Posts Tagged ‘drought’

Tulip Poplar – Losing Leaves in Drought

Q: I am concerned about a couple of my larger trees on my property. They are losing a lot of leaves as if it is fall. A: The leaves they you are seeing are from tulip poplar, a common, large...

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Pine – Bubbles on Bark

Q: I have a very unique situation. I have several pine trees that foam during a hard rain. It looks like dish water because it has real bubbles around the base of the trunk and the suds run down these...

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Drought – Private Reservoirs

Q: Why can’t cities and counties build their own reservoirs to store water in order to get out from under the Corps of Engineers’ jurisdiction? A: Well, bottom line, the waters of Georgia don’t belong to the cities or counties,...

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Drought – Buying a Soil Moisture Tester

Q: Where can I buy an accurate soil moisture tester for my landscape? A: Turf expert Clint Waltz says: “There are soil moisture probes that can accurately measure volumetric soil moisture content. Brand names include the Dynamax TH2O Moisture Meter...

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Crapemyrtle – Lichens

Q: My parents have lost two of three crapemyrtles and the third is fading quick. It has some kind of green “fungus” growing on it. It hasn’t grown much since last season and didn’t have any new blooms either. What...

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Irrigation System – Worth the Price?

Q: I moved to Georgia last year from south Florida, so I’m used to having an irrigation system. Is it worth $1700 to have one installed for watering bermudagrass and a few flower beds? I don’t necessarily have to have...

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Meyer Lemon – Thinning

Q: I have a ‘Meyer’ lemon in my backyard. Do I need to thin the fruit after it sets? I have hundreds of blooms and plenty of busy bees. If I do thin the fruit, what size should it be?...

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New Plants- Watering

Q: When is the best time to water new plants such as begonias, daylilies, black eyed Susan, etc? Is it an old wives tale that you should not water in the evening? We have hundreds of new plants and it...

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Oak Tree- Drought

Q: We have a huge oak tree that we dearly love. We are very worried about our tree during this drought. Can you advise how to water? A: We’re in a situation where “survival watering” is your best bet. Apply...

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Weeping Willow- Planting

Q: I’m thinking of planting a weeping willow. The site is near a stream and is the wettest part of the yard when it rains. Are there any problems with this tree? A: It sounds like you have a good...

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Tulip Planting – Drought

Q: I am thinking about planting tulips this fall. Will our current drought affect them? A: There will be no damage from the drought at all, but remember that the best time to plant tulips is in mid-October, not now....

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Leyland Cypress- Watering

Q: How far out from my twenty-foot tall Leyland cypresses should I set my hose to water them? A: The majority of the water and nutrient absorbing roots are five to fifteen feet away from the trunk. The easiest way...

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Pruning- Drought

Q: Will pruning English laurel, gardenias and other shrubs now harm the plants? How does drought affect my plans? A: Pruning now will stress them somewhat, particularly if the soil is dry. The shrubs’ natural response to pruning in warm...

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Shrub pruning – Water

Q: Will shrubs like azalea, tea rose, and boxwood need less water if I prune them back by one-third? A: A plant’s water use is affected by a host of factors. Age of leaves, vigor of root system, humidity, light...

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Drought – Container Safety

Q: With our current water shortage, many people are buying large containers to save rain water. How do you know if the container you buy is safe for plants? A: I’d use a combination of smell and common sense. If...

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Water requirements – Seasons

Q: Is the water requirement for trees the same in winter as in summer: two gallons per inch of diameter per day? A: No. Deciduous trees need no added water in winter, because they have no leaves. Established evergreen trees,...

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Trees – Old age

Q: Do trees die from old age? A: Much like humans, trees die do not from old age, but from infections and pests that overwhelm them when they are weak. That said, some trees are more susceptible to weakening factors...

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Fertilizer – Drought

Q: I usually fertilize all my shrubs in April and October using 10-10-10 fertilizer. Because of the drought, I’m concerned that this may not be a good idea for this season. Can you give me some guidance? A: Your instincts...

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