Gardening Q and A

Daffodils – Affected By Warm Weather?

Q: With all the warm weather we’ve had lately, my daffodils have started coming up! Will they come up again this February? A: It’s completely normal for daffodils to put up foliage in winter. They won’t bloom until their regular...

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Fig Tree – Planting For Fruit!

Q: I want to plant a fig tree for the fruit. What variety do you recommend for this area? A: ‘Celeste’, ‘Brown Turkey’ and ‘LSU Purple’ grow very well here. Check with your local nursery for availability or visit the...

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Fertilizer – 15-0-15 Products

Q: I am looking for 15-0-15 fertilizer. We had a soil sample done and was told to add this but I am unable to find this anywhere. A: Look for Centipede/St Augustine fertilizer products. They are sometimes formulated as 15-0-15...

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Pine Bark Nuggets – Termites?

Q: I am considering using pine bark nuggets for mulch in a bed around the house. Is there a concern with termites in pine bark nuggets around the foundation? A: In general, no. Although mulch makes the soil beneath it...

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Pepper – Pollination

Q: Will peppers cross pollinate? If I plant hot peppers, like jalapeno and habanero, near bell peppers and banana peppers will it make all of them hot? A: Pepper flowers have both male and female parts and they usually pollinate...

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Red Robin Holly – Pollinator

Q: I planted four Red Robin hollies behind our pool. I am trying to determine the right male to go with these female shrubs. A: Red Robin(tm) is a selection of ‘Mary Nell’ holly that has a distinct red tinge...

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Starting a Landscape Business – What do You Need?

Q: I want to start a landscape business installing flowers in small beds. Do I need additional licenses such as an architect, nursery growers, or contractor’s licenses? A: It may be more complicated than you think. Todd Hurt, Training Coordinator...

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Deciduous Magnolia – Identification

Q: I took these pictures while fishing on Stone Mountain lake. It’s hard to appreciate just how large the blooms are without a scale to compare to, however the blooms dwarf a magnolia tree flower. The leaves are maybe 24...

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Garlic – Green Cloves

Q: I’ve been growing garlic for many years. This time when I pulled my garlic it came out with the cloves of garlic not encased. Each clove was separate. Could it be due to the warm winter and I should...

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Jumping Oak Gall – Identification

Q: These leaves fell from a large oak tree this week. A couple of weeks ago my patio was covered with the small rust/orange colored dots which appear on the leaves. Today I finally looked up to see the tree...

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Lanceleaf smilax – Identification

Q: I am wondering what this vine is. Is it something that can be eaten or is it poison? A: Plant identification expert Shannon Pable says it’s Smilax smallii. Lanceleaf greenbriar or bamboo vine are its common names. Unlike the thorny vines...

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Lawn Recovery After Salt Water Damage

Q: My parents live a block from the beach in Fairfield, Connecticut. The salt water from Long Island sound destroyed the lawn and plants after Hurricane Sandy. How do they recover their lawn? A: Legend has it that conquerors through...

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Stream – Water is Orange (Rusty)

Q: I live in Cumming and have a small stream in the woods behind my house. The water looks like rust. Can you tell me why? A: It’s because iron has dissolved in the water and a certain bacteria is...

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Tree – Damaged Lower Trunk

Q: I have a large tree in my front yard that is very sick. A big part of the trunk at bottom seems infested with some sort of insect. There are lots of little holes & sawdust…plus a good bit...

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Rose – Roots Damaged by Fertilizer

Q: This rose died so quickly! Any idea what I did? It was beautiful, then started to make buds and then the leaves began to shrivel and turn brown. I did put a couple of handfuls of 13-13-13 fertilizer on...

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Barred Owl – Identification

Q: This owl is living by our office in Carrollton. It knocked a squirrel out of a tree yesterday then swooped down and gathered it up, took it back up in the tree and had lunch. My wife and the...

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Fragrant Crabapple – Identification

Q: I found this small tree growing in Floyd County not too far from Barnsley Gardens. It was growing in an area close to a creek. The tree was small 8+- feet with rough gray bark. The flowers were very...

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Lady Banks Rose – Stem Splitting

Q: Is this rusty, splitting trunk on a Lady Banks rose normal? I do not want to lose this beautiful plant! It is about 12 years old and covers our swing arbor. A: Rose expert Ryan Tilley (http://www.rosegardensbyryan.com) says older,...

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