Landscaping

Sasanqua Camellia – Powdery Substance on Leaves

Q: There is a powdery substance on the back of my sasanqua camellia leaves. A: My bet is that it is tea scale. This insect population can explode on a camellia if unchecked for a couple of years. You might...

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Cyprus Vine or Hummingbird Plants – Two Hours of Full Sun

Q: Will cypress vine thrive in two hours of full sun per day? If not, what is a good hummingbird plant that will? A: Hummingbirds drink flower nectar and flowers that make the most nectar prefer sunlit spots. Cypress fine...

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Redbud – Seed Pod Removal

Q: I have a six-year-old redbud tree. Each branch is covered in seed pods. Should I be removing these pods each year? A: To my knowledge there’s no effect of the dried pods on next year’s flowering or growth. I’ve...

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Oak Trees – Cutting Limbs

Q: I have two massive oak trees that are near my house. They are losing limbs at the tops. I’d rather not have them cut down but I saw a house that had topped all their huge old oaks so...

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Caladiums – Storing Bulbs

Q: I planted a dozen caladiums this year. I am going to lift my bulbs since the leaves are starting to drop. How should I store them? A: In my experience caladium corms are difficult to keep over winter. They...

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The “Heat” In A Pepper – Where Does It Come From

Q: Does the “heat” of a pepper come from the seeds? A: Many people believe the seeds are the hottest part of a pepper but that’s not correct. The most pungent parts are in the tissues around the seeds. The...

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Pine, Cypress, Juniper, and Spruce – Fall Fertilization

Q: My landscape includes pine, cypress, juniper, and spruce. I fertilized in early March and again in June. Do I need to do a fall application? A: No. The rule of thumb is to fertilize when a plant is vigorously...

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Dead Hydrangeas – Cut

Q: Do you cut back dead hydrangeas? A: The trick is determining what is dead and what isn’t. If a hydrangea stem does not have any green buds on it right now then it is dead and you can cut...

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Trifoliate Orange – Controlling It

Q: Trifoliate orange is taking over areas of my pasture. What’s the best way to control it? A: To minimize chemical use, cut the plants close to the ground and spray a little bit of glyphosate (Killz-all, Roundup, etc) or...

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Canna Bulbs – Store Indoors During Winter

Q: How should I store canna bulbs that I dig up and keep indoors through the winter? A: Canna roots will usually get through winter fine if the soil is well-drained and you cover them with a couple of inches...

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Ryegrass and Fescue Seeds – Why Mix

Q: Our landscape contractor is telling me I need to mix ryegrass seed with my fescue seed at planting time. What is the purpose of this? A: When soil temperatures are above 55 degrees there is no need to mix...

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Cherokee Rose – Plant In Pot

Q: Should I plant my new Cherokee rose in a pot in the ground to keep the roots from spreading and taking over? It will grow on an arbor. A: I remember that the State Botanical Garden in Athens once...

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Christmas Cactus – Keep From Blooming

Q: How can I keep my Christmas cactus from blooming till Christmas? A: The various plants we call “Christmas cactus” bloom in other seasons if left to their own devices. Your plant is probably a Thanksgiving cactus, Schlumbergera truncata, not...

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Rye Grass – Too Warm to Plant

Q: I want to plant rye grass. Is it too warm? The weather forecast is saying that we will have above average temperatures. A: I checked your soil temperature at georgiaweather.net and found that it is in the mid-60’s. That’s...

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Red Maple Tree – Black Deposits

Q: I have dark black deposits on the bark of a red maple tree. A: It could be an indication that the trees are infested with gloomy scale. The maple trunk gradually turns black as sooty mold accumulates on the...

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‘Miss Huff’ Lantana – When to Trim and Move

Q: My ‘Miss Huff’ lantana is six feet tall. Can I trim them back now? Can I move it now? A: There is much disagreement among gardeners about how to treat ‘Miss Huff’ perennial lantana for winter. Some say that...

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Pinestraw – Swirls

Q: Do you have any idea what causes big swirls in my pinestraw? One day the pinestraw is smooth and the next day it looks like a turbulent landscape. Some of the swirls are almost cave-like but only a couple...

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Feeding Ferns – Bananas

Q: A friend says to feed ferns with bananas. Is this true? A: The peels provide no more benefits to ferns than coffee grounds, carrot shreds, apple skins or any other source of easily decomposable organic matter. All of these...

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