Gardening Q and A

Mulch – Dye Sources

Q: My red mulch and red pine bark are fading. Do you know where I can buy the red dye to touch it up? A: One source I found is Bark...

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Garden – Possum Contamination?

Q: There’s an area in my yard where I planned to put a garden. However, a possum died in the place before I had the chance to plant anything. When I went to remove the body, it had already started...

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Tufted Grape Hyacinth – Growing and Finding

Q: Are there any websites or information you can give me on how to grow Tufted Grape Hyacinth? I would also like to find a source for seeds or young plants. Do you know where I can get either? A:...

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Turfgrass – For Florida Soil

Q: What low-maintenance, long-lasting grasses do best in the climate and natural soil of Florida? A: Centipedegrass might do well. For more information on lawn care in Florida, see the Florida Lawn...

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Hedge – At UGA

Q: Can you please tell me the name of the hedge at the University of Georgia? A: The hedge is called Chinese privet, or Ligustrum...

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Banana Tree – Frozen

Q: I covered my banana tree with straw and plastic bags for the winter. Recently, I removed the coverings and am not sure it survived. The top of the plant looks rotten, so should I cut the stalk back to...

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Soil – Over Amended?

Q: My son is building a large garden for a project. Because the soil in the area was packed clay when he began, he tilled it, added a dump truck load of compost and a truckload of old horse manure....

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Bell Pepper – Growing From Seed

Q: I just bought a red bell pepper last night from Publix and saved some of the seeds that fell out while I was slicing it. Would these seeds actually grow or produce peppers? A: The seed probably wouldn’t produce...

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Mountain Laurel – Fertilizing

Q: My land is covered with mountain laurel, which I love. However, it looks rather scraggy and not well kept. I have lightly pruned it, but admit I don’t know what else to do. How can I care for and...

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Purple Passion Plant – Identification

Q: I was given a cutting of a nice looking houseplant vine. It grows like “designer kudzu”. It has very fuzzy leaves, mostly purple and green. A: Purple Velvet Plant, Gynura...

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Fleas – Control

Q: I have a major flea problem in my house. I’ve tried spraying with permethrin and vacuuming thoroughly, sometimes more than once a week. Our dog is covered in the things, despite getting a bath with flea shampoo about every...

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Hummingbird Moth

Q: Please tell me what I have just seen in my garden in September. I thought it was a hummingbird, but it was slightly smaller and it was beating very hummingbird-like wings. It wasn’t drinking from the feeders but from...

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Impatiens Seed – Planting

Q: I am having great fun sharing with friends the popping of the impatiens seed pods. Now what do I do with them? Let them dry and scatter in the spring? When is a good time? A: You can easily...

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Putting Green – Installing

Q: Is it possible to install my own putting green in my back yard? I have about two thousand square feet in full sunshine. Where can I purchase greens mix? A: It is possible in theory but devilishly difficult in...

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Vegetables – Soil Temperature for Planting

Q: What is the proper soil temperature needed to plant garden seeds, such as beans, peas, etc in Douglas county? A: Warm season vegetables like beans, tomatoes and corn need a soil temperature of at least 60 degrees but they...

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Fescue – How Long to Leave Straw

Q: Perhaps this is a silly question, but how long do I leave the straw on my newly-seeded fescue lawn? A: You sound like me when I call my horticulture specialist friends in Athens with an inquiry I fear is...

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Growing Fruits – For Beginner

Q: I’m trying to find out about growing fruit trees such as peaches and plums. I have no experience with either. Can you give me any help or any links that may be able to help me? A: I strongly...

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Green Thumb – Origin of Phrase

Q: This isn’t a question, just a bit of garden trivia. Do you know how the expression “green thumb” originated? According to James Underwood Crockett, it comes from the fact that algae growing on the outside of earthenware pots will...

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