Posts Tagged ‘invasive’

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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Fountain Grass – Overwintering

Q: I planted purple fountain grass this year. Will it come back next year? A: Purple fountain grass is a perennial in south Florida but it doesn’t have a chance of surviving an Atlanta winter outdoors. That is actually a...

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Amur Honeysuckle – Identification

Q: I have two of these big shrubs growing in my yard. The red berries are pretty in October. Can you identify it? A: When I filmed television shows in Cincinnati we constantly battled this shrub: amur honeysuckle, Lonicera mackii.,...

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Bladderpod – Identification

Q: I’ve attached pictures of a plant/weed that has now grown to over 8 feet tall with lots of the little blooms that are on some of the pictures. This plant has fern-like fronds that close up at night but...

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Elaeagnus – Fruit

Q: I recently found a shrub with weeping limbs and tasty-looking fruit. I don’t recall ever seeing this before. Isn’t it odd that anything would fruit in late March? A: You’ve found a healthy elaeagnus shrub. A polite common name...

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Freeze Damage – Fountain Grass

Q: Last year I planted purple fountain grass. They all did great. I cut them back in November. So far this year they are doing nothing. I have been told they will not come back until late June. Is this...

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Akebia Vine – Fruit

Q: This blossom, resembling a magnolia flower, appeared on my akebia vine over an arch in late October. I have had the vine close to 10 years and have never seen anything like it! The flower is about 10 inches...

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Chinese Tallow Tree – Identification

Q: Here is a tree that I grew from a “volunteer” seedling found in my vegetable garden in Florida. It is now approximately five years old. This is the first year I have seen berries present. The bark has reddish undertones. Can...

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Hemlock Trees- Care

Q: We have property on the Soque River at the northern tip of Habersham County. We have quite a few hemlock trees that have been showing signs of distress over the past several months. We first noticed some of the...

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Bleeding Heart- Identification

Q: Last May my husband and I were on vacation in Naples, Florida. Our condo courtyard had a particular climbing plant called bleeding heart, with beautiful dark green leaves and white flowers. I dug up some baby plants and they...

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Oak Tree- Acorn Sprouting

Q: We have some oak trees at the school where I work that drop a plethora of acorns. However, the caps on these acorns are like “mop-heads”; they have bristles sprouting all over the cap. What kind of oaks are...

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Cat’s Claw Vine – Identification

Q: We found this vine in Lake Charles, Louisiana over the 2009 Easter holidays. The resident at the home and the most popular garden nursery in the city could not identify it. So we brought it back to Marietta ....

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Sheep Sorrel – Identification

Q: We have a hill that is planted with English ivy. It is doing very well but we now have a plant that is invading and choking the ivy. We do not want to harm the ivy but if it...

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Alstromeria – Blooming

Q: I have some alstroemeria that are now blooming. Do they need to be deadheaded or just let the seed pods develop? A: You can let the seed pods develop if you like but the plant spreads most vigorously from...

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Privet – Tools to Remove

Q: On your TV show you mentioned special tools to remove privet. I went to hardware stores and they hadn’t a clue what they were. A: The tools were the Weed Wrench (www.weedwrench.com) and the Honeysuckle Popper (www.misterhoneysuckle.com). Both are...

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Water Lettuce – In Creek

Q: I found these water plants in a creek close to my house. I have never seen these plants there before. What are they and where would they come from? The stream winds thru the backyards of houses in a...

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Liriope Spicata (spreading monkey grass) – Eradication

Q: I was given some “spicato” border grass several years ago. It has taken over my more desirable grasses and is rampant in my beds. How can I eradicate it completely? A: I think the invasive plant you have is...

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Vegetable Garden – Starting

Q: I want to start a vegetable garden in a pasture with bermudagrass. I want to go ahead and plow it up now and add some leaves and compost to sit over the next few months, but feel I need...

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