Gardening Q and A

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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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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Hymenocallis (Peruvian Daffodil)

Q: This plan was given to my wife from a friend’s mother’s garden in Jacksonville. It sat in the ground without blooming for a couple of years, was transplanted, and didn’t bloom for a couple more years. It finally bloomed...

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Butterfly Pea

Q: This flower is too pretty to relegate to an unseen portion of my yard where it is. Any advice that I can have on it would assist me a lot. A: You have a butterfly pea, Clitoria mariana. It...

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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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English Laurel – As a Hedge

Q: I recently had some major landscaping done at my new house. The plan called for Dwarf English Laurel to act as a hedge shrub around the house. An error was made and regular English laurel was delivered and planted...

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Smilax – Organic Control

Q: We have a wooded area just beyond our backyard. We would like to be able to use this area, but there is a thicket of green briar as an undergrowth throughout the woods. I’ve tried pulling them up by...

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Hardiness Zones for Georgia

Q: I’ve heard several people referring to Atlanta as being in USDA Hardiness Zone 8 and 8A. But I am under the conviction that we are in Zone 7A, formerly just Zone 7. Can you clarify? A: In 1960, the...

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Garden invading Animals – Repelling

Q: What can I do to keep critters from eating my pansies? A: Theresa Schrum replies: “There are products such as Ropel which will supposedly repel rabbits and other animals from your garden. There are also some home rememdies which...

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Spring Starflower – Identifying

Q: I discovered a flower growing in the back yard of my home. I’d like to plant more, but I don’t know what it is. The leaves appear first in March followed by small white flowers with a touch of...

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Evergreens – Identifying

Q: I’ve found an unusual group of young trees at my back property line (in the woods). The bark is fairly smooth. It is an evergreen. The leaves look to be sort of a mixture between a Franklinia alatamaha and...

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Kudzu – Other Uses

Q: As a chemist and a plant lover, you seem to be the best person to answer this question. What’s the hold up on using kudzu to power cars? Think how many problems this would solve: no pollution, land under...

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Water Oaks – For Shade

Q: I am interested in planting some dogwood trees (for beauty) and some water oaks (for shade) in my yard. Are these good choices? When would be the best time to plant these trees? A: Theresa Schrum replies: “Both the...

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Tree – Climbing with Spikes

Q: I work for a tree maintenance company. Recently, we worked in a landscape a few weeks after the homeowner had had a television receiver installed up in one of his pine trees. The installer had evidently used spikes to...

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Plants – for Creek Bank

Q: Our property abuts Nancy Creek and when it floods the sandy creek bank (about 8 ft high) erodes and simply washes down stream. We prefer to plant something that has deep enough roots to stay when the floods come....

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