Gardening Q and A

Cherrylaurel – Leaf Spot

Q: We have a Carolina cherrylaurel in our backyard. It has some brownish-gold spots as well as some small holes in the leaves. It gets early morning and afternoon sun with spotty shade most of the rest of the day....

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Fescue – Resisting brown patch

Q: I am tired of my fescue lawn dying every summer. It always starts with brown spots, then progresses to just dead patches all over. I am looking for the highest-rated fescue that has the best resistance to brown patch...

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Tomato – Acid Taste

Q: I grow a few tomato plants each year with limited success. I have spent years trying to produce fruit which has an acidic taste–a bit of a bite. Bland tomatoes are edible, but just barely so. Is the acidic...

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Pansy – Disappearing Flowers

Q: Something is eating the blooms off of my pansies. It must visit at night because I see the blooms during the day but they’re gone and just the stems are left when I next check on them. A: Why...

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Sweet Autumn Clematis – Seed

Q: In September, while visiting a garden in north Georgia I saw an interesting vine. The flowers looked like what we called “monkey’s fist” in the Navy. Do you know what it is called? A: I believe they are the...

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Confederate Rose – Identification

Q: This plant was given to me by a friend whose house was about to be torn down and he called it a “Cotton Rose” but wasn’t sure. The first day the bloom is white with a yellow center, the...

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Elephant Ear – Blooms

Q: This is an elephant ear blooming in the front of my house. It also bloomed last year. Can you tell me how often to expect this? I have others that haven’t bloomed at all in 9 years!! A: Elephant...

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Caterpillar – Predicting Winter Weather

Q: Please help me with folklore predictions of how the weathers will be. One of the things I’ve always heard about are the black woolly caterpillars, but don’t know which one means that the winter will be bad. I saw...

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Scorpion – Control

Q: I know a couple who purchased a large piece of country property recently. They are experiencing an infestation of scorpions. The pest control companies they’ve contacted say they can’t help them get rid of the problem. Isn’t there something...

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Pinecone Ginger

Q: I was recently in Bainbridge. A lady was making a flower arrangement with “flowers” I have not seen before. The flower looked like a six-inch tall pine cone on a very thick stem. She called this a pine cone...

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Buttonbush

Q: Along a creek bed near Yatesville, Georgia, I came upon a low growing plant with a pretty white flower that I cannot identify. The bloom was a little smaller than a golf ball. It looked like tiny honeysuckle blooms...

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Pansy – Wilting in Cold Weather

Q: Can you give me some information on pansies and how they stay alive during the freezing weather? Do they have plant anti-freeze in them? Does the water go down to the roots at night? A: Pansies are members of...

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Pansy – Nitrate Nitrogen

Q: I want to revisit the continuing saga of how to fertilize pansies in the winter. You have written and mentioned on the radio that pansies should be fertilized with any product that has a moderate concentration of “nitrate” nitrogen....

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Fescue – planting over ground stumps

Q: I have planted fescue over pine tree stumps that have been ground out. Over the course of the summer, the grass has died where the stumps were located. Do you have any suggestions as to how to improve the...

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Crickets – Control

Q: I will soon be holding a wedding at my house and I brought in some ferns and other potted plants from outside. Unfortunately, I now have crickets residing indoors. They make a pretty loud racket. How can I get...

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Blackberry Bush – Planting

Q: I am a science teacher and always tell my students that plants bring out the best in people. I’m planning a garden at my home and would like to place a blackberry bush against a fence row. I have...

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Bradford Pear – Healing after split

Q: My fifteen-year old Bradford pear split down the middle during the leftovers of hurricane Frances. The half remaining is standing tall. Since these trees seem to be pretty hardy, I am going to give it a chance to recuperate....

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Daylily – Planting Seed

Q: Last week, while removing some of the flower stems that had dried up on my daylilies, I noticed that in the globe-shaped thing at the top of the stem, where the flower had been, were a number of small,...

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