Gardening Q and A

Will Peonies Survive Bloom In A Large Pot?

Q: I have a twenty-year-old bed of peonies. I’m going to be moving in February. Any suggestions? If I can’t plant immediately in my new location, will peonies survive and bloom in a large pot?  A: If your peonies will...

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Planting Rainier Cherry Trees In Atlanta

Q: I’d like to plant several Rainier cherry trees just to see what happens. I LOVE them. A: So, I see you are a gambler! Sweet cherry trees have a tough time bearing fruit in metro Atlanta. Temperature swings in...

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No Acorns On My Oak Tree This Year

Q: Last year I had a bumper crop of acorns on my oak trees. This year I haven’t seen a single one. Was there a crop failure? My squirrels would like to know. A: That’s funny…I got a different question...

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Cutting Extending Roots Of A Pine Tree

Q: Is there a safe distance out from the base of a pine tree to cut extending roots? A: I am sure there is one but I can’t tell you how to determine it. Much depends on the height of...

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Christmas Cactus Buds Are Falling Off Without Opening Up

Q: My Christmas cactus had many buds, but lots of them fell off without opening up. What am I doing wrong?  A: In my experience, there are three things that could cause Christmas cactus bud drop. If the plant is...

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How Long Does It Take Rock Salt To Dissipate – When Can I Plant?

Q: I used half of a box of rock salt two years ago to kill a big pyracantha climbing up my home’s wall. Has there been enough time to plant a tree near this same location? How long does it...

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Suggestions About Where To Plant Gyoku-ryu Mondo Grass

Q: I want to plant Gyoku-ryu mondo grass in a large shady space beneath trees. Any suggestions?  A: Common mondo grass, Ophiopogon japonicus, spreads easily from individual plants. But the variety you have chosen is extremely dwarf and spreads very...

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Chipmunks Chewed Through Drip Irrigation System

Q: Chipmunks have chewed their way through my drip irrigation system. Is there anything that can be done?  A: This is a common problem. In my case, chipmunks or squirrels have three times chewed through a plastic water supply line...

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Preventing Privet Seeds From Germinating

Q: Will preemergent applied in March prevent privet seeds from germinating?  A: Unfortunately, no. Weed preventer chemicals are pretty good at preventing small seeds from developing into larger plants but they rarely affect the growth of large seeds. Privet seeds,...

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Dwarf Schefflera – Blooming

Q: Can you tell me what this growth on my plant is? Should it be cut off? The plant has never done this before. A: Your dwarf schefflera, Schefflera arboricola, is flowering! If you want to experiment, once the flowers...

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Small Maple – Split Trunk

Q: I received a red maple sapling as part of the Georgia Power Arbor Day program. It is growing well in the back yard but it has a split trunk. Should I trim the two limbs forming the “Y” ?...

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Norfolk Island Pine – Brown Limbs

Q: The top of this tree is growing great but the brown limbs are traveling upward. Should we cut them off or what should we do? A: It is typical for Norfolk Island Pine to drop lower branches when it...

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English Ivy – Management and Control

Q: English ivy is taking over my back yard. It has probably been there for twenty-plus years. What’s the best way to control it? PULL IT UP Check out this great Web site about English ivy removal. The Ivy Removal...

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Remove Tree After Sapsucker Damage?

Q: I found these on my nineteen-year-old Bradford pear. I am afraid the tree may have to be taken down. Agree? A: These are shallow holes made by sapsucker woodpeckers. The bottom of the hole is just deep enough to...

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Oaks Took Out Some Of My Shrubs – Will The Shrubs Grow Again?

Q: We had two enormous oaks in our front yard taken out and several mature azalea, ligustrum, mahonia, and elaeagnus shrubs were damaged. Most are coming back from the roots Will the new growth produce good-looking shrubs eventually?  A: I...

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How Can I Make My Curly Sedge Curl Again?

Q: My curly sedge was curly for the first year but now the stems are straight as a stick! Anything I can do to make it curl up again?  A: My guess is that yours has reverted back to the...

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What Can I Put Down Under A Backyard Tree Where My Dog Runs?

Q: What can I put down under a backyard tree where my dog runs. It’s a mud pit now.  A: It’s terribly hard to get plants to grow in shade when they are under constant assault by a dog running...

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Can I Start Gardenia Bushes By Planting Seed Pods?

Q: Can I start gardenia bushes by planting seed pods?  A: Gardenia seed pods are easy to spot in winter because they are typically bright orange or red. Each one contains several small seeds. You can try germinating them indoors...

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