Gardening Q and A

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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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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Concrete Dust – on plants

Q: SOS!!! My husband had concrete driveway pad replaced; dust from concrete saw (used to break up old pad) covers my liriope, hosta, azaleas, impatiens, some iris. what is best way to remove it? I’m concerned it will change PH...

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Tomato – White meat Inside

Q: My husband, who is a retired Delta grain farmer, is trying his hand at growing tomatoes. We have tons of the tiny ones, which are very good. Our large tomatoes, are prolific enough, but most of them have a...

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Vegetable Garden – ‘Sterilizing’ soil

Q: My father has two vegetable gardens (totalling 800 sq ft) that he wants to “sterilize” dirt. He is concerned that due to size “rotation” of crops are not very effective. He is looking for dazomet(?) or basamid (?). He...

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Mockernut Hickory – Identification

Q: I have a tree in my backyard that must have been planted by the previous owners. I’ve tried to identify it through The National Arbor Day Foundation but I can’t figure it out. Can you look at these photographs...

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Dwarf Mondo Grass – Planting

Q: What can you tell me about dwarf mondo grass? Can you split the containers of plants or do they have to be planted as a unit? Doe it spread and can you dig up and transplant the grass? When...

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Coastal Bermuda Grass – Pros and Cons

Q: What are your thoughts on coastal bermuda as a lawn grass? Pros and cons please! A: The first con I can think of is that you’ll have to plant Coastal from sprigs. There is no seed or sod. A...

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Carrots – Growing

Q: We are trying to grow carrots in our garden. I prepare the soil well and the other vegetables do great except the carrots. The carrots are very short and many have 2 or 3 short roots. What am I...

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Daylily – Reblooming

Q: My Stella d’Oro daylilies bloom great at the first of summer and almost never after that. They are three years old and appear to be well established. I fertilize in early spring but I’m not sure how much and...

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Flowers – Moving and replanting

Q: We sold our home very quickly. I had roses given as gifts from family and friends, daylilies and irises from my home where I grew up, some inherited from my greatgrandmother’s garden. We dug them up today! Please help...

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Woolly Hackberry Aphid – Control

Q: In early September in Cartersville there were huge numbers of white fluffy bugs floating around. Do you know what they are? A: I think you’re seeing woolly hackberry aphids. The insects suck sap from hackberry (sugarberry) trees and exude...

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Lawn – Aerator Sandals

Q: I recently bought aerator sandals with two inch spikes on the bottom. After I purchased them, my brother-in-law told me I wasted my money because aerator sandals do not really work. Are they really harmful to the grass or...

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Composting – In Plastic Bags

Q: If I leave my shredded leaves in a plastic bag outdoors and punch small holes in the bag so rain water will wet them, will they compost by spring? A: The leaves will eventually decompose into compost but I...

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Pesticide – Degradation in Water

Q: Several weeks ago you wrote about the half-life of insecticides after application. I assume that the same breakdown occurs in herbicides. Does the degeneration occur after mixing, or only after application? I have been mixing Roundup(tm) in five gallon...

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Mulching – Correct Procedure

Q: I’m confused about “proper mulching”. I see references everywhere that I’m supposed to mulch but no information on how to do it correctly. I’ve been told by a fellow gardener that I’m mulching too close to my plants. Could...

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Fungicides – Expensive

Q: Can you suggest any alternatives to the “store-bought” fungicides for bermudagrass? They get awfully expensive when you are trying to control fungus in an acre of lawn! With the wet weather we had earlier I need a maintenance program...

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Canna – Planting Seed

Q: I am a new gardener and planted three canna lilies this spring. When the old bloom died away a group of black pods took its place. They are round with points coming out of them. If these are seeds...

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