Gardening Q and A

Pansies – Planting From Seed

Q: I am tired of buying flat after flat of pansies each fall, only to see them shrivel up and die each spring. Can I harvest the seeds of pansies that are flowering now so I can have “free” pansies...

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‘Packman’ Broccoli – Gone to Seed Early

Q: I planted my ‘Packman’ broccoli plants on February 22. They are only a foot high but have already gone to seed. I feel cheated! A: Broccoli plants flower and make seed (bolt) when the young plants are exposed to...

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Red Dogwood – Blooming White

Q: Four years ago I planted a red dogwood. The first blooming season it bloomed red, but in subsequent years has bloomed white. What’s up? How do I get it to bloom red again? A: I’ll bet the red dogwood...

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Tansy – Deterring Japanese Beetles

Q: I read in a book that tansy is good for deterring Japanese beetles. I have roses and other flowers that the beetles have a good lunch on for a few months. I don’t like to use sprays due to...

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Snakes – Control on Patio

Q: I am trying to find a solution to our snake problem. I live in a townhouse; my unit is bordered by a deep drainage ditch. I’ve had snakes come up onto the patio as well as around the rest...

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Creeping Fig – Prune After Cold?

Q: We have a lot of creeping fig planted around our house. The cold weather has turned it brown. Does it need to be pruned back or will the new foliage just take over? A: Creeping fig, Ficus pumila, is...

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Termites – Effect of Lawn Chemicals On,

Q: Since termites are always in season in the south, I have a question. Are any of the typical lawn chemicals effective on subterranean or Formosan termites? A: Yes, the chemicals in several lawn and garden insecticides are used to...

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Planting – On Burnt Soil

Q: I would like to plant a flower bed where I have burned yard trash for many years. The ashes have been removed but will flowers grow in this soil? A: I’d bet the soil is still pretty alkaline. You...

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Fescue – How to Lay Bermudagrass Over

Q: I read your tips on laying bermudagrass sod but have a question. My yard currently has fescue. Not the best, lots of bare spots and pretty poor quality. Can I just lay sod over top of the fescue or...

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Rainfall – Records and Information

Q: Is there a web site I can go to that shows daily rainfall records from a recording station near me? I know the University of Georgia has a monitoring station in Watkinsville, but I don’t know if the information...

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Azaleas – When to Fertilize

Q: I continue to get mixed messages on when I should fertilize my azaleas. I have three of them, planted last spring. When is the right time to feed them? A: It’s best to fertilize after blooms begin to fade...

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Cleome Seed

Q: How does one collect and plant cleome seed? A: The airy pink and white blooms of cleome (also called spider flower) lend grace to the back of flower beds in September and October. The stems average three feet tall,...

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Wood Chips – Around Playset

Q: We are creating a spot in our back yard for a big wooden play set. We are debating whether to put pine chips down for safety. We had some pines taken down so we have a mountain of chips....

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Intenet – Garden Sites

Q: I am just learning to use my computer to learn how to garden better. Do you have a list of Internet Web addresses you use for gardening information? A: In my educational media efforts, the Internet is my right...

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Fertilizer Burn – Bringing Back Burned Grass

Q: Last fall, I thought it would be nice to “weed and feed” my lawn and get rid of the weeds. I did – - five times. I didn’t realize so much fertilizer would hurt the grass. I actually killed...

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Violets – Control

Q: I have a clump of violets in my lawn that is beginning to spread all over. I have heard that there is a product on the market that will control them. Can you tell me what it is? A:...

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Tree Roots – Damaging Basement Wall

Q: I have large pin oak trees in my front yard, roughly fifty feet from the front of my house. Recently I noticed roots on top of the grass heading toward my foundation. One wall in my basement already has...

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Gardening – Intimidating

Q: I am a little intimidated by gardening. I have a couple of holly bushes that I=ve had in pots near my entryway for months and they look like they need planting. How do I know where to plant them?...

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