Posts Tagged ‘Winter’

Rose (Tree Form, Standard) – Pruning

Q: I have two lovely rose trees in pots that did very well this summer. They are five feet tall and two feet wide. As cold weather arrives, should I cut them back? Should I bring them inside for the...

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Gloriosa Lily – Identification

Q: This is an amazing plant I came across in Brookgreen Gardens on Murrells Inlet SC unfortunately there was no ID tag or volunteer to ask. Could please ID it for me? A: It’s a gloriosa lily See Gloriosa Lily...

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China Doll plant – Care

Q: I have a four-foot tall China Doll plant. It flourished outside but indoors the leaves are yellow and falling off. A: Although China Doll plant, Radermachera sinica, is sold as a house plant, it can eventually grow to 30...

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Plant Labels – Inadequate

Q: I’m trying to determine if a “dwarf oyster plant” will survive as a perennial in Atlanta. I’ve checked books but none of them have a reference to this plant. I’m at a loss why [a large home improvement store]...

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Rose Hips – Identification

Q: I moved into a home with some existing rose bushes. One of them has several marble sized orange-red ball things on it. Can you tell me what they are? A: You’re seeing the rose seedpods, known as “hips”. You...

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Fescue – Remove from Zoysia in Winter

Q: I have these grassy clumps throughout my ‘Meyer’ zoysiagrass lawn. Since the zoysia is dormant, is it safe to use a non-selective herbicide to eradicate these clumps? A: The weed grass looks like fescue, which is a common winter...

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Azalea – Lower Leaves Yellow

Q: One of my four azaleas is starting to lose the green color of the leaves. They are turning yellow from the bottom up. The other three bushes have retained their full green color on all leaves. Do you have...

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Meyer Lemon – Leaves Yellowing

Q: The leaves on our new Meyer lemon tree are turning yellow and beginning to drop. I bought this as a gift for my daughter for Christmas and would like for it to look healthy when she receives it. What...

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Roundup Damage – On Lawn

Q: We would like to know what this disease is in our Meyer’s zoysiagrass and what we should do to get rid of the problem. We have a chemical lawn service but they have not cured it. We have two...

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Drought – Buying a Soil Moisture Tester

Q: Where can I buy an accurate soil moisture tester for my landscape? A: Turf expert Clint Waltz says: “There are soil moisture probes that can accurately measure volumetric soil moisture content. Brand names include the Dynamax TH2O Moisture Meter...

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Tommies – Crocus tommasinianus Identification

Q: These seed things just popped up. Could they be from the crocus that bloomed earlier in the spring? A: Indeed they are. You have a nice spread of Tommies, Crocus tommasinianus. This crocus blooms before almost any other bulb,...

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‘Foster’ Holly – Identification

Q: I want to plant some holly bushes in my yard for birds to feed on the berries, but don’t know the name of the species growing around our courthouse. Large flocks of cedar waxwings descend on it during the...

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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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Freeze Damage – Fountain Grass

Q: Last year I planted purple fountain grass. They all did great. I cut them back in November. So far this year they are doing nothing. I have been told they will not come back until late June. Is this...

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Fescue – Overwatered

Q: I have a fescue lawn that receives plenty of water, as I have a well. I am watering once a day. I was watering twice a day, but some areas were getting pretty saturated, and we have received some...

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Birdseed – Go Bad

Q: My wife and I put up a new bird feeder after Christmas but we see very little feeding activity. Can birdseed go bad or can birds even tell that it is old? A: “Heck, they eat worms and dead...

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Greenhouse – Electric Heater

Q: I received a small greenhouse for Christmas, which I plan to heat with electricity. Which is the most efficient electric heater? A: Jeff Tiller from Southface says that a watt is a watt is a watt! Whether you use...

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Chinese Yellow Banana – Identification

Q: I live in Griffin and we bought a house with this huge plant at my front door. I was wandering if you had an idea what it might be. A: It took a trip to Tampa, Florida to get...

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