Gardening Q and A

Peonies – Why Are They Not Doing Well This Year?

Q: Some of us have been comparing notes online and it seems that our peonies are not doing well this year. The plants are not very vigorous and have not produced many blooms. Some think it is because of the...

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Night Blooming Cereus – What To Do With Rootlets

Q: Last year I was given a night blooming cereus. I have to bring it inside for the winter. This year it is sending out long, hairy shoots that I believe are rootlets looking for places to anchor. Since I...

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Lawn Company Sprayed Barricade Pre-Emergent On New Lawn

Q: A lawn maintenance company sprayed Barricade pre-emergent on my new lawn. The grass sod was laid in February. Can I can do anything to minimize the negative impact it will have on my lawn? A: I don’t know exactly...

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Get Rid Of Ants In Your Pots

Q: I have ants in the pots I want to plant tomatoes in. Do have to totally replace the soil? Is there a natural deterrent? A: An easy way to eliminate ants is to dump the soil into a black...

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Gold Medal Plant Program Has Ended

Q: What are the Gold Medal Plant winners for 2017? A: The director of horticulture at the State Botanical Gardens says the competitive market for new plants, along with a lack of funds to promote the program, has ended the...

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How Do I Kill Wisteria?

Q: How do I kill wisteria? A: Killing the main vine is not hard: simply sever it completely and everything beyond that point will die. The problem comes with killing all the little sprouts that will come up from the...

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Moss Pathway – Will Vinegar Kill The Weeds?

Q: Can I use vinegar to kill the weeds in my moss pathway? A: I think the vinegar would be likely to kill both the weeds and the moss. I have had good success lightly misting weeds with glyphosate (Roundup,...

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Straw Bale Garden – Will Plants Survive?

Q: I started a straw bale garden by soaking it with water every day for 14 days and fertilizing with 10-10-10 every other day. When I went to plant it was only 80 degrees inside the bales but I dug...

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Knockout Roses – What Is A Safe Distance To Plant Them From A Water Line?

Q: I want to plant Knock Out roses near a water line but I’m worried the roots may break into the pipe. What is a safe distance to plant them from something like this? A: Plant roots do not invade...

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Stinkhorn Mushrooms – How To Get Rid Of Them

Q: We have stinkhorn mushrooms growing in a large flower bed at the front of our house. How to get rid of them? They are foul on so many levels! A: The best thing to do is the simplest: use...

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Poolside Plant – Would Fatsia Work?

Q: I need something to plant by our pool that would add a tropical look. I tried tropical hibiscus but it is not winter hardy. I saw fatsia at a local nursery. These have a great tropical look! What do...

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Raspberry – Blooms but no Fruit

Q: My Heritage raspberries have been planted for a few years and never produced fruit. This year looks promising with so many flowers. But they all looked like the attached picture. Am I going to be disappointed again? A: UGA...

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What Is The Best Depth To Fertilize A Lawn At?

Q: I understand the best time to fertilize a lawn is when the soil is warmer than 65 degrees. But at what depth? A: Measure at the 2 inch depth since that’s where most of the grass roots are...

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Limelight Hydrangeas – How Much Fertilizer To Use

Q: I am wondering how much fertilizer to use on my Limelight hydrangeas. A: Don’t apply much fertilizer to a ‘Limelight’ hydrangea. My preference would be to apply a slow-release organic fertilizer, like Holly-Tone or Milorganite, instead of 10-10-10. The...

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Ornate Box Turtle – Identification

Q: I saw this little guy in my yard in Powder Springs. Do you have any idea what type of turtle it is? It actually looks like it has flowers painted on the shell! It’s not an Eastern box turtle....

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What To Do With Daffodil Bulbs

Q: A bulb company sent me a catalog with some good prices on daffodils. What should I do with these bulbs after I receive them in May? A: Great question! As you know, fall is the best time to plant...

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Crimson Fire Loropetulum Shrubs – Freeze Damage

Q: I had some gorgeous Crimson Fire loropetulum shrubs but they got hit by the freeze. Most of the leaves and flowers turned crispy. Some shrubs rebounded like crazy after about three weeks but on some the outer branches are...

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Control Aphids – Ladybugs

Q: My wife wants to control aphids. Are we allowed to import ladybugs from out of state? A: Ladybugs and their larvae are excellent aphid predators! Insects sold at local nurseries have been collected on the West Coast and held...

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