Ornamental Trees

Leyland Cypress – Dead Branches at Bottom

Q: I have a double row of offset Leyland Cypress. I planted the one gallon container size six years ago. Started out great but over the past 1 ½ years the majority of them are turning brown starting at the...

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Japanese Holly – Renewal Pruning

Q: These Japanese hollies are ten years old. About a year ago they started turning brown. There is some new growth/sprouts coming from the bottom. Should I replace entire plant or cut down to the new growth? A: The first...

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Pine Pollen – Predicting

Q: We are preparing to paint the outside trim of our house, and would like to avoid the peak time for pine pollen. Can you approximate when we can expect the “yellow curse” to appear? A: Yikes! Considering that a single...

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Eastern Red Cedar – Transplanting

Q: We have some old-growth woods behind our home and found these trees. Might you tell me what kind they are? How far apart should I space them? I am thinking of placing them between my house and the neighbors...

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Are Green Giant Arborvitae Safe To Plant Now?

Q: My landscaper is installing some Green Giant arborvitae. Is it safe to plant them now?  A: I think they would be fine to plant now through December. Quiz the installer to make sure he is giving the Green Giants...

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Can I Fertilize Newly Planted Trees And Shrubs In Late December?

Q: I’ll be out of town January thru April next year. Can I fertilize my newly planted trees and shrubs in late December?  A: Some fertilizers, like 10-10-10, are dissolved into the soil with the first rain. That’s obviously not...

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Hemlock Tree Is Brown On One Side – Can I Still Stimulate Growth?

Q: I have a large hemlock but over the years other trees and shrubs have encroached on one side of it. I recently removed the trees and now 1/3 of the hemlock has dead branches. Is there any way to...

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Deer Ate Japanese Maple Leaves – Will It Survive Winter Inside?

Q: Deer ate all the leaves off of my four-foot-tall Japanese maple. Will it survive if I bring it into our sunroom this winter?  A: I think there’s a good chance your Japanese maple will sprout leaves next year without...

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Live Oak – Growing in North Georgia

Q: My husband heard your caller from Athens about trying to grow a live oak there. You said it would probably not live. We have one in Braselton that is now 13+ years old and doing very well. It’s had...

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Magnolia – False Oleander Scale

Q: Any idea what these are on my magnolia leaves and what to do about them? A: You have false oleander scale. False oleander scale is not a good name since this insect attacks over 100 plant species, including Southern...

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Repairing Damaged Japanese Maple

Q: My Japanese maple was hit by a truck. It damaged one side and split the trunk. It’s alive but it looks bad. The black stuff at the bottom is tree wrap we purchased to protect the trunk. How can...

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A Banana Enthusiast’s Notes on Banana Feeding

Nick C. grows all sorts of bananas in Gwinnett County, northwest of Atlanta. see Banana Care He has specific tips on fertilizing bananas. “I like to start slow with the chemical fertilizer in the spring about 1-2 weeks after planting...

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Banana – An Enthusiast’s Notes on Care

Some people are into plants…but a select few are REALLY INTO PLANTS! In this case, it’s bananas. Nick C. grows all sorts of bananas in Gwinnett County, northwest of Atlanta.  I want to share with you his enthusiasm and growing...

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Murray Cypress – Identification

Q: I have seen online ads that claim Murray cypress is a type of Leyland cypress that is hardier and faster growing. Is this true? A:  There has been a great deal of discussion regarding the origin of “Murray cypress”,...

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Old Water Oak In Decline – What Can Be Done?

Q: We have an old water oak in our front yard that the Extension service tells us is in decline. For the past 3 years, there has been a noticeable diminishment of leaves on the tree. What can be done? ...

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When Should I Plant My 18” Peanut Butter Tree In The Ground?

Q: I have a peanut butter tree that I’ve been growing in a pot. It is now 18″ high and has a few smaller sprouts that have also come up. When can I plant them in the ground outside? A:...

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Silver Maple Is Losing Bark And Limbs – Can I Save It?

Q: I have an old silver maple in my yard that is losing bark and has dead limbs. How can I save this beautiful tree?  A: My answer will disappoint you, but I think you should have it taken down....

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How Do I Move My Banana Tree?

Q: My banana trees are really big. If I decide to try to bring them into the garage, would I need to dig the whole ball up with them or would it be possible to just pull them up without...

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