Gardening Q and A

Crapemyrtles Are Shaded My Other Trees -How Do I Increase Anemic Flowering?

Q: My thirty-foot tall crapemyrtles were planted seventeen years ago but are now 75% shaded by nearby oaks and sweetgum. Would topping them at fifteen feet and fertilizing increase the anemic flowering. A: It’s understandable that the flowering is anemic...

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Why Is My Ninebark Shrub Struggling

Q: My ninebark shrub is not doing well. When planted it was beautiful and really cool looking. It is supposed to be native to Georgia. Now it seems to be dying/struggling. Any advice?  A: Ninebark, Physocarpus opulifolius, is indeed a...

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Can I Add Limestone At The Same Time As Fertilizer?

Q: I’m starting a cut flower business on my land. My UGA soil report says I needed to add 55 pounds of limestone per 1000 square feet. Can I do this at the same time I add fertilizer?  A: Lime...

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Fat Albert Blue Spruce Tree – Will It Endure Our Hot Summers?

Q: I am considering purchasing a Fat Albert blue spruce tree for my front yard. The tree will be planted under a canopy of hardwoods with morning sun. My concern is whether it will endure our hot summer weather.  A:...

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Beautifying Our Front Entrance – Which Wildflowers To Use?

Q: I am on the beautification committee of our subdivision. We want to beautify the front entrance by planting wildflowers. What should we plant?  A: A wildflower planting can be beautiful during some parts of the year but ugly as...

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Where Did My Holly Berries Go?

Q: Where did my holly berries go? It was loaded and now it is bare!  A: My bet is that a flock of birds visited when you weren’t around. I’ve seen several robins at my birdbath recently. Robins, woodpeckers, and...

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Moisture Meters – What Is The Range Needed For Fescue Grass

Q: I seeded fine fescue in September and the lawn looks great. When using a LusterLeaf moisture meter, what is the range needed for watering fescue grass?  A: Inexpensive moisture meters like this are not really designed for use outdoors....

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Clovers On My Fescue Lawn – How To Get Rid Of Them?

Q: I followed your directions on reseeding a fescue lawn and it turned out lush and beautiful. The only problem I have is that clover is all over. Should I use a weed and feed to eradicate it?  A: The...

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Declining Water Oak – What Can Be Done?

Q: We have an old water oak in our front yard that the Extension service tells us is in decline. For the past three years, there has been a noticeable diminishment of leaves on the tree. What can be done? ...

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Blackberry Lily Seeds And Pods – When/How To Plant Them

Q: Someone gave us a basket full of blackberry lily seeds and pods. When and how is the best time to plant them?  A: I planted a couple dozen seed last spring and about half of them came up, which...

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Hemlocks And Adelgid Insects

Q: Have researchers developed a hemlock that is resistant to woolly adelgid insects? Would you recommend not planting hemlocks? I need tall thick screening in an area that gets some sun and shade to block noise and view.  A: There...

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Bermuda Grass – How To Fix Deep Gashes From Falling Limbs

Q: I recently had two trees cut down. Falling limbs damaged my bermuda grass by leaving a couple of deep gashes four inches deep and eighteen inches long. How do I repair this?  A: Try the lift and fill method....

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How To Control Fire Ants?

Q: Do cucumber peels, coffee grounds, cinnamon, or grits control fire ants? A: In a word, no. The grits/fire ant control myth has been around for ages. Folks mistakenly think that fire ants will eat the dry grits, which will...

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Huge Outbreak Of Mushrooms

Q: What would cause a huge outbreak of mushrooms in both my lawn and pine islands? Is there anything I can do to prevent them from returning? A: Mushrooms are just the “flowers” of some fungus that is decomposing organic...

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How Do I Get Rid Of Nutsedge?

Q: A load of topsoil I bought for my flower garden brought in nutsedge tubers as well. This year I covered the soil with landscape cloth and planted zinnias in holes I poked in it. How long do I have...

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How Long Should I Wait To Spray Weed Killer After Seeding Lawn?

Q: I reseeded my fescue lawn and the new grass is coming up really good. There are a lot of weeds coming up with the new grass. How long should I wait to spray weed killer after seeding the lawn? ...

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Best Tall Fescue Grass Seed To Use?

Q: What is the best tall fescue grass seed to use?  A: Your best choice is to use a blend of the improved turf-type fescue hybrids. Pennington Blend, Rebel Supreme and Atlanta Blend are common at garden centers. I don’t...

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Arborvitae – Dry Roots

Q: Could you tell me what is going on with our Green Giant arborvitae trees? We watered them until they went dormant in winter. A: These plants look like the roots have gotten dry. They might have stopped growing in...

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