Gardening Q and A

Cicada and Katydid – Identification by Sound

Q: Some of my friends say the loud chorus of chirping sounds at night is tree frogs and others say it is cicadas. Do you know? A: I think you were hearing annual cicadas and katydids singing in the treetops.....

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Kimberly Queen Fern

Q: I planted Kimberly Queen ferns in my shaded garden last year and they were beautiful until the ice storm hit. They, of course, died shortly thereafter, but I am noticing that there are green grape-like things on the ground...

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Daphne – Wilt

Q: My daphne looks like it is wilting. I watered it but it does not look any better. How can I save it? A: You probably can’t save it. Daphne is very susceptible to a disease called Phytophthora, which infects...

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Pampas Grass – Remove

Q: How do I get rid of two large pampas grass plants? Can I burn them? Dig them up? A: Burning is usually not successful because the roots are protected by soil. I’d chop them down to six inches tall...

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Cypress Mulch – Problems

Q: Is cypress mulch good for roses? Would it have any bad effects? A: Cypress mulch won’t hurt your roses but I hope you won’t buy any more of it. One of the causes of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina...

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Hairy Bittercress – Identification

Q: I can’t seem to identify this weed and its properties. I have it in centipedegrass even though I put down fall and spring pre-emergent. How do I go about treating it? A: It’s hairy bittercress. I’m surprised you got...

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Gourd – Drying

Q: Where can I find how to dry and utilize gourds? A: Allow your gourds to ripen on the vine. The best way to determine they are ripe is to wait for the stem to wither in cooler weather. Clean...

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Tomato – Cracking Fruit

Q: I have tomatoes planted in whiskey barrels on my porch (full sun). They got pruned a little in hopes of having some bigger fruit. Both barrels show signs like this – but only on some fruit. Any help would...

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Pokeweed (Poke Sallet)

Q: The Yankees in our Sunday School class at First Baptist Church of Buford are not familiar with the Southern plant known as poke salad. Do you know the correct spelling and if there is a scientific name for it?...

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Virginia copperleaf – Identification

Q: What is this weed in my garden? A: Virginia copperleaf, Acalypha...

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Crabgrass – Identification

Q: What is this weed in my bermuda lawn? A: It’s crabgrass. If you want to be sure, wait until it puts up a...

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Thermal Blue Bluegrass – Where to Buy

Q: Where can I get Thermal Blue Bluegrass seed? A: Delta Landscape Supply in Norcross has Hybrid Power a mixture of Fescue and 10% Thermal Blue. They also have straight Thermal Blue. Their # is...

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Queen Anne’s Pocketbook Melon

Q: I propagate pomegranates as a hobby. I am quite familiar with the shrub that bears large fruit filled with sticky red seeds each fall. My question concerns a plant everybody in north Georgia calls a pomegranate but it grows...

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Coneflower – Green Flowers

Q: I purchased the three white cone flowers last year while they were in full bloom. This year however two plants have green petals in place of white ones.Should I pull the two plants that show signs of problems? A:...

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Flattened Stem – Fasciation

Q: I have a ‘Sterling Star’ lily. Its stem is about 1″ wide and flat, not round. It has loads of flowers/buds. What causes this mutation? Will it continue to grow like this in years to come? Q: I saw...

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Grape – Black Rot Disease

Q: What’s wring with my grapes? This is the second year in a row. They get about 1/4 inch in diameter, turn black and fall off. A: Your grapes have a disease called black rot. Its first symptom is small...

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Lovegrass – Using

Q: What can you tell me about using weeping lovegrass on steep banks for erosion control? When is the best time to plant and how? A: Weeping Lovegrass (Eragrostis curvula) is a native of South Africa introduced into the U.S....

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Walnut – Toxic to Apples

Q: I have ordered an English walnut cultivar for my back yard. The only available spot will place it within thirty feet of young crabapple and apple trees. Very recently I learned that English walnut cultivars are grafted to black...

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