Gardening Q and A

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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Jade Plant – Blooming

Q: I was listening to your radio show and you said that a jade plant seldom flowers. Mine flowers every fall and lasts thru the winter. This plant is well over 20 years old and grows in a very big...

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Purple Beautyberry – Identification

Q: Can you please tell me the name of this plant? It’s growing off Lindberg Drive, near Peachtree Creek. It has these beautiful purple berries even now. I think it’s a good one for color in the fall. A: You...

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Horticultural Oil – Mix with Lime Sulfur

Q: I need to know why the product label says not to mix horticultural oil and liquid lime-sulfur to spray on plants. I take care of a big rose garden and I know fellow horticulturists who do this all the...

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Azalea Lacebug – Control in Spring

Q: I have big leaf azaleas along the side of our home. Last summer the leaves lost their bright green color. It looked as though the leaves had been bleached. The back of the leaves looked like they had bugs...

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Equisetum (Scouring Rush) – Identification

Q: I saw what appeared to be mini-bamboo in the front of a restaurant this past weekend. The stalks looked to be about the size of a pencil, they were about 2 feet tall and closely planted together forming a...

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Lantana – When to Prune in Winter

Q: I planted some lantana last spring. It was advertised as a perennial but it looks pretty dead now. Should I cut it back or would that be a waste of time? A: Winter lantana care simultaneously exemplifies the mystical...

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Pistache Tree – Description , Where to Buy

Q: Where can I buy a Chinese pistache tree? A: You’ve made a good choice. For glossy green summer foliage and eye-popping fall color, few trees rival the pistache. It only grows twenty to thirty feet tall so it is...

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Soil – Proper Preparation

Q: I recently purchased a house and all of the soil around it seems to be hard, red clay. I want to have flowers this spring but I know I’ll have to make the soil better somehow. What do you...

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Ligustrum (Privet) – Leaf Spot

Q: I have a hedge of two year old wax leaf privet in front of my house. It appears they have some sort of fungus or disease. The house faces due east, therefore receives about half a day’s worth of...

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Bermuda (Bermudagrass) – Remove from Garden Plot

Q: I want to start a vegetable garden in a pasture with bermudagrass. I want to go ahead and plow it up now and add some leaves and compost to sit over the next few months, but feel I need...

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Clover – Using as Groundcover

Q: I am curious about using plants other than grasses for an open area in my backyard. I have heard you describe on your radio show the idea of using dwarf mondo grass but the relatively high cost makes me...

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Dracaena (Corn Plant) – Blooming

Q: I have a corn plant that I have had for years. About two years ago I had to bring it to my office because it got too tall for my home. This morning I happened to look up and...

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Daphne – Identification

Q: I am trying to identify a new plant. I am fairly sure that it is a rhododendron, but why is it blooming now? Is it a special variety that blooms in winter? I am looking for plants that add...

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Leyland Cypress – Burned

Q: Some meathead tossed a lit cigar onto my dormant bermudagrass lawn. It burned come of my grass and spread into the mulch under my Leyland cypresses. Some lower limbs of these trees burned before the fire was extinguished. Will...

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