Gardening Q and A

Squirrel – Disturbing Plants

Q: I missed your talk about dealing with squirrels on the radio a week ago. I have a wooded backyard and want to plant some hellebores (Lenten rose) that I have in pots. Every time I put out something the...

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Squirrel – Flying

Q: I hear heavy thumps and thuds in my attic in the middle of the night. Also, something seems to be chewing the wood up there. Would raccoons do this? A: It is possible that raccoons have taken up residence...

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Squirrel – Control in Garden

Q: My apple and pear trees began to bear last year but I didn’t get a single one. The squirrels got them all! Now that I see the fruit beginning to form, what can I do to protect my crop?...

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Irrigation System – Choosing Type

Q: I want to install a simple irrigation system for my lawn and flower beds. Should I use soaker hoses or a drip irrigation system? Is an oscillating lawn sprinkler any better than an impulse type? A: Your question is...

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Irrigation System – Scheduling

Q: I have an automatic sprinkler system How long and how often should I set the sprinklers for? Should I set the area that covers the flat portion of my yard any differently than a sloped portion? A: Your sprinklers...

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Irrigation System – Designing

Q: My parents live in Jenkins County and we are increasing the garden size to three full acres. I need to know where I can find information for an irrigation system. We already have an extra-deep well. Along with the...

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Water Flow Impediment – Law

Q: My neighbor (NNN) has installed a berm that is causing water to back up in my yard. Do you know if he can do this or not? It gets much higher and even after it’s gone (2-3 days), it...

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Japanese Beetle Control – Comparison of Chemicals

Q: I am not getting good control of Japanese beetles with Sevin. Are there alternatives? A: A University of Kentucky study compared several Japanese beetle control strategies. Their conclusion was that synthetic pyrethroid insecticides (deltamethrin, bifenthrin, Lambda- cyhalothrin, cyfluthrin)gave at...

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Dracena – Disease

Q: Our corn plant has oval shaped yellow spots with dark centers on it’s leaves. What is wrong with it and how do we remedy the problem? A: I’ve had my corn plant for about 12 years and I’ve never...

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Basil – Preserving

Q: How do I preserve basil leaves? A: Pull your plants before frost and hang in a cool place until the leaves are completely dry. They can be crumbled and stored in a jar for winter use. You could also...

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Master Gardener Program

Q: Some time ago on your radio show you mentioned classes for Master Gardener Training. Can you please tell me where to apply. A: The Georgia Master Gardener Program is a wonderful opportunity for you to learn about gardening in...

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Shrub – Propagating from Seed

Q: I have seeds for crape myrtles, bradford pear and lantanas. I keep getting contradicting instructions on how to germinate these seeds. Could you please tell me how to start these plants from seed? A: Propagating a woody plant from...

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Shrub – Planting in Winter

Q: What should be done with shrubs that are purchased just before severe cold? Is it better to leave them in the garage until warmer weather or would I be safe putting them in the ground? A: Up North, where...

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Shrub – Planting Properly

Q: A few months ago I had a professional installer plant a large number of bushes around my house. He used a method that violates my own knowledge of planting. I was told his method was advocated by a UGA...

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Sunflower Seeds- Allelopathy

Q: In a garden catalog I received it states that sunflower roots, not the seeds, inhibit the germination of other plants. If so, how far apart should I plant my sunflowers this spring? A: The ability of one plant to...

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Impatiens – Problems

Q: I have impatiens planted in a half-barrel. They have begun falling over, just like they were bitten at ground level. Could squirrels do this? A: Squirrels or chipmunks are not the likely culprits. It sound to me like you...

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Christmas Tree- Watering Mixture

Q: I think I remember hearing on your show a few years ago that one of your guests said to add Jack Daniels to the water you put in your Christmas tree, (This is not a joke!) and that would...

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Christmas Plants – Poison Precautions

Q: I have an 11 month old daughter. We are looking forward to celebrating her first Christmas. One of my baby care books said that real Christmas trees are poisonous and it is safer to get a fake tree. I...

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