Gardening Q and A

Lawn Fungus – How to Prevent

Q: What is an appropriate product and application schedule for preventing fungus in my lawn for the coming year? Last year brown patch was a particular problem. A: Lawn fungus problems are best addressed by correcting your lawn management practices,...

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Staghorn Fern – How to Re-pot

Q: A friend of mine wants to know how to repot their large staghorn fern. A: A staghorn fern is composed of several rounded brown shield fronds and even more green “staghorn” fronds. Before dividing a plant, soak it thoroughly...

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Aquaponics Training – Where to Find

Q: We are looking for aquaponics training or somebody who uses the system in Georgia. We have a 16′ x16′ fenced area. A: Aquaponics is the system of growing fish alongside edible plants, using water from the fish tank to...

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Leylands – Spacing for a Privacy Screen

Q: We want to plant quite a few Leyland’s at the back of our property to create a 100 foot long and tall privacy screen between us and the neighbors. If we start with twelve-foot high trees, what spacing should...

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Topiary Azaleas – How to Plant

Q: How are the topiary azaleas with braided stems best planted? A: Florist azaleas are not usually as winter-hardy as the smaller-leaved Japanese azaleas that bloom reliably each spring. If yours has been indoors since you received it, wait to...

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Foxtail Ferns – Repotting

Q: I am repotting two large foxtail ferns. There are hundreds of potatoes in the soil. Do they reproduce from these, and can I pot them to make new plants? A: Foxtail fern is actually an inedible asparagus, Protoasparagus densiflorus...

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Peppercorn Plant – How to Make Black or White Pepper

Q: How do you grow a peppercorn plant to make either black or white pepper? A: Peppercorn, Piper nigrum, is a tropical vine that produces 5-inch long spikes of berries. Black pepper is made by soaking the berries until the...

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Tobacco – Legal to Grow in Georgia

Q: Is it legal to grow tobacco in my garden? A: It is perfectly legal to grow tobacco. But once you’ve tried it, you may not want to do it again! The process starts when you plant the tiny seed...

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Bay Laurel Shrub – Protecting

Q: I live on the shores of Lake Oconee. Would a bay laurel shrub survive being put in the ground now? A: Bay laurel, Laurus nobilis , is the source of aromatic leaves used in cooking. The shrubby tree is...

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Flower Bed – Rejuvenating

Q: My mother has an old flower plot containing phlox, sedum, and many other perennials. The bed is in decline and needs to be rejuvenated. Considering the variety of plants, what needs to be done? A: Wait until April and...

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Garden Tilling to Kill Bugs

Q: Would it be beneficial to till my garden now while the temperatures are low in order to kill some of the bugs that winter over in the soil? A: Winter tilling is once of the very best ways to...

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Climbing Fig – Sudden Growth Spurt

Q: Four years ago I bought two small containers of climbing fig to cover my brick chimney. In a few years it grew only a few inches. In the past summer however it took off and has runners five feet...

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Black Walnut Tree – Fertilizing

Q: We have a black walnut tree about 50 feet tall in the back yard. We got walnuts but they were small. Can I fertilize a tree that large? A: Black walnut is a fun tree to own, if a...

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Cave Crickets – Preventing Termites?

Q: I was once told by a “good ole’ boy” termite inspector that houses that had cave crickets in the crawl space never had termites. Is there any truth to this? A: University of Georgia termite expert Dan Suiter says...

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Fruit Trees – Planting Near Pine Trees

Q: I’ve heard not to plant fruit trees near pine trees. Is that true? A: Unlike black walnut trees, which attack any competitor with chemicals exuded from their roots, pines are not known to deter nearby plants. Of course, any...

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Becoming a Certified Arborist

Q: What are the steps to become a certified arborist? A: A certified arborist is someone who has passed a test administered by the International Society of Arboriculture, www.isa-arbor.com. After passing the test, a member is required to take continuing...

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Planting New Shrubs – Safe in January

Q: A landscaper has told me we can safely plant new shrubs until the end of January in Atlanta. What say you? A: They’re right. It would be better to plant shrubs and trees Oct. – Dec., to take advantage...

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Lawn – Potash Helping Roots

Q: My lawn is in fair to good condition but I recently heard about pot ash and how it helps lawns to have deeper roots and better drought resistance. Is this true? A: Pot ash is more correctly spelled potash,...

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