Gardening Q and A

Can I Put Small Trees In The Ground Still?

Q: I recently received small trees from the Arbor Day Foundation (river birch, an assortment of maples, dogwood, and an oak). Is it too late to put them in the ground this year? Would I be better off to pot...

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What Range Can Cabbage And Lettuce Crops Stand Before Being Frozen?

Q: My cabbage and lettuce crops are looking great even though we have had colder than normal weather. What range can they stand before being frozen out?  A: It is tough to predict how cold temperatures will affect vegetables. Much...

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Best Way To Prune Redtips?

Q: I have inherited a yard with thirty-foot-high redtips that tower over the driveway. I would like to prune them back so they grow into a short bush. What is the best way to do this? A: Generally speaking, if...

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Difference Between Roses And Witch’s Broom – Rose Rosette Disease

Q: I was at a nursery and mentioned to a staffer that one of my roses looked like it had rose rosette disease. He asked if I was sure it wasn’t witch’s broom. It’s important to know because treatment for...

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How Can I Prop My Fig Bush Up?

Q: My fig bush was so heavy with figs they pulled the limbs almost to the ground. Can they be propped back up? A: One of the ways that edible fig plants (as well as other species of fig) compete...

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How Do We Protect Creeping Fig In The Winter?

Q: We have a wall covered in creeping fig. How can we protect it from freezing this winter?  A: Ask at your local nursery if they sell frost cloth. This is a lightweight polyester fabric used to drape over tender...

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Are Crushed Peanut Hull Granules Good For Amending Garden Soil?

Q: I have access to a lot of crushed peanut hull granules. This is the inert material that broadcast pesticides are eventually applied to. Would they be good for amending my garden soil? A: This material seems like a perfectly...

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Source For Small Dogwood Trees

Q: There are several areas around our condo grounds that are in semi-shade. I would like to plant at least twenty dogwood trees. We can only afford small ones. Can you recommend a source? A: The Georgia Forestry Commission grows...

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Found Seeds In My Purse – Can I Germinate Them?

Q: I found in my change purse some seeds that were given to me five years ago. They look like peas and are sooty black with a white eye. Is there any chance of germinating them? A: They might be...

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Difference Between Green, Yellow And Red Bell Peppers

Q: What is the difference between green, yellow and red bell peppers? Dave Baker, Conyers A: All bell peppers start out with green or yellow-green fruit which then progress through other colors to finally end up with red skin. Different...

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Fertilizer Similar To Milorganite?

Q: It looks like there’s a shortage of Milorganite. I use it almost exclusively in my landscape. Is there any other all-in-one fertilizer that comes close to it?  A: Milorganite fertilizer is made from composted sewage sludge in Milwaukee. In...

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How To Protect New Gardenias And Tea Olives During Winter?

Q: I have an area in the yard that I call my “healing area” where I keep plants I’ve purchased before I decide where I’ll plant them. I now have some little gardenias and tea olives that are not ready...

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Japanese Plum Yews With Cottony Scale

Q: I have twenty Japanese plum yews that are infested with cottony scale to the point it looks like snow on the branches. Should I dig them up and toss them?  A: Don’t give up yet! I have gotten control...

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Books On Identifying/Getting Rid Of Weeds

Q: My wife is looking for something that would help her identify weeds and tell her how to get rid of them. She would prefer a book so she can have it with her while she’s in the yard. A:...

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Should I Clip The Top Off My Japanese Maple Seedling?

Q: I planted a one-inch high Japanese maple seedling in May. It has now grown to thirty inches tall, heading straight up with no branching. Should I clip the top off to get it to branch out?  A: Not unless...

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How Can I Make My Autumn Moon Maple Look Better?

Q: I have an Autumn Moon maple that is planted in a thirty-inch glazed pot. It gets morning to mid-day sun. It’s been in the same spot for two and one-half years. It produces foliage each spring but by midsummer...

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Thorny Three-Leaf Orange Plants With Fuzzy Yellow Fruits

Q: I have a bunch of thorny three-leaf orange plants with lots of fuzzy yellow fruit on my property. Are they worth anything? What’s the best way of getting rid of them? A: I have heard of farmers planting trifoliate...

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Is Black Plastic Ground Cover Good For Flower Beds?

Q: Is black plastic ground cover a good thing or a bad thing for a flower bed? Crazy question I know but my hubby had it put down and it seems to be a barrier to planting annuals.  A: I...

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