Gardening Q and A

Earthstar fungus

Q: Can you please tell me what kind of fungus this is? It is about as wide as the palm of a hand and is shaped like a flower flush to the ground. A: My trusted expert, Mary Woehrel from...

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Doublefile Viburnum

Q: I love this tree! I know of three in LaFayette, and I have seen one near the carousel at the Grant Park Zoo. The flowers bloom about the same time as dogwoods, and they are strung out all along...

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Snapping Turtle – Control

Q: Is there a company you would recommend to help me control the population of snapping turtles near my house? A: I certainly can recommend Urban Wildlife...

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Angel Trumpet – Poison Worries

Q: I have been told that angel trumpet plants are poisonous. Since we have a lot of small children living near us I don’t want to grow a possibly hazardous plant. A: If you’re worried about poisonous landscape plants, you’ll...

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Red Fescue – Suitable for Atlanta?

Q: Would the no – mow lawn mixes described at Prairie Nursery be suitable for the southeast, or the Atlanta area? (The description is, “This specially designed blend of six low-growing Fine Fescue turf grasses …”). A: In my experience,...

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Germander – Trimming

Q: We installed germander as a potential hedge plant, per instructions from our landscape planner. However, as the germander grows (10″-12″ long), the sprouts have begun to lie down due to their weight. How in the world do we make...

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Imidacloprid – Risks to Beneficial Insects

Q: I began treating my shrubs and woody plants with a systemic insecticide last year. Its active ingredient is imidacloprid. Despite its effectiveness, I’m wondering if a systemic insecticide in a plant’s system can be harmful to desirable insects that...

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Apple, Pear – Grafting

Q: I would like to experiment with grafting pear and apple trees. What kind of rootstocks are best and where can I get them? A: When choosing rootstock, it all depends on how big you want the mature tree to...

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Companion Plants – For Garden

Q: I read in a book that tansy is good for deterring Japanese beetles. I have roses and other flowers that the beetles have a good lunch on for a few months. I don’t like to use sprays due to...

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Protecting Garden Timbers from Termites

Q: We put in some raised beds last year using untreated wood (didn’t want to ingest any nasty chemicals). Now we’ve discovered an infestation of termites in one of the beds. How can we get rid of them in a...

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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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