Gardening Q and A

Pecan Tree – Replacing

Q: We had to cut down a fifty-year old pecan tree due to the fact that it started to lean toward the house after the hurricanes. It was the best producer of pecans we had and we wish to replace...

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Beautyberry plant – General Information

Q: While visiting my daughter in Texas I noticed beautyberry plants growing wild in the area. My daughter has two beautiful ones in her back yard and she thought they were trash plants. Could you give me some information so...

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Russet Potato – Drying Seed Pods

Q: One of my ‘Russet’ potato plants developed flowers, then seed pods, but no potatoes. Can the pods be dried and the seeds planted in the spring? A: Irish potatoes do indeed produce seed but we normally plant “seed” potatoes,...

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Root Zone Drainage – Planting on a Soil Mound

Q: Why do some folks mound up their soil and then plant right on the mound? I see that done a lot around town. Is it better to plant them high? It seems like the soil will just wash away....

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Field Bindweed – Identification

Q: This vine seems to grow like kudzu. It showed up this past summer, twirling around anything in its path. What is it and how can I get rid of it? A: Garden designer Shannon Pable says it is field...

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Leaf Spot – On Maple

Q: I need help identifying what is wrong with a maple tree in my back yard. In the past few weeks that the leaves had numerous spots. Is there anything I can do to fix the problem? A: Your maple...

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Fertilizing – Just Before Rain

Q: We received two similar questions that have been answered together. We have a zoysia lawn on a sloping lot. We fertilized three days before we had four inches of rainfall in 48 hours. We suspect that most of the...

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Kiwi – When to Pick

Q: In the backyard of my new home, there are two twenty-year old kiwi vines, a male and a female. The female has produced hundreds of fruit. They are now the size you see in the grocery store. However, they...

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Poinsettia – Forcing into Color

Q: I still have my poinsettia from last Christmas. Its leaves are all green now. People have said to put it in a dark closet, so it will look good for this Christmas. Should I do that? Any suggestions? A:...

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Pansies – When to Plant

Q: I want to pull up my impatiens and replace them with pansies. What is the latest date I can plant and still have thriving pansies? A: You can plant as late as December if you choose, but you’ll have...

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Gardening – Beginning

Q: I want to plant a small flower garden in my yard. I have no idea of what type of gardening tools I need, or what type of flowers to plant, since I am a beginner. How should I get...

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Citrus Trees – Wintering

Q: I have a three-foot tall lemon tree and a six-foot tall orange tree growing on my patio. I am tired of pulling them into the garage in winter. Do you think they could possible survive on the patio next...

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Daffodils – King Alfred Type

Q: I found large, nice-looking daffodil bulbs, 100 for $15.00 at a wholesale store. The tag says they are “King Alfred type.” What does this mean? Would they last here? A: “King Alfred type” bulbs are not the true “King...

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River Birch – Not Greening

Q: I planted a river birch early this spring and the top three feet have not greened up. Should I remove the leafless limbs or wait it out? A: The top probably won’t ever green up. You can make a...

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Angel’s Tumpet – Poisonous?

Q: A parent at my school is concerned that the Angel’s Trumpet planted in the school’s front yard is very dangerous. They couldn’t believe we had it near children. Should she really be worried? Should the plant be removed? A:...

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Spanish Moss – Control

Q: Is there a registered chemical for controlling Spanish moss in crapemyrtles? A: Why do you want to control it in the first place? Spanish moss doesn’t hurt the crapemyrtles, it simply uses the branches as support. Spanish moss is...

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Emerald Zoysiagrass – Combining with Zeon

Q: I need to patch an area of six square feet in my ‘Emerald’ zoysiagrass lawn. The nurseries no longer carry ‘Emerald’ but have ‘Zeon’ instead. Would it be OK to use ‘Zeon’ as a patch? A: There is a...

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Poppy – Growing Legally

Q: A friend gave this seedpod to me, and it was filled with little black seeds. Do you have any idea what it is and where it grows? I was wondering if there is a chance we could get some...

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