Gardening Q and A

Holly – Small Sized Replacements

Q: Several years ago we purchased what we were told were two dwarf Helleri hollies. One has died. The other is still no more than a foot tall, with a spread of two and a half feet. We are trying...

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Urea – Using A Substitute Product

Q: I sent a sample of soil to the Georgia Extension office. They say we need to use 46-0-0 on our lawn but I can’t find it anywhere. Can I use Milorganite? A: Yes, you can use Milorganite, with an...

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Bushes – Soaking Up Water?

Q: I live in a small townhome and the ground floor is very damp. I need a small bush that grows in shade to soak up water. A: Unfortunately, plants do not “soak up water” from an area. Certainly some...

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Carpenter Bees – Beneficial For Pollinating?

Q: Are carpenter bees good pollinators in my garden? Some articles say they are and others say they are not that beneficial. A: I think their usefulness in a garden is doubtful. They certainly pollinate big, open flowers like sunflowers...

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Containers – Causing Drainage Discoloration?

Q: I live in a courtyard home and use resin containers for all my plants. I have noticed that some of my older containers now produce a yellowish-brown water when I water them deeply. Are the containers are breaking down...

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Weeds – Organic Control Options

Q: I have a significant weed issue in my back yard. My wife is against Roundup. A friend of mine says lime would keep the weeds under control. Is this true? A: Lime will have no effect on the weeds....

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Rosemary – Edible Leaves?

Q: I planted a creeping rosemary last fall and it has little blue flowers on it. Are they edible? A: Joyce Cotter, president of the Chattahoochee Unit of the American Herb Society, says rosemary flowers are quite edible. She advises...

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Crapemyrtle – Pruning and Maintenance

Q: I planted a six-foot tall Muskogee crape myrtle in front of our great room window to create shade on the west side of house. When looking out window, I want to see trunks only, not the leaves. How do...

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Bats – Specs. For A Bat House

Q: I would like to put up bat houses on our neighborhood lake in order to control the insect population living near water. Is there a way to attract bats to the houses I buy? A: The best information on...

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Microbes – Naturally Reducing Thatch

Q: Are chemical dethatchers a scam? I am a microbiologist, and it does make sense that there are microbes you could put on the lawn that would help convert grass clippings into dirt. A: As a microbiologist you also know...

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Sod – Rolling and Leveling

Q: I recently had some bermuda sod installed around our pool. It looks pretty good and is starting to green up. The crew was adamant that it did not need to be rolled right away. Instead, they said roll it...

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Vines – Replacing Kudzu

Q: I am about to dig up some sun-blocking wisteria vines because a swarm of kudzu bugs is all over my windows and door. What type of fast growing vine can I put in it’s place that won’t be attractive...

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Tulips – Cut and Still Growing?

Q: This spring my wife cut a tulip and put it in a small vase of water. The stem was three inches long. After a week the stem was over five inches long. Is it normal for a tulip to...

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Honeysuckle – Getting Rid Of It

Q: I have a nice stand of a curly leaf English ivy mixed with wild honeysuckle. Is there a way to kill the honeysuckle, but not the ivy? A: An easy method is to put on a rubber glove and...

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Azaleas – Adding Grass Clippings

Q: We have a bermuda lawn and we would like to put our grass clippings in an island out front. There are azaleas and trees in the island. Is there any disadvantage to us doing this? A: You can spread...

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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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