Gardening Q and A

Cypress Vine

Q: Can you ID this pretty little flowering plant? A neighbor gave the seeds to me but she could not remember what the plant is called. It is a ferny looking vine with a tiny red flower. A: She gave...

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Newspaper – Using to Kill Weeds

Q: I am thinking of mulching a large weedy area behind my house. Can I use old newspaper instead of black plastic sheeting under the mulch to prevent weed growth? A: I’d spray with Roundup, wait until all of the...

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Fescue Sod- Laying Quickly

Q: I have a friend who purchased 10 pallets of fescue sod 2 weeks ago. She put in 1 pallet the same day. The other 9 pallets were not installed until this past Sunday. The first pallet put down looks...

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Japanese Maple – Recovering from Damage

Q: I purchased a ‘Sango Kaku’ Japanese maple tree about 3′ tall but made the mistake of carrying it around in my car all afternoon and leaving it in the parked car some time. It looked fine that night but...

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Scalping – Definition

Q: I’ve read that you should not scalp zoysiagrass. What is scalping and why not zoysiagrass? A: Scalping is cutting the grass so low that the crown (where the plant emerges from the earth) is damaged by the mower blade....

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Hickory – Using Nuts to BBQ

Q: I have a question that is a topic of debate between me and my wife. We all know that hickory is a wonderful smoker for the barbeque. But do you have any information about using the nuts from the...

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Gardening Books – For Children

Q: Could you/would you recommend just a few good books about gardening with kids in Georgia? A: I love “How Groundhog’s Garden Grew” by Lynne Cherry but I can’t think of any more books aimed specifically at kids. My wife,...

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Fescue- Results of not mowing

Q: My sloping fescue backyard is difficult to mow and looks fine as an un-mowed “meadow.” I’m seeing a few seed heads and wonder if the fescue will complete its life cycle and die out if I don’t keep it...

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Grass Leveling – Referrals

Q: I found an article you wrote in the AJC about lawn leveling for bermudagrass lawns. Your article mentioned there are several companies that level residential lawns, but I’m unable to figure out who does. A few referrals would be...

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Rose- Twisted Leaves

Q: I have several varieties of roses. This spring all the rose bushes in my center garden, about 15 bushes, never leafed out. They only produced very tiny dwarfed leaves. The rose bushes on the edge of my lawn 15...

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Worm – Same thing as Caterpillar

Q: What (if any) is the difference between a worm and a caterpillar? I bought some BT Worm killer (Green Light), but I always hear you refer to BT caterpillar killer on the radio. Is there any difference? A: Worm...

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Mullein – Identification

Q: I was wondering if you could enlighten me as to what kind of plant this is growing in my yard in July. It has been growing for at least a month and is looking to bloom. I don’t know...

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Hair- To repel pests

Q: My daughter works in a hair salon. She recently asked me if I wanted her to bring me some hair for my garden. Apparently, there are people who regularly request hair to take home to put in their gardens...

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Elderberries- Pruning

Q: In early April I planted 16 American elderberry plants that I wanted to grow behind my Leyland Cypress. The Elderberries are doing beautifully in the full sun and are branching out. When and how do I prune them to...

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Korean sweetheart tree- Finding

Q: I having a very hard time of finding this species of tree. I heard that it is a ‘sweetheart’ of a tree. The botanical name is Euscaphis japonica. A: Since it was promoted by JC Raulston…… and because Tony...

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Ilex Verticillata – Cultivars and Pollination

Q: What are some good cultivars of winterberry holly? A: Flo Chafin at Specialty Ornamentals says “Although there are many, my experience is that if you want a big plant, use ‘Winter Red’. If you need a small, residential size,...

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Fern – Reviving from Frost

Q: I have a fern that is rather large that I have have kept in the back yard all summer under a canopy of trees. The fern grew well there. However, while I was out of town, there was a...

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Passalong Plants – Book

Q: I am interested in the book you and your guest/author from Mississippi mentioned about plants for sharing. Could you tell me the name of the book and the author’s name? A: Theresa Schrum replies: “The book that Walter mentioned...

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