Gardening Q and A

Mulch – Part of Planting Depth

Q: Various seeds and bulbs require being planted at a certain depth; when you plant at a specific depth, does the addition of mulch add to the depth? Or should the gardener consider the layer of mulch “as part of”...

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Herbicides – Vinegar and Water

Q: A year and a half ago I had a yard man dig up the old shrubs around my house and plant new ones. He assured me that no weeds would come back, but the newly landscaped area is full...

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Ferns – Information

Q: Could you recommend some books on ferns? I am very interested in using as many different kinds as possible. I live near a garden which is growing peacock fern. I would love some information on growing it in my...

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Ponytail Palm – Propagating

Q: I have a ponytail palm that has a couple of “pups” at the bottom. There’s one on the bulb and one shooting off of the main stem of the plant. How do I propagate these into new plants? A:...

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Peach Trees – Peach Scab

Q: Please tell me what to do with peach trees this time of year. Last year our trees were loaded with peaches but as they ripened they became covered with black blotches and were wormy. How can we prevent this?...

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Sweet Peas – When To Plant

Q: is the best time to plant sweet peas? Would mid-February be too early? A: Mid February would be just right for starting sweet pea seed indoors in north Georgia but you should wait until early March to plant seed...

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Bermudagrass – Cutting Like a Golf-course

Q: I cut my ‘Tifway’ bermudagrass lawn with a reel mower at one-half inch high. I was at The Masters this year and I know they cut the fairways at three-eighths inch. They are perfectly green and beautiful, but when...

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Garlic – Requirements

Q: I want to know the requirements of garlic. I planted two kinds last year and have let it winter over to gather in the spring or early summer. I don’t think it has what it wants since the Italian...

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Vegetable Seeds – Time Frame for Starting Seeds Indoors

Q: What is the time frame for starting vegetable seeds for spring planting? Is there any rule of thumb as to when seeds are started indoors for Southern gardeners? A: Starting seed indoors is a great way to save money...

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Plum Trees – Planted On Septic Drain Field

Q: I’ve just found out our plum trees may be planted in a septic system drain field. Will the plums still be safe to eat? A: I don’t think there’s any way that water absorbed by the plum roots could...

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Umbrella Tree – Pruning Roots

Q: I have an umbrella tree that is beginning to send roots out of the bottom of a 15 inch pot. Is there anything I can do to keep it in a 15 inch pot or will I have to...

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Redbud – Rotten Roots

Q: This eight year-old red bud tree developed a few dead branches over the last month but bloomed beautifully in March. I came home yesterday and found this! Let me know what you think. A: I think something went wrong...

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Snakes – Control on Patio

Q: I am trying to find a solution to our snake problem. I live in a townhouse; my unit is bordered by a deep drainage ditch. I’ve had snakes come up onto the patio as well as around the rest...

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Creeping Fig – Prune After Cold?

Q: We have a lot of creeping fig planted around our house. The cold weather has turned it brown. Does it need to be pruned back or will the new foliage just take over? A: Creeping fig, Ficus pumila, is...

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Termites – Effect of Lawn Chemicals On,

Q: Since termites are always in season in the south, I have a question. Are any of the typical lawn chemicals effective on subterranean or Formosan termites? A: Yes, the chemicals in several lawn and garden insecticides are used to...

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Mandevilla – Overwintering

Q: I have a five-year old mandevilla growing in a large container. The first year I got the plant I heard somewhere to not cut it back but to simply put it into a protected place for the winter. I...

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Sunlight – Full Sun vs. Partial Shade

Q: When a plant tag says full sun or partial shade, how many hours of sun or shade are appropriate when determining if a spot is suitable for the plant? A: Sunshine intensity differs across every landscape and garden. Compare...

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“Mole Plant” – Information

Q: My sister in law has sent me “mole plant” seeds. She says the plant will deter moles from the garden. Do you have any information about such a plant? A: I think you have castor bean seeds. The plant...

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