Posts Tagged ‘drought’

Geranium – Hardy Type

Q: On your radio show you mentioned hardy geraniums to use as a ground cover. I didn’t catch all of the conversation. Could you fill me in? A: In my opinion, hardy geraniums are vastly underused in Georgia gardens. Unlike...

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Jerusalem Artichoke – Identification

Q: My wife brought these roots from Russia and planted them in the yard last year. We got almost a five-gallon bucketful when we harvested them. They are crunchy and tasty and she says they are good for you. She...

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Tomato – Roots on Stem

Q: This year I decided to try my luck at growing a few tomato plants. They are in containers and have done quite well since Easter. However, now the lower leaves are turning yellow and on one of them strange...

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Chinquapin – Care

Q: I purchased four ‘Georgiana’ chinquapin trees from a nursery in south Georgia. Can you tell me when is the best time to plant them and any special care instructions? I would like to give two of them to my...

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Dogwood – Sprouts on Trunk

Q: I have a dogwood tree in partial shade which looks healthy enough except that leaves started growing out of the trunk. I thought it was a vine growing up the tree. Someone told me it had a virus called...

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English Ivy – Substitutes

Q: I’m looking to replace beds of English ivy with something less intrusive and more controllable. My main objective is ground cover/ground stabilization. The replacement needs to thrive in the same lighting conditions that my ivy does so well in...

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Aucuba – Wilting

Q: We live on a shady lot and have a lot of aucuba plants around our small lawn. Some of the aucuba have leaves that are turning black and wilting. Does this mean they are dying? A: If it makes...

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Cactus – Control

Q: I have cactus all over my back yard. I am guessing that a long time ago someone dumped a “dead” pot of pricklypear cactus out back and it rooted. Then, every time someone mowed the lawn, the cactus pieces...

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Trees – Fertilizing

Q: When is the best time to fertilize huge white oaks, red oaks, and hickory trees. We read an article that said fall was best time. With the drought going on we aren’t sure if we should or not. What...

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Mondo Grass – Care

Q: I have a question about dwarf mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus ‘Nana’). I planted it last year as a groundcover around foundation plants in the hope that someday I wouldn’t have to buy pine straw. It is filling in slowly...

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Pine Beetle – Identifying Damage

Q: One of our pine trees has holes along the trunk with bits of rosin sticking out. Our neighbor says we have pine beetles and the tree is dead. What do you think? A: If there are lots of holes,...

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Dogwood – Saving an Old One

Q: Last year we lost two old dogwoods (approximately 30 years old) in our backyard. We have another old dogwood in the front yard and now it too looks sickly. Not many blooms – just sort of twiggy looking. Do...

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Ceanothus – growing

Q: I would like to grow ceanothus and wonder whether you have had any experience with this garden material. A: Horticulturist Mike Dirr says his camera almost imploded when he saw a blue ceanothus in Edinburgh. There are dozens of...

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Tulip Poplar – Early Yellowing

Q: I have many trees in my yard. This tree thinks it’s fall every year in June. Does it need fertilizer? Is it dying? It seems healthy otherwise. I am so tired of having to rake leaves in June, July...

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Resurrection Fern

Q: We are considering purchasing a home with large, mature trees in the front yard that have ferns growing on the branches in a couple of places. Is this a sign of weakness/illness in the tree? A: The ferns are...

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Watering From A Well – Restrictions

Q: I heard you say on your radio show that private wells are an exception from the watering restrictions. However, I received a newsletter from the City of Roswell that says just the opposite. Which is of you is right?...

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Leyland Cypress – Branches Dying

Q: Three out of my twenty seven Leyland cypress’s are dead and most of the others have branches turning brown. Is there chemical that will stop this? A: This is a common situation during and after a drought (and after...

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White Pine – Dying

Q: We just returned from an overseas trip and found one of our three pine trees pretty much dead and another one with a fair amount of brown needles. I stood next to the tree today, and heard...

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