Gardening Q and A

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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Lettuce – When to Plant

Q: I was at a local home improvement store last week when I noticed they had lettuce transplants out. Isn’t it too late to plant lettuce? A: Lettuce can stand a freeze. The recommended planting date for transplants is three...

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Halofenozide – When to Apply

Q: I bought a product containing halofenozide to kill white grubs, hoping it would reduce our infestation of Japanese beetles. The instructions for application say that timing of the application is important, but then says to contact your local expert...

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Plant Trademarked – Meaning?

Q: I have a rose tag that says “The Squire tm” and then has the word “Ausire” underneath. What does this mean? A: It means that you have a patented rose and can not propagate it from cuttings. Plant breeders,...

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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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Limes – No Seeds?

Q: Why do limes not have seeds? I assume they’re propagated the same way lemons are, but I’ve had a fresh lime every day for the last two years and have yet to see a seed. A: It’s because the...

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Deer – Keeping Out Of Beds

Q: I want to have a huge raised bed vegetable garden this year but I wonder about deer in the woods behind us. Can I put a chicken wire fence around the plot to keep the critters out? How high...

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Primroses – When To Plant

Q: My sweetie gave me beautiful blooming primroses for Valentine’s Day. What do I do with them? Do I plant them outside now or keep them inside until spring? A: The bright colors of primrose are eye-catching in nurseries and...

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Bermudagrass – Cutting Like a Golf-course

Q: I cut my ‘Tifway’ bermudagrass lawn with a reel mower at one-half inch high. I was at The Masters this year and I know they cut the fairways at three-eighths inch. They are perfectly green and beautiful, but when...

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