Gardening Q and A

Caterpillars – Descending From The Trees!

Q: I am being plagued by little green caterpillars raining down from oak trees on silk strands. The past two weeks literally thousands have descended onto my cars, home and driveway. They leave copious amounts of tiny black pellet waste....

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Privet – Stopping Sprouts

Q: I am simply ate up with Chinese privet. I plan to run it through a wood chipper. Is it safe to use or will I still have to worry about it sprouting wherever I use it. A: There’s no...

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Bees – Methods For Management

Q: I have lots of wood boring bees eating my barn. I was wondering about farms I see with martin houses and hanging gourds. Are these predators of the bees? A: According to experts, purple martins eat only flying insects,...

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Weeds – Products For Control

Q: For years I used a product containing monosodium acid for weed control. Now it’s off the market. What is a substitute? A: Monosodium methanearsonate (MSMA) was taken off the market a few years ago due to concerns about soil...

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Reclamation – Tips For Weeding and Landscaping

Q: In August 2010, my family moved into the home that my great-grandparents built at the end of the 19th century. We are limited in time and resources, but are trying to slowly “reclaim” the beds. We are overwhelmed with...

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Bluegrass – Alternative Candidates

Q: I have a great stand of annual bluegrass. I need to know care and feeding; I do not want to get rid of it. A: As the name implies, annual bluegrass will die when summer temperatures approach 80 degrees....

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Seeds – A Kindergarten Project!

Q: I am looking for three plants that my kindergarten class could grow from seeds in small individual pots to compare their growth. A: What a great idea! The following flowers take five to seven days to sprout: bachelor’s buttons,...

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Crepe Myrtle – Management and Pruning

Q: We had a thirty-foot-tall crepe myrtle but decided to cut it back to seven feet tall. The trunks are four inches in diameter. Now that I did all that, what can I expect? A: You can expect a lot...

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Holly – Growing Berries

Q: I am going to plant ‘Sky Pencil’ holly plants along the front of my house. I’ve read that hollies need a male plant nearby to get berries. Where can I get a male holly? A: The berries on ‘Sky...

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Tomato – When To Start Planting

Q: I like to put heirloom tomato seeds directly into the ground rather than starting plants indoors. When’s the earliest I could sow the seed this year? A: Tomato seeds like 70 degree soil before they readily germinate. Checking www.georgiaweather.net...

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Acorns – Controlling Sprouts and Growth

Q: We had a lot of acorns falling into our lawn this year. Some have begun to take root. Is there something I can do to prevent the others from rooting? A: There’s nothing you can do except pull them...

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Fescue – Germination Concerns

Q: I had my back yard graded and seeded last fall with fescue. The landscaper used an enormous amount of wheat straw to cover the seed. The wheat seeds have germinated. Will the wheat shoots die off this spring? A:...

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Willow – Pruning Care

Q: I have a pussy willow that has been in the ground for nine years. I have just removed the best canes with catkins for interior decorating and would like to take this thing down to bush size. Am I...

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Zoysiagrass – Growing From Sod

Q: In various magazines this time of year are ads for zoysia lawn plugs. Is ordering these plugs beneficial? Is it a hardy grass? A: Zoysiagrass is perfectly hardy and makes a superb lawn, but buying it locally makes more...

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Vegetables – Container Gardening

Q: I am planning to do some container gardening this spring due to an over-active digging puppy. What can I plant and on what schedule? A: Container gardening is much easier now that smaller varieties of vegetables are available. Pepper,...

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Christmas Cactus – Planting New Seeds

Q: My Christmas cactus has a seed pod on it. Should break it open and plant the seeds or should I just let nature take its course? A: One source says to wait until the pod is mature (bright pink)....

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Fennel – Growth and Harvest

Q: What tips do you have on growing fennel? A: There are two kinds of fennel: herb fennel is known for its aromatic seeds and tender, fragrant leaves. It has a wonderful anise-like flavor. Florence fennel, commonly called finocchio, develops...

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Scuppernogs – Fertilization and Care

Q: Can you advise me as to a good fertilization schedule for scuppernongs? A: For established vines apply three to five pounds of 10-10-10 per plant in March of each year. Apply one-half pound of ammonium nitrate in June. Grapes...

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