Gardening Q and A

Trumpet Flower – Growing

Q: Is it easy to successfully raise trumpet flower from seed and get flowers the first year or would it be better to purchase grown plants? What color plant would you recommend, if we plant, so that we can be...

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Geraniums – Replanting After Winter

Q: In November, I cut all the dead blossoms from my geraniums and transplanted them into pots and put them in the garage. Now the plants are full of healthy green leaves. Can they be replanted in the spring as...

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Hurricane Management

Q: We have a beach house at Carrabelle, Florida, which was hit hard by hurricane Dennis. The landscape was drenched in salt water. We have crepe myrtles and some small oaks that we’re especially concerned about. Should we cut them...

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Birch Tree – For North Georgia?

Q: I would love to plant a white birch, also known as “clump birch”. They display a wonderful white bark. Will it grow well north of Athens? A: Gray birch, Betula populifolia, is commonly known as clump birch but paper...

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Zoysia and Bermuda – Scalping

Q: Can I cut my Zoysia and Bermuda grasses very short while they are still dormant? A: You can cut both kinds of grass to one inch but not now in early February. The winter cold can freeze them. Wait...

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Tree Value – Formula to Calculate

Q: About a month ago on your radio show you discussed a formula to use to determine the dollar value of a tree. Can you tell me more about that formula? A: Members of the International Society of Arboriculture use...

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Yellow jackets – Attracted to White Clover?

Q: Are yellow jackets attracted to white clover? I’m thinking about mixing white clover seed with grass seed when I reseed my lawn this spring. If this will attract yellow jackets I may rethink my plan. A: My observation is...

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Tomato – Won’t Ripen

Q: Our plants have *tons* of large green tomatoes, but they won’t ripen on the vine! They’re absolutely gorgeous, non-diseased green tomatoes that get lots of sunshine. Any tricks to make them ripen up? A: It’s mostly a waiting game....

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Pine Needles – Excessive Acidity

Q: After reading your answer to the question about leaving pine needles on the lawn last week, I’m still confused. I understand about not letting them make a mat on the grass but what about the acidity they produce? A:...

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Creosote – Formation in Chimney

Q: I heard part of a conversation with one of your radio callers. You were talking about firewood and the deposit of creosote in a chimney. Did I understand you correctly that if you burn a fire with the flue...

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Mosquitoes – Removing Breeding Areas

Q: My neighbor’s backyard is a marsh and a horrible mosquito breeding ground. We neighbors have been talking about helping her clear out the bamboo and English ivy so it would benefit all of us in summer. Do you have...

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Bats – Droppings

Q: I am curious about some animal droppings that are on my driveway and front porch. They are dry and full of nothing but bug wings it seems. Could it be an armadillo or a skunk? A: I’m thinking of...

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Blueberry Bushes- For Fruit and Privacy

Q: I am looking for a blueberry plant for fruit and privacy screening. I’ve heard the ‘Ochlockonee’ rabbiteye blueberry is a good one. Do you have any better suggestions? A: The blueberry you’ve chosen has a great reputation. It was...

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Christmas Cactus – Coloring

Q: I have several colors of Christmas cactus that I am experimenting with in a planter. I was told these cacti will all be the same color after a period of time. Is this true? Is there one color or...

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Pine Needles – Leaving on Grass

Q: I have been good about raking my pine needles, until recently but I’d love to just leave them on the grass. My friend thinks pine needles will kill the grass. Is it okay just to leave the needles down...

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Biting Flies (Midges) (No-See-Um’s) – In Atlanta?

Q: Your website says we don’t have No-See-Um’s in the Atlanta area, then what the heck seemingly invisible bug is biting me? I have a nice Emerald zoysiagrass lawn that seems to be infested with something that bites the fool...

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Butterfly Bush – Pruning After Hard Freeze

Q: I’m sure I’ve heard you advise to prune a butterfly bush after a hard freeze. Did you say to cut it back to about twelve or eighteen inches? A: Many gardeners have found that a small butterfly bush quickly...

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Indoor Plants – Homegrown to Look Like Nursery-grown

Q: How is it that when I buy a small plant from a nursery, it usually has a large, leafy top but is in a small pot. I can’t get the plants I start indoors to do the same. What...

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