Gardening Q and A

Roly-poly (sowbug, pillbug) – Overabundance

Q: Are an overabundance of roly-poly bugs a problem? A: These shrimp-kin are not usually a problem except when very young seedlings or transplants are present. They will chew on the stems and consume enough leaves to kill the plants....

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Tree – Memorable

Q: We’d like to plant a tree in honor and memory of a beloved family dog. I want to place a permanent marker of some sort beneath the tree. Do you have any suggestions about how to do this? A:...

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Peach tree – Planting

Q: We recently bought a peach tree in a pot. It has already started fruiting. Would it be better to wait until after it produces its fruit to plant it or should we plant it in the ground? A: It’s...

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Zoysia – Planting

Q: I’ve got a back yard that is two-thirds zoysia and one-third weeds. I would like to plug pieces of the existing zoysia into the non-zoysia areas. When is the best time of year to do this? A: Mid-May through...

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Willows – Health

Q: I have two four-year old willow oaks in my backyard. One is much fuller and its leaves look healthier than the other. I might have planted the one that looks less healthy too low in the ground? If this...

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Snakes – Protection

Q: Last summer, my lawn care crew killed a copperhead snake in the ivy behind my house. There is a creek nearby. I’ve heard that spreading lime or mothballs in the ivy would deter the snakes. Do either of these...

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Standing water – Evergreen

Q: I have area where water stands after we get rain. I’ve had Leyland cypress there but they are dying because of wet feet. I need an evergreen plant for screening that’s six feet tall. A: The following shrubs can...

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Compost pile – Grass clippings

Q: I have a compost pile that is heating up very nicely. Should I be concerned with using grass clippings that may contain weed seeds? A: If the pile gets hot enough (140 degrees for 3 days) you’ll kill the...

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Golf course – Green grass

Q: How does a golf course with bermuda or bentgrass greens keep them green in the winter? A: Bermudagrass is normally brown in winter so golf courses overseed with ryegrass in September. The ryegrass is green all winter, keeping the...

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Zoysia – Overseed

Q: My turf care company told me that I need to overseed the thin zoysia in my shady back yard with zoysiagrass seed. Does this make sense? A: If the thin areas are bare enough that you won’t worry about...

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Ruts – Removal

Q: When a company removed trees from my yard, their truck left four-inch deep ruts in the lawn. How can I fix them? A: If any grass survived in the bottom of the ruts, lift it out and set it...

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Tulip – Bulb Replacing

Q: My wife put tulip and daffodil bulbs in planters last fall. This spring they bloomed very nicely. Can we replant the bulbs? A: You can transplant daffodil bulbs after the leaves start turning yellow in mid-May. Tulips don’t usually...

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Lantana – Identification

Q: I have three lantana that I planted last year and they got to be a real nice size. They appear to be dead now. Are they gone? A: Not all lantana’s are reliably hardy in the Atlanta area. In...

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Japanese Maple – Growth

Q: I have a twelve-year old Japanese maple, which has branches that umbrella into a five foot diameter canopy. There is new growth on only twenty five percent of the branches. What would you recommend now for this beautiful tree?...

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Earthworms – Buying

Q: I am putting in a small backyard vegetable garden. I want to add earthworms to let them do their stuff beforehand. Where can I buy earthworms? A: You don’t need to buy earthworms. If you add soil conditioner and...

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Fescue Infestation – Getting rid of

Q: I accidentally seeded my lawn with fescue. I had a beautiful bermuda lawn and now the fescue is taking over. How can I get rid of it? A: The easiest thing would be to apply imazaquin (Image for Nutgrass)...

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Propagate – Aloe plant

Q: Can you please tell me how to propagate an aloe plant and a Mother-in-law’s Tongue? A: Make a 1:1 mix of potting soil and perlite. Mix with enough water so that when you squeeze a handful no water comes...

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Sun Protection – Hat

Q: As an avid gardener and a victim of skin cancer, I am looking for the optimal sun protection hat. What hat does Dr. Allen Armitage wear on your TV show? A: Nationally known University of Georgia horticulturist Allen Armitage...

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