Gardening Q and A

Creosote – Formation in Chimney

Q: I heard part of a conversation with one of your radio callers. You were talking about firewood and the deposit of creosote in a chimney. Did I understand you correctly that if you burn a fire with the flue...

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Mosquitoes – Removing Breeding Areas

Q: My neighbor’s backyard is a marsh and a horrible mosquito breeding ground. We neighbors have been talking about helping her clear out the bamboo and English ivy so it would benefit all of us in summer. Do you have...

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Centipedegrass Fungus – Effective Control

Q: What is the best thing I can do to control centipedegrass fungus effectively? This past summer was a nightmare. My lawn company tried to treat it with liquid fungicide and the fungus came right back. I got some granular...

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Radishes – Optimum Growing Conditions

Q: My neighbor and I have tried to grow radishes in pots on our decks but we have failed to get what we want. We get lots of green tops but undeveloped roots. We have grown the ones that are...

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Pumpkin Tree

Q: Can you tell me anything about these miniature “pumpkins”? A stalk of these was in a flower arrangement last fall, I kept them and planted this spring. The leaves have several thorns along the central spine, on top and...

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Lawn Care – Do It Yourself vs. Service

Q: I’ve been paying more than two hundred dollars a year for a lawn service to fertilize and maintain the weeds in my bermudagrass. In order to save money I’ve chosen to do it on my own. Everyone tells me...

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Trumpet Flower – Growing

Q: Is it easy to successfully raise trumpet flower from seed and get flowers the first year or would it be better to purchase grown plants? What color plant would you recommend, if we plant, so that we can be...

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Geraniums – Replanting After Winter

Q: In November, I cut all the dead blossoms from my geraniums and transplanted them into pots and put them in the garage. Now the plants are full of healthy green leaves. Can they be replanted in the spring as...

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Hurricane Management

Q: We have a beach house at Carrabelle, Florida, which was hit hard by hurricane Dennis. The landscape was drenched in salt water. We have crepe myrtles and some small oaks that we’re especially concerned about. Should we cut them...

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Birch Tree – For North Georgia?

Q: I would love to plant a white birch, also known as “clump birch”. They display a wonderful white bark. Will it grow well north of Athens? A: Gray birch, Betula populifolia, is commonly known as clump birch but paper...

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Zoysia and Bermuda – Scalping

Q: Can I cut my Zoysia and Bermuda grasses very short while they are still dormant? A: You can cut both kinds of grass to one inch but not now in early February. The winter cold can freeze them. Wait...

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Tree Value – Formula to Calculate

Q: About a month ago on your radio show you discussed a formula to use to determine the dollar value of a tree. Can you tell me more about that formula? A: Members of the International Society of Arboriculture use...

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Trees – Cutting So Bark Stays On

Q: I heard a caller on your radio show ask when to cut trees so the bark would stay on after the wood dries. I sell Amish bent hickory furniture to stores in north Georgia. The gentlemen who make the...

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Strawberry Planting – Square Pyramids

Q: Are you familiar with the square pyramids that garden catalogs sell for strawberry planting? Can I make one myself? What kind of soil do I use? A: A pyramid allows you to put more plants into a given space....

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Squirrels – Droppings

Q: I have been feeding squirrels in my backyard for over fifteen years but I have never seen squirrel droppings. Please note that I do NOT spend a lot of time looking for them! Do they bury the droppings? A:...

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Chinese Pistache Tree – Growth Information

Q: I am interested in Chinese pistache trees. How big do they get? I read they have good fall color. A: The pistache is an excellent small tree! It only grows twenty five feet tall and has terrific yellow color...

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Trees – Painting

Q: On your radio show you mentioned mixing hydrated lime with water and adding salt to create a paint for trees. I bought a bag of powdered lime, which a garden center employee said I could mix with water. I...

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Fertilizer – Excess Nitrogen

Q: My first attempt at growing turnips, beets and carrots resulted in mainly leaf growth. Should I have applied 5-10-10 instead of 10-10-10? A: Excess nitrogen would indeed cause lots of leaves and few roots. I don’t often see the...

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