Gardening Q and A

Lemon Trees – Pollination and Fruit Bearing

Q: I have a Meyer lemon tree in a pot outdoors for the summer. When we bought it had one lemon. But it has produced flowers twice and when the lemon reaches pea size they fall off. A: I think...

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France – Grass For Colder Weather

Q: I live in France and I like St Augustine grass but I don’t know whether Raleigh or Mercedes is more cold hardy. A: Paris is chilly in winter but I think St Augustinegrass would fare there just fine. ‘Raleigh’...

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Non-Native Plants – Georgia Planting

Q: My heirloom Brandywine tomatoes have somewhat low production. Are there any tomato varieties native to Georgia? A: The tomato is actually native to South America and was first cultivated in Georgia in the early 1700’s. Several common garden plants...

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Thyme – Planting Tips

Q: I’m moving from Florida to Athens and I’m interested in putting in a thyme lawn. Do you have any tips to help it be more successful? A: I don’t see why thyme wouldn’t work if you have full sunshine....

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Mimosa – Unusually Large

Q: I noticed the flowers of a mimosa tree above the canopy of the woods behind my house. I’m guessing it’s sixty feet tall. Is that unusual? A: It’s unusual, and it may be the biggest in the state, but...

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Trees – Treating Scarred Limbs

Q: I recently had a large tree cut down in my back yard. The tree service damaged a lot of healthy trees carrying out the logs. They swore that the best treatment to these scars was chain oil, which they...

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Azaleas – Planting In Containers

Q: Can azaleas be planted in containers instead of in the ground? I’ve never seen them in containers. A: Smaller-sized azaleas do fine in containers. Read the plant label to find out their mature size. The Encore azalea experts list...

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Dianthus – Pruning Dead Flowers

Q: I planted Dianthus about a month ago and it had beautiful white blossoms. The blossoms have since died back and leaving a unsightly brown flower. Do I cut off the old flowers in order for new ones to appear?...

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Irrigation – Using Pool Water

Q: Can we water the sugar maples and bermudagrass around our condos with swimming pool water? A: Relatively speaking, pool water doesn’t have much chlorine in it, typically 1 – 3 parts per million. This is approximately the same amount...

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Crapemyrtles – Freeze Damage

Q: My crape myrtles suffered a little freeze damage to the foliage. About half of the new shoots arr wilted and brown while the bottoms are still green. Should I prune the dead stuff back? A: I’d leave the plant...

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Weeds – Grassy Weed Control

Q: Two years ago, I replaced my fescue lawn with dwarf mondo grass. I planted sprigs about four inches apart. So far, so good, except for one problem: in the bare spaces between the sprigs, there are lots of weeds...

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Holly – Small Sized Replacements

Q: Several years ago we purchased what we were told were two dwarf Helleri hollies. One has died. The other is still no more than a foot tall, with a spread of two and a half feet. We are trying...

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Urea – Using A Substitute Product

Q: I sent a sample of soil to the Georgia Extension office. They say we need to use 46-0-0 on our lawn but I can’t find it anywhere. Can I use Milorganite? A: Yes, you can use Milorganite, with an...

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Bushes – Soaking Up Water?

Q: I live in a small townhome and the ground floor is very damp. I need a small bush that grows in shade to soak up water. A: Unfortunately, plants do not “soak up water” from an area. Certainly some...

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Carpenter Bees – Beneficial For Pollinating?

Q: Are carpenter bees good pollinators in my garden? Some articles say they are and others say they are not that beneficial. A: I think their usefulness in a garden is doubtful. They certainly pollinate big, open flowers like sunflowers...

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Containers – Causing Drainage Discoloration?

Q: I live in a courtyard home and use resin containers for all my plants. I have noticed that some of my older containers now produce a yellowish-brown water when I water them deeply. Are the containers are breaking down...

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Weeds – Organic Control Options

Q: I have a significant weed issue in my back yard. My wife is against Roundup. A friend of mine says lime would keep the weeds under control. Is this true? A: Lime will have no effect on the weeds....

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Rosemary – Edible Leaves?

Q: I planted a creeping rosemary last fall and it has little blue flowers on it. Are they edible? A: Joyce Cotter, president of the Chattahoochee Unit of the American Herb Society, says rosemary flowers are quite edible. She advises...

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