Gardening Q and A

Crapemyrtles – Pruning, Why?

Q: I’ve heard you say to prune crape myrtles back to where the wood is about the width of a pencil or your little finger. My follow up question is this: WHY is it necessary to prune crepemyrtles? What would...

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Fescue Lawn – When To Put Down Pre-Emergent

Q: We have a fescue lawn. With all of the warm weather in early January, should I have put down a pre emergent? Should I also put it down in late February? A: It’s soil temperature rather than air temperature...

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Composting – Commercial “Super – Charger” to Aid

Q: In my subdivision all the homes are on septic systems. I have a small compost heap going. Can I put the commercial septic tank super-charger product on my compost heap? The label says it contains bacteria to help Mother...

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Vegetable Garden – Starting

Q: I want to start a vegetable garden in a pasture with bermudagrass. I want to go ahead and plow it up now and add some leaves and compost to sit over the next few months, but feel I need...

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Canna Lily – Germination

Q: I have tried several times to germinate canna lily seeds with no luck. Could you explain how to accomplish this? A: Canna seed are hard as rock and are almost impervious to water. You have to nick the seed...

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Tree Tags – Finding

Q: Where can I find tree tags? I’ve seen little metal circles that are nailed to trees. I would like to identify some trees and mark them. A: Metal tags are an excellent way to identify trees. I’ve known school...

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Seedless Tomatoes – Hormone?

Q: What kind of hormone do you use to get a seedless tomato? A: You were intrigued by my recent article about seedless fruit weren’t you?! Certain plants can be sprayed with hormones during flowering to induce the flower to...

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Quicklawn – No Good For Georgia

Q: Our lawn has mixed grasses with quite a few different weeds. We saw on the Internet a grass called “Quicklawn”. It is supposed to be green all year and hardy down to 20 degrees. Do you know anything about...

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English Walnut Cultivar – Ruin Apples?

Q: I have ordered an English walnut cultivar for my back yard. The only available spot will place it within thirty feet of young crabapple and apple trees. Very recently I learned that English walnut cultivars are grafted to black...

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Weeping Pussy Willow – Pruning

Q: I have a weeping pussy willow and want to know when and how to prune it. I have it in a pot indoors right now. A: Your weeping pussy willow is actually two forms of the same plant. The...

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Squirrel Control – Strobe Light

Q: My husband insists that getting a “strobe light evictor” is the way to prevent the squirrels and rodents in our attic. I remember hearing your say on your show that strobe lights don’t work, yet I do not see...

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Venus Flytrap – Care

Q: I bought a small Venus flytrap recently and have become interested in learning how to care for them. Do you know of any garden centers or other places where I can learn about caring for these interesting plants? A:...

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Playing-Field Care – Resource

Q: Can you give me a good resource on caring for sports turf? Our football and soccer fields need an “extreme makeover.” A: As the father of a soccer-playing son, I see wide variations in field conditions. Some are pristine...

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Pampas Grass – Attracts Snakes?

Q: I live near a small creek and am thinking about planting pampas grass along it. I was told, however, that pampas grass draws rats. Is this true? A: Whenever you have a pest problem, your first question should be...

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Juniper – Shade?

Q: A row of ‘Bradford’ pears once provided shade halfway down a bank on which juniper was planted. Now the pears have been reduced in size. The juniper roots start high up the bank but the foliage doesn’t appear until...

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Fertilizer – Storage

Q: How long can fertilizer be stored before it loses its effectiveness? A: One of my jobs as a child was to put chunks of old fertilizer on a sheet of roofing tin so my father could run over it...

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Mulch – Composting

Q: I had some tree stumps ground up and have a lot of mulch. How can I make this into compost at an accelerated rate? A: The key is to regularly feed the fungi and bacteria which break down the...

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“Weed and Feed” – Okay on Flowers?

Q: Can you use “weed and feed” on flowers? I have applied it on some of mine. Are they going to die? A: It depends on which kind of “weed and feed” you used. Some products contain fertilizer plus a...

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