Gardening Q and A

How Do I Stunt The Height Of My Tomato Plants?

Q: How do I stunt the height of my tomato plants? Every year they grow to at least seven feet high. I would like to limit that to four or five feet if possible.  A: Next spring when you buy...

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Indoor Stink Bug Problem

Q: I have an indoor stink bug problem. I kill ten or so every day but it doesn’t seem to make much of a difference.  A: You likely have a bunch of brown marmorated stinkbug (BMSB). They love to suck...

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How To Get Grass Where Stumps Were Ground?

Q: We have had three Bradford pear trees removed and the stumps ground. What is the best route to take to have grass for 2018?  A: Assuming your plot is now in full sun, you can choose between bermudagrass, zoysiagrass...

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Pine Trees Bent Over By Snow – What Is The Tallest Tree That Could Be Straightened?

Q: Our HOA is consulting with an arborist to see if any pine trees that were bent over by snow can be saved. What is the tallest tree for which straightening can be attempted?  A: I wouldn’t bother with any...

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Chinese Fringe Tree Damage My Snow Load

Q: My ten-year old Chinese fringe tree was severely daaged by snow load. What should be done now?  A: First, make clean cuts where any limbs broke from the tree. If all you have is a stub attached to the...

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Crapemyrtles Are Shaded My Other Trees -How Do I Increase Anemic Flowering?

Q: My thirty-foot tall crapemyrtles were planted seventeen years ago but are now 75% shaded by nearby oaks and sweetgum. Would topping them at fifteen feet and fertilizing increase the anemic flowering. A: It’s understandable that the flowering is anemic...

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Why Is My Ninebark Shrub Struggling

Q: My ninebark shrub is not doing well. When planted it was beautiful and really cool looking. It is supposed to be native to Georgia. Now it seems to be dying/struggling. Any advice?  A: Ninebark, Physocarpus opulifolius, is indeed a...

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Can I Add Limestone At The Same Time As Fertilizer?

Q: I’m starting a cut flower business on my land. My UGA soil report says I needed to add 55 pounds of limestone per 1000 square feet. Can I do this at the same time I add fertilizer?  A: Lime...

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Fat Albert Blue Spruce Tree – Will It Endure Our Hot Summers?

Q: I am considering purchasing a Fat Albert blue spruce tree for my front yard. The tree will be planted under a canopy of hardwoods with morning sun. My concern is whether it will endure our hot summer weather.  A:...

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Beautifying Our Front Entrance – Which Wildflowers To Use?

Q: I am on the beautification committee of our subdivision. We want to beautify the front entrance by planting wildflowers. What should we plant?  A: A wildflower planting can be beautiful during some parts of the year but ugly as...

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Where Did My Holly Berries Go?

Q: Where did my holly berries go? It was loaded and now it is bare!  A: My bet is that a flock of birds visited when you weren’t around. I’ve seen several robins at my birdbath recently. Robins, woodpeckers, and...

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Moisture Meters – What Is The Range Needed For Fescue Grass

Q: I seeded fine fescue in September and the lawn looks great. When using a LusterLeaf moisture meter, what is the range needed for watering fescue grass?  A: Inexpensive moisture meters like this are not really designed for use outdoors....

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Clovers On My Fescue Lawn – How To Get Rid Of Them?

Q: I followed your directions on reseeding a fescue lawn and it turned out lush and beautiful. The only problem I have is that clover is all over. Should I use a weed and feed to eradicate it?  A: The...

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Declining Water Oak – What Can Be Done?

Q: We have an old water oak in our front yard that the Extension service tells us is in decline. For the past three years, there has been a noticeable diminishment of leaves on the tree. What can be done? ...

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Blackberry Lily Seeds And Pods – When/How To Plant Them

Q: Someone gave us a basket full of blackberry lily seeds and pods. When and how is the best time to plant them?  A: I planted a couple dozen seed last spring and about half of them came up, which...

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Hemlocks And Adelgid Insects

Q: Have researchers developed a hemlock that is resistant to woolly adelgid insects? Would you recommend not planting hemlocks? I need tall thick screening in an area that gets some sun and shade to block noise and view.  A: There...

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Bermuda Grass – How To Fix Deep Gashes From Falling Limbs

Q: I recently had two trees cut down. Falling limbs damaged my bermuda grass by leaving a couple of deep gashes four inches deep and eighteen inches long. How do I repair this?  A: Try the lift and fill method....

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How To Control Fire Ants?

Q: Do cucumber peels, coffee grounds, cinnamon, or grits control fire ants? A: In a word, no. The grits/fire ant control myth has been around for ages. Folks mistakenly think that fire ants will eat the dry grits, which will...

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