Gardening Q and A

Juniper – Shade?

Q: A row of ‘Bradford’ pears once provided shade halfway down a bank on which juniper was planted. Now the pears have been reduced in size. The juniper roots start high up the bank but...

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Fertilizer – Storage

Q: How long can fertilizer be stored before it loses its effectiveness? A: One of my jobs as a child was to put chunks of old fertilizer on a sheet of roofing tin so my...

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Mulch – Composting

Q: I had some tree stumps ground up and have a lot of mulch. How can I make this into compost at an accelerated rate? A: The key is to regularly feed the fungi and...

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“Weed and Feed” – Okay on Flowers?

Q: Can you use “weed and feed” on flowers? I have applied it on some of mine. Are they going to die? A: It depends on which kind of “weed and feed” you used. Some...

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St. Augustine Grass – Acidic Soil

Q: I have had St. Augustine grass for many years. Someone once told me to never apply lime to it. However, I see on your website that in some instances it is advisable. Can you...

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Horsetail – Control

Q: I want you to discuss horsetail. I bought some at a garden shop several years ago and made the mistake of planting in the open ground. No one warned me that it is invasive....

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Horseradish – Perfect for North Georgia

Q: We are establishing a new garden in Rabun county. Can we grow horseradish in this part of Georgia? A: This hardy member of the cabbage family is unforgettable to people who have tasted more...

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Lettuce – When to Plant

Q: I was at a local home improvement store last week when I noticed they had lettuce transplants out. Isn’t it too late to plant lettuce? A: Lettuce can stand a freeze. The recommended planting...

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Halofenozide – When to Apply

Q: I bought a product containing halofenozide to kill white grubs, hoping it would reduce our infestation of Japanese beetles. The instructions for application say that timing of the application is important, but then says...

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Plant Trademarked – Meaning?

Q: I have a rose tag that says “The Squire tm” and then has the word “Ausire” underneath. What does this mean? A: It means that you have a patented rose and can not propagate...

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Limes – No Seeds?

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...

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Deer – Keeping Out Of Beds

Q: I want to have a huge raised bed vegetable garden this year but I wonder about deer in the woods behind us. Can I put a chicken wire fence around the plot to keep...

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Primroses – When To Plant

Q: My sweetie gave me beautiful blooming primroses for Valentine’s Day. What do I do with them? Do I plant them outside now or keep them inside until spring? A: The bright colors of primrose...

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Ferns – Information

Q: Could you recommend some books on ferns? I am very interested in using as many different kinds as possible. I live near a garden which is growing peacock fern. I would love some information...

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Ponytail Palm – Propagating

Q: I have a ponytail palm that has a couple of “pups” at the bottom. There’s one on the bulb and one shooting off of the main stem of the plant. How do I propagate...

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Peach Trees – Peach Scab

Q: Please tell me what to do with peach trees this time of year. Last year our trees were loaded with peaches but as they ripened they became covered with black blotches and were wormy....

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Sweet Peas – When To Plant

Q: is the best time to plant sweet peas? Would mid-February be too early? A: Mid February would be just right for starting sweet pea seed indoors in north Georgia but you should wait until...

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Bermudagrass – Cutting Like a Golf-course

Q: I cut my ‘Tifway’ bermudagrass lawn with a reel mower at one-half inch high. I was at The Masters this year and I know they cut the fairways at three-eighths inch. They are perfectly...

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