Gardening Q and A

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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Gardening – Beginning

Q: I want to plant a small flower garden in my yard. I have no idea of what type of gardening tools I need, or what type of flowers to plant, since I am a beginner. How should I get...

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Citrus Trees – Wintering

Q: I have a three-foot tall lemon tree and a six-foot tall orange tree growing on my patio. I am tired of pulling them into the garage in winter. Do you think they could possible survive on the patio next...

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Daffodils – King Alfred Type

Q: I found large, nice-looking daffodil bulbs, 100 for $15.00 at a wholesale store. The tag says they are “King Alfred type.” What does this mean? Would they last here? A: “King Alfred type” bulbs are not the true “King...

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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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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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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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Centipedegrass Fungus – Effective Control

Q: What is the best thing I can do to control centipedegrass fungus effectively? This past summer was a nightmare. My lawn company tried to treat it with liquid fungicide and the fungus came right back. I got some granular...

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