Gardening Q and A

Fescue – Too Much Seed

Q: I planted a new lawn in my back yard using eighty pounds of seed over four thousand square feet. By the end of September, the grass was lush, green and four inches tall. But after a few days, the...

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Kudzu – Growing Inside

Q: I live in Nevada and would like try growing kudzu as a indoor house plant. Do you know where I can purchase seeds? A: As we say in the South “Margie, Margie, Margie….are you tetched in the head?” But...

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Asparagus – Moving The Bed

Q: I have a question about moving an asparagus bed. I have moved and I want to dig my asparagus bed and move it to my new home. Can I move it now? A: Now is a terrific time to...

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Rye – Overseeding With Other Grass

Q: Should centipede and St. Augustine lawns ever be overseeded in fall with rye? A: No to both. Although bermudagrass tolerates ryegrass overseeding reasonably well, centipedegrass and St. Augustinegrass lawns do not. The fertilizer you give the ryegrass will stimulate...

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Wood Chips – Use As Mulch

Q: I have an older friend whose yard and beds I’ve taken on as a fall project to make them low maintenance. I’ve read online about using thick wood chip mulch to make better soil. What do you think? A:...

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Luffa – Should I Worry?

Q: I am writing a newsletter article about luffa vine. The fruit of the vine has lots of seeds and I want to be sure it’s not invasive. A: If you plant a luffa gourd seed in April, you’ll worry...

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Blueberry – Winter Care

Q: I planted a blueberry bush back in the summer and it has thrived. Do I need to protect the bush during the winter months? A: Blueberries are perfectly winter-hardy, so there’s no need to protect them from cold. Eventually...

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Cypress – Tips To Pruning

Q: I have large Leyland cypresses which I would like to prune. The trees are twenty feet wide and thirty feet tall. I want to prune back three feet at the bottom of the trees all the way around. But...

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Roses – Disease Resistant Climbers

Q: I am interested in the disease-resistant qualities exhibited by roses developed by Bill Radler, the originator of Knock Out(tm) roses. Which climber would you recommend? A: I found online three climbing roses with links to Mr. Radler: Morning Magic(tm),...

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Bulbs – Planting For Quality

Q: I recently bought a home and am excited to plant daffodil bulbs in the yard. I have planted daffodils previously with limited success. My question is: do more expensive bulbs mean higher quality or is it more a matter...

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Pine – Providing Shade

Q: We are looking for an evergreen tree to provide shade in our front yard. What types would you recommend for the middle Georgia? A: I can’t think of anything evergreen that provides effective shade other than a pine tree....

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Yellow Jackets Nests – Why More Than One Hole?

Q: I’ve always known yellow jackets nests to have two openings. The second opening helps ventilate the nest while serving as an emergency exit. A: UGA insect expert Paul Gillibeau says sometimes they have multiple holes by chance. They make...

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Holly – Determination To Remove

Q: I want to get rid of some large holly bushes. I previously had some pulled out of the ground with a chain and a big truck. Someone said it would be easier to cut the remaining one down completely...

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Arborvitae – Privacy Screening

Q: I am going to hire someone to plant an evergreen screen for privacy and long-term low maintenance. Our neighbor’s upstairs bedroom overlooks our yard. Is Green Giant arborvitae a good choice? A: I think ‘Green Giant’ arborvitae would be...

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South GA – When In Early Spring?

Q: When is “late winter thru early spring” in S.E.Georgia? That’s when I understand I should be trimming my beautyberry and crepe myrtle. A: You’re right to identify the correct season. Southeast Georgia winter weather is much different from the...

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Decoration – Rocks Instead Of Much

Q: What are your thoughts on placing three inch diameter river rocks around my trees instead of mulch. A:I’m an agnostic when it comes to landscape decoration. My wonderful neighbors have forgiven my six-foot high lighted angel hovering high in...

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Grass – Mixing Fescue and Rye

Q: I supervise building dozens of houses each fall and winter. We are required to have almost total coverage by lawn grass prior to receiving our Certificate of Occupancy. We typically sod the front yards and put down a mixture...

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Bermuda – Why Not Use Winterizer

Q: I heard you say on radio that it is not necessary to apply a winterizer to bermuda lawns. Why not? A: Mostly because you will be wasting your money except in limited cases. Bermudagrass starts slowing its growth rate...

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