Gardening Q and A

Roundup – Safe to Use

Q: I am rehabilitating a yard that hasn’t had anything but occasional mowing in fifteen years. There are some nice surprises under all the privet and vines, like a battalion of daylilies and some demure nandinas. I prefer to dig...

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Sorghum – Identification

Q: This came up in my yard. At first I thought it was corn but it isn’t. What is it and where did it come from? A: It looks like Sorghum bicolor, otherwise known as grain sorghum. Sorghum seed is...

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Growing Vegetables Indoors

Q: My family is trying to eat as many home grown fruits and vegetables as we can. I am arranging my complete basement to be able to garden year round. Do you see any problems with this? A: My guess...

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Effect of Food Coloring on Plants – Science Project

Q: I am a Junior at in High school in Cherokee County. I am currently working on an experiment that involves coloring house plants, particularly the Dieffenbachia ‘Camille,’ with food coloring. At first I was growing these plants in soil...

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Turkey – Control

Q: I spoke with you on the radio about my ‘turkey problem’, and I thought you’d enjoy some photos of the culprits. If they weren’t so dirty I’d keep them as pets, but we’ll take measures to move them to...

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Ground Cedar – Lycopodium

Q: Can you tell me the name of this plant? It is growing in our woods and is spreading. A: The common name of this plant is ground cedar or running cedar but the scientific name is more interesting: Lycopodium...

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Goldenrain Tree – Bougainvilla

Q: I saw this tree in a parking lot in Lawrenceville. The bloom is similar to a goldenrain tree and produces seeds in the same way. Can you identify it for me? A: You have sharp eyes and good instincts!...

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Wild Azaleas – Pruning

Q: When I bought my home, I discovered some wild azaleas in my back yard. They have bloomed beautifully for years. Do they require pruning? A: Wild azaleas are quite a find on your property. Most of the native species...

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Iris – Selection and Care

Q: I love iris flowers but they seem to all bloom at the same time in spring. Do some iris bloom later than others? A: Indeed they do. There are plenty of choices for bloom time. The iris family is...

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Raccoon – Damage to Sod

Q: What in the world could cause this? It only happens at night. My neighbor goes out every morning and replaces the sod but every night the creature returns. This is zoysiagrass sod which was installed several months ago. A:...

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Jade Plant – Blooming

Q: I was listening to your radio show and you said that a jade plant seldom flowers. Mine flowers every fall and lasts thru the winter. This plant is well over 20 years old and grows in a very big...

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Purple Beautyberry – Identification

Q: Can you please tell me the name of this plant? It’s growing off Lindberg Drive, near Peachtree Creek. It has these beautiful purple berries even now. I think it’s a good one for color in the fall. A: You...

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Pond – Leave Pump on in Winter

Q: I have two small fish ponds that are connected. One is three feet deep and the other is about a foot deep. I have a pump that circulates the water between them. In cold weather, should I run the...

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Sources of Rubber Mulch

Q: I am simply tired to death of buying pine straw. The bales I buy seem to get lighter and lighter in weight but they cost more and more! I have heard that there is a mulch product made from...

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Azalea Lacebug – Control in Spring

Q: I have big leaf azaleas along the side of our home. Last summer the leaves lost their bright green color. It looked as though the leaves had been bleached. The back of the leaves looked like they had bugs...

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Equisetum (Scouring Rush) – Identification

Q: I saw what appeared to be mini-bamboo in the front of a restaurant this past weekend. The stalks looked to be about the size of a pencil, they were about 2 feet tall and closely planted together forming a...

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Lantana – When to Prune in Winter

Q: I planted some lantana last spring. It was advertised as a perennial but it looks pretty dead now. Should I cut it back or would that be a waste of time? A: Winter lantana care simultaneously exemplifies the mystical...

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Pistache Tree – Description , Where to Buy

Q: Where can I buy a Chinese pistache tree? A: You’ve made a good choice. For glossy green summer foliage and eye-popping fall color, few trees rival the pistache. It only grows twenty to thirty feet tall so it is...

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