Gardening Q and A

Full Sun vs Part Sun

Q: Here’s your dumb question of the day. When a plant tag says full sun or partial shade, how many hours of sun or shade are appropriate when determining if a spot is suitable for the plant? A: If more...

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Compost – Starter Products

Q: I have been trying to find a product that I was able to get when I lived in Pennsylvania. It is a sort of accelerator for grass clippings for a mulch pile. A: I don’t think you need such...

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Butterfly Houses – Not Helpful

Q: My daughter gave me a butterfly house that she was told had some kind of special paper in it to keep out wasps. It didn’t work. I go to the hospital real quick if a wasp stings me but...

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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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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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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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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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Virginia Buttonweed – Control

Q: At first I thought I had nutgrass but now I’m not so sure. Can you ID what I have? A: I’m not sure which is harder to control…nutgrass or the Virginia buttonweed you actually have. Buttonweed is TOUGH to...

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