Gardening Q and A

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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Better Boy Tomato – Defined

Q: What is the difference between a Better Boy tomato plant and a Hybrid Better Boy? A: By definition, they are the same plant. According to Gerald Klingaman, retired Extension Horticulturist in Arkansas, ‘Better Boy’ was hybridized in 1942 by...

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Blueberry – Mummy Berry Disease

Q: I have a long row of mature blueberry plants. For the past two years, all of my berries have turned brown and dropped just prior to maturing. I theorized this was mummy berry disease so I replaced all the...

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Masked chafer – Identification

Q: What is this insect that flies around my porch light? A: Masked chafer, the adult form of the white grubs you see in the soil when you dig in...

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Cedar – Hawthorn Rust – Identification

Q: My hawthorn tree has a lot of berries but most have rust colored, short, stringy things covering them. I recently sprayed the tree with water and plumes of orange dust came off it. A: Your tree is afflicted with...

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Echeveria – Identification

Q: Can you identify this plant? The base (the rosette looking part) is about 9 inches across. A: Tropical plant expert Winston Eason says it initially looked like Aeonium ‘Garnet’. However, on further reflection we now think it is Echeveria ‘Duchess...

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Butterfly Bush – spider mite control

Q: I have a mature butterfly bush. This year it is looking really bad. The leaves are curling up, like they are not getting enough water, but all my other butterfly bushes are doing fine. Any ideas? A: My first...

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