Gardening Q and A

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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Serviceberry – Pruning For Shape

Q: My serviceberry tree has a single trunk and is twelve feet tall but it wants to be shrubby. Every couple of weeks I cut off shoots that come from the base of the trunk. What is the best way...

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Grubs – Do Nothing

Q: For grub control, I like doing nothing, as you recommend on your website, but will they keep eating my fescue roots and come back year after year? If I put down grub-killing chemicals would the lawn be unsafe for...

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Fescue – Overseeding When Cool

Q: With the weather cooling at night is it to soon to do fescue overseeding? A: With soil temperatures warm but air temperatures declining, now is perfect! Fescue is a cool season grass: it does most of its growth between...

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Crickets – Catching With Duct tape

Q: A small outbuilding on our property has been taken over by camel crickets. It will soon be an art space for my daughter. Any control suggestions? A: Camel crickets are creepy! In my experience you can catch lots of...

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Sod – Laying It Yourself

Q: We have a new house and are ready to put in a lawn. We have a landscape plan that calls for zoysia. We want to lay the sod ourselves. Should we do it now or wait until spring? A:...

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Leyland Cypress – Predicting Growth

Q:If I plant a gallon-sized Leyland cypress, will it grow more quickly and match the size of five-gallon plant in a relatively short period of time? A: I think the answer is “It depends.” If the smaller plant has an...

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Phone Apps – Identifying Wildflowers

Q: Someone has ‘borrowed’ my Audubon Guide to Wildflowers. Can you recommend a smartphone app for identifying wildflowers? A: I don’t know about smartphone apps that include the entire nation but UGA’s Mickey Cummings designed an excellent reference for north...

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Flower Book – Where To Find One

Q: I saw a coffee table book about flowers on the Today show years ago. It showed each flower in a blossom, full bloom and then dying. I can’t find it anywhere and don’t even know the title. A: The...

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Pests – Key To Control

Q: We recently bought some property that was formerly a hayfield. Our fruit and shade trees are being eaten alive by various pests. Is there a way to treat the entire property to keep these bugs off my trees and...

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Squirrels – Licking Stuff…

Q: Our very shaded home is prone to mildew on the siding. We noticed odd squiggling lines, about a half-inch thick, that appeared on the front porch walls starting at the floor and going up to about a foot. After...

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Azaleas – Protection During Winter

Q: After last year’s cold weather our azaleas really took a beating. They have come back but I don’t want to stress them again this year. Would it be a good idea to cover them with burlap? A: If the...

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Persimmon – Not Bearing Fruit

Q: I have three three-year old persimmon trees but they have never had any persimmons. Is this normal or should they be bearing? A: Three- or four-year old trees are still establishing a vigorous root system. Your trees are more...

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Japanese Maple – Transplanting

Q: Our home is 30 years old and is a cluster style meaning very small yards which is why we purchases the home, but unfortunately the original home owner planted a Japanese Maple in the bit of land just outside...

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