Gardening Q and A

Azaleas – Fertilizing

Q: Last fall I transplanted a number of mature azaleas. This past spring I fertilized them with cottonseed meal. How often and when should I use this? A: Cottonseed meal makes an excellent fertilizer for azaleas because it acts as...

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Wisteria – Getting Rid of It

Q: I cut down a monster wisteria and treated with stump killer. Now sprouts are popping up all over my yard. Is there a way to get rid of them without digging up my lawn? A: The best thing you...

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Zoysia – Mowing and Fertlization

Q: I bought a reel mower for our zoysia lawn. At the 1.5″ setting the grass looks brown for several days after cutting. I fertilized once in the spring. A: Getting a good appearance after mowing is a balancing act...

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Bermuda Lawn – Care

Q: My front yard was sodded with bermuda ten years ago. Pine trees now shade most of the yard. What can I do to make the lawn more lush and pretty? A: Bermudagrass is not very shade tolerant but I’ll...

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Plasticulture – Garden Improvements

Q: I read an article about gardeners using plasticulture to triple the yield of their vegetables. How can I use plastic to improve my backyard garden? A: As the word implies, plasticulture is the process of using plastic to increase...

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Turf Fertilizer vs. Regular Fertilizer

Q: I have bermuda grass. What is turf fertilizer vs. regular fertilizer? A: Turf fertilizer is simply a product with a high first number: 28-3-8, 28-0-8, and 29-0-4 are common. Nitrogen (the first number) promotes leaf growth on a plant:...

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Good Trees to Grow in Georgia

Q: I am moving up from south Florida. I love Japanese maple, white birch, and poplar trees that I’ve seen in New England. Will I be able to grow any of these in north Georgia? A: Japanese maple, in all...

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Tomatoe Plants – Protecting Against Worms

Q: I discovered a worm on my tomato plants so I used an insecticide recipe I found online, a mixture of water, rubbing alcohol and dishwashing soap. The next day, my tomatoes had black streaks in the stalks, the leaves...

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Hydrangeas – Leaves Solid Green

Q: I have a variegated hydrangea but over the last two years, the leaves have begun to turn solid green, overtaking the nice green & white striped ones. Is there any way to fix it? A: It’s common for variegated...

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Bagworms – Finding Pheromone Lures

Q: Can you tell me where to find pheromone lures for bagworms? Our Leyland cypresses are covered A: As with Japanese beetle traps, bagworm lures are more useful for monitoring a pest population than for controlling it. There will always...

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Bermuda Lawn – Good Lawn Mower

Q: I need to replace my reel mower but there are few available. Can a rotary mower be used on a Bermuda lawn? A: It all depends on how low you want to cut the grass. The recommended height for...

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Liming the Lawn – Prupose and When to do it

Q: What is the purpose of liming my lawn and when do I do it? A: The purpose of liming is to help your grass absorb fertilizer efficiently. Most GA soils are acid. In an acidic environment, plant roots don’t...

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Tomatoes – Preparing a Raised Bed

Q: Can you tell me how deep a raised bed should be for tomatoes? A: I think 10 inches of soft soil would make any vegetable happy. Personally, I use 6″ wide boards to line my beds. I pour a...

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Ladybugs – Where to Buy

Q: Any suggestions on where I can find ladybugs for sale? I want to stay away from chemicals as much as I can A: In general, buying and releasing ladybugs is not effective for controlling insects. They tend to disperse...

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Bermuda vs Zoysia – Which Will Win

Q: I live in a neighborhood where the front lawns are required to be Bermuda grass. One of my neighbors decided to replace his lawn with Zoysia without the homeowner associations’ approval. It looks fine and doesn’t seem to be...

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Vegetable Garden – Weed Cloths

Q: I need advice about using landscape weed cloth in a vegetable garden. I’m thinking of covering it with pine straw with a soaker hose underneath. A: It’s a great garden technique. The Plant a Row for the Hungry garden...

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Blueberry Bushes – Best Time for Transplanting

Q: I need to move blueberry bushes from Cobb county to my home in the next year. What’s the best way to make the move without undue stress? A: Since you have ample time, you can do something called “root...

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White Asparagus – How to Grow

Q: I just visited Germany and I fell in love with white asparagus. What is needed to grow my own here in Georgia? A: White asparagus is simply an asparagus spear that has been shielded from light after it emerged...

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