Posts Tagged ‘Summer’

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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Saw Palmetto – Control

Q: How can I kill unwanted palmetto plants here in Richmond Hill, outside of Savannah? We weedeat and bushwhack them, but they come right back in a few months. There must be a way to kill the small saplings. A:...

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Clementine Orange – Identification

Q: I am an 11 year old gardener. I was wondering how if clementine oranges have no seeds how do they grow more? A: Clementines are a hybrid variety of mandarin orange that originated in China. The pollen in this...

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