Gardening Q and A

Boxwood Blight – Major Concerns in Landscape

Q: We live in Colquitt County and my wife wants an elaborate parterre garden utilizing approximately 700 dwarf boxwoods. She would like the hedges to be able to be maintained around 2 1/2 feet high. The area receives a great...

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Aphids – Present in Winter

Q: Do you know what these small, clear, yellow insects are called? They are in planters we have outside. A: I’m writing this in Jan. 2017 during a warm week following temperatures in the teens. Despite the cold, these are...

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Juniper – Pruning a Large One

Q: I recently started helping my aunt take care of her yard. She has two juniper bushes that have gotten quite large and I was want to trim them back. A: It’s tough to prune big junipers like this and...

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Mockingbird – Controlling

Q: Every spring mockingbirds live in big holly bushes near our home. The birds attack the cat and this causes a huge problem. How can we prevent the birds from nesting in the bushes? A: This is a tricky question...

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Tree Roots – Covering

Q: These three maples have spread their dastardly roots for 25 years. Short of expanding the block wall and ivy, is there a solution besides totally removing the trees? A: Bank robbers rob banks because that’s where the money is....

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Lady Beetle – Larval Form ID

Q: Recently I attended a Christmas parade, after which I took a break on a nearby bench. It had all these weird bugs crawling on it. A: Wow, you can sit in my garden anytime if you bring these friends...

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Walter’s Radio Show – Download Podcast

Q: Is there a podcast of your show I can download and listen to later? A: Sure! Click the link below to see the podcasts available. They are usually posted by Tuesday after a broadcast. Lawn and Garden Show on...

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Propagation – Using Milk Jugs

Q: What is your opinion of winter sowing outdoors in translucent milk bottles? I’ve read that people do it even into Zone 5! A: It’s something I’ve read about but never tried. So I’ve collected some milk bottles and I...

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Tea Olive (Sweet Olive) – Pruning

Q: When is the best time to prune sweet olive shrubs? Mine are six feet tall and bloom in spring and fall. A: I’d do it after the spring flowering period. Tea olive, Osmanthus fragrans, blooms on twigs that grew...

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Raised Bed – How to Fill Options

Q: I have built twelve raised beds out of concrete blocks. What is the best soil to use to raise flowers and vegetables? A: You have several choices. One option is to use the existing soil (plus some from nearby)...

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“Christmas Crack” (Chocolate Popcorn) – Source

Q: On your radio show at Christmas you mentioned giving “Christmas Crack” to your colleagues. What is it? A: My favorite holiday gift is a chocolate popcorn/pecan mix made by a small company in Minnesota. I discovered Donamae’s – A...

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Mint – Spider Mite Control

Q: I have been trying to grow mint indoors. I’m on my fourth plant! At the top of a few of the stems there’s a spiderwebby kind of thing with dots on it. A: You have made an excellent observation...

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Tree – Split Trunk

Q: I went out to my front yard three days ago and saw a split in my tree trunk. Do I need to call an arborist or a logger to deal with this situation? A: This is a perfect example...

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Rose – Pruning in Winter

Q: I have recently purchased a home with several large rose bushes. How do I get them in top shape and beauty? A: I think you have some large Knock Out roses. They are easy to prune. You can do...

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Heuchera – Rabbit Damage

Q: I planted these heucheras a month ago and they had big beautiful leaves. When I went out this afternoon, the leaves are all chewed off. Some small leaves are left, but most of the stems are just chopped off...

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Fertilizing on a Slope

Q:I would like to fertilize young azaleas on a sloping bank next to a pond. How do I do it without creating an algae-filled pond as I did last year? When is best? A: Azaleas don’t really need a lot...

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Inexpensive Tomato Grafting Supplies

Q: I need to find a source for tomato grafting tubes and clips that are not terribly expensive for 100 or less of each. Is there an advantage in using eggplant rootstock rather than tomato rootstock? I’m looking for a...

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Bermuda Grass Herbicide – Organic

Q: I only use 30% industrial strength, 300 grain white vinegar to kill weeds in our yard, since this is natural and contains no chemicals. Our yard has been toxic chemical free for eight years. Is it is safe to...

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