Gardening Q and A

Vegetable Plants Not Affected By Bacterial Wilt

Q: Can you give a list of vegetable plants that are not affected by bacterial wilt. I had this disease diagnosed in my tomatoes last year. A: There is only a very narrow selection! I have never heard of sweet...

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Life Span Of St. Augustine Lawns

Q: Recently I was told that St. Augustine lawns have a natural life span of less than fifteen years. My own experience refutes this. A: I agree with you! My own St. Augustine lawn has been here for twenty years....

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Killing The Root Of Bradford Pear Bushes

Q: I am trying to eliminate obnoxious volunteer Bradford pear bushes. Is there a way to kill the roots without waiting for regrowth and using weed killer. A: You could dig the roots out, but I’m guessing that’s not what...

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The Right Fertilizer For Pansies?

Q: The University of Georgia recommends feeding pansies with a soluble 15-2-20 fertilizer in the winter but I can’t find this available for purchase. Is there something else to use? A: University fertilizer recommendations are based on detailed research, but...

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To Compost Or Not To Compost?

Q: I am new to rural living but we have recently moved to a big forested lot. The house is surrounded with typical plants for which I have no great love. I want to compost all of the plant material...

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Will Peonies Survive Bloom In A Large Pot?

Q: I have a twenty-year-old bed of peonies. I’m going to be moving in February. Any suggestions? If I can’t plant immediately in my new location, will peonies survive and bloom in a large pot?  A: If your peonies will...

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Planting Rainier Cherry Trees In Atlanta

Q: I’d like to plant several Rainier cherry trees just to see what happens. I LOVE them. A: So, I see you are a gambler! Sweet cherry trees have a tough time bearing fruit in metro Atlanta. Temperature swings in...

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No Acorns On My Oak Tree This Year

Q: Last year I had a bumper crop of acorns on my oak trees. This year I haven’t seen a single one. Was there a crop failure? My squirrels would like to know. A: That’s funny…I got a different question...

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Cutting Extending Roots Of A Pine Tree

Q: Is there a safe distance out from the base of a pine tree to cut extending roots? A: I am sure there is one but I can’t tell you how to determine it. Much depends on the height of...

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Christmas Cactus Buds Are Falling Off Without Opening Up

Q: My Christmas cactus had many buds, but lots of them fell off without opening up. What am I doing wrong?  A: In my experience, there are three things that could cause Christmas cactus bud drop. If the plant is...

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How Long Does It Take Rock Salt To Dissipate – When Can I Plant?

Q: I used half of a box of rock salt two years ago to kill a big pyracantha climbing up my home’s wall. Has there been enough time to plant a tree near this same location? How long does it...

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Suggestions About Where To Plant Gyoku-ryu Mondo Grass

Q: I want to plant Gyoku-ryu mondo grass in a large shady space beneath trees. Any suggestions?  A: Common mondo grass, Ophiopogon japonicus, spreads easily from individual plants. But the variety you have chosen is extremely dwarf and spreads very...

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Chipmunks Chewed Through Drip Irrigation System

Q: Chipmunks have chewed their way through my drip irrigation system. Is there anything that can be done?  A: This is a common problem. In my case, chipmunks or squirrels have three times chewed through a plastic water supply line...

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Preventing Privet Seeds From Germinating

Q: Will preemergent applied in March prevent privet seeds from germinating?  A: Unfortunately, no. Weed preventer chemicals are pretty good at preventing small seeds from developing into larger plants but they rarely affect the growth of large seeds. Privet seeds,...

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Dwarf Schefflera – Blooming

Q: Can you tell me what this growth on my plant is? Should it be cut off? The plant has never done this before. A: Your dwarf schefflera, Schefflera arboricola, is flowering! If you want to experiment, once the flowers...

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Small Maple – Split Trunk

Q: I received a red maple sapling as part of the Georgia Power Arbor Day program. It is growing well in the back yard but it has a split trunk. Should I trim the two limbs forming the “Y” ?...

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Norfolk Island Pine – Brown Limbs

Q: The top of this tree is growing great but the brown limbs are traveling upward. Should we cut them off or what should we do? A: It is typical for Norfolk Island Pine to drop lower branches when it...

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English Ivy – Management and Control

Q: English ivy is taking over my back yard. It has probably been there for twenty-plus years. What’s the best way to control it? PULL IT UP Check out this great Web site about English ivy removal. The Ivy Removal...

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