Gardening Q and A

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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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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