Gardening Q and A

Apple Serviceberry – Will They Thrive?

Q: My local nursery has some apple serviceberry trees that have four to five trunks. Would this species thrive here? A: Apple serviceberry is Amelanchier x grandiflora. ‘Autumn Brilliance’ is a popular cultivar. This and other Amelanchier species are native...

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Crabgrass – Targeted Control

Q: I have a vegetable garden with a terrible crabgrass problem. Is there anything I can use to control the crabgrass and not hurt my seeds? A: You could use a weed preventer containing trifluralin (Monterey Vegetable Weeder). If you...

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Centipede Grass – Correct pH Balance

Q: I got the soil test results back for my centipede lawn. It says my soil pH is 6.5. I know centipede likes acid soil. Do you think I need to somehow make the soil more acid? A: Plants have...

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Labels – What To Use Outside

Q: I need to know what writing instrument I can use to make my outdoor plant labels. I need something that doesn’t fade. A: I use a Brother P-Touch label maker and flat metal label holders that have thick wire...

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Magnolias – Growing In Germany

Q: My family from Germany visits every year and they love magnolia trees. Is there any variety I can buy that will survive the winters in southern Germany? A: Plant hardiness zones in Germany run North-South, rather than East-West like...

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Christmas Cactus – Buds Often Dying

Q: Why do the immature buds of a blooming Christmas cactus often dry up and fall off? A: In my observation, it’s most often caused by low humidity or by the plant being near a furnace vent. Move your plant...

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Pre-Emergents – A Double Application

Q: I am considering combining two types of pre-emergents, Halts and LESCO 0-0-7 and applying them in one application, instead of double. Is combining the two products a good idea? A: Halts and LESCO contain the same weed preventer chemical:...

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Composting – Old Beans And Popcorn

Q: I’ve come across several big sealed buckets of twenty-year-old dry beans and popcorn. Is it possible to add these to our compost bin? A: I think crushing the beans/corn into pieces would be fine. A flour-like consistency might allow...

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Cinnamon – Growing The Tree!!

Q: I would like to grow a cinnamon tree! Could I grow it like my fig tree: inside in the cold months and outside in hot months? A: It’s theoretically possible. Look online for a source of the plant Cinnamomum...

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Tulips – Planting Method

Q: I received potted tulips for Valentines Day. Can I plant them in the ground now? A: You’re welcome to put them in the ground but it’s not likely they will reward you with large blooms in years to come....

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Fertilizer – Whens The Best Time?

Q: What’s the best time to fertilize hydrangeas, azaleas, peonies, etc.? A: In general, the best time to fertilize is when a plant begins to grow vigorously, usually in spring. A typical recommendation is one tablespoon of 10-10-10 per foot...

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Potatoes – Growing Your Own

Q: I am trying, with no luck, to find seed for “rooster potatoes.” I found these delicious little gems at a big box grocery and they are wonderful. The ones I bought don’t seem to want to sprout. A: Rooster...

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Weeds – Organic Prevention Products

Q: Are there organic weed preventers you would suggest rather than dumping chemicals on ground? A: I’d love to find a non-chemical weed preventer but there simply doesn’t seem to be an effective one for our part of the world....

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Lime – Correct Application On Bermuda

Q: My lawn service applied lime on my bermuda lawn both in October and last month. They applied ten pounds per 1000 square feet. Will having a second treatment done so close to the first one harm my lawn? A:...

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Trees – Growing For Shade

Q: I have a house that faces due west. The front of cooks in the summer due to the track of the sun and no trees in front yard. What’s a fast growing shade tree? A: I lean heavily toward...

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Gardenias – Planting In Winter

Q: My husband’s grandmother passed away and we were given a gardenia. Can I plant the gardenia in winter? A: Most florists’ gardenias are selections of the common southern gardenia, Gardenia jasminoides. In all likelihood, yours was grown in a...

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Perennials – A Confusing Season?

Q: This warm winter has my perennial garden confused. I planted tickseed and sage and expected them to go dormant in cold weather. Now they are still as green as ever. Do I cut them back anyway? A: My rule...

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Landscaping – Finding A Company

Q: I would like to hire a company to take care of my landscape. Something more than “mow, blow and go”. A: There are plenty of excellent landscape maintenance companies in Atlanta. One place to look is the “Find a...

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