Gardening Q and A

Soil Amendment – Crushed Granite

Q: I am looking for a source for crushed granite M3 or M3 screened. Could you please point me in the right direction? I am in the Stone Mtn. vicinity. A: Vulcan Materials 770-458-4481 has several plants around Atlanta. If...

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Spider Lily – Bulbs above soil surface

Q: I have a rather large stand of spider lily, Lycoris radiata. For the first time in years the bulbs are showing above the soil surface (about 20 – 25% of the bulb). Is this normal, or do I have...

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Vegetable garden – Till in Rye

Q: I have raised beds for vegetables in which I planted annual rye grass as a green manure. When should I till it under in order for it do do its thing providing nitrogen to the soil? I’ll probably put...

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Blackbird – Dropping Feces in Pool

Q: We are having problems with black birds defecating in our swimming pool and do not know how to resolve this. We watch them fly over the pool and drop feces. Is there anything we can put in the pool...

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African violets – Online resources

Q: I am trying to find out what local retailer or online nursery retailer offers SEVERAL varieties of African violets. Online websites offer descriptions of many types of African violets, some with different foliage, etc. I would like to try...

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Native Azalea

Q: I have a large area of this flowering plant growing at the back of my property. The plant looks like honeysuckle of some variety. Could you help me identify it? A: The flowers certainly resemble honeysuckle but you have...

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Japanese Bloodgrass

Q: This grass appeared in one of my flower beds three years ago. It is massively aggressive, and has choked out everything in the bed. Frequent attempts at pulling it up are futile. It is about waist high, tough, like...

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Vegetable garden – Using Pre-emergent

Q: Could you please tell me what I can put in my vegetable garden before I till the soil to keep from having weeds and grasses take over this year? I try to plant a nice vegetable garden each spring,...

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Organic Lawn Care – Fertilizers

Q: I’ve been reading some lawn care forums on the internet where many people advocate an organic lawn care program. For fertilizer, a protein based feed, such as alfalfa or corn meal is used. It supposedly works by feeding the...

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Fescue – Looks Better at Commercial Sites

Q: Why do the fescue lawns at commercial establishments look so beautiful? What are they doing so different? The lawns are so dark green and they are cut very tall. According to all the books fescue should be cut at...

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Scarlet Hibiscus – Propagating

Q: Last Saturday on radio you talked about a Hibiscus coccineus. I have had one of those hibiscuses for several years and never knew the real name. My question is, how do you propagate them? A: Theresa Schrum replies: “I...

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Maple – Epicormic Branches

Q: I planted a sugar maple a year ago. Buds had already formed when we had a hard freeze in March. The buds never opened. I only see one small group of leaves near the base of the tree. My...

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Vines – Growing on pressure-treated wood

Q: Is there anything about pressure treated wood that would discourage vines from growing on it? A: I have never heard of anything about pressure treated wood repelling vines. I just finished a trellis that has several pressure-treated components and...

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Dark Winged Fungus Gnat – Larvae

Q: Recently, large groups of worms have been crawling onto our patio from the lawn. It is hundreds of them moving as a single unit. When sprayed with insecticide, the cohesive group breaks up and they die quickly. The next...

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Wood Bridge – Building

Q: I am making a small wood bridge to go over a creek about 1 1/2 feet wide. Is there a book that you know of that tells you how to build it ? A: Here are a couple of...

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Balloon Flower

Q: I have a flower growing in my yard that I would love to buy more of. It was here when I bought the house and I haven’t been able to identify it yet. Can you tell me what it...

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Fire Ant – Control in Pastures

Q: We would like to treat our 84 acre farm pastures for fire ant mounds. We don’t have any livestock there but we mow them regularly. Our two dogs, though, are trained on the fields. We can’t stand how the...

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Perennials – Liming

Q: How do I apply lime to an established perennial garden? A: Just scatter it over the top of the plants then rinse it off the leaves. A ballpark amount to apply is 4 lb. per 100 sq...

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