Gardening Q and A

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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Hickory Horned Devil (Regal Moth)

Q: We found this huge green caterpillar near Lake Hartwell. I suspect it’s some type of moth. We took it to the local second grade “Show and Tell”. Hope it’s not deadly! The kids loved it! A: I’ve been WAITING...

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Irrigation – Pumping from a Stream or Pond

Q: I have a creek that runs in the back of my property, roughly 12 – 22 inches deep. I would like to get some type of pump that I could use to water my lawn from the creek. The...

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Depth to Which the Ground Freezes

Q: How deep does the ground freeze in Georgia? This has a great bearing on what I can and can’t grow and also on what the depth of my irrigation pipes must be. A: Theresa Schrum replies in February 2005:...

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Hops vine – Growing

Q: Is it possible to grow hops in Ga.? Could the vine be trained onto a trellis and grown in a pot on a deck? A: Hops flowers, as most know, are used to flavor beer. There once was thriving...

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Yellow Passionvine – Identification

Q: I have an unusual vine growing over a small azalea. It has leaves shaped somewhat like English Ivy, but it has small green flowers that have the form of a passionflower, and it is producing round fruit about halfway...

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Kousa Dogwood – Bark Flaking Off

Q:  The bark is coming off my dogwood but the tree seems very healthy. I cannot see any bugs other than tiny ants . Is there any cause for concern? This tree has white flowers and blooms 2 to 3...

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Dietes – Identification

Q: While visiting San Francisco and Napa Valley recently, we saw these flowers blooming in several areas.  Haven’t seen them in Georgia, but was wondering if you could tell me what they are. A: This Iris family member is Dietes...

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Sod Cutworm – Identification

Q: I found a lot of these brown things among the dead grass in my new sod. What is it? A: Your sod is infested with cutworms. I hate to say it but the sod probably had cutworm moth eggs...

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Junipers – Dying

Q: These junipers I planted in May are dying. They are in full sun in a landscaped area we just finished. I laid landscape fabric under them and with red cedar mulch around them. I was watering them about every...

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Skunk Vine – Identification

Q: I believe this insidious vine came in on pine straw one year because I saw dead-looking vines in the straw. I cannot stay ahead of it. It must be a cousin of kudzu because it is now everywhere. It...

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Pansy – Grow From Seed

Q: I am getting ready to plant some pansy seeds, and wanted to know if I should find a partially shady spot, or is there still too much heat? Or, should I just find a sunny location in the house?...

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Squirrel – Hiding Tomato in Tree

Q: We have a hawks nest nearby our garden and realized that it was the hawks that were stealing our tomatoes in addition to the deer!  The tree is about 40’ tall . A: Since hawks eat live animals almost...

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Leafcutter Ants – Identification

Q: My daughter sent this from Tucson : “On our walk this morning the dog and I saw an ant colony that had surrounded the entrance to the anthill with purple and yellow flower petals. The whole hill was carpeted...

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