Gardening Q and A

Fish Ponds – Managing

Q: I purchased a house with a 2 acre lake. What do I need to know about managing it and keeping weeds out? A: The first thing to determine is the nutrient quality of the water in your lake. You...

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Dogwood – Saving an Old One

Q: Last year we lost two old dogwoods (approximately 30 years old) in our backyard. We have another old dogwood in the front yard and now it too looks sickly. Not many blooms – just sort of twiggy looking. Do...

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Wax Scale – Control

Q: Down deep on my boxwood stems I have found white-looking things that are very rounded in shape. When I pull them off their underside is blood red. I can squash them between my fingers and they crunch a bit....

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Trees – Topping a Bad Idea

Q: I have a question about the sweetgum trees in my front yard. Three of them are very tall and quite ‘spindly’. I’d like to keep the trees, but I’d like for them to provide more shade. I’m considering having...

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Dance flies

Q: What are the small flies that hover in clouds over the grass? They float in the air in swarms and sometimes latch on to you and follow you everywhere you go. A: It could be either gnats or dance...

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Hammock – Hanging from Tree

Q: I want to hang a hammock between two sweetgum trees with trunks approximately twelve inches thick. If I put a screweye into the trunk, will it cause damage to the trees? A: Will it cause damage to the tree?...

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Tomato Varieties – False Advertising

Q: Enclosed is an advertisement for a huge bush tomato that seems to good to be true. It promises up to fifty pounds of tomatoes per plant but the plants only grow three feet tall. What do you think about...

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Pecan Shells – For Mulch

Q: I have always used pine bark or red oak mulch since I like the dark reddish color. It looks natural to me. I have been seeing pecan shell mulch lately and it really looks good. What do you think...

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Sandbur (Sandspur) – Control

Q: Is there a weed killer that I can spray onto centipedegrass to kill sand spurs? A: Few things take the pleasure out of walking barefoot across a lawn like stepping on a sandbur. The plant is an annual grass...

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Lilac – Growing

Q: I would appreciate your opinion on lilacs that will grow in our area. I realize that lilacs are not a very popular plant around here but I grew up in the Midwest and love them. I also would be...

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Falsa berry

Q: I have a question about a berry which grows in south Asian countries. I don’t know what it’s called in English, but its size is similar to a blueberry but its color is violet when ready to eat. In...

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Stinging Nettle

Q: Last year and again this year I had a small green stinging weed in my bermudagrass. The plant was about 2 inches in diameter, 1 inch high, had small leaves shaped like a heart (less the V at the...

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Pawpaw – Sources

Q: Where can I purchase pawpaw tree? Do I need to have more than one for it to fruit? How long does it take for a tree to produce? A: Try Johnson Nursery in Ellijay or www.eat-it.com . You might...

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Bermuda – Removing from Lily Bed

Q: I have a bought a house that has bermudagrass and HAD an island with gorgeous lilies in it… however the bermudagrass has spread over into where the lilies are. How can I kill the bermudagrass without killing the lilies?...

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How to Make Concrete Look Aged

Q: I was recommended by a nursery to ask you about a solution that can be applied to outdoor cement walls to make them look aged. Can you tell me what to use? A: Anything that sticks to stone (or...

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Asparagus Fern – Not Edible

Q: My mother’s asparagus fern is producing small but tasty asparagus shoots. I never heard of a fern producing an edible vegetable. Have you? I guess it’s called asparagus fern for a reason. A: Hmmm…although asparagus fern, Asparagus densiflorus is...

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Garden – Amending Soil

Q: My husband and I are novice gardeners. Last year we planted a vegetable and herb garden. It was mostly red clay so I added store-bought dirt and manure: about 20 bags of each in an 8’x10′ area. The only...

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