Gardening Q and A

Tuscan Blue Rosemary – Surviving in the Cold

Q: I purchased a potted Tuscan Blue rosemary last winter and kept it inside until spring. I planted it outside in full sun. Now that cooler weather is here, I am concerned about how it will take colder temperatures. A:...

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Horticulture Degree – Job Opportunities

Q: I am in my mid-thirties and looking for a career change. What type jobs are possible with a horticulture degree? A: You’ve made a good choice! Scott Angle, Dean of the University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental...

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Mona Lavender – Keeping it Alive

Q: I bought a beautiful Mona Lavender at the beginning of the summer and have managed not to kill it. I would love to keep it alive until next spring. A: ‘Mona Lavender’ plectranthus is a beautiful plant! It was...

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Tap Water for House Plants – Dechlorination

Q: I have several fish tanks and use a de-chlorinating product when using tap water for water changes. Would it be beneficial to use such a product when using tap water on my house plants? A: I don’t think there...

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Plants – Growing Better on Mounds of Soil

Q: Why do some plants grow better in the garden when they are planted in a mound of soil? A: Planting in a mound or a raised bed gives plants better root drainage and faster soil warming in spring. Roots...

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Bermuda – Mowing After October

Q: Your seasonal calendar (xrl.us/LAWNCALENDAR) says that the third week of October, is the last time to mow bermuda. Would it hurt the lawn if I mow periodically to clean up leaves? A: Mowing when the grass is not growing...

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Pine Tree – Burning in a Fireplace

Q: My tree surgeon said pine was OK to burn in a fireplace. He said if it dries for a year in hot sun it will be fine. A: He’s right. It is a misconception that pine wood forms more...

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Composting Kitchen Scraps

Q: We are interested in composting kitchen scraps. Do the tumble composters that claim to make compost in 14 days really work? A: In my opinion they are not very useful. In winter, the tumbler cools off too much to...

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How to Calculat the Amount of Water Coming Off of a Roof

Q: How do I calculate the amount of water coming off of a roof? A: The amount of water collected by a roof is easy to calculate. Multiply the length times the width to get the area. Multiply this result...

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‘Drake’ Elm – Peeling Bark

Q: I have two eight-year-old ‘Drake’ elms. Their bark is splitting and peeling on the main trunk. Is it normal for these trees to shed bark like sycamore and crapemyrtle? A: It’s normal. ‘Drake’ elm is a nice Chinese elm,...

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Leave Dcomposition – How to Speed it Up

Q: We have an abundance of hardwoods on five acres. We blow leaves off the driveways 2-3 hours every day into a temporary area but after December 15th we’ll have to move the piles again. Is there something we can...

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Oleander Plants – How to Grow

Q: I have two oleander plants I purchased in Florida a few years ago. Each winter they are killed by sub-freezing temperatures. They come back from the ground but bloom late in summer. What is the secret to growing oleander...

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Radishes – Not Growing Bulbs

Q: A friend of mine has radishes that are not forming bulbs, only straight roots. He is planting them like he’s always done. Any ideas? A: The most likely reasons are too much fertilizer or too much shade. My bet...

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Trumpet Vine – Removing Left Behind Vines

Q: What is the best way to remove the left-behinds from a trumpet vine that once grew on my stucco? I’ve tried brushing with a wire brush, which surprisingly doesn’t ruin the stucco, but also isn’t very effective A: There...

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Mole Crickets – How to Get Rid of Them

Q: I have a large problem with mole crickets. Got any suggestions? A: Mole crickets can cause big problems when they tunnel in turf. Most damage is seen in spring when adults are present but the insects are much easier...

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Dragon Wing Begonias – Protecting In the Winter

Q: How can I over winter Dragon Wing begonias? I hate seeing them in the compost pile after the first big freeze. A: Dragon Wing begonia, Begonia x hybrida, and angel wing begonia, Begonia coccinea are very attractive, cane-forming begonia...

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Geraniums – How to Carryover Between Seasons

Q: How do I carry over outdoor geraniums from one season to the next? My mom says to shake the dirt off the roots and throw them in a paper bag, but that sounds unusual. A: Your mom is right!...

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Patchouli Plant – Protecting in the Winter

Q: I am attempting to over-winter a patchouli plant indoors. Last summer it was a huge, gorgeous outdoor plant. I’ve moved it inside to a window where it gets pretty good light but the leaves continue to turn yellow. A:...

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