Gardening Q and A

Climbing Knock Out® Roses

Q: Any chance there’s a climbing Knock Out®  rose in the works? My shrub Knock Out® s have done so well, that’s the only way I’ll go at this point in my life. A: There are two kinds of climbing roses. Ramblers...

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How to Garden in Fannin County

Q: We live in southern Florida and are building a house in Fannin county. Once the house is built, how do we learn to garden in this new area? A: What a marvelous gardening opportunity you have! You won’t have...

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Pumpkin Seeds – Planting Sprouts Indoors

Q: My children collected seeds from our pumpkin this year. We placed several of them in damp paper towels on top of the refrigerator. Now we have several four-inch long sprouts. What do I need to do to keep them...

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Zoysia Grass – In the Sun

Q: I heard you talking on the radio about zoysiagrass that is shade tolerant. Could you tell me more? I already have ‘Meyer’ zoysiagrass in my backyard . My front yard does not get as much sun but I would...

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Dianthus – Killing Invasive Bermuda Grass

Q: Several years ago I planted beds of ‘Firewitch’ dianthus close to a bermudagrass lawn. Over the years the bermudagrass has infested the dianthus beds to the point of covering them up! Is there anything that I can use to...

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Rose Trees – Winter Care

Q: I have two lovely rose trees in pots that did very well this summer. They are five feet tall and two feet wide. As cold weather arrives, should I cut them back? Should I bring them inside for the...

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Wax Myrtle – Pruning in November

Q: Is it OK to prune my wax myrtle in the month of November? I have not found a good guide for when to prune certain plants. Any suggestions? A: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Home & Garden section put together a...

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‘Fat Albert’ Colorado Spruce – Branches Dying

Q: I am stumped. Two months ago we bought a ‘Fat Albert’ Colorado spruce. We’ve left it in the container since then while we decided where to put it. Branches on the lower half are turning brown and dying. Michael...

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Centipede Grass – Growth in Cobb County

Q: Will centipedegrass perform well in north Cobb county? A: One of the great success stories of the lawn seed industry is the work of Dr. Wayne Hanna at the USDA Coastal Plains Experiment Station in Tifton. In 1977, realizing...

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Vegetable Garden – Natural Insect Killer

Q: Can you suggest something natural we could use in our vegetable garden when insects begin to eat holes in the leaves. We do not want to use insecticides. A: In my opinion, spinosad (Green Light Spinosad) is an excellent...

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Coleus – Making it Come Back

Q: I have a coleus in a container that did really well this year. How can I get it to come back next spring? A: You can either keep it in a sunny window for the winter or take several...

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Green Persimmons – Bad Taste

Q: Why do green persimmons taste so bad? A: Because they have a lot of tannin in their juice. One web site says “tannin coagulates the viscous protein on the surface of our tongues, leading to the astringent taste.” Anyone...

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Rosemary – Planting Seeds Produced

Q: A group of Teacher Master Gardeners planted rosemary at a nearby elementary school. Some of them have small blue flowers. Will these flowers produce seed we can plant? A: Rosemary flowers certainly produce seed but I doubt you’ll have...

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Chrysanthemums – Winter Care

Q: My father passed away recently and we have two lovely pots of chrysanthemums. Should I keep them indoors for the winter? A: In my experience they will do fine if planted outdoors now. The plants will do much better...

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‘Meyer’ Lemon Tree – Winter Survival

Q: I have a ‘Meyer’ lemon tree. My husband thinks it can survive winter outdoors in Riverdale. I don’t think so. What do you think? A: Upon such disagreements are strong relationships built! I think you should bet a weekend...

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Praying Mantis – Moving an Egg Sack

Q: This morning I noticed a praying mantis egg sack on the handle to my wheelbarrow. I have a problem: I use the wheelbarrow to haul hay to my horses twice a day. Can I move the sack? A: Just...

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Aphids – On Tomato

Q: My tomatoes are covered with aphids. What in the world can I do to control them? A: Aphids damage tomatoes in two ways: they suck sap from the stem and leaves and they excrete honeydew, which covers nearby plant...

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Squirrel – Feeding at Hummingbird Feeder

Q: I guess the squirrels needed to have a drink to wash down the seeds from my bird feeders. Now, they are tipping the hummingbird feeders and drinking them. They pop the “yellow” flowers out of one feeder and tilt....

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