Gardening Q and A

Intenet – Garden Sites

Q: I am just learning to use my computer to learn how to garden better. Do you have a list of Internet Web addresses you use for gardening information? A: In my educational media efforts, the Internet is my right...

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Fertilizer Burn – Bringing Back Burned Grass

Q: Last fall, I thought it would be nice to “weed and feed” my lawn and get rid of the weeds. I did – – five times. I didn’t realize so much fertilizer would hurt the grass. I actually killed...

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Violets – Control

Q: I have a clump of violets in my lawn that is beginning to spread all over. I have heard that there is a product on the market that will control them. Can you tell me what it is? A:...

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Tree Roots – Damaging Basement Wall

Q: I have large pin oak trees in my front yard, roughly fifty feet from the front of my house. Recently I noticed roots on top of the grass heading toward my foundation. One wall in my basement already has...

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Ornamental Sweet Potatoes – Big

Q: How big does an ornamental sweet potato grow? I have a Blackie sweet potato planted in a large pot and it must cover 30 square feet of my deck! A: Any gardener who has grown sweet potatoes knows that...

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Irrigation System – Winter Care

Q: I read in your November calendar that this is the month to drain your irrigation system. Our new house has a home sprinkler system. I haven’t thought much about it in the three weeks we’ve lived in the house....

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Japanese beetle – Nematodes to Control

Q: In preparation for the inevitable onslaught of Japanese beetles, I was wondering whether you had any thoughts regarding spreading beneficial nematodes? I realize nothing is 100% successful but I hate to harm beneficial creatures. A: Nematodes are microscopic worms,...

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Banana – Winter Care

Q: I have a question about my banana tree. In reference to your AGarden Workshop piece two weeks ago, what do I do with a banana tree that has bananas on it? Should I cut them off before I move...

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Mexican Heather – Is it Evergreen

Q: I had thought Mexican Heather was an evergreen and would make it through the winter in a fairly green status. However, these past couple freezes have really yellowed out about 20 mature plants. Does this mean I need to...

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Compost – Tree Roots in

Q: Roots are growing all up into my compost from the ground. Can you tell me how to stopthis and how to kill the existing roots? Also, can you tell me where to get plans to build the most efficient...

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Walnut – How to Remove Nutmeat

Q: I have a black walnut tree in my yard that has dropped copious amounts of nuts this fall. Is there an easy way to get the nut meats out of the hard shells? A: There is a small depression...

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Pachysandra – Euonymus scale

Q: Our prized hundred-year-old oak may be in trouble. Almost overnight we noticed that the pachysandra circling our tree has died in a path leading to the trunk of the tree. Is the tree in jeopardy? A: I don’t know...

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Skunk – Control

Q: My brother in Alabama has a problem I thought you might have thoughts about. He lives in a very nice neighborhood but he and his neighbors have recently been plagued with skunks coming into their yards. They have been...

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Suckers – Controlling with Chemicals

Q: I received a gingko tree for a gift but it has lots of suckers (small twigs) at the base. When is the best time to remove them? A: Many trees produce suckers copiously. Crapemyrtle, crabapple, ornamental cherry and maple...

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Soil pH – Lowering

Q: I want to plant azaleas and rhododendrons in a spot where I had a vegetable garden last year. We had the soil tested last year and found the pH to be 6.1. Since azaleas love acid soil, what should...

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Dusky Birch Sawfly

Q: My small ‘Whitespire’ Japanese birch has been defoliated each fall for about the past three years. No permanent harm because it comes right back every spring. I just found these hungry little guys on it and wonder if they...

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Cicada – Skins on Tree

Q: My wife and I found some empty shells of what we thought was some sort of beetle. Our first thought was that they were pine beetles from hell. We looked on the Web and now believe them to be...

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Pine Sawfly

Q: I just noticed that one of my deodar cedars is suddenly and rapidly becoming a skeleton. Upon closer inspection, I found it is being eaten alive by clusters of spotted yellow caterpillars with bright red lips! I would say...

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