Gardening Q and A

Bermudagrass – Common vs Hybrid

Q: How can you tell if you have common or hybrid bermudagrass? A: Even an expert would have a hard time telling them apart if presented with just a blade or two. The difference is most obvious to me when...

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Annuals – Determining Light Levels

Q: What do the term “partial sun” mean when planting annuals and shrubs. I never know what will work. Can a plant that says “shade” take morning sun, but not afternoon sun? And can a plant that says sun handle...

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Tree Well – Constructing

Q: We’ve built a home with a large tree in the front yard. The builder, in order to protect the tree, created a tree well that’s about six feet deep. The problem is that it is clearly a safety hazard...

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Plants – Determining pot size

Q: I have a lantana and a ‘Siskiyou Pink’ gaura that I would like to plant in pots on my deck. Is there a formula for determining the size of the pot necessary based on the average height and/or width...

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Roundup – Safe for the Environment

Q: Do toxins in Roundup harm the environment as they rapidly break down into harmless chemicals? Do you have any suggestions for herbicides that won’t harm either me, my cats, or the environment? A: I think years of Roundup use...

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Pencil Tree – Poisonous

Q: Recently my wife and I were at a restaurant. I saw there a plant that I was told was a pencil tree plant. I asked for a cutting. The wound produced a white sticky sap which got on my...

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Cucumber – Yellow

Q: I’ve noticed that over the last couple of years I’ve had one or two cucumbers that stay a yellowish color and never turn green. Is this due to a cross pollination with a squash or some other plant? A:...

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Cherry – Sudden Death

Q: I have two two-year old ‘Yoshino’ cherry trees in full sun planted thirty feet apart. They were both thriving but over the past month one tree’s leaves are drooping, turning yellow, and falling off. The other tree looks great....

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Fire Ant – Control in Garden

Q: Is there a safe and effective way to control fire ants in a vegetable garden? I’ve had strawberries in a raised bed but the fire ants took over. I was afraid of using chemicals for fear of contaminating the...

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English Ivy – Killing

Q: I have a large mass of ivy and it is in terrain that keeps me from mowing it. Would you please recommend an available spray and how to most effectively use it to kill the ivy? A: It’s not...

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Compost – Maggots

Q: I found a worm/grub in mass in my compost pile and am very curious as to what it might be. They are very dark gray-brown and the head end is actually the pointed end. They are literally swarming in...

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Jonquil bulbs – Storing

Q: Someone recently gave me 3 bags of jonquil bulbs. Can these be stored during the summer so that they will keep until I can plant them in the fall? Can you give me suggestions for what to do with...

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Lime – Picking Fruit

Q: I have a small lime tree and it has 2 limes on it. How do I know when is the right time to pick them?   A: See Harvesting see also Limes, Oranges and...

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Magnolia – Moving

Q: I recently moved into a home where the previous owner allowed a volunteer (I’m assuming) magnolia to take up root three feet away from a 70+ inch circumference red oak. This magnolia is about two inches in diameter at...

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Giant Resin Bee – Carpenter Bee Foe

Q: Each spring I battle with carpenter bees in my log home. However, starting each July, I see somewhat smaller bees, lighter in color, entering the circular holes left by the carpenter bees. They don’t seem to be worsening the...

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TifBlair Centipede – Characteristics

Q: I thought I heard a show of yours in which you gave a good review for a new species of centipede called TifBlair. Would you still recommend this grass as a good low maintenance lawn? A: I have seen...

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Jacaranda Tree – Growing conditions

Q: About 7 years ago my son was in the Peace Corps in South Africa. On his return he presented me with a pot with a Jacaranda tree seed. I have placed the tree outside each year from late May...

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Coconut – Growing

Q: Can you tell me what variety of coconut tree might grow well and produce fruit in Griffin, Georgia? A: Your dreams of a backyard supply of pina colada ingredients will be unfulfilled. Coconut palms are damaged when temperatures drop...

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