Gardening Q and A

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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Peanuts – Storing For Planting

Q: I have some green peanuts that I would like to save to plant next spring. Should I freeze them or just dry them out and store them in a dry cool place? A: Dry the peanuts in the shell...

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Okra -Edible with Bumps on Pods

Q: Our okra has done great but within the last week it has gotten white bumps on the pods. Is it edible or not? A: The bumps are “stings” from stinkbug feeding. Stinkbugs insert their hollow mouthpart into the okra...

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Squirrels – Getting them Off of the Deck

Q: Squirrels are eating our deck boards and gnawing on the HardiePlank siding. What can we do to stop this? A: When I was three, my mother applied a bitter liquid to my thumbs to remind me not to suck...

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Lantana – Leaves Browning

Q: We planted lots of yellow lantana atop a retaining wall. The plants were full of blooms but now lots of leaves are turning a grayish brown and crispy. The leaves look peppered on the underside. A: You have an...

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Bermuda Grass – Green Again Soon After Killing Caterpillars

Q: Two days after realizing my bermuda lawn had army worms it was brown. We killed the caterpillars but the grass is still not green. Will the grass recover this year? A: If the bermudagrass was reasonably healthy, it will...

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Eggplants – No Fruit

Q: My eggplants have blooms but no fruit. Do I need to sing a song while pollinating them, like you recommend singing Sinatra to squash when transferring pollen? A: Gently tap the flowers twice each day with a pencil to...

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Ornamental Grass – When to Plant

Q: I know the best time to plant trees and shrubs is mid-fall. But when is the best time to plant ornamental grasses? A: In contrast to woody plants and perennial flowers, ornamental grasses do best when planted in spring...

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Potato Plants – Bunches of Cherry Tomatoes

Q: My potato plants have little bunches of green cherry tomatoes at the top and potatoes in the ground. Are they really tomatoes? A: They’re not tomatoes, just the seed pods of your potatoes. Tomatoes and potatoes belong to the...

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Bronze Beauty Cleyera – Fertilizing

Q: In April I planted ten Bronze Beauty cleyera. They get mostly shade. Is there any type of fertilizer to help them grow faster? A: Sunshine and a healthy root system make plants grow faster. If these are lacking, no...

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Mulch – Types for Garden Plantings

Q: What type of mulch do you prefer for garden plantings? A: I alternate between pine straw for shrubs and trees and mini-sized bark chips for perennials and annuals. I use wheat straw around vegetables to promote beneficial insects. I...

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Bluebird Houses – Deterring Squirrels

Q: I need to give my bluebird houses a good fall cleaning. Squirrels have chewed enormous holes in them. What can I do to deter them? A: One idea is to install a metal predator guard plate over the hole...

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Trees for a Large Atrium

Q: My company’s building has a large atrium. We need to replace the podocarpus trees there with something else. What? A: Ficus trees are excellent for atriums because the different varieties vary greatly in mature size. Black olive, Bucida buceras,...

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Spider Mites – How to Get Rid of Them

Q: A friend in coastal GA has a spider mite infestation on her citrus trees. She has tried liquid Sevin and insecticidal soap. Is this effective? A: Using Sevin is an excellent way to get MORE spider mites. This insecticide...

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