Gardening Q and A

Turf Fertilizer vs. Regular Fertilizer

Q: I have bermuda grass. What is turf fertilizer vs. regular fertilizer? A: Turf fertilizer is simply a product with a high first number: 28-3-8, 28-0-8, and 29-0-4 are common. Nitrogen (the first number) promotes leaf growth on a plant:...

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Good Trees to Grow in Georgia

Q: I am moving up from south Florida. I love Japanese maple, white birch, and poplar trees that I’ve seen in New England. Will I be able to grow any of these in north Georgia? A: Japanese maple, in all...

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Tomatoe Plants – Protecting Against Worms

Q: I discovered a worm on my tomato plants so I used an insecticide recipe I found online, a mixture of water, rubbing alcohol and dishwashing soap. The next day, my tomatoes had black streaks in the stalks, the leaves...

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Hydrangeas – Leaves Solid Green

Q: I have a variegated hydrangea but over the last two years, the leaves have begun to turn solid green, overtaking the nice green & white striped ones. Is there any way to fix it? A: It’s common for variegated...

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Growing English Walnuts

Q: Is it possible to grow English walnuts here? A: I think winter cold will be your enemy. English walnut can tolerate temperatures much below freezing but it will come out of winter dormancy following just a few warm days...

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Agapanthus

Q: We saw a distinct blue flower blooming all over Savannah. The stalk is about two feet tall and the blooms are a six-inch diameter ball. What is it? A: You saw agapanthus, a great summer bulb for the lower...

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Slug – How to Get Rid of Them

Q: Our first flower bed in Georgia last year was beautiful Wave petunias. Tried the same thing this year but lost many plants to slugs. The nursery said to spread diatomaceous earth around the plants. We did, and soaked it...

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Buzzards – How to Get Rid of Them

Q: A friend is having problems with buzzards. Forty of them gather on her roof each day. They actually got into her garage and pulled the seal off the convertible top on her car. Any suggestions? A: Despite their unattractive...

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Bermuda Clippings

Q: My husband is fond of allowing bermuda to go to seed, then mowing and introducing the clippings where we want more grass. Does this work? A: It all depends on whether you have “common” bermudagrass or one of the...

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Bell Peppers – Changing Colors

Q: A friend planted three different varieties of bell pepper this year but so far they are all green. I told him they’d eventually turn but his peppers are just getting bigger with no change in color. A: You are...

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Stella De Oro Daylilies – Seed Pods

Q: We have numerous Stella De Oro daylilies as a border plant. This year after blooming, some have seed pods on them rather than a second set of buds. What do we do with these? A: You’ll get more blooms...

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Okra and Peas – Bayer Advanced Complete Insect Dust

Q: Please explain why okra and peas are not listed as plants you can use Bayer Advanced Complete Insect Dust on. This product has such wide-spread use that it does not seem reasonable that you can’t use it on those...

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Privet – How to Get Rid of It

Q: I have privet competing with a 100-year-old scuppernong vine. Any thoughts on how to get rid of it (the privet, not the scuppernong)? A: The privet is stealing the sunshine your grapes need to become sweet! Persuade an intrepid...

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Blueberry Bushes – Best Time for Transplanting

Q: I need to move blueberry bushes from Cobb county to my home in the next year. What’s the best way to make the move without undue stress? A: Since you have ample time, you can do something called “root...

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White Asparagus – How to Grow

Q: I just visited Germany and I fell in love with white asparagus. What is needed to grow my own here in Georgia? A: White asparagus is simply an asparagus spear that has been shielded from light after it emerged...

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Herbs – Cutting Back

Q: I’ve heard I should cut my herbs back, before they set seeds, but there are so many bees in the flowers. I hate to take away the attraction. Is there a happy medium? A: Herbs such as mint, oregano,...

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Weed Killer – Temperature Affecting Ability to Apply

Q: Enlighten me regarding the preferred temperature to apply weed killer to lawn grass. The label says it should not be applied if the temperature is 90 degrees or greater. Can it be applied in the morning, before the temperature...

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Alstromeria – Blooming

Q: I have some alstroemeria that are now blooming. Do they need to be deadheaded or just let the seed pods develop? A: You can let the seed pods develop if you like but the plant spreads most vigorously from...

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