Gardening Q and A

Coffeeweed Spouts – Plowing

Q: I have planted wildlife food plots and dove fields for many years and there is one weed we can’t seem to get rid of. Coffeeweed sprouts after virgin ground has been broken for the first time in decades. Where...

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Weeds – Carpet Blocking

Q: I always put down a weed block between garden rows and cover it with mulch. But it takes considerable time to remove old mulch and weed block and then apply new stuff again each year. Could I cut carpet...

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Liriope – Splitting

Q: Can I split my liriope and replant it without waiting for dormancy? A: You can split liriope 24/7/365. Freezing temperatures and hurricane rains might deter the gardener but liriope will prosper no matter what conditions you move it in....

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Tomato Plants – Aspirin

Q: You say on your website that aspirin can prevent disease on tomato plants. Where can I find more information about the process? A: Scientists have known for several years that certain compounds can signal a plant to defend itself...

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Insecticidal nematodes – Insect Control

Q: What do you think about using beneficial nematodes for soil pests? I’ve heard a little about them, but wanted to know your thoughts. How big is that industry? Are they used for home gardens or commercial farmers? or both?...

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Catalpa Tree – Caterpillars

Q: The ugly catalpa tree at our Nearly Native Nursery has always had the fish bait worms. We have several customers who have purchased trees from us but still no worms for them. How do they attract them? A: Catalpa...

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Tree – Privacy Protection

Q: A builder just clear-cut all the trees behind our fence. Which is the better evergreen tree for fast growth, minimal maintenance, and effective privacy: Leyland Cypress or Thuja Green Giant? A: Either plant would be great. They can grow...

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Weeds – Pre-emergent

Q: Is there any difference between the pre-emergence for winter weeds and the pre-emergence for summer weeds? A: No. While different chemicals are used in different products, they all prevent seed germination or sprout/root elongation after seedlings emerge. We’re getting...

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Kingsnake – Attraction

Q: I appreciated your e-mail newsletter article about a kingsnake taking care of a copperhead. We have seen a number of copperheads on our property. Is there some way to encourage the kingsnake population? A: Snakes of any sort are...

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Plants – Low-Light Options

Q: I’m trying to spruce up my college apartment with some herbs and plants but it doesn’t get much light. Do you have any recommendations for low-light plants? A:The best low-light indoor plants are golden pothos, aspidistra, aglaonema and spathiphyllum....

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Silver Queen Corn – Pollination

Q: Every year I plant Silver Queen corn. My plants look great but the ears of corn only have kernels on two-thirds of the cob nearest the stalk. A: It’s a pollination problem. Corn pollen is transferred by breezes among...

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Crop Rows – Plant Heights

Q: Why do plants at the end of crop rows become gradually shorter? I’ve wondered this for most of my 64 years. A: I’ve observed the same thing but I’ve never stopped to figure out why! My guess is that...

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Maple Tree – Leaf Colors

Q: I intend to plant a maple tree in my front yard in late September. I want a tree that has fall leaf color of yellow/gold/red. What varieties of maple can you suggest? A: Donna Dixon at Four Seasons Nursery...

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Japanese Climbing Fern

Q: I found an odd vine growing in the neglected landscape of a small office building in Buckhead. Is this Japanese climbing fern? A: You’re exactly right! This invasive vine can smother nearby perennials. I suspect it is brought into...

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Tomato – Splitting

Q: I have two tomato plants in 24 inch pots. They are doing very well but 75 percent of the fruit is split at the top near the stem. Is there any solution for this? A: Fluctuations in soil moisture...

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Centipede Grass – Prostrate Spruge

Q: My centipede lawn is being taken over by prostrate spurge. I know I should have put out pre-emergent, but is there anything I can do besides wait for it all to die? A: Prostrate spurge has wiry stems, a...

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Lawn – Armyworms

Q: My back lawn was recently infested with army worms. I was out of town and didn’t notice it until it was too late. I sprayed B.t. and now they appear to be gone. Is it okay for me to...

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Yoshino Cherry – Roundup

Q: My Yoshino cherry is sending up new shoots from its roots. My landscaper has been spraying them with Roundup. He says that this will not kill the tree. I disagree. Who is correct? A: Your landscaper is playing a...

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