Gardening Q and A

Pansy – Nitrate Nitrogen

Q: I want to revisit the continuing saga of how to fertilize pansies in the winter. You have written and mentioned on the radio that pansies should be fertilized with any product that has a moderate concentration of “nitrate” nitrogen....

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Fescue – planting over ground stumps

Q: I have planted fescue over pine tree stumps that have been ground out. Over the course of the summer, the grass has died where the stumps were located. Do you have any suggestions as to how to improve the...

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Pampas Grass – Cutting Plumes

Q: For only the second time in 15 years, my pampas grass has had beautiful plumes this year. I am tempted to cut them for decorations, but am afraid Imight interfere with their blooming next year. Is it O.K. to...

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Mealy Bugs – Homemade insecticide

Q: I received a hothouse-grown gardenia bush for Christmas. It has developed mealy bugs. I was going to use Safer’s insecticidal soap but it was not safe on gardenia bushes. Please tell me what I can use. A: My horticulturist...

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Snake – Identification

Q: Is there a good resource for identifying snakes? I found a black one on our deck, 12 ft. above the ground! A: My best guess from the snake ID books I have is that your snake is some type...

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Lemon Grass – Winter care

Q: I have a large planter full of West Indian Lemon Grass (Cymbopogan citratus) and live in Brookhaven(Dekalb County). I understand Lemon Grass is a tender perennial. How do I take care of it over the winter? Should I wait...

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Viburnum- ‘Winterthur’

Q: I would like to know the name of the particular Viburnum you mentioned that your cohorts ooohhed and ahhhhed over at the mere mention of the species. A: The viburnum was...

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Air spade – information

Q: What is the the method or tool that does the work of the “air spade” that you recommended that homeowners can do on their own without having to hire a professional air spade company. A: I didn’t have a...

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Kombi Shovel – procuring

Q: A few Saturdays ago, your colleague mentioned a special shovel she recommended for hard situations. Could you send me information about how/where I could buy it? I don’t remember the name but she thought it could do any job…...

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Mosquito – Males vs. Females

Q: I’ve heard that only the female mosquito bites you. If so, what does the male eat? A: Male mosquitoes feed on plant nectar. Their mouthparts are not capable of piercing skin. Males may live a few days to more...

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Trees – Identification website and book

Q: We had several trees come down in last weeks storm here in Duluth, GA. Can you recommend the best website that provides color photos of trees, their bark and their leaves as we would like to I.D. what may...

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Zoysia – Fertilizing in Winter

Q: I heard you say on your radio program in October not to fertilize zoysiagrass again this year. On Nov. 1 my lawn maintenance company called to ask permission (this is not a scheduled round) to treat our zoysiagrass lawn with...

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Bougainvillea Goldenraintree – I.D.

Q: I saw two gorgeous trees in downtown Canton this week. The leaves were similar to pecan tree leaves and black walnut tree leaves. The tree was covered with hundred’s of beautiful clusters of watermelon-pink colored “hangy downy” triangular seed...

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Acorn Weevil

Q: My little granddaughter recently picked up a few acorns and I tossed them on the dining room table. A week later, I was about to remove them when I noticed a fine acorn dust all over the table cloth...

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Curry Leaf Plant – Propagation

Q: I wanted to find out how best to propagate the Curry Leaf plant? I have several of them and I get requests for them often enough that I have only my big older ones left. If I can propagate...

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Rafus Palm – Proper Indoor Growing

Q: I have a rafus palm houseplant that is not doing well. I am not sure if I am over-watering or under-watering. Would you please tell me how the soil should be kept and give some fertilizing recommendations? The plant...

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Hibiscus – Winter care

Q: I want to know what to do with Hibiscus plants this winter. I lost one last year and we planted some new ones and I want to know how to save them for next spring. A: If it is...

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Amur Maple – Seed information

Q: I purchased and planted in Fall 03 a good sized Red Rhapsody Amur Maple. It was about 7 ft tall and 5 ft round and in 20 gal? I think can. My question is regarding the small seed wings(fruit?)...

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