Gardening Q and A

Easter cactus – Care and Identification

Q: A couple of years ago I bought a plant called “Easter cactus”. I have had excellent luck getting Christmas cactus to bloom year after year and, but the Easter cactus has never bloomed again. Any ideas? A: There are...

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Termites – Woodchips Not a Problem

Q: I have a drop-off of more than twelve inches at the edge of my patio. I want to fill the area with several inches of soil and cover it with pine bark chips. Will the bark chips attract termites...

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Slugs and Snails – Copper Repellent

Q: I understand that one can repel slugs and snails by putting a strip of copper around the edge of pots or raised beds. I can’t find copper strips at local nurseries. Do you know where to get them? A:...

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Ergonomic Gardening Tools

Q: I am looking for ergonomic garden tools for my mother, who has arthritis. None of the local garden centers seem to have them. Can you help? A: I think it won’t be long until all garden centers have tools...

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Raspberries – Winter Care

Q: My raspberries are begging for some kind of attention. I have read too many articles and I’m really confused. Should I cut them back to the ground for the Winter? Should I tie them up on my trellis? Should...

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Wisteria – Not Blooming

Q: I have a 5 year old wisteria that has never bloomed. What is wrongwith it and what should I do? I thought that there was nothing you could doto make wisterias not bloom! It has flourished as far as...

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Geranium – Keeping Over Winter

Q: I have a prized geranium that I would like to carry over during the winter. What is the best way to do this. I have a closed garage I can store it in. A: There are two ways. You...

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St. Augustine Grass – SAD Virus

Q: My St. Augustine grass has pretty much disappeared since last year. What do you know about the SAD virus that might have caused this? A: As you might be asked in rural areas “You’re not from around here, are...

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Brown Patch – Not Spread by Mowers

Q: My son has a neighborhood lawn mowing service. Could he be spreading the brown patch fungus to our lawn on his mower blade? Should we be wiping the blade with alcohol each night? A: Your question makes good sense...

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Internet Sites for Gardeners

Q: Do you use the Internet to look up answers to questions in this column? If so, what are some of your favorite sites? A: I use the Internet constantly to find information. For instance, last week a question regarding...

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Seedless Fruit

Q: Why do limes not have seeds? I assume they’re propagated the same way lemons are, but I’ve had a fresh lime every day for the last two years and have yet to see a seed. A: It’s because the...

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Tree Shelter – Correcting Damage

Q: I planted a two acre wildlife orchard four years ago on my property, using sawtooth oaks, crabapples, persimmons, pears, and chestnuts. The catalog where I bought the trees included a tube, to protect the trunk, with each one. They...

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Hemlock Adelgid – Habersham county

Q: We have property on the Soque River at the northern tip of Habersham County. We have quite a few hemlock trees that have been showing signs of distress over the past several months. We first noticed some of the...

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Turf Insects – Discovering

Q: My grass looks yellow and is gradually disappearing in a ten foot square area. How can I tell if this is caused by insects or by disease? A: Bugs in turf are very hard to find with the naked...

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Shade – Defining Levels of

Q: Last week you gave tips for growing lawn grass in the shade. I see grass growing in some shady spots but not others. How do I know if I have too much shade for grass to grow? A: Georgia...

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Burning Bush Euonymus

Q: Can you identify these trees that are found on the campus of Berry College? A: Burning bush euonymus (Euonymus alatus) is pretty much a one-trick pony plant. For much of the year it is a nondescript green “background plant”....

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Using Miracid Fertilizer

Q: The leaves on my azalea are turning yellow. I am using a powdered, water soluble fertilizer product that says it acidifies the soil and adds iron to the soil. How much should I use to increase the soil=s acidity?...

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Lawn Chemicals – Fate of

Q: What happens to the chemicals I spray on my lawn. Do they stay there for years or months or what? A: Lawn chemicals, like anything else, begin to be broken down as soon as they are exposed to the...

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