Gardening Q and A

Mosquito – Males vs. Females

Q: I’ve heard that only the female mosquito bites you. If so, what does the male eat? A: Male mosquitoes feed on plant nectar. Their mouthparts are not capable of piercing skin. Males may live a few days to more...

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Trees – Identification website and book

Q: We had several trees come down in last weeks storm here in Duluth, GA. Can you recommend the best website that provides color photos of trees, their bark and their leaves as we would like to I.D. what may...

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Rafus Palm – Proper Indoor Growing

Q: I have a rafus palm houseplant that is not doing well. I am not sure if I am over-watering or under-watering. Would you please tell me how the soil should be kept and give some fertilizing recommendations? The plant...

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Hibiscus – Winter care

Q: I want to know what to do with Hibiscus plants this winter. I lost one last year and we planted some new ones and I want to know how to save them for next spring. A: If it is...

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Amur Maple – Seed information

Q: I purchased and planted in Fall 03 a good sized Red Rhapsody Amur Maple. It was about 7 ft tall and 5 ft round and in 20 gal? I think can. My question is regarding the small seed wings(fruit?)...

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Moss Lawn – Care

Q: I have, quite by accident, created a very beautiful moss lawn in my very shady front yard. My question is how can I kill the weeds that crop up on top of the moss? Is there a spray that...

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Hyacinth – When to plant

Q: I have some questions about hyacinths and I would appreciate your help. I ordered 30 plants last spring, to be sent for fall planting. I received the plants a week ago. I immediately put the whole package in the...

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Osage Orange – Growing from Seed

Q: I have tried, unsuccessfully, for the past two years, to germinate and grow an osage orange tree. Can you shed any light on what I should be doing? We once had such a tree growing on the banks of...

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Bahiagrass – Control in Fescue

Q: Is there anyway to get rid of bahia grass out of a fescue lawn. I’m here in Charlotte North Carolina. Is it a weed or is it a grass. It just grows so doggone high in the 6-8 hot...

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Bougainvillea Goldenraintree – I.D.

Q: I saw two gorgeous trees in downtown Canton this week. The leaves were similar to pecan tree leaves and black walnut tree leaves. The tree was covered with hundred’s of beautiful clusters of watermelon-pink colored “hangy downy” triangular seed...

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Acorn Weevil

Q: My little granddaughter recently picked up a few acorns and I tossed them on the dining room table. A week later, I was about to remove them when I noticed a fine acorn dust all over the table cloth...

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Curry Leaf Plant – Propagation

Q: I wanted to find out how best to propagate the Curry Leaf plant? I have several of them and I get requests for them often enough that I have only my big older ones left. If I can propagate...

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Florida Betony – Control

Q: I have Florida betony in my perennial beds and it is slowly taking over my entire garden. Nothing seems to control it. A: Florida betony is also called “rattlesnake weed” because its roots look like the end of a...

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Windmill Palm – Planting Seeds

Q: I live in Lavonia, Ga. (Franklin County). have three Windmill Palms. They are in the 10 – 12 foot range..They are full of seeds this year and I would like to know when to collect and how/when to plant....

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Mosquito – Propane-powered

Q: When I asked subscribers to my “Georgia Gardener” e-mail newsletter for their experiences with propane-powered mosquito I expected a wide range of comments. Here’s one I didn’t expect: Does a propane powered mosquito get better gas mileage than a...

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Swimming Pool – Converting to Pond

Q: I have a swimming pool that is partially restored and have decided to fill it in and create a garden spot with possibly a small pond for wildlife to enjoy. It is a Gunite pool and it is currently...

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Citrus Trees – Winter Care

Q: I have several citrus trees in the back yard-orange, grapefruit and lemon. They all bear fruit, but I am sure that there is something I should do over the winter months. I haven’t been able to find any literature...

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European Beech – Survival in Georgia

Q: Can a tri-colored beech tree survive and thrive in Atlanta? If yes, do they need any special considerations in planting? A: According to the experts, European beech (Fagus sylvatica) can’t handle our summer heat. I have never seen one...

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