Gardening Q and A

Fescue – How to Lay Bermudagrass Over

Q: I read your tips on laying bermudagrass sod but have a question. My yard currently has fescue. Not the best, lots of bare spots and pretty poor quality. Can I just lay sod over top of the fescue or...

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Rainfall – Records and Information

Q: Is there a web site I can go to that shows daily rainfall records from a recording station near me? I know the University of Georgia has a monitoring station in Watkinsville, but I don’t know if the information...

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Azaleas – When to Fertilize

Q: I continue to get mixed messages on when I should fertilize my azaleas. I have three of them, planted last spring. When is the right time to feed them? A: It’s best to fertilize after blooms begin to fade...

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Cleome Seed

Q: How does one collect and plant cleome seed? A: The airy pink and white blooms of cleome (also called spider flower) lend grace to the back of flower beds in September and October. The stems average three feet tall,...

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Wood Chips – Around Playset

Q: We are creating a spot in our back yard for a big wooden play set. We are debating whether to put pine chips down for safety. We had some pines taken down so we have a mountain of chips....

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Intenet – Garden Sites

Q: I am just learning to use my computer to learn how to garden better. Do you have a list of Internet Web addresses you use for gardening information? A: In my educational media efforts, the Internet is my right...

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Fertilizer Burn – Bringing Back Burned Grass

Q: Last fall, I thought it would be nice to “weed and feed” my lawn and get rid of the weeds. I did – - five times. I didn’t realize so much fertilizer would hurt the grass. I actually killed...

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Violets – Control

Q: I have a clump of violets in my lawn that is beginning to spread all over. I have heard that there is a product on the market that will control them. Can you tell me what it is? A:...

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Tree Roots – Damaging Basement Wall

Q: I have large pin oak trees in my front yard, roughly fifty feet from the front of my house. Recently I noticed roots on top of the grass heading toward my foundation. One wall in my basement already has...

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Gardening – Intimidating

Q: I am a little intimidated by gardening. I have a couple of holly bushes that I=ve had in pots near my entryway for months and they look like they need planting. How do I know where to plant them?...

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Outdoor Container Soil – Information

Q: I limit my gardening nowadays to pot gardening mostly. I have been successful with potting soil, but wonder about the “outdoor container soil” you wrote about using for tomatoes in a pot. I’ve never seen container soil locally. A:...

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Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

Q: I was delighted to discover several volunteer sassafras seedlings coming up in my yard a couple of years ago. I checked on the largest one today and noticed it was being devoured by several bright green caterpillars munching on...

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Ornamental Sweet Potatoes – Big

Q: How big does an ornamental sweet potato grow? I have a Blackie sweet potato planted in a large pot and it must cover 30 square feet of my deck! A: Any gardener who has grown sweet potatoes knows that...

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Pachysandra – Euonymus scale

Q: Our prized hundred-year-old oak may be in trouble. Almost overnight we noticed that the pachysandra circling our tree has died in a path leading to the trunk of the tree. Is the tree in jeopardy? A: I don’t know...

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Skunk – Control

Q: My brother in Alabama has a problem I thought you might have thoughts about. He lives in a very nice neighborhood but he and his neighbors have recently been plagued with skunks coming into their yards. They have been...

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Suckers – Controlling with Chemicals

Q: I received a gingko tree for a gift but it has lots of suckers (small twigs) at the base. When is the best time to remove them? A: Many trees produce suckers copiously. Crapemyrtle, crabapple, ornamental cherry and maple...

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Soil pH – Lowering

Q: I want to plant azaleas and rhododendrons in a spot where I had a vegetable garden last year. We had the soil tested last year and found the pH to be 6.1. Since azaleas love acid soil, what should...

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Irrigation System – Winter Care

Q: I read in your November calendar that this is the month to drain your irrigation system. Our new house has a home sprinkler system. I haven’t thought much about it in the three weeks we’ve lived in the house....

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