Gardening Q and A

Poison Ivy – Winter Removal

Q: I pulled brown, hard poison ivy vines from my azaleas. Needless to say, I have a rash in the middle of the winter. There are two roots so big and strong they won’t budge from the ground. Please advise....

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Landscaping – Taking Care Of Plants In the Meantime

Q: I bought several plants recently that were great buys: althea, crepe myrtle, camellia, azalea, magnolias and rhododendron. We are having grading done for a new driveway and retaining walls. What is the best way to take care of the...

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Fescue – Mowing Height

Q: I did all the right things and now have beautiful fescue grass. When should I do the first mowing? A: The answer is simple: mow when it needs it. This is typically when the grass gets four inches high,...

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Asparagus – Killing Weeds In The Bed

Q: I fear that my compost is not getting hot enough to kill weed seeds. I topdressed my asparagus bed and now they are full of weeds. A: It really takes work to get ALL of the weed seeds cooked...

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Vegetable Garden – Plants For Each Month

Q: I’m trying to find a resource that lists what plants I can plant in each month in a vegetable garden. A: The University of Georgia Extension has several excellent publications for beginning as well as experienced gardeners. You’ll learn...

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Raised Beds – Improvising Materials

Q: My wife and I are going to add raised garden beds to our garden. Pine framing lumber deteriorates quickly and I don’t like treated wood. I work for a company that has hundreds of discarded tracks from loaders. Could...

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Dahoon Holly – Losing Leaves?

Q: I’ve had a dahoon holly for four years and it has been doing fine. Three weeks ago it started dropping its leaves. I was out of town for two weeks and when I came home it was naked. My...

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Pecan Tree – About To Fall?

Q: A big pecan tree is very close to my house. There is a large open area near the base that has been increasing in size. If this continues it could fall on my house! A: It sounds serious! You...

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Cherry Tree – A Large Variety

Q: I want to plant a flowering cherry tree on February 24th in honor of a friend that died. Do you think I can get away with planting a tree at that time of year? A: You have good choices...

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Fescue Sod – Good Times To Plant

Q: Is it too late to plant fescue sod? A: Anytime between now and March would be fine. Fescue is a cool-season grass and does much of its growth between fall and late spring. Once the sod is laid, water...

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Poison Ivy – Chipping With Care

Q: Eight months ago, I cut down a dead pine sapling that had a gigantic hairy poison ivy vine on it. I have rented a chipper to chip branches. Does the poison ivy vine still contain its poisonous oil or...

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Fig – Be Careful With Sap

Q: I’ve never heard a caution about how toxic the sap from a fig bush can be. In my case, I pruned a bush without a shirt on and got the sap all over me. When the sap gets on...

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Angel Trumpet – Growth Through Winter

Q: I have two large angel trumpet plants that I usually move into the garage during winter. They are getting too big and heavy to move. What are my chances of keeping the plants alive if I plant them outside?...

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Rats – Side Affects of Poison Use

Q: I heard that birds which eat poisoned rats could be killed by the toxin. Is this true? A: Like a lot of situations, it depends on the chemical the rat consumed. Many poisons, but not all, are anti-coagulants. Some...

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Soil – Dressing A Flower Bed

Q: I am top dressing my perennial flower beds with a combination of soil conditioner, mushroom compost, and steer manure dug in around my plants. Should I add lime or cottonseed meal? A: It’s a fact of garden life that...

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Roundup – Use Near Oak

Q: Can I safely spray Roundup on a privet hedge growing under a mature oak tree? A: Glyphosate (Roundup, etc) is mostly absorbed by leaves but can be absorbed by a tree trunk or roots if applied heavily. If you...

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House Plants – Keepign Winter Pests Away

Q: With what should I spray my scheffleras to eliminate pests before I bring them in for the winter? A: I once had a neighbor who would cover his houseplants with a paper sack and stick a lit cigar in...

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Poison Ivy – Eliminating What You Can

Q: My husband and I have been battling poison ivy in our backyard. I am dreadfully allergic and I want to protect myself from another doctor visit. How can I eliminate it? A: You can’t “eliminate” poison ivy, since birds...

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