Gardening Q and A

Trees – Replacing An Oak With A Maple

Q: Recently we lost a big oak tree as a result of root damage from when the builder constructed our home. We’d like to replace the tree with a maple and want to know what our chances are of having...

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Grapes – What Will Grow In Georgia

Q: I have a Riesling grape and was wondering what conditions are needed for growing one. A: Riesling grapes do not grow well here. Summer heat and various fungal diseases wipe out the vines before one gets a harvest. Recommended...

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Compost – Improvising Your Own

Q: I’ve got a clogged storm drain that the county will soon clean. Would that stuff be usable for compost? A: I think it would be perfect! Compost is simply plant material that has decomposed so your stuff is exactly...

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Trees – Proper Irrigation Saving A Marriage!

Q: My husband and I argue so much about this subject that we might be headed to divorce court! We have grown a pin oak for 20 years, although it still has a small canopy. Should I irrigate further out...

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WeedPharm – Handling, Application and Warning

Q: Is there a place in Georgia that sells WeedPharm or does it have to be ordered on line? A: WeedPharm (www.pharmsolutionsinc.com) contains 20% acetic acid and is sold as a herbicide. It is not vinegar, which is 5% acetic...

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Lantana – Varieties and Information

Q: Lantana appears to be the only plant in my yard the deer will not eat. Where can I learn more about lantana? A: Lantana is an excellent landscape plant…..and almost completely deer-proof! New varieties are introduced every year. Many...

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Buzzing – Mud Dauber Noise

Q: How does a mud dauber make the buzzing sound when nest building? The wings do not appear to move. A: Mud daubers do indeed make a buzzing sound when they are working. I’ve noticed it when visiting barns and...

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Legality – Overhanging Trees

Q: A Bradford pear tree, located just over the property line on our neighbors’ property, has grown quite large, dropping fruit and seasonal debris on our cars and driveway. It overhangs our entire driveway where our cars are parked and...

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Progress – From 1800 to Today

Q: How did the farmers in the mid 1800s manage to grow their crops successfully with no fungicides, no pesticides and no herbicides? A: I’m not sure “successfully” is the right term to use. Much of their weed and insect...

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Pears – Managing Height

Q: I want to keep my nine foot tall Bradford pears no larger than fifteen feet tall. Is this possible with regular pruning each spring after flowering? A: Bonsai artists prune and maintain trees that are normally a hundred feet...

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Hydrangeas – Expecting Flowers?

Q: Our landscaper planted four Bombshell hydrangeas in our courtyard in May of last year. The area gets good sun, but not total sun. The tag that came with them states that they bloom in sun or shade. They did...

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Centipede Grass – Thick In Some Places

Q: Why does my centipede grass love the concrete patio and driveway? It’s so green and thick in these areas but not so much in other areas of the yard. A: Good gardeners notice things like this! I think it’s...

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Crepe Myrtle – Different Colored Flowers

Q: We have a crepe myrtle with two colors of flowers. It surprised us when it matured and bloomed. Is there an explanation? A: My bet is that the nursery rooted several cuttings in a pot to get a multi-trunk...

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Pawpaws – Looking For Ripeness

Q: I have pawpaws for the first time, they are five inches long, much bigger around than bananas, green, and hard. How do I know when they’re ripe? A: The fruit probably won’t ripen until September but keep an eye...

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Rabbits – Decreasing Your Local Population

Q: How can we relocate rabbits that are in our neighborhood? They have eaten all our pretty flowers and many of our vegetables. A: You have some choices to make. I have little confidence in rabbit repellent products. In my...

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New Sod – Numerous Weeds

Q: In May we installed 9,000 square feet of “blue tag certified” Meyer zoysia sod. My understanding was this would guarantee it to be weed-free. It now has a lot of broad leaf weeds. Did we get ripped off? A:...

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Natives – Lists Of Georgia Plants

Q: Our garden club manages Parkwood Park in Decatur. We want to restrict the park to native plants so it will remain more of a woodland urban forest and not a ‘park’. Is there a list of Georgia native plants?...

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Hoses – Affect Of Distance On Water Preassure

Q: Can I connect two 100′ long soaker hoses without losing adequate flow over the whole 200′ distance? A: Water pressure inevitably decreases with distance away from the water source. I bought a water pressure gauge today and measured my...

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