Gardening Q and A

Watering – With Dishwater

Q: My Dad has always put the water from the sink, after washing the dishes, on his plants, believing it to be good fertilizer, or somehow else good for them. Is he correct? A: I don’t have any problem with...

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Roots- Large tree – Covering with soil

Q: I have an idea to solve my “tree roots in the lawn” problem. I’ll toss soil and compost onto roots and make a planting bed out of the space. Will the maple roots or dogwood roots suffer any by...

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Creeping Raspberry – Eating

Q: I have a profusion of golden raspberries now in my Atlanta yard. The plant is commonly used for landscaping and referred to as creeping raspberry (Rubus calcinoides). Are the fruits edible? A: I ate lots of them last year...

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Privet – Control

Q: I am clearing three acres that was full of mature blackberries and privet. Some of the privet was in tree form. The privet is continuing to pop up because of the root system. Am I going to have to...

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Spiders – Beneficial for plants

Q: This morning we had heavy dew and I noticed my Foster Hollies and various surrounding shrubs were overrun with tented webs. Each tented web contained one small spider. They appeared to have a yellow striped body with a brown...

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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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