Posts Tagged ‘trees’

Oak Tree- Drought

Q: We have a huge oak tree that we dearly love. We are very worried about our tree during this drought. Can you advise how to water? A: We’re in a situation where “survival watering” is your best bet. Apply...

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Tree- Identification

Q: My yard is a haven for a week I do not recognize. It looks like a tiny mimosa tree. Can you offer any help? A: Weed scientists call this plant chamberbitter but I call it mimosa weed, because it...

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Trees and Shrubs- Road Noise

Q: I need trees and shrubs to plant in a mostly shady area. I need them to offer some relief from road noise. Do you have any suggestions? A: The basic laws of physics show us that sound is best...

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Kwansan cherry tree- Planting

Q: I’m in a quandary. I received a ten-foot tall ‘Kwansan’ cherry tree for my birthday. Should I go ahead and plant it in the face of watering restrictions? Plus, I’m going to be on vacation next week. A: If...

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Loropetalum tree- Landscaping

Q: Is there a loropetalum tree? One has been suggested for our landscape but I’ve not been able to find it. A: We’ve learned a lot about loropetalum in the last fifteen years. The first thing learned was that there...

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Tree Trunk- Painting

Q: Why do some people paint the trunks of trees white? A neighbor recently did this to three large trees in their front yard. I have seen this in the countryside and guessed it was to reflect light, so cars...

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Fig Tree – Transplanting

Q: I have a fig tree cutting in a jar of water. It has started new roots and new leaves. When should I transplant it to its permanent spot in my yard? A: When the roots are four inches long...

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Apple tree – Maintenance

Q: I have an apple tree that I have never thinned or pruned aside from shaping it. It’s getting really thick inside and I have no idea what to do. A: Prune the apple tree in three steps. First, remove...

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Persimmon tree – Stratification

Q: I have a persimmon tree that bears delicious fruit. I want to germinate some seeds and transplant them to my daughter’s yard. I’ve read that “stratification” is recommended for persimmon seeds. What does this mean? A: Stratify means to...

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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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Tree Cutting – Stumps

Q: I have two trees in my front yard that will be cut down. I am not sure whether to leave a stump or not. If I decide to leave stumps, how tall should the stumps be? A: Folks usually...

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Snow Fountain Tree – Pruning

Q: I have a ‘Snow Fountain’ weeping cherry tree. I’ve noticed a lot of the limbs reach the ground; some even stretch out on the ground. How should it be pruned? A: ‘Snow Fountain’ cherry is a beautiful small tree...

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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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Ficus and schefflera trees – Repotting

Q: I have six-year old, very large potted ficus and schefflera trees, about nine feet tall. I’m sure fertilizer salts have built up in the soil. I know that the best thing to do would be to repot them with...

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Tornado – Saving trees

Q: Our subdivision got hit by the tornado a few weeks ago. It did considerable damage to the small trees in our yard. What are the chances that they’ll survive and stay healthy if we straighten them up and secure...

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Cherry Tree – Pruning

Q: I have a ‘Snow Fountain’ weeping cherry tree. I’ve noticed a lot of the limbs reach the ground; some even stretch out on the ground. How should it be pruned? A: ‘Snow Fountain’ cherry is a beautiful small tree...

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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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