Gardening Q and A

Is It Safe To Use Horse Manure In Large Garden

Q: Is it safe to use horse manure in large garden? I’m retiring and have plenty of land to plant vegetables to give to my neighbors. I will be getting the manure from a local stable.  A: I admire your...

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How To Dispose Of Liquid Weed Killer

Q: Are the disposal guidelines for putting liquid weed killer into kitty litter still correct? What about powdered and granular pesticides? A: Yes, if you have a liquid pesticide you can’t use or which doesn’t have a label, pour it...

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Goats And English Ivy

Q: My yard has been taken over by English ivy! What’s the good and bad about using goats to clear it out?  A: Goats are cute and you’ll never run out of stories to tell about the time they lived...

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When To Harvest Peanuts

Q: I grew a row of peanuts for the first time this year but I don’t know when to harvest them.  A: You need to combine three observations to reach the conclusion that your peanuts are ready to harvest. The...

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Saving My Azaleas From Sewer Work

Q: The county is going to repair the sewer line in my back yard soon. In the way are some seven-foot-tall azaleas. What’s the best way to save them?  A: Grab some buddies or hire a small landscaping crew and...

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Cuttings, Perlite, And Peat Moss

Q: I have rooted several cuttings from an oak leaf hydrangea in a mixture of perlite and peat moss. I’m not sure what to do next.  A: In a sheltered spot outdoors dig a trench six inches deep and a...

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How To Trim Palatka Hollies

Q: I know Palatka hollies “want” to grow high but can you trim them to be more like a hedge?  A: ‘Palatka’ holly is a handsome columnar holly that usually tops out at 35 feet tall. After pruning, sprouts will...

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Sorghum Covered With Insects

Q: My friend has sorghum sprouting near her bird feeder. I noticed the seedhead was absolutely covered with a wide variety of insects, from different looking wasps and ants to other flying creatures.  A: Sorghum (milo) in bird seed comes...

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TifTuf Bermuda Vs Zenith Zoysia

Q: My lawn gets 4-5 hours of sunlight. I’m trying to decide between TifTuf bermuda and Zenith zoysia. Which is more shade tolerant?  A: Both grasses are “somewhat“ shade tolerant. There are a lot of additional factors that will determine...

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When To Cut Back Lantana

Q: Although I still have greenery on my lantana, can I cut it back now?  A: “When to cut back lantana?” has generated gardening controversy for years. Some say cutting it back too early allows ice to form in the...

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Lady Banks Rose Has Only Long Runners

Q: I have a young Lady Banks rose. It has multiple long runners but not a single bloom. What could be wrong, and should I prune the long runners?  A: Depending on its age, the rose may simply be getting...

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How To Get Thicker Blooms On My Crapemyrtle

Q: I was happy to see a few beautiful red blooms come on our crape myrtle but it seems tall and thin. How can I get it to be thicker with more blooms?  A: Crapemyrtle flowers are produced on the...

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How To Keep Roundup From Tree Roots

Q: I have a lot of old pines and dogwoods on my property. English ivy, trumpet vine and poison ivy are trying to take over everywhere. I would like to spray Roundup and kill everything but I’m concerned about getting...

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Getting Rid Of Four O’Clock Plants

Q: How do I eradicate four o’clock plants? The previous owner of my house planted them everywhere.  A: This is another plant, like clerodendrum and sweet autumn clematis, that has attractive flowers but can be a garden thug. Mature four...

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Mixing Sunflower Seed Husks Into Soil

Q: There are piles of sunflower seed husks under our bird feeder. Is there any nutritional value to mixing them in soil as a conditioner?  A: The seed husks contain minimal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium but would be...

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Getting Rid Of Oak Wilt

Q: We have a red oak tree that seems to have oak wilt. In September, the top began to turn brown long before any other oaks nearby. We plan to have the tree removed soon. Should I have the wood...

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Difference Between TifTuf And 419 Bermuda

Q: What is the real difference between TifTuf and 419 bermuda?  A: After World War II, my mother bought a 1948 Allis Chalmers Model G tractor, which she allowed my father to borrow on occasion. Despite having no hydraulic lift,...

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Liriope Taking Over My Mondo Grass

Q: I’ve noticed that liriope has taken over almost half of my nice carpet of mondo grass. Any tips for getting rid of the liriope without harming the mondo grass?  A: These two plants happily coexist with each other in...

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