Posts Tagged ‘Summer’

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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Salt Water Pool – Using Water in Garden

Q: We have a salt water pool. Will this water hurt our grass or plants? We have to run a little water out when we close it and I want to catch some and use on my plants. A: Other...

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Hydrangea – No Leaves in Winter

Q: Last summer my established hydrangeas didn’t really bloom. I assumed this was because of the drought and the shrubs were just conserving energy and would bounce back next spring. I did not prune the shrubs last summer or fall...

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Boxwood – Pruning Damage

Q: My question is about my boxwoods that are at the front of my house. First they were used as a landing mat for my boys climbing down the drainpipes. It took me a few days to realize why the...

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Sweetgum Defoliator Caterpillars

Q: About a week ago I noticed very small black pellets falling from my sweetgum trees. Upon further inspection of the trees, I noticed the crowns appear to be eaten away. There appears to be a rather extensive infestation of...

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Septic Lines – Make Lawn Greener

Q: I have a typical 3-year old bermuda lawn and use a lawn service for the bi-monthly fertilizing, weed control, etc. The builder in our subdivision made the decision to run all of the homes’ septic lines to either the...

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Sweetgum Defoliator Caterpillars – Birds Eating

Q: I’ve noticed an odd thing happening to the sweetgum trees outside my office. Birds are eating the leaves, to the point where some limbs are picked clean. I’ve even seen a hawk clip and fly off with pieces of...

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Broom Sedge – Control

Q: How do you get rid of broom sedge in the pasture? A: Broomsedge is a perennial grass that self-seeds rapidly when it finds open soil in a pasture. This plant doesn’t invade a pasture, it just takes advantage of...

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Ponderosa Pine Seedling – Planting

Q: I’ve been given an eight-inch long ponderosa pine seedling. Can I plant it now or do I put it in a cool location in my garage till spring? A: Plant it outdoors immediately…but don’t expect it to live long...

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Jack-In-The-Pulpit – Raising

Q: A friend found a jack-in-the-pulpit that produced fruit this fall. I would like to know how to gather the seeds and raise more of these flowers. A: The red berries covering the end of a short stalk are typical...

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Scotch Moss – Planting

Q: I plan to plant Scotch moss between the stones in my patio. What kind of soil preparation should I do? A: Scotch Moss (sometimes called Irish moss), Sagina subulata, isn’t really a moss but it has the green, low-growing,...

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Fig Trees – Blossoms

Q: I was told by a friend that fig trees have no blossoms from which the fruit comes and it is the only fruit of which that is so. Is this true? A: Figs certainly have flowers, but their method...

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Craneflies – Management

Q: I’ve been invaded with European craneflies. They look like giant mosquitoes as they bump along windows and outdoor lights. What can I do to get rid of them and prevent future problems? A: Thought they look menacing, cranefly adults...

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Soil Test – Nitrogen

Q: After ten years of lawn struggles, I decided to do a home soil test. It said we are low in nitrogen. The sod we laid last year looks pitiful. Can I put out nitrogen now? A: I’m doubtful that...

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Daylilies – Fertilizing

Q: Is April the time to fertilize daylilies? A: The general rule of thumb is to fertilize plants when they are most vigorously growing, which would be late March through early April for daylilies. Since most time-release fertilizers depend on...

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Gardenias – Varieties

Q: I’m looking for gardenias that can withstand a cold winter. I have planted ‘August Beauty’ and they die each winter. What varieties do you recommend? A: I’ve had good results with ‘Kleim’s Hardy’, also known as ‘Daisy’. It has...

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Brussels Sprouts – Survival

Q: Can Brussels sprouts plants survive a Georgia summer? A: They can’t even survive June, much less an entire summer! I suppose they have a good chance for summer survival in extreme north Georgia, but nowhere in Atlanta and southward....

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Pre-emergent – Liquid

Q: Most professional lawn care services in my neighborhood do a good job preventing weeds by spraying the lawn. My service used a granular product and they didn’t have good success. I want to manage my own yard but I’m...

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