Gardening Q and A

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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Lenten rose – Propagation

Q: Do you have any helpful information about propagating Lenten roses? They have large pods which drop lots of seeds. A: If your Lenten roses have bloomed in the same spot more than once you probably have seedlings there now....

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Fruit trees – Production

Q: Can you provide any recommendations as to what fruit trees produce well in this part of Georgia? A: Even though Georgia is known as “The Peach State”, peaches are not very easy to grow here. Plums are not much...

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Garden – Topsoil

Q: We recently purchased a new house and want to put a garden in the backyard. I imagine the builder skimmed off the topsoil before planting grass there. Would you remove the clay and replace it with topsoil before planting?...

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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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Web worms – Travel

Q: How do web worms get from the ground up to the leaves on trees? I have actually seen a convoy of these worms crawling up one of my tree trunks! A: The caterpillars hatch from eggs laid by a...

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Indian Meal Moth – Life expectancy

Q: What is the life expectancy of a meal moth? We have put all food in sealed plastic bags but would like to know when the moths we have will bite the dust! We found a trap with pheromones to...

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Compost bin – Gnats

Q: We put peelings, coffee grounds, egg shells, etc. in our enclosed compost bin. There are a whole lot of gnats in it that swarm up when I open the top. Are these gnats OK? A: Various gnats and flies...

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Fertilizer – Pet danger

Q: I applied 16-4-8 granular fertilizer to my lawn. The bag states not to touch it and to keep it out of reach of pets and children. Is it really dangerous to my pet Yorkies? A: The fertilizer is only...

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Almond tree – Production

Q: We are considering planting an almond tree next spring. Will an almond produce in Georgia? A: You can try to grow almonds in Georgia, but only if you have a high capacity for heartbreak. Almonds are close kin to...

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Crossvine – Pods

Q: My crossvine is producing its annual pods. I wondered if these can be used to produce new vines and, if so, how? A: Crossvine can be easily propagated from seed. Just wait until the pods are brown and then...

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Fatsia bushes – Deer

Q: Deer have eaten all of the new growth on my fatsia bushes. They even chewed on the stalk of the plant. My question is should I cut them back or just leave them alone and hope they have new...

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Bay leaf – Roaches

Q: If I plant a bay leaf plant next to my kitchen window, do you think it will it help to repel roaches from the area? A: I’m not aware of any scientific research that shows that bay leaves repel...

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Earthworms – Purchase

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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