Shrubs

Chinese Privet – Rooting

Q: While attending a UGA football game, a groundskeeper gave my grandson parts of the hedge that grows around the field. I have it in water now. What is the best way to root this? A: The Sanford Stadium hedge...

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Pruning Boxwoods

Q: Can you cut boxwoods down to the base of the trunk like holly bushes? When’s the best time? Neel A: If the boxwood is in good health, you can cut it back to 12″ tall in February and it...

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Butterfly Bush – Blown Over

Q: I’ve attached a picture of the damage done to my wife’s favorite butterfly bush by the wind last night. What can / should I do to make both the butterfly bush and my wife happy? A: The first job...

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Bloody Dock – Identification

Q: I am wondering if bloody dock, Rumex sanguineus, will grow well here. Some say it is invasive but I like the color of its leaves. A: I bought some several years ago and it still pops up in my...

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New Shrubs/Trees – Watering

Q: I planted 5 Green Giant arborvitaes in my backyard along a fence to provide a hedge in the future. The space gets full sun. We mixed in soil conditioner with the red clay when planting them. The trees are...

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UGA Sanford Stadium – Privet Hedge

Q: At one of your radio remote broadcasts you asked what was the plant surrounding the football field at Sanford Stadium in Athens. I answered “English privet” but you said that wasn’t right. However, several online sources call it English...

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Holly – Insect and Animal Damage to Trunk

Q: I have been searching the Web for photos or advice from many people and nobody knows for sure what my problem is. I have 8 hollies that line my yard. On the lower trunks there is bark damage. It...

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Cottony Cushion Scale – On Shrub

Q: I noticed my bushes were looking scrappy this year so I went out to prune them back. There are thousands of white bugs under the leaves and all over the stems. They are not on any other bushes. How...

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Crapemyrtle – Watering Leaves

Q: My neighbor keeps telling me I’m crazy. When I water I take extra care to spray the leaves of my crape myrtles and Leylands. I know plants absorb water through their leaves but is it beneficial or am I...

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Pomegranate Bushes – Seeds

Q: My pomegranate bushes are bending over with fruit this year and my friend is wondering if he can grow any from seed. A: It’s relatively easy to grow pomegranate from seed.. Harvest the juice-filled seed sacs from a fully...

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Burford Hollies – Leaves Change to Spiny

Q: After a severe pruning on our Burford hollies, the oval-shaped leaves with one spine have reverted back to a leaf with spines all around, making them intolerable to work near. Can I force them back to the original leaf?...

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Crapemyrtle – Dwarf

Q: You mentioned on radio a crepe myrtle that would stay short instead of growing into a tree. I’m looking for something that I can keep around four feet tall. A: ‘Chicasaw’ , ‘Pokomoke’ and the Petite series are all...

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Shrubs – Yellow Sapwood

Q: We chopped some shrubs recently and the trunk inside was bright yellow. Can you tell me what caused this or if it is normal? A: You probably were working with a barberry or a mahonia. Both have bright yellow...

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Holly – Swallowing Azalea

Q: I have some holly shrubs in front of my townhouse that are swallowing a blooming bush. My question is: should I cut back the holly bushes to stumps? Will they bud in the spring? A: I attended a lecture...

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Golden Euonymus – Turning Green

Q: Do you have any idea why my Golden Euonymus is green, not yellow? It seems otherwise healthy. A:You are just seeing a reversion of the golden leaves back to their green parentage. First noticed many years ago, all golden...

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Pieris – Lacebug Damage

Q: I have been losing some Mountain Fire pieris. They start off fine but then the color of the leaves change from a dark green to green with lighter “splotches”. A: Excellent pix of lacebug damage! Azaleas get these most...

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Marlberry (Ardisia) – Growing

Q: I am trying to find a local source for Chirimen Marlberry to use as a ground cover. I found two at a nursery several months ago but cannot find any more Any ideas? A: I haven’t grown marlberry but...

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Holly – Scale Insects

Q: I have two holly bushes in the front of the house that are 7 feet tall. This year they have a black coating on the leaves. The affected areas are about 20 to 30 percent of the bushes. I...

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