Gardening Q and A

Privet – Tools to Remove

Q: On your TV show you mentioned special tools to remove privet. I went to hardware stores and they hadn’t a clue what they were. A: The tools were the Weed Wrench (www.weedwrench.com) and the Honeysuckle Popper (www.misterhoneysuckle.com). Both are...

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Milkweed – Growing in Georgia

Q: On a recent trip to Massachusetts I saw milkweed pods ready to burst. Is it possible to grow milkweed down here? A: Garden designer Shannon Pable pointed me to the website of Monarchs Across Georgia, which boasts a list of...

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Horticulture Degree – Job Opportunities

Q: I am in my mid-thirties and looking for a career change. What type jobs are possible with a horticulture degree? A: You’ve made a good choice! Scott Angle, Dean of the University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental...

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Tuscan Blue Rosemary – Surviving in the Cold

Q: I purchased a potted Tuscan Blue rosemary last winter and kept it inside until spring. I planted it outside in full sun. Now that cooler weather is here, I am concerned about how it will take colder temperatures. A:...

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Tap Water for House Plants – Dechlorination

Q: I have several fish tanks and use a de-chlorinating product when using tap water for water changes. Would it be beneficial to use such a product when using tap water on my house plants? A: I don’t think there...

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Bermuda – Mowing After October

Q: Your seasonal calendar (xrl.us/LAWNCALENDAR) says that the third week of October, is the last time to mow bermuda. Would it hurt the lawn if I mow periodically to clean up leaves? A: Mowing when the grass is not growing...

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Plants – Growing Better on Mounds of Soil

Q: Why do some plants grow better in the garden when they are planted in a mound of soil? A: Planting in a mound or a raised bed gives plants better root drainage and faster soil warming in spring. Roots...

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Fescue – When to Plant

Q: Is the last weekend of October too late to plant fescue seed? A: Your soil temperature will determine success. Fescue needs a minimum of fifty degrees to germinate. In your area, that typically occurs in the first week of...

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Mushrooms – Killing Them

Q: Is there something to spray on an area to kill mushrooms? I’m worried about my daughter’s dog. A: There is no anti-mushroom product. Mushrooms emerge when a fungus which is decomposing underground organic material (tree roots, thatch, etc) sends...

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Impatiens – Rooting Indoors

Q: On your website’s seasonal calendar for October you said to root impatiens indoors. How do you do this? A: My grandmother always had impatiens rooting in the kitchen window in winter. Take 6 inch long cuttings from impatiens branches...

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Limbs – Decomposing Quickly

Q: I recently had trees removed from my property. The tree service couldn’t get the limbs out so they piled them in a big stack. How can I make the debris decompose more quickly? A: You may think the pile...

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Catalpa Trees- Pruning

Q: There is a 15 ft. tall catalpa tree at my lake house. I want to prune it to make it more bushy. I gather and freeze catalpa worms each year for fish bait. With more leaves, I’ll get more...

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Fescue Lawn – Straw Protection

Q: How long I should leave down the straw I put out to protect fescue seed after my annual planting? A: If you used 1 bale of wheat straw per 1000 sq. ft., the mulch is laid so lightly that...

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Tomatoes – How to Make Relish and Pickles

Q: I have a lot of green tomatoes and want to make some relish, pickles, etc. that do not require a boiling water bath, something that we could just keep in the refrigerator until it’s eaten. Is there such a...

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Dragon Wing Begonias – Protecting In the Winter

Q: How can I over winter Dragon Wing begonias? I hate seeing them in the compost pile after the first big freeze. A: Dragon Wing begonia, Begonia x hybrida, and angel wing begonia, Begonia coccinea are very attractive, cane-forming begonia...

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Geraniums – How to Carryover Between Seasons

Q: How do I carry over outdoor geraniums from one season to the next? My mom says to shake the dirt off the roots and throw them in a paper bag, but that sounds unusual. A: Your mom is right!...

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Patchouli Plant – Protecting in the Winter

Q: I am attempting to over-winter a patchouli plant indoors. Last summer it was a huge, gorgeous outdoor plant. I’ve moved it inside to a window where it gets pretty good light but the leaves continue to turn yellow. A:...

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Bluegrass – How to Slow it Down

Q: I know I should have put out my winter pre emergent by September 15 but I didn’t get around to it. Is there anything I can do to slow down the annual bluegrass that shows up in spring? A:...

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