Gardening Q and A

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...

READ MORE

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...

READ MORE

Peach orchard – Limb thinning

Q: I used to work in a peach orchard. We would thin each limb to no more than three peaches to grow large, lush peaches. Can you do the same with tomatoes: thin out the groups of 3 down to...

READ MORE

Voles – Resistant bulbs

Q: I have had issues with voles for years. I’ve lost hosta, heuchera, painted fern, dogwood and nandina. What bulbs are resistant to the vole’s diet? A: As you’ve found, mouse-like voles eat almost everything. They scissor through the center...

READ MORE

Vandalism – Flood light

Q: We have had a problem with punks vandalizing our front yard. They drive through every nine months or so. We want to mount a motion detecting floodlight in one of the pine trees. What is the best way to...

READ MORE

Digging – Gas powered auger

Q: I have knees that no longer feel good after digging holes for shrubbery and trees. Have you ever used a gas-powered auger? A: If you need to plant more than a half dozen trees or large shrubs, an auger...

READ MORE

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’...

READ MORE

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...

READ MORE

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...

READ MORE

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...

READ MORE

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....

READ MORE

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...

READ MORE

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...

READ MORE

Drought – Pine trees

Q: I’ve noticed since the drought that when it rains more trees seem to be falling over. Pine trees seem to break at weak points, but the broad leaf trees seem to be pulled out of the ground by their...

READ MORE

Lawn pH – Watering

Q: My university soil test says I have a significantly low 4.6 pH. They recommend 45-55 pounds of lime per 1000 sq. ft. Is this enough to raise the pH permanently to 6.5? What is the best time to put...

READ MORE

Grape vines – Relocating

Q: Two years ago I bought at a home improvement store four grape vines, one each of ‘Suffolk Seedless’, ‘Mars Seedless’, ‘White Niagara’, and ‘Concord’. Now, by their fruit, I seem to have four ‘Concord’s. If I relocate the vines...

READ MORE

Ornamental grass – Dig and divide

Q: I usually cut back my large ornamental grasses that grow with the big plumes in January. Can you dig them up and divide them at this time? A: All of the ornamental grasses (maidengrass, pampas grass, muhley grass, etc)...

READ MORE

Outdoor ferns – North Ga

Q: Please tell me the names of ferns that will grow outdoors in north Georgia A: I’m particularly fond of Christmas fern and autumn fern because they are evergreen. I like southern shield fern because it is deciduous but very...

READ MORE