Gardening Q and A

Gardenia – As a Memorial Plant

Q: I want to give my friend a gardenia bush, rather than flowers, for the loss of her child. I think it will be nice to give her the bush so she can plant it herself, as she is a...

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Raised Beds – Soil Settling

Q: Recently, I constructed raised beds for my vegetable garden. The book which supplied the directions for the bed building also tells me to wait one week before planting anything in the beds. Is this necessary, or can I use...

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Fescue – Finding Best Variety

Q: A few years ago, I planted a low growing grass seed called Millennium that did very well in the shady areas of my lawn. I need to over seed some areas and have not been able to find the...

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Voodoo Lily – Dormancy

Q: We bought 3 voodoo lily plants from Alabama. The plants looked great when they were in their pots, one even produced a bloom. When we took them out of the pots and put them in amended soil they all...

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Daffodils – Storing

Q: I recently divided tulip bulbs which my mother originally planted. My father told me I could keep the extra bulbs, so they are currently in my basement spread out on newspaper. Is it too hot to plant them now?...

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Corn Gluten – For Lawn

Q: Where can I buy bulk corn gluten meal? I want to do an organic care program on my 5000 square foot lawn. A: Hastings Garden Center in Brookhaven has small bags of the meal but you can also order...

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Aralia – Propagate

Q: I have a dinner-plate aralia that needs to be pruned and I would like to propagate the cutting. I haven’t done this before so, do you have any tips? A: There is a wonderful site about aralias and their...

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Fertilizer – Burning Garden

Q: I broadcasted 13-13-13 granular fertilizer on some of my perennial beds and have made a mess. My monardas, mums, oriental lilies, hostas, hydrangeas, and black – eyed Susans are all showing signs of burn. Will the flowers survive or...

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Fescue – Not For Floods

Q: An area of my lawn floods to about a quarter of an inch depth occasionally, but to add top soil and level it would be a huge task.Is there a water resistant evergreen lawn seed that you can recommend?...

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Horticultural Oil – Application in Winter

Q: I want to spray horticultural oil on Magnolia scale. However, I understand that due to recently mild temperatures serious harm to the plant can occur. Once the weather becomes wintry again, how many days or weeks until I should...

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Strawberries – Keep Inside for Winter?

Q: I have strawberries planted in a strawberry clay pot. For the winter, I put them in my basement. When should I bring them out? A: Most people just bring them close to the house where they won’t get much...

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Lake Management – Iron Stains

Q: Two years ago there was construction going on nearby, and red clay was dumped into the lake I live on. Now, my neighbors, who use the lake water for irrigation have stains on their patios and houses and dead...

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St. Augustine Grass – New Recommendations?

Q: I remember you used to recommend St. Augustine grass not be grown north of Macon. Now it seems you recommend it for people much further north. Is a new variety out? Why have you changed you recommendations? A: I...

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Mahonia- Propagation from Seed

Q: How would you go about growing mahonias from seeds of volunteer plants? A: I’d just push the seeds an inch into the soil after they fall from the plant in early summer (you may have to bag them to...

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Deodar Cedar – Dying

Q: I have two Deodar Cedars which are located 30 feet apart behind a large pond. One of the trees is thriving but the other has turned yellow and its needles are dropping. A man I hired said that the...

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Chickens – How to Catch

Q: There is a roving flock of chickens that likes to search for food in my yard, ruining my grass from scratching and disturbing the mulch in the plant beds. Is there anything I can do to stop them from...

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Bloodgood Red Maple – Leaf Scorch

Q: I have a Bloodgood Red Maple, which has been mostly healthy and which I have cared for well. However, in late summer its leaves become crisp and brown. In spring, new leaves grow and the tree seems healthy again....

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Green Ash – Planting

Q: I am looking for a shade tree that will grow quickly but not have evasive roots. Recently, I found a book that says green ash grows quickly, can tolerate dry, compact soil and has a strong structure; it sounds...

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