Shrubs

Cleyera – Leaf Spot

Q: I have lived in this house for two years. When we moved in, the cleyera was thick and growing like crazy. Not anymore. I’m thinking my frequent trimming (cutting the shoots off the top to avoid blocking the windows)...

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Shrubs – When To Prune

Q: I have yet to prune the shrubbery in my yard. Is it better to wait until we get warmer winter weather? A: It won’t matter to the plants either way. They are about to go into deep dormancy and...

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Holly – Determination To Remove

Q: I want to get rid of some large holly bushes. I previously had some pulled out of the ground with a chain and a big truck. Someone said it would be easier to cut the remaining one down completely...

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Tall Screen Tree – Savannah Holly

Q: I could use some quick advice. I’m about to plant some mature trees on my property line to provide a buffer from my neighbors. We need the trees to be about fifteen feet tall so I’ve decided to invest...

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Lantana – Did It Survive

Q: I was wondering when I should give up and accept that my Chapel Hill lantana did not survive the winter? Should it have started growth by now? A: I think it’s a goner. ‘Chapel Hill Yellow’ was discovered by...

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Chinese Snowball – White Flowered Shrubs

Q: What are these enormous white-flowered hydrangea shrubs I see around town? They must be ten feet tall! A: Since it is early May, I’ll bet you are seeing Chinese snowball viburnum, not one of the white-flowered hydrangeas. It’s an...

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American Holly – Losing Leaves

Q: A few weekends ago I hiked five miles to the Len Foote Hike Inn at Amicalola Falls. Along the trail I noticed lots of American holly trees were losing their leaves. A: Despite being thought of as evergreen, American...

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Dahoon Holly – Losing Leaves?

Q: I’ve had a dahoon holly for four years and it has been doing fine. Three weeks ago it started dropping its leaves. I was out of town for two weeks and when I came home it was naked. My...

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Privet – Removal and Controll

Q: The woods around my home are grown up in privet hedge and small trees. How do I kill the growth? A: It will be a two-person job but it will go fastest if one person uses loppers or a...

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Boxwoods – Best Time To Prune

Q: I need to severely prune several ten-foot-tall English boxwoods. When is the best time to do this? A: You can do light pruning now but the best time for severe pruning would be in early March, just before new...

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Barklice – On Crapemyrtle

Q: Can you identify these bugs? I have several clusters of them on my crepe myrtle trees. A: They’re barklice. They feed on bits of bark and lichens but don’t hurt trees. Exotic though they look, there’s no need to...

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Mahonia – Pruning VS Pretty

Q: Is it too late to do a hard pruning on mahonias? A: I have mixed feelings about mahonia. The fragrant yellow flowers look great in late winter and wildlife eagerly consume the blue berries that follow. However, I don’t...

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Podocarpus – Edible?

Q: I recently found these pods on a tree in Marietta and would love to know their origin and if these pods can be used to grown my own. The fruit/pod are dark purplish black and spongy and then this...

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Blister Beetles – On Holly

Q: There were hundreds of these bugs on my Nellie Stevens holly, stripping the plant leaves. Then they up and left! A: It’s a gray blister beetle, Epicauta caviceps. It doesn’t usually eat leaves but tender new growth on a...

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Cleyera – Leaf Spot

Q: I have some shrubs in front of my house that I keep pruned to about 5 feet tall. They’re 12-14 years old and have always looked great, but this year they have some kind of spot or disease. A:...

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Spider Webs – In Shrubbery

Q: We have a ton of spider webs in our shrubbery. My neighbor and I were concerned if this is an aggressive spider that is very busy or is it something else? A: Fall is a great time of year...

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Boxwoods – Keeping Them Happy

Q: On each side of my front door I have four boxwoods. For the past couple of years I have continued to lose shrubs on the right side of my door. At first we thought it was due to improper...

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HOW TO TRANSPLANT SHRUBS

Back during the summer, my wife and I threw a big party to celebrate the end of remodeling our kitchen and sunroom. In honor of the occasion, I invited two people who knew my house “way back when”. Dottie Myers,...

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