Gardening Q and A

Potatoes- When to Plant

Q: I ordered some potatoes from a catalog in Maine. They won’t ship until April. Isn’t March the best time to plant potatoes in this area? Will April be too late? A: The key indicator for when to plant potatoes...

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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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Fescue Lawn – When To Put Down Pre-Emergent

Q: We have a fescue lawn. With all of the warm weather in early January, should I have put down a pre emergent? Should I also put it down in late February? A: It’s soil temperature rather than air temperature...

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Composting – Commercial “Super – Charger” to Aid

Q: In my subdivision all the homes are on septic systems. I have a small compost heap going. Can I put the commercial septic tank super-charger product on my compost heap? The label says it contains bacteria to help Mother...

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Vegetable Garden – Starting

Q: I want to start a vegetable garden in a pasture with bermudagrass. I want to go ahead and plow it up now and add some leaves and compost to sit over the next few months, but feel I need...

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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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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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