Gardening Q and A

Landscaping – Finding A Good Company

Q: I would like to hire a company to take care of my landscape. Something more than “mow, blow and go”. A: There are plenty of excellent landscape maintenance companies in Atlanta. One place to look is the “ Find...

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White Pines – Similar Substitutes

Q: Our home had a lovely screen of white pines but they eventually died. Could we replant this same species? Should we look for a substitute? A: White pines are typically short-lived in Atlanta. They seem to succumb to summer...

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Apple Trees – Small Fruit

Q: Eight years ago I planted seeds from a Pink Lady apple. The biggest tree is ten feet tall and has hundreds of blossoms. The apples are tasty but they are the size of peas. A: It sounds like the...

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Pre-Emergent – Application In A Warm Winter?

Q: Would you recommend putting a pre-emergent down early this year since we are having such a warm winter? A: Summer weeds won’t germinate until soil temperatures get above 55 degrees for several days. In Atlanta, the soil temperature is...

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Lemon Tree – Insuring Pollination

Q: I purchased a Meyer lemon plant last spring that had three green fruit on it. They finally ripened in November on my deck. Now the plant is thriving in a sunny location in my home and it has numerous...

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Strawberries – Ordering Online

Q: Do you know where Florida 90 Strawberry plants can be purchased? A: My Dad would buy strawberry plants each year from the local hardware store. I believe he bought them in packs of twenty-five, wrapped in brown paper and...

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Pesticides – How Long Are They Effective?

Q: I have accumulated a number of lawn and garden treatments like Triazicide, Immunox, Sevin, and assorted weed killers. How long do things like this remain effective? A: Freezing and high heat cause some, but not all, pesticides to degrade....

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Pear – Varieties For Making Preserves

Q: I would like to plant a pear tree. Could you tell me the variety of pear that is so prevalent throughout the South and makes great preserves? A: You’re probably thinking of ‘Kieffer’ pear. The flesh is somewhat gritty...

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Overseeding – Planting Fescue In Spring

Q: I know October is the best time for overseeding a fescue lawn but can it be done in the spring? A: Although late fall is the optimum time to plant fescue, mid- to late February is a workable alternate....

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Edibles – Grown On A Trellis

Q: I am looking to expand my options of annual vines to grow on a west facing trellis. My preferences lean toward edibles. A: Malibar spinach, Basella rubra, is not a true spinach but its thick, fleshy, slightly-crinkled, heart-shaped leaves...

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Removing Pine – Not Disturbing Nesting Squirrels

Q: I want to have several pine trees cut. However, I don’t want to impact nesting squirrels, particularly if they have litters. A: Squirrels are breeding right now so there’s not much chance of having babies in a nest. But...

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Coir – Ordering In Bulk

Q: Is there a local source for coir in bulk? I am planning on making a hydroponic garden with raised strawberry beds. A: Coir, a processed coconut fiber used as a planting medium, has many attributes to recommend it. The...

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Non-Monsanto – Equivalent To Roundup

Q: Is there a non-Monsanto equivalent to Roundup? A: There are several alternatives to Monsanto-made Roundup. Remember that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is no longer patented by Monsanto and is manufactured or sold by several companies. You could...

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Earthstar Fungi – Can It Be Removed?

Q: We have a few clusters of earthstar fungi under our oak tree. Are they something we should remove? Some of them are the size of cantaloupes. A: There’s not much you can do permanently. Earthstar is just the fruiting...

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Erosion – Good Plants For Ground Cover

Q: We are clearing some property and need to control erosion. What would be a good ground cover that the deer and wildlife would benefit from? A: There are several plants that deer and other animals find attractive that are...

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Oats – Growing In Pots?

Q: I saw a picture online of a wreath made from oat stems and seedheads. Can I grow oats in big pots? A: It should be no problem. It’s best to plant the seed in September, but there is still...

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Hydrangea – Rooting During Winter

Q: My husband said that you mentioned on radio the possibility of rooting hydrangea plants in the winter. Was he kidding? A: Many and varied are the methods folks use to propagate hydrangea. One gardener says she takes twelve inch...

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Daffodils – Popping Up During Winter!

Q: I noticed today that my daffodils are beginning to pop up. Is there anything I should do? A: Many are the anguished cries when gardeners notice that bulb foliage has emerged in early winter. The truth of the matter...

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