Gardening Q and A

Hydrangeas – Expecting Flowers?

Q: Our landscaper planted four Bombshell hydrangeas in our courtyard in May of last year. The area gets good sun, but not total sun. The tag that came with them states that they bloom in sun or shade. They did...

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Centipede Grass – Thick In Some Places

Q: Why does my centipede grass love the concrete patio and driveway? It’s so green and thick in these areas but not so much in other areas of the yard. A: Good gardeners notice things like this! I think it’s...

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Crepe Myrtle – Different Colored Flowers

Q: We have a crepe myrtle with two colors of flowers. It surprised us when it matured and bloomed. Is there an explanation? A: My bet is that the nursery rooted several cuttings in a pot to get a multi-trunk...

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Pawpaws – Looking For Ripeness

Q: I have pawpaws for the first time, they are five inches long, much bigger around than bananas, green, and hard. How do I know when they’re ripe? A: The fruit probably won’t ripen until September but keep an eye...

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Rabbits – Decreasing Your Local Population

Q: How can we relocate rabbits that are in our neighborhood? They have eaten all our pretty flowers and many of our vegetables. A: You have some choices to make. I have little confidence in rabbit repellent products. In my...

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Sod – Dissatisfied With Your Product

Q: In May we installed 9,000 square feet of “blue tag certified” Meyer zoysia sod. My understanding was this would guarantee it to be weed-free. It now has a lot of broad leaf weeds. Did we get ripped off? A:...

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Natives – Lists Of Georgia Plants

Q: Our garden club manages Parkwood Park in Decatur. We want to restrict the park to native plants so it will remain more of a woodland urban forest and not a ‘park’. Is there a list of Georgia native plants?...

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Hoses – Affect Of Distance On Water Preassure

Q: Can I connect two 100′ long soaker hoses without losing adequate flow over the whole 200′ distance? A: Water pressure inevitably decreases with distance away from the water source. I bought a water pressure gauge today and measured my...

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Evergreens – For Dry Shade

Q: Can you suggest some tall evergreen shrubs for dry shade? I keep finding shrubs that require a moist soil. A: Winter hazel, Distylium Emerald Heights ™, and columnar Japanese plum yew, Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Fastigiata’, both do well in dry...

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Guava – Preparing For Freezing Nights

Q: I just planted two pineapple guava trees. Do you think they will make it through our winter? A: During our current heat wave, it’s hard to remember the freezing nights that will surely test your plant in north Georgia....

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Herbicide – Varieties and Application

Q: What is the best herbicide for a home garden? It will consist of peas, beans, squash, okra, and tomatoes. A: If you’re looking for an “organic” weed killer, Bayer Natria Grass and Weed Killer is a herbicidal soap that...

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Stinkhorns – Getting Rid Of Them

Q: While staining my second story deck I noticed a foul odor and a more than average amount of flies in the area. I noticed these disgusting stinkhorns growing in the mulch beneath. What can I do to eliminate them?...

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Seedlings – When Will They Bloom?

Q: For several years I’ve been mowing over what I thought were weeds. This spring I finally realized they are volunteers from my chaste tree. Will these babies bloom? A: The seedlings will certainly bloom when they mature. This usually...

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Vegetables – Small and Unproductive

Q: I love to grow vegetables but am not very successful. This year, I have prepared a raised-bed and filled it eight inches deep with Miracle-Gro Garden Soil. The plants are small and not productive. A: Despite what the label...

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Lotus – Growing Tips

Q: I have a friend with the nickname “Lotus”. I’d love to find lotus seed to place in an aquarium in her room so she can watch it bloom. A: American lotus, Nelumbo lutea, grows fine outdoors in ponds and...

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Nails – Impaling A Tree

Q: Can I mount a flag pole onto a six inch tree trunk? Should I use a certain kind of nail? A: I don’t like nailing into a trunk but if you feel you have to do it, use aluminum...

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Productivity – Making Sandy Soil Grow Crops

Q: I’ve got a seven acre field in McIntosh County on which I’ve tried for years to grow crops. The soil is basically pure sand. Fertilizer just leaches down after a couple of rains and the sand holds no moisture....

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Peppers – When Do They Change Color?

Q: My bell peppers are supposed to be red and yellow. I’m getting a lot of fruit but they are all green. Are they going to turn color? A: Bell peppers change color depending on how developed the seed inside...

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