Gardening Q and A

Small Hydrangeas – Prune or Leave Alone

Q: I recently planted some small hydrangeas. Should I prune them or should I let them get some root growth first? A: I think I’d opt for leaving them unpruned for the time being. Like all plants, hydrangea roots respond...

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Zoysia – Control Rust in Fall

Q: If rust is observed on zoysiagrass in fall is it worthwhile to treat with a fungicide or is it better to wait until spring and then apply the fungicide? What fungicide would you recommend? A: Rust seems to be...

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Hydrangeas – Green Blooms

Q: I enjoyed your article about pruning hydrangeas but I have a different situation. My hydrangeas look great but their flowers are green – almost as green as the leaves. Can you suggest how to make them turn back to...

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Elephant Ear – Leaves Edible

Q: I have question about a plant I picked from a nursery recently. The name of the plant is BLACK MAGIC ELEPHANT’S EAR (Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’ ). It is a tropical plant. On the information attached to the plant...

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Muscadines – Fruit Skin Color Changes

Q: My husband and I planted two muscadine grape vines many years ago. One was supposed to be bronze and the other black. Both came up bronze, which was a great disappointment, but we just blamed the nursery. This year,...

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Mulch – Use Shredded Paper

Q: My office produces a lot of shredded paper. I have been thinking about collecting it and composting it. Will this work? A: You can compost anything that is organic in nature: shredded paper, shrimp shells, peanut hulls, etc. All...

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Cutworms – Control

Q: Six weeks ago I had twenty pallets of Bermuda sod installed on my new home’s lawn. It was green when they put it down but within two weeks it was all brown. I watered it every day. Yesterday I...

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Pantry Pests – Drugstore Beetles

Q: I have tiny brown beetles everywhere in my pantry! They crawl on the shelves and get in my rice. What should I do to evict them? A: The insects you have are called drugstore beetles. They are a common...

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Grass Dying – Why

Q: We have a large spot in our yard where the grass won’t grow. We have Emerald zoysia sod in the rest of the lawn but in this same spot, year after year, the zoysia dies in the winter. What...

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Shrubs – Fertilizing

Q: I have some questions regarding fertilizing plants. Are you supposed to fertilize gardenias while they are blooming? If not, then when and how often? How often should I fertilize my roses? I read that during the hot summer months,...

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Borer Sprays – Effectiveness

Q: Last week you said that no borer sprays are effective on borers in pines and oaks. How can garden centers sell insecticides labeled “Borer Spray” if they don’t work? A: I have a hammer in my garage that I...

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Slugs and Snails – Copper Repellent

Q: I understand that one can repel slugs and snails by putting a strip of copper around the edge of pots or raised beds. I can’t find copper strips at local nurseries. Do you know where to get them? A:...

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Ergonomic Gardening Tools

Q: I am looking for ergonomic garden tools for my mother, who has arthritis. None of the local garden centers seem to have them. Can you help? A: I think it won’t be long until all garden centers have tools...

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Raspberries – Winter Care

Q: My raspberries are begging for some kind of attention. I have read too many articles and I’m really confused. Should I cut them back to the ground for the Winter? Should I tie them up on my trellis? Should...

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Wisteria – Not Blooming

Q: I have a 5 year old wisteria that has never bloomed. What is wrongwith it and what should I do? I thought that there was nothing you could doto make wisterias not bloom! It has flourished as far as...

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Iris – Walking Iris, Reblooming Iris, rebloo

Q: A few weeks ago on your radio show you mentioned Walking Iris and Reblooming Iris. Can you give more information on these plants? A: Reblooming Iris aka Walking Iris (Neomarica gracilis) is a tropical iris. It can’t stand cold...

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Wildlife – Trees and Shrubs to Attract

Q: We recently moved here from New Mexico, so I could teach at Georgia Tech, and bought a new house. What small trees should we consider planting under our tall pines that will attract birds? Are there special guidelines for...

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Easter cactus – Care and Identification

Q: A couple of years ago I bought a plant called “Easter cactus”. I have had excellent luck getting Christmas cactus to bloom year after year and, but the Easter cactus has never bloomed again. Any ideas? A: There are...

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