Gardening Q and A

Hosta – Care After Hail

Q: Most of my hostas were beaten down by the hailstorm two weeks ago. Afterwards, I wasn’t sure what to do. Should I cut them back or just leave them alone? A: My hosta, banana and lamb’s ear plants were...

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Bradford Pear – Fire Blight

Q: Can you tell me what is wrong with my two Bradford pear trees? They have black leaves and dead ends on many of the branches. A: Your pears have fire blight. This disease is caused by bacteria rather than...

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Goosegrass – Control

Q: What is the best way to get rid of (and then prevent) goosegrass in my fescue lawn? A: Goosegrass is an annual grass just like crabgrass. It comes up from seed every summer but it germinates much later than...

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Lawn – Weed Identification

Q: I seem to have an inability to match the weeds growing in my yard with the illustrations in books at a garden center. Is there a website of good quality photos of Georgia weeds to compare with the things...

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Lawn – Choosing a Mower

Q: My husband and I just bought a house with an established bermudagrass lawn. We need to buy a lawn mower but we can not agree on the type to buy. He believes that we have to have a reel...

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Iris – Aphids

Q: I have irises that have bugs on the leaves. The bugs seem to be tiny, green-winged creatures and there are LOTS of them. Can you tell me what I should use to spray or treat them? A: The insects...

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Weed and Feed – Poor Performance

Q: I have a question about what to do to kill weeds. I have bermudagrass in the front lawn and fescuegrass in back. They are infested with crabgrass and chickweed, etc. I purchased several weed and feed products to use...

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Propagation – Reference Books

Q: I have been reasonably successful rooting woody plants in my landscape but I need to know more. Is there a good reference book on plant propagation that you could recommend? A: I like “Secrets of Plant Propagation: Starting Your...

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Cherry – Sweet

Q: I recently purchased a ‘Tartarian’ cherry tree at a home improvement store. I can’t find much information on growing it. Any info on this subject would be appreciated. A: Sweet cherry trees (‘Bing’, ‘Tartarian’, ‘Ranier’, etc) do not survive...

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Dodder

Q: I maintain a large flower bed . Several week ago, I noticed a bright yellow vine growing over one of the plants. After just a couple of weeks, it had spread over the whole bed and covered many of...

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Bahia (Bahiagrass) – Control

Q: I have bahiagrass, which I hate, in my yard. Do you have any long term solutions/suggestions for getting rid of it? A: Bahiagrass is sometimes used as a turfgrass or forage but it is usually viewed as a weed...

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Ornamental Sweet Potato – Edible or Not

Q: Are the tubers from the ornamental sweet potato vine edible? A: Sure – and you’ll get 200 percent of your daily roughage requirements in the bargain! Ornamental sweet potatoes are the same species as the edible kind but they...

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Houseplants – Dripping Water

Q: My corn plant is crying! Every few days I notice a drop of water clinging to several of the leaf tips. Why is it doing this? A: The phenomenon is called “guttation”. It happens when a tropical plant has...

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Compost – White Roots Growing in It

Q: I am an experienced gardener and have a puzzling situation to which I cannot find the answer. Anytime I have a pile of compost or wood chips, a mass of string-like roots have grown in the bottom of the...

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Sweet Potato – Planting Ornamental Type

Q: I have planted some ‘Blackie’ and ‘Margarita’ ornamental sweet potato this year. I want to collect the potatoes to plant more of them next year. Do you have any suggestions on how to store them and prepare them for...

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Leyland Cypress – Growth Rate

Q: We want to plant Leyland cypress trees along both sides of our back yard, for screen. My question is how much do these trees grow a year? I was told the first year they sleep, the second year they...

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Bottle Gourd – Identification

Q: I am hoping you can tell me what the plant shown on the attached pictures is. It is a volunteer that grows with gusto. It’s blossoms open at night and close in the morning. As you can see it...

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Bone Meal vs Blood Meal

Q: What is the difference in bone and blood meal? How are they used and where do they come from? A: Blood meal is made by flash-drying blood that is collected at a slaughterhouse. It is high in nitrogen, with...

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