Gardening Q and A

Ants-How to Get Rid of Without Harming Plants

Q: Ants have a mound directly under one of my blueberry bushes. How do I get rid of the ants without harming the blueberry bush? A: You could try flooding the mound with water every few days. Ants don’t like...

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English Ivy Return

Q: I have a slight hill behind my deck. Long ago I planted English ivy, which has spread and covered the entire hill. I back up to a national park, and when I came back from out of town I...

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Transition to Summer Annuals

Q: My pansies are at their peak but I know that I have to soon make room for summer annuals. Is there a optimum time to start this transition? A: I think when air temperatures are in the lower 70’s...

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School Gardening Info

Q: We are starting an edible schoolyard garden in raised beds at a middle school. It gets a good amount of light. What fruits and vegetables are best? A: This is a terrific project! Much of your success will depend...

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Fertilizing on a Slope

Q:I would like to fertilize young azaleas on a sloping bank next to a pond. How do I do it without creating algae-filled water as I did last year? When is best? A: Azaleas don’t really need a lot of...

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Bermuda Lawn Rescue

Q: Please help me rescue my bermuda lawn. The past couple years of raising young kids has left it in a state of neglect, full of weeds. It has not been fertilized. I’m confused about what to put down, and...

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Dogwood Trees Not Flowering

Q: I have two small dogwood trees I got from the Keep Madison County Beautiful Christmas Tree Recycling event seven years ago. They have never flowered but look healthy. Any suggestions? A: Your dogwood trees probably came from the Georgia...

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Ants in Dirt

Q: I was transplanting some dwarf juniper trees out of small pots into bigger ones and the dirt was loaded with black ants. What can I do? A: Mix a bit of insecticide in a bucket and lower the ant-infested...

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Septic Tank Field-Raised Beds for Vegetables

Q: I am excited about growing fruits and vegetables for the first time. I am only interested in non-GMO, organic edibles. But I have a septic tank in my back yard. Can I plant tomatoes, cucumbers, and sweet potatoes in...

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Containing Mexican Petunias

Q: We have a long row of Mexican petunias along our back fence that have spread far more than I like. I need a strategy to contain them. A: It may have pretty flowers but Mexican petunia, Ruellia brittoniana, can...

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Rain Garden/Dry Creek Plants

Q: I can not find much information about which plants would be appropriate for a rain garden or dry creek. What should I plant? A: Building a rain garden is an excellent way to create a beautiful landscape that can...

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Plants-Attracting Hummingbirds

Q: On your radio show you spoke to a guy who listed plants he used to attract hummingbirds. Can you list them again? A: I believe the caller mentioned ‘Black and Blue’ salvia, butterfly bush, and cypress vine. The first...

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Sprayed Mulch-What to Do

Q: Last summer I sprayed my pasture with GrazonNext, containing aminopyralid and 2,4-D . I have a pile of wood chips that I use as mulch around various plants. When I was cleaning out my sprayer I sprayed my mulch...

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Freshly Chipped Pine-Compost?

Q: I have a large heap of freshly chipped pine limbs and needles. If I let the pile age a few months will the chips be suitable as compost for a vegetable garden or should I use for mulch? A:...

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“Low Chill Cherries”- Can They Grow Here?

Q: Is it possible that the new “low chill” cherries would produce fruit in Georgia? A: While it is true that their requirement for wintertime chilling severely limits cherries such as ‘Bing’, ‘Ranier’ and ‘Lambert’ in Georgia, many other things...

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Ants- Remove from Flowers

Q: Do you have any suggestions for keeping the ants off of peony and dahlia flowers? I love fresh cut flowers in the house, but these two are always covered! A: I have two methods. Both require a bit of...

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Horticultural Therapy – Training

Q: I recently heard about the benefits of horticultural therapy. Are there classes I could attend to explore making this into a career? A: Horticultural therapy has been a great benefit to many. It uses plants and gardening activities to...

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Boxwood Blight – Major Concerns in Landscape

Q: We live in Colquitt County and my wife wants an elaborate parterre garden utilizing approximately 700 dwarf boxwoods. She would like the hedges to be able to be maintained around 2 1/2 feet high. The area receives a great...

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