Gardening Q and A

Clematis – Pruning

Q: When and how is best way to prune my two clematis? Both are older vines, one purple and the other white. A: I called upon the experience of my colleague Erica Glasener for the answer to your question. She...

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Strawberry Weevil – On Blackberry

Q: I have found strange bugs eating my blackberry leaves. They are tan, about the size of a BB, and are hard shelled. When I touch one it falls off the plant and acts dead. Damaged leaves have notches along...

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Pregnant Onion – Care

Q: My pregnant onion is having babies and I’m not sure how to take care of them. A: Pregnant onion, Ornithogalum caudatum or Ornithogalum longibracteatum, is a fascinating houseplant. The swollen bulb sends forth long green leaves and tall flower...

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Composter – Purchasing

Q: My wife and I are trying to decide on an economical composter. Do you have any suggestions on the best one to purchase? A: It all depends on your sense of aesthetics, your space and your wallet. If you...

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Verbena – Rejuvenating

Q: When is the best time to cut back verbena? Two years ago, when I planted it in the spring, it bloomed beautifully all summer. I did not cut it back because I wanted it to fill a space. This...

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Tickle Tongue Tree

Q: My uncle showed me a tree growing on his farm that he called a tickle tongue. He said when he was a kid they would chew the bark if they had a tooth ache. I just licked the inside...

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Moth Control – Using Fish Oil

Q: A couple of weeks ago I read an article in the newspaper about using fish oil and flypaper in your closet to capture clothes moths. Can you give more details? A: I was intrigued by the same article but...

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Clothes Moths – Identifying

Q: I have a porch light next to my screened front door. When I come home at night, moths are flying around it and they try to come in the house. Are these clothes moths? Should I move the light?...

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Yucca – Pruning

Q: I have several clusters of yucca plants around my yard. Most of them are four or five feet tall. Some of the taller ones have begun to flop over and lay down along the ground.What will happen if I...

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Oakleaf Hydrangea – Problems

Q: I have lost three good-sized oak leaf hydrangeas that were in dappled sun but a fairly wet spot. The leaves wilted from top down over a two to four week period. They were well-mulched and fairly well-watered (on a...

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Pansy – Slow to Bloom

Q: I put out four flats of pansies in October at our subdivision entrance. They were young plants, not at all root bound. The blooms that were on them when purchased opened and looked pretty, but then cold weather came...

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Lantana – Winter Pruning

Q: I have lantanas that need to be pruned back. I heard you say do this in December, then I heard a radio caller say wait until April. If I prune them now and cover them with pine straw will...

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Grub Control – Timing

Q: I am a recent transplant to Georgia and discovered that my lawn has grubs. I know that up North you can spread grub control in May and it will kill them all through the summer. Since it gets warmer...

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Bird Mites – Control

Q: We have a wren nesting in a fern-filled hanging basket. I take the basket down to water it carefully every few days. Recently when I watered the fern I was suddenly covered with minute lice-like critters crawling on my...

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Asiatic Jasmine

Q: A few years ago a landscape architect used Asiatic jasmine as a ground cover around our pool. Now it has literally taken over everything. Weed killer doesn’t seem to affect it. Any tips on controlling it? A: Asiatic jasmine...

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Oakleaf Hydrangea – Pink Flowers

Q: I have noticed pink oakleaf hydrangeas around town. Is this a new variety? A: You are simply seeing the fading hydrangea flowers, which gradually change from white to pink to brown. When we have lots of rain, the high...

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Roses – Sources of Good Ones

Q: Your recent article on disease resistant roses was great but you didn’t tell us where we could buy them! A: My colleagues Martha Tate and Erica Glasener could teach me a few lessons couldn’t they? Whenever you see a...

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Tomatoes – Not Shipped from Burpee

Q: My heart is broken! I ordered tomato plants from Burpee but they say they can not ship to Georgia because our state regulations don’t allow it. Where can I buy heirloom tomatoes? A: Burpee can ship tomato plants to...

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