Gardening Q and A

Maple Tree – Survival

Q: Landscapers planted a tall maple tree by our community mailbox area, then covered under it with pine straw. I am watering the tree every other day to help it survive. What should I do now? Fertilize? A: Watering every...

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Hickory trees – Discoloration

Q: Many large hickory trees drape over my concrete driveway. When the nuts fall, they leave a stain that can be best compared to an ink stain. Is there anything that will remove the discoloration? A: Tannins, the broad class...

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Hanging baskets – Limb damage

Q: Do hanging baskets on tree limbs causes any damage to the limb? What can be used to suspend the pot that would not have a negative effect on the tree? A: It somewhat depends on the weight of the...

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Tree 25 feet- Replacing

Q: A tree in my front yard died and I need to replace it. I’d like it to be no more than twenty-five feet at maturity, low maintenance, colorful and drought resistant. Can you help me come close? A: My...

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Centipede grass – Lime

Q: I added sixty pounds of lime to my 4000 sq. ft. centipede lawn before some heavy rains. I have now read that lime should not be applied to centipede. Have I ruined my lawn? A: Good news! It usually...

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Hemlocks – Insect prevention

Q: In Highlands, NC the hemlock population has been destroyed. I have four beautiful twelve-year-old hemlocks. Is there anything proactive that I can do to prevent the insects from creeping into my trees? A: The most proactive thing you can...

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Pine straw – Season

Q: Is there a season for pine straw? We use pine straw in our yard and have noticed that sometimes it is full of trash: lots of small limbs and pine cones in it. Other times it is really nice...

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Resurrection Fern – Moving

Q: Is it possible to transplant a resurrection fern from an osage orange tree to a river birch? A: Resurrection fern is an interesting plant. I often see it coating the upper surface of big oak limbs. During dry times,...

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Leyland cypress – Trimming

Q: When I bought my house, the Leyland cypress at the end of my driveway was a cute thing about seven feet tall. Now, eight years later, it is twenty-five feet tall. Can you trim them to keep them a...

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Centipede grass – Overseeding

Q: Can you overseed centipede grass with rye grass for winter? A: No, it’s a terrible idea to plant ryegrass into centipedegrass to keep it green in winter. In the first place, the process of scarifying the soil to plant...

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Four O’clock Plant – Control

Q: What is the best method to remove four o’clocks. My ex-wife thought it would be a grand idea to have them around. Five years later they are taking over everywhere! When should I dig the tubers? Or is there...

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Carissa hollies – Resprouting

Q: My ‘Carissa’ hollies have suckers coming off the roots. They look like Chinese holly leaves. I have cut them back but they keep sprouting back…what would you do? A: University of Georgia shrub expert Matthew Chappell says that ‘Carissa’...

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Wood chips – Flames

Q: Can a pile of wood chips burst into flame? My last three deliveries from the local tree guy smoked by day two and you could feel the heat radiating off the pile. When I went to spread them, there...

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Root rot – Cure

Q: Several of my plants are dying from root rot. A nursery employee said to mix hydrogen peroxide with water and put it in the ground at the base of the plants. He said that by re-introducing oxygen into the...

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Indoor growth – Tomatoes

Q: I’m new to gardening and was wondering if it was possible to grow tomatoes indoors year round. Our rental house has a sunroom so plants can get a lot of light there most of the year. A: I admire...

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Cat grass – Hairballs

Q: What can you tell me about cat grass? It is supposed to help cats with bringing up hair balls. I bought a small kit and the grass grew but my cat ate the grass and pulled up the roots....

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Blueberry Bushes – Chandler

Q: I’m planning to plant two blueberry bushes and have seen several pieces about the Chandler variety. You recommend rabbiteye blueberries, but I can’t find whether Chandler is a rabbiteye or not. A: Chandler’ bears huge berries but it’s a...

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Mowing height – Three inches

Q: I have a small lawn service and occasionally a customer will have a neglected yard with very tall grass. How do I get the mowing height back down to the recommended three inches? A: Do the initial cut at...

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