Gardening Q and A

Tree Stump – Use As A Planter

Q: We recently removed a very large pine tree. The remaining stump is very large. I have heard that you can use old tree stumps as planters. Could I plant a Nellie Stevens Holly inside the stump? A: I can’t...

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Trumpetvine – Will Bloom When Ready

Q: Please let me know how to get my trumpet vine to flower. A: Blooming is affected by the age of the trumpetvine, available sunshine and the orientation of the stems. Young vines are less likely to bloom because they...

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Termites – Don’t Eat Live Plants

Q: Our hydrangeas have always struggled. This year I dug one up to replant it and I noticed the main root had termites. Is this common for a live plant to get termites? A: Termites don’t have mouthparts or a...

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Territorial Birds – Dealing With Annoyances

Q: I am at my wits end. A bird has been pecking on my kitchen window every morning and during the day! We chase him away but he returns. A:Your cardinal is mistakenly trying to establish a territory as if...

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Expanded Slate – Works Very Well

Q: You mentioned early in the year you were experimenting with Permatill in your garden; are the results in on that? A: Expanded slate (PermaTill, Soil Perfector, etc) is used by many gardeners to loosen clay soil permanently. The less...

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Parsley Piert – Removal and Control

Q: This spring I had a terrible crop of parsley piert in my bermuda grass. I want to put a pre-emergent on this September but can’t find a good one for this particular weed. Do you have a suggestion? A:...

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Figs – Wasps and Pollination

Q: Some time back I listened to a radio caller asking about wasps that pollinate figs. Based on what I heard, I told my sister that the wasps only pollinate the Mission figs that grow in California. My sister disagreed...

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Concrete – Won’t Bother Soil

Q: We had a concrete wall repaired. There are now thousands of small concrete pieces in the nearby flower bed. Will the concrete leach into the soil and cause harm? A: There might be a small rise the soil pH...

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Flooding – Good Plants Tolerate

Q: We have a cabin on the Cartecay River. It flooded last week. My hydrangeas, ferns, hostas, etc. are flattened from the flood water. Should I cut things back now or wait till later? A: I’d use a hose to...

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Crabgrass – Removal and Prevention

Q: I want to use Drive XLR8 herbicide to control crabgrass. The label says I need a crop oil adjuvant. What is that? A: An adjuvant is a chemical added to a pesticide to make it work better. Some gardeners...

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Poison Ivy – Pink Warts

Q: I found some poison ivy leaves that look very odd.. They seem to be covered with pink warts. A: The warts are caused by gall making eryophid mites. These tiny creatures wound the leaf and insert eggs. Leaf tissue...

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Cream Peas – Eat Them All

Q: I recently bought a bag of fresh cream peas at the farmers market. The vendor told me to wash and sort before cooking. I am not sure what I should throw out during the “sort.” A: The peas are...

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Geese – Go Away!

Q: We have a gaggle of geese that have begun spending the day in our front yard. We have no pond or water nearby. I do see them eating the grass. Can we treat the grass so they will not...

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Beans – Lima Beans and Butterbeans

Q: A battle rages between my dearest friends. The line is drawn between South Georgia natives and Atlanta-raised folks. Fresh, dried, green, beige, or speckled: what is the difference between a butterbean and a lima bean? A: I conducted an...

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Peaches – Growing Healthy Fruit

Q: I have a problem caring for my peaches because I have gotten into beekeeping and can’t use pesticides anymore. I get brown rot and worms in the peaches. A: It is TOUGH to get a crop of peaches without...

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Paulownia – Remove It

Q: We have a twenty foot tall paulownia tree in our back yard. I’ve been told that they are a very invasive plant. It is growing twelve inches every week. Should we let it grow or cut it down? A:...

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Hydrangeas – Prep for Winter

Q: I recently purchased some hydrangeas and planted them in thirty gallon containers. Are the containers big enough to allow the hydrangeas to survive the winter? A: Your container is a good size for hydrangeas that can be kept four...

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Tomatoes – Beautiful and Flavorless

Q: My tomatoes this year are big, beautiful and flavorless. I planted the usual varieties but they don’t have good tomato flavor. Could it be all the rain? A: The rain and overcast skies this summer certainly have something to...

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