Posts Tagged ‘Summer’

Bats – Attracting

Q: I received a bat house for Christmas (yes, I asked for one). Can you tell me some tips to make it successful or direct me to some information on making my bat house attractive to bats? I live in...

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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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Moss – Control

Q: I am having a problem with my fescue lawn. I bought the house about a year ago and have since applied many bags of lime (about fifteen for 4,000 sq. ft.) and fertilizer. It appears now that there is...

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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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Rodent – Control Outdoors

Q: Do you know of any Internet sites that discuss control of rodents in the yard? A: The key to controlling outdoor rodents like rats, squirrels and chipmunks is to understand carrying capacity and seasonality. Every landscape has the capacity...

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Hazlenut, Pistachio – Growing

Q: I would like to plant a couple of hazelnut trees. Do you know if I can get them locallyQ: Can I grow pistachio trees in this part of Georgia? A: With the many acres of pecans growing in Georgia,...

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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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Gardenia – Pruning

Q: I have some gardenia bushes that are about five feet tall. They are so top heavy that I have to tie them back for them to stand erect. Should I prune back the limbs occasionally to allow the stems...

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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 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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New Guinea Impatiens – Winter Care

Q: We purchased New Guinea Impatiens last summer and planted them in a container. All summer/fall they had great foliage but only 1 bloom !! When the first freeze came they still had great foliage so I brought them in...

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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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Boxwood – Winter Discoloration

Q: Every year, my boxwoods change from a nice green color to a purple-bronze color in the winter. Is there any way to prevent this? A: Boxwoods are beautiful shrubs, but the bronzy discoloration you describe is common. Usually, it...

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Kudzu – Control

Q: Please settle a family argument! I say kudzu has flowers – they say it does not. Who is right? A: How would there be baby kudzu if there were no seed?! Kudzu certainly has flowers – they are small,...

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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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Hammock – Hanging from Tree

Q: I want to hang a hammock between two sweetgum trees with trunks approximately twelve inches thick. If I put a screweye into the trunk, will it cause damage to the trees? A: Will it cause damage to the tree?...

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Tomato Varieties – False Advertising

Q: Enclosed is an advertisement for a huge bush tomato that seems to good to be true. It promises up to fifty pounds of tomatoes per plant but the plants only grow three feet tall. What do you think about...

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