Gardening Q and A

Royal Poinciana Tree – Growing

Q: I am writing to you hoping you know anything about the Royal Poinciana tree. It is very beautiful and it grows in Puerto Rico. You can see it along the country roads, with bright orange flowers starting in March....

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Potting Soil – Reusing

Q: I have a big pot from which I’ve pulled all of the petunias and other summer annuals. I want to plant it with pansies but I don’t know what to do with the old soil. Do I have to...

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Bulbs – Protection from Squirrels

Q: I’m on a big gardening kick this year and I want to plants lots of bulbs. People tell me that squirrels will dig them up if I don’t protect them the first year. How should I do this? A:...

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Hyacinth Bean – Saving Seed

Q: I bought some black grape hyacinth seeds when I visited Monticello because I liked the color of the flowers. I planted them and now the plant has produced a large purple bean pod. Can I save the seed and...

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Selaginella – Identification

Q: I have this low growing plant in the shade beside a hosta. It appeared on its own. I love it, but don’t know what it is. The leaves are finely divided–almost like the branch of a conifer. Can you...

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Bermuda Lawn – Patchy Look in Fall

Q: This past spring I sodded my front yard in Clarkesville with ‘TifSport’ bermudagrass. I went on a trip on Oct 22 and left a lush, green yard. When I returned on Oct 31 my yard was a green and...

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Wireworm – In Sweet potato

Q: We harvested many sweet potatoes from our garden recently. A few were deformed and very large. What causes the deformity? Most of the potatoes were shaped nicely. Even though they were odd looking they still were good eating. A:...

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Stevia – Sweetener from Leaves

Q: I need some information about a plant called Stevia. It’s leaves are a natural sweetener and I want to try to grow it. A: The plant you are referring to is Stevia rebaudiana, sometimes called “Honeyleaf”. It is a...

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Water Problems in the Landscape

Q: I have a serious drainage problem in my back yard. With heavy rains, you can observe the water flowing out of the backyard like a river stream. Now a permanent waterway has been formed through my yard and a...

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Roundup – Safe to Use

Q: I am rehabilitating a yard that hasn’t had anything but occasional mowing in fifteen years. There are some nice surprises under all the privet and vines, like a battalion of daylilies and some demure nandinas. I prefer to dig...

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Desert Rose

Q: I have a Desert Rose plant that has flowered and made a seed pod! It looks sort of like a pea pod with little wispy seed. How do I plant them? A: Sometimes I am completely overwhelmed by the...

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Wildflowers – Planting

Q: I have heard that there is a special blend of wildflower seeds that is grown in the median of the Georgia expressways. I would like to purchase some of these seeds. Can you tell me where to buy them?...

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Birch Tree – Planting

Q: I am new to the Atlanta area and will be starting a garden from scratch. The lot where we are building has no trees and I need some assistance as to the best species and varieties to plant. Is...

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Bradford Pear – Proper Care

Q: I have 5 bradford pear trees that are 2 1/2 years old. They seem to be growing OK but I want them to grow faster. I bought some tree fertilizing sticks and plan to put down 3 4 for...

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Tulip Tree – Topping

Q: I have a tall tulip poplar in my back yard which constantly drops limbs. I don’t want to cut it down so I=m thinking about topping it. Would this help the limb breakage problem? A: Topping your tree is...

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Turkey – Control

Q: I spoke with you on the radio about my ‘turkey problem’, and I thought you’d enjoy some photos of the culprits. If they weren’t so dirty I’d keep them as pets, but we’ll take measures to move them to...

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Ground Cedar – Lycopodium

Q: Can you tell me the name of this plant? It is growing in our woods and is spreading. A: The common name of this plant is ground cedar or running cedar but the scientific name is more interesting: Lycopodium...

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Goldenrain Tree – Bougainvilla

Q: I saw this tree in a parking lot in Lawrenceville. The bloom is similar to a goldenrain tree and produces seeds in the same way. Can you identify it for me? A: You have sharp eyes and good instincts!...

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