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North Augusta , SC
Plants for erosion control along creek in South Carolina
We have a creek that runs thru our property and it is eroding our rip rap. The creek runs head on into an embankment which is causing the worse issue. Is there anything we can plant to help stop the e...
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North Augusta, SC
Evergreen flowering shrub for North Augusta GA
I need suggestions for shade-loving evergreen flowering bush that will grow 6 feet or so, besides azaleas.
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Augusta, GA
Plant identification
I'm trying to figure out the name of a plant/shrub purchased a couple years ago. It was a shrub (about medium sized) with yellow blooms that smelled like lemon. I don't think it was lemon balm or le...
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Augusta, GA
Plant identification for vine in Georgia
A wild vine is taking over our cypress tree. Cypress tree is in our yard beside the fence. Very thick woods behind our fence. Leafs, on vine, resemble small maple leafs. It has orange flower balls....
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Aiken, SC
Plants to stabilize a steep bank in South Carolina
I would like to use native plantings to stabilize a steep bank. The bank is on the side of the gravel road I cut back into the woods and around a 36" pipe going under the road to allow the free flow ...
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edgefield, SC
Fast growing, possibly invasive trees for South Carolina
What fast growing trees would you suggest for South Carolina? We are heavy clay and the pecan trees we planted don't see to be too happy here. We are looking at the yellow poplar and the empress tre...
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Johnston, SC
Native evergreen trees or shrubs for privacy screen in South Carolina
Mr. Smarty Plants, we recently lost a grove of eleven 30+ year old white pine trees in a storm this month. They provided a natural 42'x30' screen to the front of our property and home. What type o...
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Johnston, SC
Native evergreen trees or shrubs for privacy screen in South Carolina
RE: Wednesday - April 02, 2008 From: Johnston, SC Region: Southeast Topic: Native Trees Title: Native evergreen trees or shrubs for privacy screen in South Carolina Author: Barbara Medford Qu...
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Waynesboro, GA
Source for wintergreen to make tea in Waynesboro GA
I want to know where to buy a wintergreen tree to make tea from. Thanks. I live in Waynesboro,GA.
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Saluda, SC
Source for dotted blue-eyed grass from Saluda SC
I lived in Texas for several years and now live on acreage in South Carolina. I have heard that bluebonnets don't grow well in South Carolina. However, there is a place by the road near our house t...
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Leesville, SC
Non-poisonous trees to shade horse pasture in Leesville SC
Please list NON-poisonous trees for horses in South Carolina. I would live to plant a few trees along the fence of my horse pasture and in my horse pasture for shade.
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Louisville, GA
Need a shade tree in a limited space in Louisville, GA
Mr. Smarty Pants, Hello! What kind of tree would be good to shade, in a limited space, and having a taproot? This is in middle Ga. One side of yard has main water pipe coming in off the road and ...
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Chappells, SC
White sticky stuff on muscadine grape vines from Chappells SC
Muscadine vine has white sticky substance on leaves and vines, what is it?
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Lexington, SC
Possibility of growing Buckleys yucca in South Carolina
I live in Lexington, SC. I am wondering if I can grow Buckley's yucca (yucca constricta) here and if so, where can I purchase the seeds or plants? I am from Texas and we are trying to create a "we...
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Prosperity, SC
Privacy screening from Prosperity SC
I need to know what would be a good tree to plant for blocking my neighbor's home it needs to be an evergreen and slender in the space it would take.
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Hodges, SC
Can beautyberries be used to make jelly from Hodges SC
Since the beautyberry bush berries were used for tea to help with colic, can the berries be used for making jelly?
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Newberry, SC
More on bluebonnets
We live on a farm and have recently had a cow that was deathly sick, then finally got better. We also had a couple of calving problems with the cows. I was reading about how toxic tailcup lupine is to...
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West Columbia, , SC
Ways to eliminate non-native bermuda grass from West Columbia SC
Could you kill bermuda grass by heavy over-fertilizing it? Or black, solid plastic cloth? Thanks
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Columbia, SC
Climbing vines that are deer resistant
Please find plants that are climbing vines and are deer resistant
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Columbia, SC
Toxicity of leaves and berries of lantana
Hi Mr. Smarty Plants!!! I live in Columbia, SC and have fallen in love with the Lantana or Lanta plants. I have a lot of them because of their rapid growth. My question is -- in addition to all t...
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Columbia, SC
Erosion control on slope from Columbia SC
We are in the process of having a new home built in Columbia South Carolina. Part of the front yard has a steep slope starting approximately four feet from the corner of the house and running to the ...
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