Gardening Q and A

Urban Garden Rules – City of Atlanta

Q: What are the rules on an urban farm/gardening in Fulton County? How much of our property can we dedicate to growing vegetables? Do we need some sort of permit to grow vegetables in Fulton County? A: Becky Griffin, UGA...

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Sago Palm – Fasciated (Flat Stem)

Q: What is wrong with this sago palm? A: Neat – I’ve never seen a fasciated sago palm! Many plants are known to occasionally produce fasciated limbs. The fasciation results from bacteria in some cases and genetic abnormalities in others....

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Nursery Web Spider – Identification

Q: I took a picture of this spider in my garden the other day and I’m not sure what kind of spider it is. Can you help me? A: UGA’s spider guru Lisa Ames says it looks like a nursery...

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Tomato – Early Blight Not Cured by Serenade

Q: Every year I fight this in my tomatoes. I have been diligent in spraying with fungicide. Now it appears to be getting beyond control. I have used Serenade mostly. Is there anything else I can use that will control...

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Sawdust – No Beetle Risk

Q: We recently had a large water oak removed due to an infestation of ambrosia beetles. Is there a risk of infection to nearby trees from the ground stump sawdust? A: There is no harm from the sawdust. The stump...

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Yellow Clover – In Your Fescue

Q: I have an aggressive weed in my lawn that I believe is yellow flowering wood sorrel. Can you suggest what I can use to kill the weed without harming my fescue? A: Yellow woodsorrel, sometimes called yellow clover, is...

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Figs – Surrounded By Bees!

Q: There are black bees chasing me away from my fig tree. It is loaded with figs but I can’t pick them! A: I picked figs for two weeks this summer with wasps, bees and yellowjackets buzzing happily around me....

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Leamongrass – Mosquito Repellent

Q: I was thinking about planting lemon grass to help ward off mosquitoes. Will it grow north of Atlanta? A: Lemon grass is not usually winter hardy in Atlanta, much less Dawsonville. You might have success growing it against a...

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Tree Stump – Use As A Planter

Q: We recently removed a very large pine tree. The remaining stump is very large. I have heard that you can use old tree stumps as planters. Could I plant a Nellie Stevens Holly inside the stump? A: I can’t...

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Trumpetvine – Will Bloom When Ready

Q: Please let me know how to get my trumpet vine to flower. A: Blooming is affected by the age of the trumpetvine, available sunshine and the orientation of the stems. Young vines are less likely to bloom because they...

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Termites – Don’t Eat Live Plants

Q: Our hydrangeas have always struggled. This year I dug one up to replant it and I noticed the main root had termites. Is this common for a live plant to get termites? A: Termites don’t have mouthparts or a...

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Territorial Birds – Dealing With Annoyances

Q: I am at my wits end. A bird has been pecking on my kitchen window every morning and during the day! We chase him away but he returns. A:Your cardinal is mistakenly trying to establish a territory as if...

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Expanded Slate – Works Very Well

Q: You mentioned early in the year you were experimenting with Permatill in your garden; are the results in on that? A: Expanded slate (PermaTill, Soil Perfector, etc) is used by many gardeners to loosen clay soil permanently. The less...

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Parsley Piert – Removal and Control

Q: This spring I had a terrible crop of parsley piert in my bermuda grass. I want to put a pre-emergent on this September but can’t find a good one for this particular weed. Do you have a suggestion? A:...

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Figs – Wasps and Pollination

Q: Some time back I listened to a radio caller asking about wasps that pollinate figs. Based on what I heard, I told my sister that the wasps only pollinate the Mission figs that grow in California. My sister disagreed...

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Concrete – Won’t Bother Soil

Q: We had a concrete wall repaired. There are now thousands of small concrete pieces in the nearby flower bed. Will the concrete leach into the soil and cause harm? A: There might be a small rise the soil pH...

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Flooding – Good Plants Tolerate

Q: We have a cabin on the Cartecay River. It flooded last week. My hydrangeas, ferns, hostas, etc. are flattened from the flood water. Should I cut things back now or wait till later? A: I’d use a hose to...

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Crabgrass – Removal and Prevention

Q: I want to use Drive XLR8 herbicide to control crabgrass. The label says I need a crop oil adjuvant. What is that? A: An adjuvant is a chemical added to a pesticide to make it work better. Some gardeners...

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