” but...

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Tree Reforestation Requirements

Q: I need to know what type of trees (and size) are allowed for reforestation requirements in DeKalb County. It would also be nice to have the same info for other counties (Fulton, Forsyth, Cobb). I was told that the...

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Leyland Cypress/Cryptomeria – Cercospora Leaf Spot

Q: I have a long twenty-five foot tall Leyland cypress hedge. They were originally planted on four foot centers along my property line. They were very healthy until this summer, when die-off of needles began at one end of hedge....

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