Posts Tagged ‘Spring’

Daffodils – Not Blooming

Q: How can I get my daffodils that haven’t bloomed in several years to bloom again? A: Daffodils bloom in response to how happy they were the previous year. If you fertilized yours last spring or divided the clump and...

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Impatiens – Seed

Q: I am having great fun sharing with friends the popping of the impatiens seed pods. Now what do I do with them? Let them dry and scatter in the spring? When is a good time? A: You can easily...

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Easter Lily – Care

Q: I received an Easter lily last week. How should I care for it now? Can I make it bloom next year? A: Easter lilies are hardy outdoors in Atlanta. Dr. Paul Thomas, Extension horticulturist, says the best thing to...

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Aphids – Wooly Alder

Q: I have an elm tree that is covered with white stringy looking objects that move slowly. There are so many that I’m afraid they will hurt the tree. Do you know what they are? A: Many owners of elms...

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Photinia – Leaf Spot

Q: I have a row of red tips between me and my neighbor. I notice that the bushes at one end are losing leaves. The leaves also have dark circular spots on them. I do not know how to save...

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Ants – Control in Compost

Q: I am almost through building a three-bin compost project using concrete blocks. I have a couple of questions. First, I’m looking to keep ants out of my compost without using anything that will harm the good critters in the...

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Chimney Swift – Sounds like Bats in Chimney

Q: I think I have bats in my chimney! Every day when I come in the house from work I hear lots of cheeps and whirring sounds from the fireplace. My children won’t go in the living room. How can...

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Lily of the Valley- Growing in Georgia

Q: I’m from Ohio and one thing that I remember is the Lily of the Valley plants growing outside the side door of our home. It was a huge patch, growing larger and larger and larger each year. The fragrance...

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Plum – Blooms Frozen

Q: For the past few years, my plum tree has started to show its blooms in the middle of January. Prior to the snow this January it began to do the same thing. I know that it has a lot...

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Plum – Wild

Q: When I was a child, we had a plum tree in our yard. My father would make a wonderful sweet-tart jam from the plums. He said it was a “hog” or wild plum tree. Do you know of this...

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Whitefly – Control

Q: I see whiteflies all over my gardenias in summer. What should I do to kill them? A: If you see hundreds in spring, you’ll see millions by mid-summer! They suck plant sap and excrete a sticky honeydew that gets...

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Pine Pollen – Predicting

Q: We are preparing to paint the outside trim of our house, and would like to avoid the peak time for pine pollen. Can you approximate when we can expect the “yellow curse” to appear? A: Yikes! Considering that a single...

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Tulip – Reblooms Each Year

Q: I have an amazing tulip that not only grows back every year, it gets bigger each time it grows back. Two years ago a tulip outside my front door in full sun on the west side of my home...

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Boxwood – Care

Q: On each side of my front door I have four boxwoods. For the past couple of years I have continued to lose shrubs on the right side of my door. At first we thought it was due to improper...

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Clover Mite

Q: I have tiny little red bugs on my house walls and windows. What are they? A: Just a few sunny days can cause clover mites to hatch in your lawn. These tiny red mites feed on clover and tender...

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Red Insects on House in Spring

Q: My Dad and I saw some tiny red crawling things on a wall near our house. Will they hurt our plants? A: I can think of three red crawling insects that you might see: red spider mites, clover mites...

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Zoysia – Planting Plugs in Bermuda

Q: I have a 25 year old bermuda lawn. It’s pretty thin, and the soil isn’t very good. I like the appearance of zoysia grass. If I put in zoysia plugs, will they eventually take over, or is the bermuda...

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Azalea and Camellia – Leaf Gall

Q: The leaves on the ends of some of my camellia branches are swollen and thicker than the rest of the leaves. They are also lighter green. I’ve seen this on azaleas but not on camellias. Is it the same...

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