Gardening Q and A

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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Fescue Lawn – Taken Over By Bermudagrass

Q: I have a fescue lawn but I am surrounded by bermudagrass lawns. Bermudagrass has crept onto my property and I’ve given up hope of controlling it. I’d like to aerate the fescue in May, overseed with bermudagrass and let...

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Old Man’s Walking Stick – Tree Or Shrub?

Q: We are in need of your expertise to mediate two differing opinions. We have a mature “Old Man’s Walking Stick” plant. I recall the nursery tag referring to it as a shrub, but my better half recalls it classified...

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Mona Lavender – Annual or Perennial?

Q: Is ‘Mona Lavender’ plectranthus an annual or a perennial? I recently purchased two and the garden center listed them as full sun perennials. Other references say the plant is an annual. A: If you were to live in tropical...

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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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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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St. Augustine Grass – Acidic Soil

Q: I have had St. Augustine grass for many years. Someone once told me to never apply lime to it. However, I see on your website that in some instances it is advisable. Can you confirm? A: Lawn grasses, including...

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Horsetail – Control

Q: I want you to discuss horsetail. I bought some at a garden shop several years ago and made the mistake of planting in the open ground. No one warned me that it is invasive. I’ll never make that mistake...

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Horseradish – Perfect for North Georgia

Q: We are establishing a new garden in Rabun county. Can we grow horseradish in this part of Georgia? A: This hardy member of the cabbage family is unforgettable to people who have tasted more than a small bit of...

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