Gardening Q and A

Liming the Lawn – Prupose and When to do it

Q: What is the purpose of liming my lawn and when do I do it? A: The purpose of liming is to help your grass absorb fertilizer efficiently. Most GA soils are acid. In an acidic environment, plant roots don’t...

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Tomatoes – Preparing a Raised Bed

Q: Can you tell me how deep a raised bed should be for tomatoes? A: I think 10 inches of soft soil would make any vegetable happy. Personally, I use 6″ wide boards to line my beds. I pour a...

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Ladybugs – Where to Buy

Q: Any suggestions on where I can find ladybugs for sale? I want to stay away from chemicals as much as I can A: In general, buying and releasing ladybugs is not effective for controlling insects. They tend to disperse...

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Bermuda vs Zoysia – Which Will Win

Q: I live in a neighborhood where the front lawns are required to be Bermuda grass. One of my neighbors decided to replace his lawn with Zoysia without the homeowner associations’ approval. It looks fine and doesn’t seem to be...

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Vegetable Garden – Weed Cloths

Q: I need advice about using landscape weed cloth in a vegetable garden. I’m thinking of covering it with pine straw with a soaker hose underneath. A: It’s a great garden technique. The Plant a Row for the Hungry garden...

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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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Mowing the Lawn After Fertilization

Q: How many days should one wait to mow the lawn after fertilizing? A: Long enough to go inside to get a glass of water and then return to start the mower. No delay is...

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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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