Ornamental Trees

How To Get Rid Of Boxelder Bugs?

Q: We have a silver maple in our back yard that seems to be a real poplar hangout for boxelder bugs. Is there anything we can do to persuade them to move along besides using pesticides? A: If you don’t...

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Roots Of Trees Growing Toward Slab Of Foundation

Q: I have a solid slab foundation under my home. The roots of a tree near the house are growing toward my slab. What should I do?  A: I think the tree roots are not growing toward your slab, they...

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Will Locust Trees Do Well In Georgia?

Q: Will locust trees do well here? They are so amazingly fragrant when their white flowers come out in the late spring.  A: Black locust, Robinia pseudoacacia, and honey locust, Gleditsia triacanthos, are commonly grown in Georgia. Good sources of...

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Filbert bush needs pollinator

Q: I harvested one lone filbert nut on my tree. When will the tree mature and give me more? A: Congratulations! You have accomplished the typical yield from a single filbert tree. The reason is that filberts (and hazelnuts) have...

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White ooze on Japanese maple trunk

Q: This is on the trunk of our Japanese maple. Do you know what this could be? A: It looks like there has been considerable damage to the trunk some time previously. I can?t tell whether it came from the...

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White sticky stuff on Japanese maple branches – Planthoppers

Q: I have attached a photo of a Japanese maple that we planted two months ago. It has developed a white sticky residue on some of the limbs and trunk. We can see a little white moth looking bug. A:...

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How To Cure Cedar Rust

Q: My cedar developed cedar rust. I can pull the brown walnut-like things off but is there any way to cure the disease?  A: There is no way to cure cedar trees that have cedar-apple rust. You can pick off...

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Fan Palm With Seed Pods On It

Q: I have a twelve-year-old fan palm outside. The tree has seed pods on it. How and when can I take the seed pods off and plant them?  A: There are several different plants that are called fan palm. In...

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Is There A Way To Change Flower Color On Oakleaf And Tree Hydrangeas?

Q: Is there a way to change flower color on oakleaf and tree hydrangeas?  A: No, the old-fashioned bigleaf hydrangea is the only one that responds to soil pH to change flower color. Oakleaf hydrangea flowers are white when they...

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Red Dogwood Tree – Trunk Is Dead But New Growth From Base

Q: We have a six-foot red dogwood tree we planted last spring. The main center trunk has died but it has some new growth coming from the base. Should we remove the dead part and save the new growth?  A:...

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Agave (Century Plant) blooming

Q: My sister brought this cactus-looking plant from Columbia SC three years ago. It sprouted something in the middle last week. It gets bigger daily. It’s about 15 feet high now. What is it? A: Wow, you’re going to have...

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Seedling Growing From Tree Crotch

Q: How unusual is it to find one tree growing from another? I have a camphor tree growing in my yard in Hazelhurst. Now one of my oaks has a camphor branch growing from its divide. The camphor is probably...

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Best Time To Fertilize My Shrubs And Trees

Q: Can you tell me when the best time to fertilize my shrubs and trees would be?  A: The rule of thumb is to do it during or just before vigorous growth starts. So now is a great time to...

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The “Ellen White Method” For Planting Trees In Big Holes

Q: What are your thoughts on the “Ellen White Method” for planting trees in a big hole?  A: I had never heard of this, so I did a quick online search. One of the first links I found mentioned changing...

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Why Did People Whitewash The Trunks Of Crapemyrtle?

Q: When I was growing up people whitewashed the trunks of crapemyrtle and other trees. Was this meant to aid the tree, or was it just cosmetic? A: Farmers sometimes paint young tree trunks white to prevent sunscald or cold...

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Can I Plant A Pluerry, Cherry And Peach Trees In Georgia

Q: I recently moved from Iowa. I want to plant a standard pluerry tree, a semi-dwarf pomegranate, plus semi-dwarf cherries and peaches.  A: It is certainly possible to have a garden full of fruit trees and vines in Georgia but...

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Should I Cut Back Perennials In Frigid Temperatures?

Q: Is now a good time to cut back salvia and other perennials or is it not a good idea with frigid temps still possible?  A: My practice is to cut down brown stems whenever I see them, no matter...

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Planting A Bare Root Stella Cherry Tree In Winter

Q: My father and I are planting a bare root Stella cherry tree. I have read that we should add nitrogen when planting but in winter? What would you recommend? A: Your instincts are exactly right. There is no absolute...

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