Gardening Q and A

Redbud – Seed Pods

Q: I have a three year-old ‘Oklahoma’ redbud. This summer there appears to be something growing off a limb that looks like a small green bean. It is an inch in length and is black. What is it? A: It’s...

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Pressure Washing – Harm to Plants

Q: I’m getting ready to pressure wash the outside of my home. I’m concerned that the plants near my house will be harmed by the chemicals I use to do the initial cleaning. I’m afraid that the bleach mixture will...

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Zoysiagrass – Removing bermudagrass

Q: Removing one turfgrass from another is a tough assignment. Digging is one option but it is hard work. If you use a chemical, how will a herbicide tell one from the other? Here is one way: Q: I seeded...

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Crape Myrtle – Don’t Prune in Fall

Q: I have seven crape myrtles. I want to cut them back in October so I won’t have to clean up their shedding leaves. Plus, I think their leafless stems are ugly in the winter. How low can they be...

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Geranium – Hardy Type

Q: On your radio show you mentioned hardy geraniums to use as a ground cover. I didn’t catch all of the conversation. Could you fill me in? A: In my opinion, hardy geraniums are vastly underused in Georgia gardens. Unlike...

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Spider Lily – Where to Get

Q: I have been looking to buy spider lily bulbs for about a year now. Can you tell me where I might find them and at what time of year do you plant them? A: Red spider lilies (Lycoris radiata)...

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Aphids – On Trees in Fall

Q: We have a tree in our front yard and it is covered with little gnats. There is a pile an inch or more deep at the base of the tree and they cover most of the limbs and trunk....

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Wheel Bug – Identification

Q: My husband sent me some cameraphone pictures of a very weird insect. He and his friends are calling it “the bad-ass bug”. From what I can gather through the pix he sent, it kind of resembles a praying mantis,...

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Osage Orange – Identification

Q: We picked this strange fruit from the Confederate cemetery in Jonesboro and wondered if you could identify it for us and also tell us if it is edible. A: When I worked for the Extension service in Clayton county,...

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Rain barrel/Cistern – Using

Q: Here is a link to a web site where I found a barrel/cistern for water retention and re-use. My question is, are these viable options for detaining water? Do these things work? A: All depends on how much water...

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Chipmunk – Albino

Q: I found this critter in my backyard today. Don’t know what it is, but was able to get him in a cage trap using peanut butter. A: My wildlife friend Hal Coleman at North Fulton Exterminating says it’s a...

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Insecticide – Half-life

Q: We have three half-barrels we have used for years to plant annuals. We want to plant turnip greens in them this fall. We have used Orthene in them to control fire ants. Is the soil contaminated? May we plant...

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Boston Fern – Winter Care

Q: I have seven ferns hanging from my porch. Please tell me how I can save them for next year. A: Assuming you have Boston ferns on your porch, as many people do, you’ll have to bring them indoors for...

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Planting for Long Lasting Blooms

Q: We have several large annual beds that we are tired of replanting twice yearly. Any ideas for perennials that we can substitute for year-round interest? One bed surrounds the mailbox; another is in front of privet hedges bordering our...

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Dahlia – Dividing Roots

Q: I have two dahlias that have grown well but I need to move them. They are pretty big. I don’t know how to cut them for division. Do I plant the divisions immediately? A: Keep in mind that most...

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Spotted Spurge – Control

Q: I haven’t had any success in ridding my yard of this weed. I routinely spread a broadleaf pre-emergent in mid-September and a crabgrass pre-emergent in March, however, that hasn’t been very effective in curtailing the weed’s yearly appearance. Please...

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Buffalograss

Q: Have you ever heard of buffalograss? Can you recommend a source? A: According to Theresa Schrum of Terra Native Plant Landscapes, there are many grasses native to North America. However, almost all of these are clump-forming grasses similar to...

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Rose – Winter Care

Q: My wife and I have the same discussion about our rose garden this time every year. I learned from my grandfather in east Tennessee that at the end of the season you cut the bushes down to twelve inches...

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