Gardening Q and A

Zoysia – Proper Mowing

Q: I mow my zoysia lawn every two weeks but the blade rips the grass out, even though it’s sharp. I had to adjust the mower height up because the grass is so thick that my mower stalls every few...

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Beetles – Containing An Infestation

Q: A tree service company has cut down a tree infested with pine beetles on a next-door neighbor’s property. What should I do if they don’t remove the cut logs from the area? A: Talk to your neighbor and ask...

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Roses – Avoiding Disease

Q: We have Knock Out roses in our subdivision landscape and are planning to add more. We have heard that a virus is beginning to attack roses. Should we be concerned about this to the extent that we not add...

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Carolina Jasmine – For An Arbor

Q: I recently put up a metal arbor. I’d like to plant a flowering vine to grow over it and was thinking of Carolina jasmine. Is this a good idea? A: I have an arbor with Carolina jasmine planted on...

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Nectarines – Gooey Stuff On The Fruit

Q: I recently moved from NYC to Georgia. I bought a nectarine tree last year and was shocked to see it bear fruit. However, all of the fruits had a gooey gelatinous stuff on the skin. A: Welcome South –...

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Muscadines – Not Producing Fruit

Q: We have healthy five-year-old muscadine vines that do not produce fruit. They get plenty of sun. What is the problem? A: Muscadines can have either “perfect” flowers, which can pollinate themselves or “imperfect” flowers, which require a perfect-flowered vine...

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Tomatoes – Fruit With Cracks

Q: I have a cherry tomatoes plant that about 80% of the fruit has cracks. Anything I can do ? A: Fruit cracking is usually caused by hot dry weather followed by heavy rain or irrigation. The skin gets hard...

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Hollies – Methods For Planting

Q: There are deciduous hollies with plenty of berries every winter along the county road that leads to my house. Can I get some of these berries and plant them to get more growing in my yard? A: Propagating deciduous...

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Spiders – Good For Your Garden

Q: Do you leave spiders on your garden plants? I don’t like spiders and generally spray them or remove them if they are little. A: Spiders don’t hurt plants. They are beneficial to us and to plants because they capture...

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Winterizer – September Application

Q: I went to a big box store to pick up winter fertilizer to put on my bermuda in early September. All I could find was winterizer with weed control in it. That’s not what I want to do. What...

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Petunias – Planting With Caution

Q: I’m considering planting Mexican petunia by my mailbox. However, I am reading where it can be very invasive and do not want it to overrun the azalea and hostas I have there now. What are your thoughts? A: In...

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Tomatoes – Thin Stalks

Q: I grew both Big Boy and Better Boy plants in a small raised plot While I got some fruit, the plants were very tall and the stalks were thin and grew to heights in excess of eight feet. Was...

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Yellow Jackets – Waiting For The Winter

Q: I have a bad case of yellow jackets. They’ve built their hive among the roots of a nandina. Can I dig the plants in fall and destroy the hives? A: Yellow jacket nests don’t survive winter. When frost approaches,...

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Holly – Trouble Germinating

Q: Earlier this year, I collected berries from our Savannah holly. I let them dry and placed them in potting soil three weeks ago, but none has germinated thus far. What should I expect? A: My bet is that the...

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Zoysia – Transplanting Plugs

Q: I recently transplanted 400 zoysia plugs from one area of my lawn to an area where the zoysia had not yet spread. The plugs appear fine but there have been a lot of weeds filling in between the plugs....

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Wildflowers – Preparation For Planting

Q: I want to plant wildflowers over my septic field next spring. Is it OK to use Roundup now over the area? A: There’s no problem spraying weed killer now but I wouldn’t wait until next spring to plant wildflower...

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Nutsedge – Control With Water Weeder

Q: We have struggled all summer with nut grass in our garden. We have been advised the only way to get rid of it is to move away. Do you have any less drastic suggestions? A: Nutsedge is a terribly...

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Preserves – Finding Recipes

Q: You mentioned on radio that your mother made pear preserves. Could I get the recipe? My mother died when I was very young, and she made the best pear preserves. A: I well remember my mother’s steamy kitchen filled...

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