Gardening Q and A

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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Mountain Ash – Rowan Tree

Q: I have been researching planting a rowan tree in honor of my son. I know this tree is typically associated with much colder winters than we have but I wondered if it could be pampered to grow here? A:...

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Crowder and Purple Hull Peas – Difference

Q: Are Crowder peas and purple hull peas one and the same? A: In my opinion, no. Crowder peas are usually “crowded” in the hull, but purple hull peas are just that: “purple...

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Sagittaria (Dutch Potato) – Finding Information

Q: I have Sagittaria growing like wildfire in my backyard. I need to find general information about it, to stop it, but I’ve only found information from the internet. Are there any resources or websites you would recommend? A: I...

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How to Start a Landscape Career

Q: I work full time but I have aspirations of becoming the best lawn service/landscape company in my area. Can you recommend a starting point, from an educational standpoint, and where I can obtain the certifications needed to reach this...

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Fertilizer – Improve Fall Leaf Color

Q: I recently bought a house with many trees in the back yard. Instead of the beautiful leaf colors I was expecting in the fall, the leaves turned dull yellow or brown, then fell off. What kind of fertilizer do...

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Silver Maple – Identifying

Q: I have a maple in my front yard, but am not sure what kind. I remember that you mentioned how weak the Silver Maple is, and I want to be prepared if that’s what I have. How do I...

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Smokebush – Pruning into Shrub

Q: I planted a Smokebush seedling last spring. It was about 18″ tall. It now has a shoot approximately 10 feet tall. That’s the only part that seems to be growing-straight up. Do I need to prune it? If so,...

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Currants – Growing

Q: As a child, we had a currant bush on out farm. I have never seen one before or since. Is this a viable plant for this area? If so, where would you get one? A: Are you sure you...

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Glory Vine – Defoliation

Q: Last summer, I noticed that one of the 4 vines on an arbor (one planted on each corner) in my garden is dead. Then a second vine, from a completely different garden and location, died. Because one of the...

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White Eggplant – Turning Yellow

Q: This summer we planted two new white eggplant varieties. Towards late summer one of them started to bear yellow eggplants. The color is so beautiful and bright. Do you know what may have caused it to become so bright?...

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Hydrangea – How to Move

Q: I am about to move. I would like to take at least a cutting from a hydrangea I got 30 years ago. However, my new sun-porch has a spot for the whole plant. What do I need to do...

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New Home – Drainage Problem

Q: My husband and I are new homeowners and thought you might be able to give us some insight. We purchased our home in December 2000. We were excited and looked forward to this spring when our landscape would explode...

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Slug Control – Lava Rock

Q: Here is a tip for your readers! For years I had slugs attacking the containerized plants on my deck. I couldn’t put a container on my front porch, because free-running cats, squirrels, and chipmunks thought my containers were perfect...

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Pinching, Deadheading – Defined

Q: On your radio show, you’ve mentioned “pinching” azaleas several times to make new buds. For those of us in the slow group, what time of year do you do this and where on the plant? A: Sometimes I use...

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Kudzu – Control in Winter

Q: In two weeks, we are going to try and clear out the dormant kudzu vines that are on the outside perimeter of our subdivision, along a very small drainage ditch. After we pull out the vines, can we treat...

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Azalea and Rhododendron – Root Rot (Wilting)

Q: I moved into my house in an older neighborhood in 1996. One of the selling factors was that I had seen large azaleas blooming there the previous spring. Since I moved in, though, one by one my azaleas are...

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Vegetable Seed – How Long to Save

Q: Are last year’s seeds for our vegetable garden still viable or should they be thrown out? A: If the seeds have been kept cool and in darkness, they may well be viable this spring. Here’s a test that will...

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