Gardening Q and A

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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Hummingbird nectar – Color

Q: I’m making hummingbird nectar. If I remember correctly, where I came from in Virginia it was common knowledge that the nectar should be red to attract the birds. Do you agree with this? A: No, the red nectar color...

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August – Planting perennials

Q: Is August a good time to plant perennials? I want more flowers that will come back each year. A: think late September is a better time to plant perennials and shrubs. The soil is still very warm but the...

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Arborvitae – Discoloring

Q: I have two arborvitae that were planted in June of this year. They are still green at the tips, but the interior of the bush is turning brown. Are they lacking water or is something else going on? A:...

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Moonshine – Engine fuel

Q: I talked with a friend that grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm and he says that his dad would put old, closed pottery crocks into the fresh silage as they were loading the silo. When it was time...

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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)...

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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...

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Deer Feeding – Mistake?

Q: I have several deer in my garden every morning. They seem so hungry and have even started chewing on my cabbages. Is it a mistake to feed them? A: Feeding them will DEFINITELY attract more deer! Deer somehow communicate...

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Houttuynia plants – Ivy

Q: Several years ago I planted six houttuynia plants at the bottom of a slope that also contained English ivy. Now the houttuynia is taller than the ivy and stinks like the dickens. Is there something I could spray on...

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Chlorine soaked leaves – Compost bin

Q: Is it OK to place chlorine-soaked leaves from our swimming pool into our compost bin? A: Yes, there is not enough chlorine on the leaves to hurt the composting...

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Solarizing soil – Eliminate pupae

Q: I had a horrible time with squash vine borers this year. Will solarizing my soil this winter (clear plastic covering for 6-8 weeks) help eliminate the pupae for next year? A: Solarizing in winter won’t heat the soil enough...

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Water conditions – Aerate soil

Q: I usually aerate and overseed my fescue lawn in the fall. With the current watering restrictions, is this still something I can do? A: Current water regulations allow you to water every other day. But for best germination, fescue...

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