Landscaping

Hybrid Tulips – Dig Up or Leave Planted

Q: Do you dig up the bulbs of hybrid tulips each year or just leave them planted. A: Personally, I leave them planted because it’s questionable whether they will have many blooms after the first year. Georgia summers are so...

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Bermuda Sod – Grass Disappearing

Q: I planted bermuda sod at the end of May. When I started mowing it low and ever since, the green part of the grass disappears. A: You haven’t been mowing often enough. Lower your mowing height by one notch...

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Persimmon Trees – Male or Female

Q: Are some persimmon trees male and some female? If so, how do you tell them apart? We left ten in our field three years ago for the deer and this year only two produced. A: It is correct that...

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Holly Tree – White Spots

Q: What is causing my holly tree to start dropping leaves? They have lots of little white spots on the back side. A: It’s most likely tea scale. This is the same sap-sucking insect that occasionally infests camellias. Dry weather...

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Ficus Trees – Surviving the Winter Outside

Q: I have two large ficus trees. They are now too large to be moving in and out of the house. If I plant them into the ground, would they survive the winter? A: There is no chance they will...

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Drought – Water Restrictions

Q: During your radio program, you discussed the current drought situation and said that there are no water restrictions at the present time. The 2010 Georgia Water Stewardship Act put permanent statewide water restrictions in effect. Has it been repealed?...

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Arborist – How To Find

Q: I have a large white oak close to an area where I want to put a driveway and build a garage. What type of arborist should I contact to discuss the threat of damage caused by heavy equipment operating...

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Redbud – Circular Notches on Leaves

Q: Something is hurting my beloved redbud trees. I am declaring war on whatever is. A: You are a lucky duck! The leaf notches are caused by leaf cutter bees, a wonderful pollinating insect. The bees take pieces of leaves...

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Sorghum – Planting Near Sweet Corn

Q: Could I plant sorghum in the same area as sweet corn without ruining the corn? A: Though the plants are somewhat similar in appearance, there is no problem planting them together. On the other hand, there could be a...

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Poppy or Larkspur – Time to Plant

Q: Should poppy or larkspur seed be planted early in the fall to make roots or should the seed be put out after the ground freezes? A: Poppy seeds germinate best in soil temperatures of 60 degrees and falling. That...

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Barricade (pre-emergent) – Applied to New Sod

Q: A lawn maintenance company sprayed Barricade pre-emergent on my new lawn. The grass sod was laid in February. Can I can do anything to minimize the negative impact it will have on my lawn? A: I don’t know exactly...

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Disease Spread-Leyland Cypress to Arborvitae?

Q: We just took out my beloved Leyland cypress because they were dying. I want to replace them with American Pillar arborvitae in the same spot. If my cypress were diseased, will that spread to American Pillar? A: In my...

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Drip Irrigation Parts

Q: My 86-year-old father lives in rural Georgia and he asked me to look for information on ordering drip irrigation parts. He says he needs an emitter. A: Drip irrigation is a terrific way to water a garden. You run...

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Creeping Jenny Dead Patch

Q: A dead patch has been progressing quickly on creeping Jenny in my yard. Full sun, started two weeks ago. Have you seen it? A: My bet is it’s Southern blight. UGA plant disease expert Jean Williams-Woodward says you can...

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Holes in Azalea Leaves

Q: What is chewing holes in my azalea leaves? This happens every year around July on otherwise healthy bushes. A: It’s cranberry rootworm. The larvae feed on roots and adults feed on leaves from the underside, at night, making characteristic...

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Ligustrum/Lorepetalum Hedge-Time to Trim

Q: I have a ligustrum/lorepetalum hedge that is twenty feet tall; it has gotten unmanageable. I would like to take it down to ten feet. Can this be accomplished at this time of year without killing them? A: It won’t...

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Burnt Tree-Will it Live?

Q: My neighbor was burning debris and the fire spread into my yard while I was away on vacation. My thirty-foot-tall cedar tree is brown on one side. The top and one small side are still green. Is there anything...

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Barrier for Monkey Grass

Q: I have monkey grass growing next to my lawn and it is invading via underground runners. How deep should I bury a barrier is to control this? A: I think a barrier buried six inches deep would be fine....

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