Gardening Q and A

Water Problems in the Landscape

Q: I have a serious drainage problem in my back yard. With heavy rains, you can observe the water flowing out of the backyard like a river stream. Now a permanent waterway has been formed through my yard and a...

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Roundup – Safe to Use

Q: I am rehabilitating a yard that hasn’t had anything but occasional mowing in fifteen years. There are some nice surprises under all the privet and vines, like a battalion of daylilies and some demure nandinas. I prefer to dig...

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Desert Rose

Q: I have a Desert Rose plant that has flowered and made a seed pod! It looks sort of like a pea pod with little wispy seed. How do I plant them? A: Sometimes I am completely overwhelmed by the...

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Wildflowers – Planting

Q: I have heard that there is a special blend of wildflower seeds that is grown in the median of the Georgia expressways. I would like to purchase some of these seeds. Can you tell me where to buy them?...

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Birch Tree – Planting

Q: I am new to the Atlanta area and will be starting a garden from scratch. The lot where we are building has no trees and I need some assistance as to the best species and varieties to plant. Is...

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Bradford Pear – Proper Care

Q: I have 5 bradford pear trees that are 2 1/2 years old. They seem to be growing OK but I want them to grow faster. I bought some tree fertilizing sticks and plan to put down 3 4 for...

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Large Patch in Zoysia

Q: I have zoysiagrass. It was beautiful last summer…thick and green. I feel that the lawn maintenance people we have mowing our lawn did not keep the lawn cut low enough. It always seemed too high. They just started cutting...

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Effect of Food Coloring on Plants – Science Project

Q: I am a Junior at in High school in Cherokee County. I am currently working on an experiment that involves coloring house plants, particularly the Dieffenbachia ‘Camille,’ with food coloring. At first I was growing these plants in soil...

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Turkey – Control

Q: I spoke with you on the radio about my ‘turkey problem’, and I thought you’d enjoy some photos of the culprits. If they weren’t so dirty I’d keep them as pets, but we’ll take measures to move them to...

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Ground Cedar – Lycopodium

Q: Can you tell me the name of this plant? It is growing in our woods and is spreading. A: The common name of this plant is ground cedar or running cedar but the scientific name is more interesting: Lycopodium...

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Goldenrain Tree – Bougainvilla

Q: I saw this tree in a parking lot in Lawrenceville. The bloom is similar to a goldenrain tree and produces seeds in the same way. Can you identify it for me? A: You have sharp eyes and good instincts!...

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Sorghum – Identification

Q: This came up in my yard. At first I thought it was corn but it isn’t. What is it and where did it come from? A: It looks like Sorghum bicolor, otherwise known as grain sorghum. Sorghum seed is...

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Growing Vegetables Indoors

Q: My family is trying to eat as many home grown fruits and vegetables as we can. I am arranging my complete basement to be able to garden year round. Do you see any problems with this? A: My guess...

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Pond – Leave Pump on in Winter

Q: I have two small fish ponds that are connected. One is three feet deep and the other is about a foot deep. I have a pump that circulates the water between them. In cold weather, should I run the...

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Sources of Rubber Mulch

Q: I am simply tired to death of buying pine straw. The bales I buy seem to get lighter and lighter in weight but they cost more and more! I have heard that there is a mulch product made from...

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Wild Azaleas – Pruning

Q: When I bought my home, I discovered some wild azaleas in my back yard. They have bloomed beautifully for years. Do they require pruning? A: Wild azaleas are quite a find on your property. Most of the native species...

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Iris – Selection and Care

Q: I love iris flowers but they seem to all bloom at the same time in spring. Do some iris bloom later than others? A: Indeed they do. There are plenty of choices for bloom time. The iris family is...

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Raccoon – Damage to Sod

Q: What in the world could cause this? It only happens at night. My neighbor goes out every morning and replaces the sod but every night the creature returns. This is zoysiagrass sod which was installed several months ago. A:...

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