Gardening Q and A

Bermuda Grass – Last Fertilization Date

Q: I am confused. I was listening to your radio show and you said not to fertilize bermudagrass after mid-September. On your website you say late September. Which is right? A: Sometimes I get shot at from all sides! Clint...

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Granite Dust – Harmful?

Q: Recently I had a flagstone patio installed in my back yard. They used granite dust between the stones. A lot of it ended up in my empty planting beds. Will the stone dust harm any plants I put in?...

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Kentucky 31 Fescue – Spreading Seed

Q: What setting should I use on a rotary spreader to spread Kentucky 31 fescue seed? Or does it matter? A: It ^DOES^ matter! You need to apply only 8 – 10 lb. per 1000 sq. feet. If you put...

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Flowers for Coastal Georgia

Q: : I have some property on the Georgia coast that I’m trying to market. It would look far better if it had some flowers growing on it. What can I plant now? A: Roger Ditmer, director of horticulture at...

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Grape Tomato Vine – 14+ Feet Tall

Q: My grape tomato vine is fourteen-plus feet tall. Is this normal? I’m risking my life to climb on the roof where I have attached them to pick the ones at the top. A: Now you know what an “indeterminate”...

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Container Gardening – Reusing Soil

Q: I did container gardening this year and used a lot of potting soil for tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, spinach and romaine. Should I discard all of the potting soil or can I use some of it next year? A: Two...

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Zoysia Grass – In the Sun

Q: I heard you talking on the radio about zoysiagrass that is shade tolerant. Could you tell me more? I already have ‘Meyer’ zoysiagrass in my backyard . My front yard does not get as much sun but I would...

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Dianthus – Killing Invasive Bermuda Grass

Q: Several years ago I planted beds of ‘Firewitch’ dianthus close to a bermudagrass lawn. Over the years the bermudagrass has infested the dianthus beds to the point of covering them up! Is there anything that I can use to...

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Clematis Vines – Pruning

Q: I have two clematis vines that were beautiful this past summer. They are now hibernating for the winter. What should I do now to insure that they are just as vibrant next year? Should I cut the dying vines...

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St. Augustine Grass plugs

Q: I am tired of fighting hot, dry summers to get my fescue to survive. Next summer I plan to mix St. Augustinegrass plugs into my fescue in hopes that as the fescue deteriorates in summer, the St Augustine will...

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Climbing Knock Out® Roses

Q: Any chance there’s a climbing Knock Out®  rose in the works? My shrub Knock Out® s have done so well, that’s the only way I’ll go at this point in my life. A: There are two kinds of climbing roses. Ramblers...

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How to Garden in Fannin County

Q: We live in southern Florida and are building a house in Fannin county. Once the house is built, how do we learn to garden in this new area? A: What a marvelous gardening opportunity you have! You won’t have...

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Pumpkin Seeds – Planting Sprouts Indoors

Q: My children collected seeds from our pumpkin this year. We placed several of them in damp paper towels on top of the refrigerator. Now we have several four-inch long sprouts. What do I need to do to keep them...

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Rose Trees – Winter Care

Q: I have two lovely rose trees in pots that did very well this summer. They are five feet tall and two feet wide. As cold weather arrives, should I cut them back? Should I bring them inside for the...

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Wax Myrtle – Pruning in November

Q: Is it OK to prune my wax myrtle in the month of November? I have not found a good guide for when to prune certain plants. Any suggestions? A: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Home & Garden section put together a...

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Vegetable Garden – Natural Insect Killer

Q: Can you suggest something natural we could use in our vegetable garden when insects begin to eat holes in the leaves. We do not want to use insecticides. A: In my opinion, spinosad (Green Light Spinosad) is an excellent...

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Coleus – Making it Come Back

Q: I have a coleus in a container that did really well this year. How can I get it to come back next spring? A: You can either keep it in a sunny window for the winter or take several...

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Green Persimmons – Bad Taste

Q: Why do green persimmons taste so bad? A: Because they have a lot of tannin in their juice. One web site says “tannin coagulates the viscous protein on the surface of our tongues, leading to the astringent taste.” Anyone...

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