Gardening Q and A

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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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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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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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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Bulbs – Relocating

Q: I am going to be moving to a new home in February. Is it possible to dig up daffodil and tulip bulbs now and relocate them to my new location? A: It’s a piece of cake to move them....

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Soil Testing – Using Litmus Paper

Q: Your January articles on soil pH interested me. I recall that back in ancient times when I was studying chemistry at the University of Georgia we used litmus paper. If my soil is stirred in with good neutral well...

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Spring Bulbs – When to Plant

Q: I once heard you say that even though spring bulbs were on store shelves you weren’t too excited about gardeners buying and planting them. Is it to late or to early for spring bulb planting? A: Although summer-flowering bulbs...

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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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Butterfly Bush – Problems

Q: I have a problem with a butterfly bush that has been very healthy every season until now. One side of it is wilted with all the leaves shriveling. However, all the leaves are still green – none have turned...

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