Posts Tagged ‘oak’

Oak Moth Caterpillar – Stripping Trees

Q: We are being overrun with worms in our oaks. They are totally defoliating large trees around my house. A: We’re enduring a big outbreak of common oak moth this year. This small gray/brown moth lays her eggs on oak...

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Oak – Cherry Gall

Q: Have you ever seen this? My oak tree has been producing little red berries or acorns! I know what an acorn looks like and these are not acorns. But they were growing from the tree in several locations on...

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Oak – Immature Acorns

Q: I have seen hundreds of these “droppings”, apparently from trees above my driveway. They almost always come in pairs and, to be frank, they look like two tiny testicles joined with a little stem sticking straight up. I know...

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Mistletoe – On Fringe Tree

Q: Can you tell me what this aberrant foliage is? It is growing on a fringe tree which is 10 years old and this is its first appearance. It looks like mistletoe to me but surely I must be wrong....

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Oak – Gall on Trunk

Q: This canker has been on my oak for many years. Why has such a large canker not killed the tree? A: Galls and cankers don’t necessarily always kill their host. Many are symbiotic, like cedar apple rust galls, that...

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Groundcover Beds- Sprouting

Q: I have a problem with acorns dropping in my groundcover beds. Would a pre-emergent inhibit their sprouting in spring? We spend soooo much time on our hands and knees pulling oak “babies”. A: Weed expert Dr. Mark Czarnota says...

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Gardening- Charities

Q: Can you suggest small gardening charities that accept donations in memory of people? Some state organizations aren’t appropriate because donations have to begin at such a large amount. A: I am positive that any small garden organization would be...

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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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Gray Rat Snake – Identification

Q: Found this snake in the house. I don’t like them in the garden, but never in the house. What kind of snake is it? What can we do to keep these out? A: According to Jim Rogers at Nearly...

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Hardwood Limbs- Health

Q: My property has many hardwood trees. I continually have to pick up short limbs with healthy green leaves. What is causing them to fall? A: If the trees are oak, pecan or hickory, the culprit is likely the twig...

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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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Oak Leaf Blister

Q: The leaves on my large water oak have numerous blisters on them. The tree is also dropping lots of leaves. What can I do to help? A: Your tree has oak leaf blister and you can’t do much about...

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Pine Trees – Removal

Q: We’re having all of the pine trees removed from our lot. We have beautiful red and white oaks that do not have enough room amongst all the pines. Someone told me that removing the pines would kill my hardwoods...

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Colonial Trees – Eagle project

Q: My nephew’s Eagle Scout project is to find trees with historical significance during the colonial period. He is having difficulty finding information on these trees in Georgia. A: Since Georgia had few cities in colonial times, few trees from...

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Removing Pines – Hardwood

Q: We’re having all of the pine trees removed from our lot. We have beautiful red and white oaks that do not have enough room amongst all the pines. Someone told me that removing the pines would kill my hardwoods...

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Eagle Scout – Historical trees

Q: My nephew’s Eagle Scout project is to find trees with historical significance during the colonial period. He is having difficulty finding information on these trees in Georgia. A: Since Georgia had few cities in colonial times, few trees from...

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Earthworms – Buying

Q: I am putting in a small backyard vegetable garden. I want to add earthworms to let them do their stuff beforehand. Where can I buy earthworms? A: You don’t need to buy earthworms. If you add soil conditioner and...

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Earthworms – Purchase

Q: I am putting in a small backyard vegetable garden. I want to add earthworms to let them do their stuff beforehand. Where can I buy earthworms? A: You don’t need to buy earthworms. If you add soil conditioner and...

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