Gardening Q and A

Azaleas – Proper Planting

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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Dragonflies – Making Them A Home

Q: Recently I saw an article about dragonflies. It intrigued me since they are particular favorites of mine. You hear a lot nowadays about how to create a butterfly garden but I’ve never seen anything about how to attract dragonflies....

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‘Native’ – Misuse In Your Contract?

Q: This may seem like a ridiculous question, but the covenants for my subdivision require plant material “native to the southeastern U.S.”. What qualifies as “native”? The contract also refers to “natural” landscape material. Would you consider “pea gravel” a...

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Grass Seed – Increasing Chances Of Germination

Q: Previously, I have properly sowed grass seed yet no grass ever developed. I believe there may have been a problem with the seeds not germinating. When I purchase grass seed next time, is there any way I can ascertain...

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Bats – Leaving Them Homeless?

Q: Recently you described how to get bats out of an attic. Why didn’t you mention hanging a bat house outdoors so they would have somewhere to go? A: I didn’t mention bats houses for two reasons: they are rarely...

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Pine Beetles – Infestation and Tax Concerns

Q: Our neighborhood is in a lather about the pine beetles. They killed two trees in my front yard and they have infested others on a neighbor’s property. When the trees are taken down, should we save the chips? Or...

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Pine Beetles – Dealing With An Infestation

Q: We had a tree die from pine beetles and my husband would like to cut it down himself as he has done with other trees. Is there is a risk of spreading beetle larva when the limbs are moved?...

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Iris – Dealing With Borers

Q: Something has attacked my iris plants and has wiped out about half of them. The roots which are affected are mushy and the leaves either dry out or just fall over on the ground. A: I think you have...

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Silver Maple – Perhaps Another Shade Tree

Q: On several occasions we have heard you advise callers on your radio show not to get a silver maple tree but we have never heard you say why not. We planted a silver maple on the side/front of our...

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Loosestrife – A Plant To Avoid

Q: I was in a garden center recently when I noticed that they were selling purple loosestrife, ^Lythrum salicaria^ ‘Dropmore Purple.’ I have heard that loosestrife is an invasive plant. Is the sale of this plant legal in Georgia? Or...

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Boxwoods – Controlling Leaf Miners

Q: We have an extensive planting of boxwoods along the entire front and east side of our house. They are quite large, 45 to 50 years old. We are seeing branches and spots of leaves dying over almost the entire...

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Worms – Don’t Cut Them In Half. Please.

Q: Is it true that if you cut an earthworm in to two parts both will survive? What if just a small part is cut off? A: I hope you’re not planning an experiment to find out! Earthworms survive being...

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Mosquito Repellent vs Fire Ants

Q: I was out watering my cows and stepped into a big fire ant mound. Thankfully, I’m not very allergic to their bites but the experience brought up the question of repellents. Why aren’t mosquito repellents effective on fire ants?...

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Squirrels – Messing With My Tomatoes!

Q: How can we keep squirrels from taking a bite out of green tomatoes? They take one bite and drop them on the ground, ruining a perfectly good tomato! We have tried various things but nothing works! A: I wish...

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Aeration – When Is The Time?

Q: I talked to a landscaper a month ago who said I should core aerate Bermuda grass in mid-June through the end of July. I just called my lawn treatment company who said that the time to core aerate Bermuda...

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Cicadas – Periodical vs Annual

Q: In your article on periodical cicadas recently, you said they would not appear until 2011. I have had cicadas in my trees every year for the last decade! A: You have had cicadas, but not ^periodical^ cicadas. There are...

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Camellias – In Front Of Air Conditioning?

Q: I want to move two camellias from the west side of our house, where I believe they are getting too much afternoon sun, to a spot on the east side, where they will receive more morning light. This new...

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Vegetables – Weed ‘n Feed Products

Q: I know they make fertilizers with weed killers that you can use on grass but is there a fertilizer/herbicide combination you can use on vegetables? A: Sure! Just firmly attach a hoe to your bucket of 10-10-10, swing it...

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