Posts Tagged ‘Winter’

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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Bird Houses – Plans

Q: Do you know where I might get some ideas on how to build bird houses? What birds are most common around this area? A: Building a birdhouse is a great winter time activity. The whole process of attracting birds...

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Cherry Trees – No Fruit

Q: I have two sweet cherry trees that don’t fruit. The nursery said they are pollinators to each other. How can I get some cherries? A: Your best bet is to go to a grocery store. The most likely cause...

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Pink Snow Mold – Identification

Q: Can you tell me if this is something I should be concerned about? These spots appeared after the grass had been dormant for quite a while. I noticed them in December. They appear pink in color and are about...

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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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Asparagus Beetle – Identification

Q: Q: We had beautiful asparagus for 15 years. Then 3 years ago we started to have a small insect, 1/4-3/8 inch long beetle, attack the new shoots. They appear to suck out the juice and shrivel the spears while...

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Fox Squirrel – Identification

Q: My mother-in-law finally got a picture of a mysterious creature she has seen several times on their property in Ringgold. I can’t find anything like it when I search for “squirrels” online. She says he is huge! The size...

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Date Palm – Growing

Q: I am trying to find out which date palm will grow here and maybe produce dates. How many would I need for pollination? A: Date palm, Phoenix dactylifera, is not winter-hardy in Georgia. Other palms do well here, particularly...

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Topiaries- Frames/Care

Q: I am interested in topiaries. Where do I buy the frames? How do I care for them? I would like a pair on either side of my front porch. A: There are two kinds of topiary: those stuffed with...

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Crape Myrtles- Trimming

Q: My recently purchased home has a number of 15 – 20 feet high crape myrtles. They appear to have been improperly trimmed since the limbs have round “knobs” with sucker-like shoots coming from them. Can I trim the limbs...

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Chattahoochee River- Flowers

Q: I live near the Chattahoochee River. This time of year I see thousands of big white flowers with red centers in the marshy soil. They almost look like a large hibiscus bloom. What are they? A: Your eyes are...

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Tree – Brought Down by Snow

Q: One of our pecan trees was brought down by wet snow this winter. Can we save this tree? A: I don’t have good news. You can already see the broken roots on the “heaved” side of the tree. What’s...

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Italian Arum- Collection

Q: My Italian arum, ^Arum italicum^ ‘Pictum’, has finished blooming and now there is a stalk with a lot of green beads. I guess they are seed but how do I collect them? A: Wait until the berries are all...

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Re-blooming- Variety of Plants

Q: I must have been living under a rock. Recently I found out that there are re-blooming azaleas. Then, last week, I learned that there are re-blooming iris’s. Do you have any information? A: There is even a society for...

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Rye Grass- Planting

Q: Can I plant rye grass now? We are in the midst of re-landscaping our back yard and have a bunch of mud! Is it too late to plant or should I just spread a bunch of straw to help...

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Angels Blush- Pruning

Q: I have an ‘Angel’s Blush’ hydrangea that I would like to prune. I planted it last summer and it doubled in size. What is the best time to prune this variety? A: ‘Angel’s Blush’ is a new panicle-type hydrangea...

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Fothergilla Bushes- Leaves

Q: I have a dozen fothergilla bushes. I just noticed that one of them has strange cone-like shapes growing out of the leaves! None of the others have anything like this. What in the world is this? A: Fothergilla (witch...

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Long Day Onion- Bulbing

Q: I purchased ‘Sweet Spanish Yellow Utah Jumbo’ onion seeds from a big box retailer. After planting I found out this is a “long day” onion. Will they bulb next summer? If not, why would this store sell them in...

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