Gardening Q and A

Mulch – Use Shredded Paper

Q: My office produces a lot of shredded paper. I have been thinking about collecting it and composting it. Will this work? A: You can compost anything that is organic in nature: shredded paper, shrimp shells, peanut hulls, etc. All...

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Cutworms – Control

Q: Six weeks ago I had twenty pallets of Bermuda sod installed on my new home’s lawn. It was green when they put it down but within two weeks it was all brown. I watered it every day. Yesterday I...

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Pantry Pests – Drugstore Beetles

Q: I have tiny brown beetles everywhere in my pantry! They crawl on the shelves and get in my rice. What should I do to evict them? A: The insects you have are called drugstore beetles. They are a common...

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Grass Dying – Why

Q: We have a large spot in our yard where the grass won’t grow. We have Emerald zoysia sod in the rest of the lawn but in this same spot, year after year, the zoysia dies in the winter. What...

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Shrubs – Fertilizing

Q: I have some questions regarding fertilizing plants. Are you supposed to fertilize gardenias while they are blooming? If not, then when and how often? How often should I fertilize my roses? I read that during the hot summer months,...

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Borer Sprays – Effectiveness

Q: Last week you said that no borer sprays are effective on borers in pines and oaks. How can garden centers sell insecticides labeled “Borer Spray” if they don’t work? A: I have a hammer in my garage that I...

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Termites – Woodchips Not a Problem

Q: I have a drop-off of more than twelve inches at the edge of my patio. I want to fill the area with several inches of soil and cover it with pine bark chips. Will the bark chips attract termites...

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Slugs and Snails – Copper Repellent

Q: I understand that one can repel slugs and snails by putting a strip of copper around the edge of pots or raised beds. I can’t find copper strips at local nurseries. Do you know where to get them? A:...

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Ergonomic Gardening Tools

Q: I am looking for ergonomic garden tools for my mother, who has arthritis. None of the local garden centers seem to have them. Can you help? A: I think it won’t be long until all garden centers have tools...

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Raspberries – Winter Care

Q: My raspberries are begging for some kind of attention. I have read too many articles and I’m really confused. Should I cut them back to the ground for the Winter? Should I tie them up on my trellis? Should...

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Wisteria – Not Blooming

Q: I have a 5 year old wisteria that has never bloomed. What is wrongwith it and what should I do? I thought that there was nothing you could doto make wisterias not bloom! It has flourished as far as...

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Iris – Walking Iris, Reblooming Iris, rebloo

Q: A few weeks ago on your radio show you mentioned Walking Iris and Reblooming Iris. Can you give more information on these plants? A: Reblooming Iris aka Walking Iris (Neomarica gracilis) is a tropical iris. It can’t stand cold...

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Wildlife – Trees and Shrubs to Attract

Q: We recently moved here from New Mexico, so I could teach at Georgia Tech, and bought a new house. What small trees should we consider planting under our tall pines that will attract birds? Are there special guidelines for...

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Wisteria – Make it Bloom

Q: Last week you described some ways to make a wisteria bloom but you didn’t tell about what my grandfather used to do. Each fall, he would stand on his shovel blade and slice through the wisteria roots a foot...

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Easter cactus – Care and Identification

Q: A couple of years ago I bought a plant called “Easter cactus”. I have had excellent luck getting Christmas cactus to bloom year after year and, but the Easter cactus has never bloomed again. Any ideas? A: There are...

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Internet Sites for Gardeners

Q: Do you use the Internet to look up answers to questions in this column? If so, what are some of your favorite sites? A: I use the Internet constantly to find information. For instance, last week a question regarding...

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Seedless Fruit

Q: Why do limes not have seeds? I assume they’re propagated the same way lemons are, but I’ve had a fresh lime every day for the last two years and have yet to see a seed. A: It’s because the...

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Geranium – Keeping Over Winter

Q: I have a prized geranium that I would like to carry over during the winter. What is the best way to do this. I have a closed garage I can store it in. A: There are two ways. You...

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