Landscaping

Brown wormy things hanging from pecan branch

Q: We have a ton of these little things falling off our pecan trees this year. More than I’ve seen in the last six years. Does it mean anything? A: It means your pecan tree wants to have sex! The...

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Green bumps on rudbeckia are rudbeckia psyllid

Q: These little light green bumps surrounded by a black spot showed up on my black eyed Susan‘s almost overnight. They are throughout the patch on many different leaves. Is this a bug or is this a fungus? A: Widely-knowledgeable...

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Crapemyrtle bark accidentally peeled off

Q: My two boys and their friends were climbing in my 20 ft. tall crepemyrtle and decided it would be neat to peel off the bark. I don’t like the new look and I’m wondering if it will die. A:...

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Rose mosaic virus

Q: One of my roses looks sick. Can you identify and let me know the remedy? A: This is rose mosaic virus.. Like human viruses, there is no cure for plant diseases caused by a virus. The major source of...

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Iris Rust Identification and Control

Q: My iris leaves have distinct yellow streaks. The blooms coming up are healthy. A: This is iris rust. Rust is a common problem on iris. Dew, rain, fog, high humidity and overhead watering all encourage the development of iris...

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Rose – Black Spot Control

  I have never found a rose that was one hundred percent resistant to black spot, the most common rose disease. The tell-tale yellow leaves adorn roses throughout Atlanta to one extent or another. The best way to avoid black...

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Small Worms Near Meyer Lemons

Q: While watering my Meyer lemon tree I found a lot of small worms crawling on top of the soil. How can I eliminate?  A: I think you are seeing the larvae of dark-winged fungus gnats. They live in very...

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Should I Overseed Centipede Grass With Rye Grass To Keep Turf Green?

Q: Our HOA board is debating whether to overseed centipede grass with rye grass to keep our turf green all year. What is your opinion?  A: The main reason you should not overseed centipede grass with rye grass is that...

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Recommendations – Gardening Newsletters And Magazines

Q: Since Georgia State By State Gardening magazine went out of business, what other gardening newsletters and magazines do you recommend?  A: Where once there were many, now there are few to choose from! I subscribe to Horticulture (hortmag.com) and...

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Good Herbs To Plant

Q: What are good herbs I can plant?  A: Any time is a great time to plant herbs! Some are annuals, like basil and parsley, which are best planted each spring. Others, like rosemary, oregano and thyme, are perennials, which...

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Uses For Diatomaceous Earth

Q: I have some unused diatomaceous earth that I had for my pool but no longer need. Does it have any useful purpose for either the garden, lawn or flower bed? A: Diatomaceous earth used for a pool filter is...

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Annual Bluegrass Vs Rough Bluegrass

Q: What is the difference between annual bluegrass and rough bluegrass? A: Annual bluegrass, Poa annua, is a very common grassy weed in local lawns. It is a lighter green than fescue and really stands out against the brown of...

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Flower That Looks Like Moss On A Long Stem

Q: In floral arrangements I often see a cut flower that looks like a clump of moss on a long stem. Do you have any idea what it could be? A: Cool looking isn’t it!? I have no doubt you...

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Want Some Mahonia Bushes?

Q: I have thousands of naturally growing mahonia bushes in front of my house in the woods. If you’d like I will donate them to you to dig all you want.  A: Thank you, but I have plenty for now....

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Planting Peas And Beans – Where To Start

Q: I want a couple of pea and bean plants in my yard for a quick hobby garden. Can I sow a few seeds from dried grocery store beans? A: Possibly. Some beans and peas have been treated with heat...

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Fungus In Centipede Lawn

Q: Large patch fungus killed my centipede lawn. I’m going to replant in May, but is it possible that the fungus is still in my soil? A: If large patch fungus was originally present, it will always be present. But...

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Small Broccoli Heads

Q: My broccoli grew tall but produced only small broccoli heads. It’s almost like it bolted although the weather has been nice and cool.  A: Storage temperatures before you purchase the plants can cause this. Just a few days of...

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Small Seedlings Around Lenten Roses

Q: I have dozens of small seedlings around my Lenten roses. What do I do now? A: Transplant the seedlings into a semi-shaded “nurse” bed, just a few inches apart. Fertilize in late May with a controlled release fertilizer (Osmocote,...

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