Gardening Q and A

Fescue – Not For Floods

Q: An area of my lawn floods to about a quarter of an inch depth occasionally, but to add top soil and level it would be a huge task.Is there a water resistant evergreen lawn seed that you can recommend?...

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Horticultural Oil – Application in Winter

Q: I want to spray horticultural oil on Magnolia scale. However, I understand that due to recently mild temperatures serious harm to the plant can occur. Once the weather becomes wintry again, how many days or weeks until I should...

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Strawberries – Keep Inside for Winter?

Q: I have strawberries planted in a strawberry clay pot. For the winter, I put them in my basement. When should I bring them out? A: Most people just bring them close to the house where they won’t get much...

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Lake Management – Iron Stains

Q: Two years ago there was construction going on nearby, and red clay was dumped into the lake I live on. Now, my neighbors, who use the lake water for irrigation have stains on their patios and houses and dead...

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St. Augustine Grass – New Recommendations?

Q: I remember you used to recommend St. Augustine grass not be grown north of Macon. Now it seems you recommend it for people much further north. Is a new variety out? Why have you changed you recommendations? A: I...

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Mahonia- Propagation from Seed

Q: How would you go about growing mahonias from seeds of volunteer plants? A: I’d just push the seeds an inch into the soil after they fall from the plant in early summer (you may have to bag them to...

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Deodar Cedar – Dying

Q: I have two Deodar Cedars which are located 30 feet apart behind a large pond. One of the trees is thriving but the other has turned yellow and its needles are dropping. A man I hired said that the...

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Chickens – How to Catch

Q: There is a roving flock of chickens that likes to search for food in my yard, ruining my grass from scratching and disturbing the mulch in the plant beds. Is there anything I can do to stop them from...

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Bloodgood Red Maple – Leaf Scorch

Q: I have a Bloodgood Red Maple, which has been mostly healthy and which I have cared for well. However, in late summer its leaves become crisp and brown. In spring, new leaves grow and the tree seems healthy again....

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Green Ash – Planting

Q: I am looking for a shade tree that will grow quickly but not have evasive roots. Recently, I found a book that says green ash grows quickly, can tolerate dry, compact soil and has a strong structure; it sounds...

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Mountain Ash – Rowan Tree

Q: I have been researching planting a rowan tree in honor of my son. I know this tree is typically associated with much colder winters than we have but I wondered if it could be pampered to grow here? A:...

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Crowder and Purple Hull Peas – Difference

Q: Are Crowder peas and purple hull peas one and the same? A: In my opinion, no. Crowder peas are usually “crowded” in the hull, but purple hull peas are just that: “purple...

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Sagittaria (Dutch Potato) – Finding Information

Q: I have Sagittaria growing like wildfire in my backyard. I need to find general information about it, to stop it, but I’ve only found information from the internet. Are there any resources or websites you would recommend? A: I...

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How to Start a Landscape Career

Q: I work full time but I have aspirations of becoming the best lawn service/landscape company in my area. Can you recommend a starting point, from an educational standpoint, and where I can obtain the certifications needed to reach this...

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Fertilizer – Improve Fall Leaf Color

Q: I recently bought a house with many trees in the back yard. Instead of the beautiful leaf colors I was expecting in the fall, the leaves turned dull yellow or brown, then fell off. What kind of fertilizer do...

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Silver Maple – Identifying

Q: I have a maple in my front yard, but am not sure what kind. I remember that you mentioned how weak the Silver Maple is, and I want to be prepared if that’s what I have. How do I...

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Chicken Litter – Use as Pasture Fertilizer

Q: I have about 30 acres in fescue pasture. On the first of December, I will have a good bit of chicken litter available. Would it help or hurt to put it down at this time of year? A: You...

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Smokebush – Pruning into Shrub

Q: I planted a Smokebush seedling last spring. It was about 18″ tall. It now has a shoot approximately 10 feet tall. That’s the only part that seems to be growing-straight up. Do I need to prune it? If so,...

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