Gardening Q and A

Pruning Boxwoods

Q: Can you cut boxwoods down to the base of the trunk like holly bushes? When’s the best time? Neel A: If the boxwood is in good health, you can cut it back to 12″ tall in February and it...

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Flowers That Will Bloom in November

Q: I’m looking for a variety of poppy that will bloom on November 11th, to honor the 100th anniversary of the First World War. In late summer I traveled around France and was surprised to see a field of wild...

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Aerating – Spike Aerator

Q: I understand the importance and benefits of aerating a lawn. However, this year my neighbor bought an aerator made with spikes on a drum. What do you think? A: I think he won’t get much benefit from using a...

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Blueberries – Planting in Canadian Peat Moss

Q: I’m buying blueberry bushes from a blueberry farm. They specifically want me to plant them in a Canadian peat moss mixture. What is the difference in Canadian peat moss and other peat moss? A: My guess is they want...

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Conk (Mushroom) – On Tree Trunk

Q: What is this on a big tree on our property? It has a weird growth at the base What should we do about it? Should we knock it off? A: Well, I call it a conk. The experts call...

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Butterfly Bush – Blown Over

Q: I’ve attached a picture of the damage done to my wife’s favorite butterfly bush by the wind last night. What can / should I do to make both the butterfly bush and my wife happy? A: The first job...

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Bloody Dock – Identification

Q: I am wondering if bloody dock, Rumex sanguineus, will grow well here. Some say it is invasive but I like the color of its leaves. A: I bought some several years ago and it still pops up in my...

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Repellex – Effectiveness

Q: I wondered if you’d gotten any feedback on the effectiveness of Repellex, especially to voles and bunnies. A: I asked folks to report to me their experiences with Repellex tablets, which contain capsaicin. Repellex (click for sources) Their replies...

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Juniper – Pruning

Q: We moved to our new house 6 months ago. When we moved one of our two evergreens looked like it was having a rough time! We trimmed/pruned it the best we could. Now, that same spot looks the same,...

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Tree Roots – Remove Retaining Wall

Q: I have a tree in my front yard that had a retaining wall around it. I noticed the blocks starting to rise on one side so I removed the blocks and this is what I found. Will this correct...

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Feral Pigs – Control

Q: Our garden has been completely rooted up by feral pigs coming up from a nearby river. Is there anything we can do beside build a fence? A: Before you do anything, call the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to...

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Mole – Hills Near Lawn Edge

Q: I listen to your show every Saturday morning on my way to the golf course. Do you have any idea what kind of critter would be responsible for making these mounds in my back yard? A: They look like...

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Hornet Nest – Removing from Leyland Cypress

Q: My neighbor noticed a large hornet’s nest in a branch of my Leyland cypress. It’s about 15 feet in the air and embedded in 1 or 2 of the branches for support. Is there a practical way to get...

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Arborvitae – Multiple Leaders

Q: I planted a big ‘Green Giant’ arborvitae this year. It has one tall leader and 3 or 4 shorter leaders coming out of the rootball beside the main one. I would like to have just one leader so that...

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Philodendron – Cold Hardy?

Q: I have had this plant on my front porch for thirty years. It started with one sad looking leaf and has turned into what you see. I would love to know exactly what kind of plant this is. It...

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Palms – Transplanting

Q: I’m doing some research for a Sunday sermon which has a short discussion of date palms in it. Can a date palm re-root after being blown over? A: Yes, like most palms, date palm can be propped up for...

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Clover – Control in Iris Bed

Q: Is it possible to chemically eradicate clover in a bed of dwarf iris? A: My friend Theresa Schrum points out that irises are monocots (single-leafed plants) and therefore should be immune to 2,4-D, the primary ingredient in broadleaf (dicot)...

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Rose of Sharon – Mentioned in the Bible

The following came from Consumer Q’s, written by Arty Schronce and published by the Georgia Department of Agriculture Q: Is the rose of Sharon mentioned in the Bible the same shrub we know by that name? The shrub is also...

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