Gardening Q and A

Oleander – Frozen

Q: Last summer we planted these two oleander plants and looked forward to them coming back bigger and better this season. You can see what happened this winter in Cumming. What to do now? How do we care for these...

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Plantskyyd – Sources to Repel Deer

Q: You have talked about Plantskyyd being used to repel deer. Where can I get it? A: You can find it at Scottsdale Farms Garden Center15639 Birmingham HighwayAlpharetta, GA 30004...

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Austree (Aus-Tree)

Q: Have you ever heard of Aus-trees? They are a hybrid and are supposed to be super fast-growing and good for shade and windbreaks. Will they do well here in Georgia? A: The Austree is heavily promoted through the mail...

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Crapemyrtle – Pruned Correctly, Before and After

Q: Here are my crapemyrtles before pruning and after pruning. They had never been pruned before and each was about 25 feet tall. They are adjacent to my driveway and when in bloom or when carrying ice were severely encroaching...

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African Violet – Care

Q: I think I have an unusual indoor plant. It is a purple African Violet that has been blooming continuously for 28 months. It was given to me in Dec. 2000 in full bloom. After it lost those blooms it...

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Chufa – Growing

Q: Have you ever heard of grass nuts? My Granny who lives in Kentucky says my great- grandmother used to grow and eat them. Any help would be greatly appreciated! A: I wonder if your Granny is referring to chufa,...

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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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Hawthorn – ‘Winter King’

Q: I saw these trees at a bank on Jimmy Carter Blvd. and thought they looked fantastic. Could you identify them for me please? A: They look like ‘Winter King’ hawthorn to me. The red berries on this small-sized tree...

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Chickweed – In New Lawn

Q: This past fall, I did all of my due diligence in prepping my yard for the fall fescue growing season. I aerated, seeded, and fertilized. In fact, when I rented the aerator, it had just rained, so I was...

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Terrarium – Building

Q: I would like to put together a simple terrarium with my grandchildren. Where can I get information on this? A: Terrariums have quite an interesting history. The original miniature glass house was invented by Nathaniel Ward in 1830 after...

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Hairy Vine on Tree

Q: I have always assumed that only poison ivy has a hairy vine clinging to a tree trunk. A friend tells me this is not true. What’s the story? A: Your friend is definitely correct – both poison ivy and...

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Pruning – Sky Pencil holly, Skyrocket juniper

Q: I saw your recent tips about preventing ice damage to ‘Sky Pencil’ holly. I have two young ‘Skyrocket’ junipers beside my front steps. A year after the December 2005 ice storm, the limbs are still drooping down like a...

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Clay Seedballs – Making

Q: I have lots of zinnia and other seeds from my cutting garden last year. I want to give them out this spring to friends. I’ve heard you can put the seeds in clay balls for a germination media. Do...

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Plant Salt Tolerance

Q: We have a beach house at Carrabelle, Florida, which was hit hard by hurricane Dennis. The landscape was drenched in salt water. We have crepe myrtles and some small oaks that we’re especially concerned about. Should we cut them...

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