Gardening Q and A

Intenet – Garden Sites

Q: I am just learning to use my computer to learn how to garden better. Do you have a list of Internet Web addresses you use for gardening information? A: In my educational media efforts, the Internet is my right...

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Fertilizer Burn – Bringing Back Burned Grass

Q: Last fall, I thought it would be nice to “weed and feed” my lawn and get rid of the weeds. I did – – five times. I didn’t realize so much fertilizer would hurt the grass. I actually killed...

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Violets – Control

Q: I have a clump of violets in my lawn that is beginning to spread all over. I have heard that there is a product on the market that will control them. Can you tell me what it is? A:...

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Tree Roots – Damaging Basement Wall

Q: I have large pin oak trees in my front yard, roughly fifty feet from the front of my house. Recently I noticed roots on top of the grass heading toward my foundation. One wall in my basement already has...

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Gardening – Intimidating

Q: I am a little intimidated by gardening. I have a couple of holly bushes that I=ve had in pots near my entryway for months and they look like they need planting. How do I know where to plant them?...

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Outdoor Container Soil – Information

Q: I limit my gardening nowadays to pot gardening mostly. I have been successful with potting soil, but wonder about the “outdoor container soil” you wrote about using for tomatoes in a pot. I’ve never seen container soil locally. A:...

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Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

Q: I was delighted to discover several volunteer sassafras seedlings coming up in my yard a couple of years ago. I checked on the largest one today and noticed it was being devoured by several bright green caterpillars munching on...

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Azaleas – When to Fertilize

Q: I continue to get mixed messages on when I should fertilize my azaleas. I have three of them, planted last spring. When is the right time to feed them? A: It’s best to fertilize after blooms begin to fade...

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Cleome Seed

Q: How does one collect and plant cleome seed? A: The airy pink and white blooms of cleome (also called spider flower) lend grace to the back of flower beds in September and October. The stems average three feet tall,...

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Wood Chips – Around Playset

Q: We are creating a spot in our back yard for a big wooden play set. We are debating whether to put pine chips down for safety. We had some pines taken down so we have a mountain of chips....

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Ornamental Sweet Potatoes – Big

Q: How big does an ornamental sweet potato grow? I have a Blackie sweet potato planted in a large pot and it must cover 30 square feet of my deck! A: Any gardener who has grown sweet potatoes knows that...

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Suckers – Controlling with Chemicals

Q: I received a gingko tree for a gift but it has lots of suckers (small twigs) at the base. When is the best time to remove them? A: Many trees produce suckers copiously. Crapemyrtle, crabapple, ornamental cherry and maple...

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Soil pH – Lowering

Q: I want to plant azaleas and rhododendrons in a spot where I had a vegetable garden last year. We had the soil tested last year and found the pH to be 6.1. Since azaleas love acid soil, what should...

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Irrigation System – Winter Care

Q: I read in your November calendar that this is the month to drain your irrigation system. Our new house has a home sprinkler system. I haven’t thought much about it in the three weeks we’ve lived in the house....

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Japanese beetle – Nematodes to Control

Q: In preparation for the inevitable onslaught of Japanese beetles, I was wondering whether you had any thoughts regarding spreading beneficial nematodes? I realize nothing is 100% successful but I hate to harm beneficial creatures. A: Nematodes are microscopic worms,...

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Banana – Winter Care

Q: I have a question about my banana tree. In reference to your AGarden Workshop piece two weeks ago, what do I do with a banana tree that has bananas on it? Should I cut them off before I move...

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Mexican Heather – Is it Evergreen

Q: I had thought Mexican Heather was an evergreen and would make it through the winter in a fairly green status. However, these past couple freezes have really yellowed out about 20 mature plants. Does this mean I need to...

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Compost – Tree Roots in

Q: Roots are growing all up into my compost from the ground. Can you tell me how to stopthis and how to kill the existing roots? Also, can you tell me where to get plans to build the most efficient...

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