Landscaping

Grass – Growing on Stepping Stones

Q: How do I get the grass to stop overgrowing my walkway? The will begin to over grow the walkway and sidewalk within a week of trimming. I tried vegetation killer however the runners just spread over it. A: One...

READ MORE

Castor Oil – Ineffective for Mole Control

Q: I found information on mole control using castor oil, water, and Dawn detergent applied with a garden sprayer. Do you think it would work with a hose-end sprayer? A: This concoction is useless. Despite its reputation, castor oil has...

READ MORE

Evergreen Screen – Bare at Bottom

Q: This is a great screen between us and our neighbor. But the lower part is leafless. Some plants have a little green on outer tips. Can we cut back and have new growth? A: Your evergreen trees don’t seem...

READ MORE

Yaupon Holly – Pruning a Tall One

Q: These hollies have gotten much taller than the house and look messy. I’d like to cut the trunks much lower. If I do that will the tops eventually grow back, only lower? That way I could keep them trimmed...

READ MORE

Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick – Planting in a Pot

Q: Last Mother’s Day, I bought my wife a 5 gallon size Harry Lauder Walking Stick Plant. The plant looked a bit bedraggled when I got it. I immediately repotted it into a much larger container, watered it good and...

READ MORE

Chewing Damage – To Pressure-treated Wood

Q: We have a wooded backyard, and a play house/swing set for the kids. The set was built about 3 years ago with treated lumber. We noticed the other day that something is feeding or chewing on the wood. Any...

READ MORE

Pieris – Bumps on Stem

Q: Can you help me identify what these funny bumps are on my Southern Lady pieris? A: I think these are just dormant buds. The only evidence I could find were these fascinating microscopic photos of pieris. see A Close-up...

READ MORE

Blue Atlas Cedar, Weeping Form – Planting

Q: Any idea what type of tree this is? A: It’s a weeping Blue Atlas cedar, Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula’. The weeping, contorted shape is certainly an eye-catcher! This tree can do well here IF it is planted correctly. Blue...

READ MORE

Leyland Cypress – Dead After April Planting

Q: How can I tell if my tree is simply browning and suffering due to lack of water, or if it’s gone and dead? I have nine evergreens, all planted in April and one is not looking good at all....

READ MORE

Japanese Chaff Flower – Control

Q: What is this ornery weed trying to take over my garden. When it started last year, I first thought it was my ‘Black and Blue’ sage but soon discovered it was not. It has a square stem and smooth...

READ MORE

Fescue – Bulldog 51 Variety

Q: Have you had any experience with Bulldog 51 fescue? A: I have not but UGA turf expert Clint Waltz says it came out of the UGA turfgrass breeding program fifteen years ago. It’s an improved tall fescue cultivar that...

READ MORE

Live Oak – Leafy Gall

Q: What is this on my live oak? A: UGA plant pathologist Jean Williams-Woodward says it is a leafy oak gall. It is harmless to the tree. Leafy Oak Gall...

READ MORE

Oak – Wooly Leaf Gall

Q: I found this leaf with the fuzzy elongated growth stuck to it in my yard. Can you tell me what the growth is? A: It’s a wooly oak leaf gall. It’s caused by an insect that lays eggs on...

READ MORE

PeeGee Hydrangea – Pruning

Q: I’m having trouble with my hydrangea trees. The branches sag too much. This past spring I pruned them down to practically nothing.They continue to grow massive flowers, causing branches to sag and break. Any ideas how to maintain a...

READ MORE

Locust Tree – Root Sprouts

Q: My neighbor had several locust trees cut down last year. This year there have been a huge number of sprouts coming up from the roots. I’ve used Brush-B-Gon a couple of times but new sprouts come up weeks later....

READ MORE

Tenacity and Poa Constrictor – Use on Annual Bluegrass (Poa annua)

Q: What do you think about Tenacity or Poa Constrictor to remove annual bluegrass from my lawn? A: Both products are used by professionals and both are available to homeowners, though they are expensive. That said, you have to be...

READ MORE

Tree Limb – Sudden Breaking

Q: I have a beautiful 65-75 feet tall tree in my yard. Over the last year, it has dropped 3 significant-sized branches. Big enough that I have to get the chainsaw out to be able to move them. These branches...

READ MORE

Iguana – Droppings in Pool

Q: For the past six months poop like this has been in our South Florida pool. It’s very skinny, probably 1/4″ wide. Everyone said it was raccoon but it just doesn’t look like any raccoon feces pictures I have seen....

READ MORE