Gardening Q and A

Angel’s Tumpet – Poisonous?

Q: A parent at my school is concerned that the Angel’s Trumpet planted in the school’s front yard is very dangerous. They couldn’t believe we had it near children. Should she really be worried? Should the plant be removed? A:...

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Fertilizing – Just Before Rain

Q: We received two similar questions that have been answered together. We have a zoysia lawn on a sloping lot. We fertilized three days before we had four inches of rainfall in 48 hours. We suspect that most of the...

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Kiwi – When to Pick

Q: In the backyard of my new home, there are two twenty-year old kiwi vines, a male and a female. The female has produced hundreds of fruit. They are now the size you see in the grocery store. However, they...

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Poinsettia – Forcing into Color

Q: I still have my poinsettia from last Christmas. Its leaves are all green now. People have said to put it in a dark closet, so it will look good for this Christmas. Should I do that? Any suggestions? A:...

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Pansies – When to Plant

Q: I want to pull up my impatiens and replace them with pansies. What is the latest date I can plant and still have thriving pansies? A: You can plant as late as December if you choose, but you’ll have...

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Tree – Struck by Lightning

Q: I live in Cherokee County and have a beautiful poplar tree in my back yard that got struck by lighting last night and am not sure if it can be saved. Since it is so close to the house...

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Spanish Moss – Control

Q: Is there a registered chemical for controlling Spanish moss in crapemyrtles? A: Why do you want to control it in the first place? Spanish moss doesn’t hurt the crapemyrtles, it simply uses the branches as support. Spanish moss is...

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Emerald Zoysiagrass – Combining with Zeon

Q: I need to patch an area of six square feet in my ‘Emerald’ zoysiagrass lawn. The nurseries no longer carry ‘Emerald’ but have ‘Zeon’ instead. Would it be OK to use ‘Zeon’ as a patch? A: There is a...

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Poppy – Growing Legally

Q: A friend gave this seedpod to me, and it was filled with little black seeds. Do you have any idea what it is and where it grows? I was wondering if there is a chance we could get some...

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Water Lettuce – In Creek

Q: I found these water plants in a creek close to my house. I have never seen these plants there before. What are they and where would they come from? The stream winds thru the backyards of houses in a...

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Radishes – Optimum Growing Conditions

Q: My neighbor and I have tried to grow radishes in pots on our decks but we have failed to get what we want. We get lots of green tops but undeveloped roots. We have grown the ones that are...

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Pumpkin Tree

Q: Can you tell me anything about these miniature “pumpkins”? A stalk of these was in a flower arrangement last fall, I kept them and planted this spring. The leaves have several thorns along the central spine, on top and...

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Lawn Care – Do It Yourself vs. Service

Q: I’ve been paying more than two hundred dollars a year for a lawn service to fertilize and maintain the weeds in my bermudagrass. In order to save money I’ve chosen to do it on my own. Everyone tells me...

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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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