Gardening Q and A

Mosquito Control – Mineral Oil

Q: After making several rain barrels we bought mosquito donuts to put in each one. Now we are unable to easily find them; the hardware stores are having a hard time keeping them in stock. Since birds and animals would...

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Wild Onion – Control

Q: What can I do to rid my Bermudagrass lawn of an infestation of wild onions? I’m a transplant from Illinois and have not faced this type of problem with my turf before. A: As with any weed, you have...

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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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Homestead Purple – Rejuvenating

Q: I planted ‘Homestead Purple’ verbena almost two years ago. Last year it bloomed just about year round because the weather did not get cold enough to hurt it. This year it has been pretty much completely bitten back. Should...

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Palmetto Bug (Roach) – Control

Q: We have noticed palmetto bugs (a.k.a. large brown roaches about two inches long) in vast numbers all over our driveway. My daughter is afraid to walk up the driveway and I am always prepared to hear one crunch under...

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Goldenrain tree – Not Blooming

Q: I planted a goldenrain tree, per your suggestion, four years ago. Although you promised bright yellow blooms in June, that has never happened. Will it ever bloom? A: My wife is an elementary reading specialist. Practically every week she...

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Flowers – Drought-proofing

Q: I enjoy replanting my flower beds twice a year (spring & late fall), but I am concerned that the drought will result in a change from our current restricted watering to a total water ban. Can you please recommend...

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Daffodil vs Jonquil – Identification

Q: We were having a discussion at the office about daffodils and jonquils, and we would like to know the difference between them. Would you please enlighten me? A: Bringing light to the dark corners of garden knowledge is my...

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Roach – Control

Q: I need a recipe for roach bait. I have tried the boric acid, bacon grease, onion, dough recipe but wondered if there isn’t a better one. I’ve tried bait stations but they didn’t work. A: The bait stations from...

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Pecan – Flood Tolerance

Q: I want to plant pecan trees in a low lying area that floods every eight to ten years. The water can get as deep as one meter and stays there for two to four weeks. Can a pecan tree...

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Japanese Beetle – Control with Nematodes

Q: Would spreading nematodes be helpful to combat the coming onslaught of Japanese Beetles? Would nematodes be a better option than Milky Spore? Also, I would like to put a systemic pesticide under my crepe myrtles so they also can...

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Vermiculite – Finding

Q: I am a new gardener trying to find vermiculite for my Square Foot garden. I haven’t been able to find grade #3 coarse vermiculite. Can you help me find a supplier? A: Coarse vermiculite won’t be too much of...

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Drain Fly – Control

Q: A friend’s house has been invaded with a type of fly or gnat. They are very small and have almost clear wings that begin halfway down their back. They have invaded his kitchen and seem to be coming from...

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Banana – Growing From Seed

Q: While contemplating a banana split at an ice cream shop, I noticed the seeds in the banana slices. Afterwards, feeling too porky to move for a few minutes, I began to wonder if bananas can be grown from seed....

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Pruning – To Reduce Bare Lower Limbs

Q: I have a number of variegated privets that are becoming thin near the bottom. I usually prune the tops but these have now grown to eight feet tall. I am thinking about cutting these off at about four feet...

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Weeping Cherry – Pruning

Q: For the first four years I had a very nice weeping cherry: all the branches wept downward and all of the flowers were pink. In the spring of 2000, after flowering all pink again, new branches began to grow...

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