Gardening Q and A

Azaleas – Pruning For Next Year

Q: The rain kept me out of the garden! Is it too late to prune azaleas? A: If you prune now, you’ll remove most of the flower buds for next year. Look at the tip of an azalea branch. That...

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Greenhouse – Tips and Equipment

Q: I built a greenhouse and would like some guidance for raising vegetables and flowers. A: It’s great fun to have a greenhouse. Nothing compares to being in a warm spot among bright flowers in winter! Finding the right site...

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Bean Beetle – Organic Control

Q: My green beans and butter beans have been devastated by the Mexican bean beetle. I tried picking them off, but after being out of town for several days, they had taken over. I try to avoid chemical pesticides but...

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Mondo – Needs No Covering

Q: I have planted lots of dwarf mondo grass, which I love. My yard man covers it in leaves every fall, saying that this is necessary to protect it from the cold weather. Is this correct? A: The tree leaves...

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Birch – Close To House

Q: I have a river birch that was planted sixteen feet from the house to provide shade. I’m concerned it is too close. I’m thinking I should remove this tree before roots invade the foundation. A: The roots won’t likely...

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Fescue – Black Beauty Seed

Q: I want a nice lawn and I want to use fescue, can you tell me about Black Beauty seed? A: Black Beauty is a brand name for various mixtures of tall fescue seed. The grower makes many claims but...

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Salsify – Not For Georgia

Q: My husband and I visited Shaker Village in Kentucky and had dinner there. One of the side dishes was a delicious salsify au gratin. I have not been able to find salsify anywhere in Atlanta. Is it possible to...

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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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