Landscaping

Hogweed vs Queen Anne’s Lace

Q: My sister-in-law from Virginia is telling me that the plant I call Queen Anne’s Lace is a poisonous noxious weed called giant hogweed. How do you tell them apart? A: The plants’ flowers are similar: both have white lacecaps...

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Queen Anne’s Lace vs Hogweed – Identification

Q: My sister-in-law from Virginia is telling me that the plant I call Queen Anne’s Lace is a poisonous noxious weed called giant hogweed. How do you tell them apart? A: The plants’ flowers are similar; both have white lacecaps...

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Doveweed – Identification and Control

Q: What is this weed and how do I kill it without killing the grass. I have sprayed it with Weed-B-Gone and I can not kill the weed that has made its way into my new sod. A: This looks...

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Leyland Cypress – Corrugated Pipe at Base

Q: I just purchased an older home . The property line has a fair number of Leyland cypress and each one has a section of corrugated black pipe going vertically down into the ground at its base. What purpose do...

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Poplar – Black Ooze from Large Cut

Q: A tulip poplar sits right over our koi pond. It had a fork in the trunk about four feet above the ground. A year ago the smaller trunk of the two showed obvious signs of dying. A tree service...

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Loropetalum – Bacterial Stem Gall

Q: In the summer of 2013, I lost 28 loropetalums to bacterial gall, diagnosed by the Extension pathology lab. I replanted loropetalums there in the spring of 2016. That winter all the leaves dropped, but in the spring of 2017...

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Oak – Severe Root Damage

Q: I have a big red oak in my yard about twenty feet from our new pool. It was quite fancy and elegant until now. This year, it decided to produce lots of shoots from ten feet off the ground...

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Dogwood – Herbicide Damage

Q: Ever seen this? My young dogwood leaves were very delayed and deformed. Strange gnarled masses forming. No blooms. Our lawn service sprayed it in mid-March with horticultural oil for scale. Also treated the surrounding lawn in May with broadleaf...

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Arborvitae – Bagworms

Q: We have two large arborvitae’s at our home’s front entrance. Last night I was standing near one of them and heard a noise. When I looked at the bush, it was moving! Upon closer inspection my husband found the...

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Liriope – Control of Weeds

Q: How do you control weeds that are growing in liriope? A: For a small area, hand weeding is your best option. There will be a few holes where you remove weeds but the liriope will quickly fill in. If...

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TifBlair Centipede VS Old Centipede Grass

Q: I want to replace my front lawn. I have heard TifBlair centipede grass is better than the old centipede grass. Is this true? A: TifBlair centipede grass is an excellent turfgrass, available in both sod and seed forms. It...

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Transplanting Iris – When And Where

Q: When can I transplant iris? How much sun should they have in their new home? A: You can move them almost any time. Early summer, after they finish blooming, is fine but I usually wait until fall because there...

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Where Is All This White Clover Coming From?

Q: Where in the world is all the white clover coming from this year? My seven acre plot is solid white. What’s happening? A: I drive past a lawn near my Decatur home that is just as you describe. Seed...

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Professional Referrals For Landscape Services

Q: Is there a good source for professional referrals for landscape service? I need a high quality comprehensive turf and tree/shrub maintenance company but I don’t trust online referral lists. A: The Georgia Urban Ag Council has a searchable list...

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Is Soil Sold For Gardening Tested For Lead Or Arsenic?

Q: Is soil sold for gardening routinely tested for lead or arsenic? Should I be concerned?  A: My bet is that all of the commercial or bagged soils are tested for lead. I doubt that bulk soil, delivered by the...

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Moss Growing On My Asphalt Driveway

Q: What can I do about moss growing on my asphalt driveway? Grass killer didn’t work.  A: On one hand, I am glad the herbicide didn’t work. It confirms my observation that weed killer hurts weeds much more than moss....

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Can We Move Daffodils While Their Leaves Are Still Green?

Q: My husband’s family farm was just sold. Can we save the daffodils growing there even though the leaves are still green.  A: Go ahead with moving and planting them now. It would be better to put them in bright...

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Putting A Garden In – Can I Spray Weed Killer In The Area?

Q: Is it okay to spray weed killer on a area where I’m putting a garden or will the grass killer leach into the ground and affect the plants ? A: There are several types of weedkiller, so you’ll have...

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