Gardening Q and A

Violet Rhizomes – Prevent Them From Growing In Compost Pile

Q: I’ve dug up violet rhizomes and now have a 5-gallon bucketful that I want to compost but I want to prevent them from growing in there. Any ideas? A: I would not put them on a compost pile without...

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Moss – What Kind To Grow On Shaded Hillside

Q: I have a mostly shaded hillside and would like to grow moss. Which kind should I use? A: There are hundreds of different species of moss and probably dozens of them are growing right now near your hillside. Generally...

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Perennial Garden – What To Do Before Planting

Q: We just finished digging an area for a perennial garden. We filled the area with a mix of garden soil and organic mushroom mix. Is there anything else we should do before planting? A: Sounds like you’ll have lots...

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Large Organic Garden – Advice For Planting Rhubarb

Q: I have a large organic garden and would like to plant rhubarb. Any advice? A: Rhubarb won’t be as perennially hardy here as it is up North but you can grow it in the South for a couple of...

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Recommended Plants For Security Landscape Around Windows

Q: We would like to incorporate security landscaping around the windows of our new home. What plants would you recommend? A: Several come to mind. Roses would certainly be high on the list but Chinese holly, barberry and mahonia would...

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Bermuda Lawn In Warm Weather – When To Apply Milorganite

Q: I have a bermuda lawn. Considering how warm it has been this year can I apply Milorganite to my lawn now? A: Bermuda grass might possibly be coming out of dormancy now but it really can’t absorb nutrients until...

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Tulip Bulbs After The Flowers Were Cut Off – Can I Still Plant Them For Blooming

Q: A florist gave me fifty tulip bulbs in soil after they cut the flowers off. Is it possible to plant them for next spring blooming? A: If you plant the bulbs now you may get some flowers next year...

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Varieties Of Apple Trees – One Bloomed And Others Won`t Get Pollinated

Q: I have three varieties of apple trees. The Red Delicious bloomed before the other two so it won’t get pollinated. Any suggestions? A: When one apple blooms before others, look around for a crabapple that’s blooming and bring some...

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Warm Weather And Early Budding – Should I Advance My Planting Cycle?

Q: We have had a very warm 2017 so far and many plants are budding and flowering early. It seems to me that we are two or three weeks ahead of normal. Should I advance my normal garden planting cycle?...

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Knockout Roses – Treat Before Sawflies Attack

Q: How do I treat Knockout roses before the leaves are attacked by sawflies this spring? A: You have reminded me that now’s the time to treat my own roses as a defense against the sawfly larvae that chew holes...

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Ukigumo Japanese Maple – Pot Or Soil?

Q: I received an Ukigumo japanese maple a year ago. I thought it would be fine in the pot it is in but several branches on it are dying. I can also smell rot coming from the soil. It had...

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Sunny Space In Yard – Which Low Maintenance Grass To Plant There

Q: My front yard is mostly shade. But I recently lost a tree and now there is a circle of sunny space in the center. I’d like to plant it with a low maintenance grass like creeping red fescue. A:...

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Early Blooming – When To Put Out Hummingbird Feeders

Q: Given how very early things are blooming this year, when do you think hummingbird feeders should be put out? A: Many birders keep at least one hummingbird feeder out all year long. Ruby-throat hummers arrive in spring and depart...

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Canna Lily Sprouted New Shoots – Will Original Plant Return

Q: I planted a Tropicana canna lily last year. It has just sprouted new shoots in a new spot. Will the original plant come back? A: Canna lilies spread via underground roots called rhizomes. I would expect the old plant...

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Roses – When To Prune In Mild Winter

Q: What is the best time to prune roses when we have had such a mild winter? A: Late February seems right to me, even when a shrub rose has emerging leaves. I have two tips to keep in mind...

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Lawn Maintenance Company – Worth The Money?

Q: I am new to yard care. Is a lawn maintenance company worth the money? A: It all depends on your ability to correctly identify your lawn grass and the weeds you might see. With that knowledge you can determine...

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Shake Shingle Siding And Woodpeckers

Q: We have shake shingle siding and small woodpeckers have been making holes in it, plus lots of noise! A: This is typical woodpecker behavior in early spring. Contrary to popular belief, they aren’t typically looking for insects. Instead, they’re...

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Horticulture Therapy – How Do I Make It Into A Career

Q: I recently heard about the benefits of horticultural therapy. Are there classes I could attend to explore making this into a career? A: Horticultural therapy has been a great benefit to many. It uses plants and gardening activities to...

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