Gardening Q and A

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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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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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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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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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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