Gardening Q and A

Asparagus – Removing Foliage

Q:I planted asparagus crowns this year and the patch has glorious green four-foot high foliage. Should I remove it now or wait? A: The foliage will eventually turn yellow but removing it now while it’s green won’t likely cause any...

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Lantana – Staying Healthy

Q: I have a pink lantana that came back healthy after the last cold winter. How do I propagate it? A: You could try rooting four-inch cuttings from the plant indoors. With winter fast approaching, you can’t do the process...

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Mushrooms – Removal

Q: I have orange mushrooms in my mulched areas. How do I get rid of them? A: The constant wet weather of the last couple of weeks has made conditions perfect for fungi to “bloom” as they decompose damp mulch....

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Beetles – Milky Spore

Q: Is it to late to apply milky spore this fall? I had lots of beetles flying around my outdoor lights in summer. A: Your first step is to identify the beetles you saw around the lights. Japanese beetles are...

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Aerating – Best Times

Q: I saw on your website that it could be a good idea to aerate highly compacted soil twice a year. Besides late April, when would be the best time to do the second aeration on zoysia? A: Since the...

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Bermudagrass – Winter Height

Q: As we get ready for winter, what’s the recommended mowing height for Tift 419 bermuda grass? A little short or a little long? A: Mow it a little long; maybe one notch higher on your mower. This will give...

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Wildflower Bed – Weeds

Q: I planted wildflower seed a couple of years ago and they look great but the weeds almost overpower them. I mow the area in the fall but the weeds and thick grasses all come back. A: The name wildflower...

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Hillside – Erosion Control

Q: I need something to keep a very steep hillside from eroding and I thought of the grass that GDOT plants along the roadsides. It seems to be drought tolerant and low maintenance. Any idea what it might be? A:...

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Porcupine Grass – Pruning

Q: I planted some porcupine grass this spring. Now the clumps are sending out long plumes that I don’t like. Can I cut off the plumes now so the whole plant will be the same height? A: Porcupine grass, Miscanthus...

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Corn – Pruning

Q: We have a variegated corn plant which we put outside in warm weather and bring back in for winter. It has grown too tall to bring in the house. Is there a proper way to prune it? A: You...

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Chameleon Plant – Removal

Q: Several years ago you warned me that hottuynia (chameleon plant, Hot Tuna plant, etc) was invasive. I planted it anyway. Now it has smothered my liriope and continues its onward march. I have to confess I was wrong! A:...

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Crabgrass – Mythic Formula

Q: I have been told that you have a formula of Miller beer, Tide detergent and something else to get rid of crabgrass. What was the last ingredient? A: This supposed lawn tonic recipe and its variants have been passed...

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Fescue – Shade

Q: In shady areas is it okay to plant a blend of fescue and other grasses? A: You can certainly plant a “shade loving” fescue blend. Most of the shade mixes have a combination of bluegrass, ryegrass, red fescue and...

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Water Oak – Proximal Planting

Q: We will be planting 4 or 5 water oak trees in a straight line in an old pasture. How far apart should we plant them so they grow to their full potential? A: The rule of thumb for spacing...

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Herbicide – In Mulch

Q: Is it safe to use hay, as mulch and in a compost pile, that has been treated using 2-4-D? A: I don’t think I can say that it’s “safe” in all situations. The weed killer 2,4-D has a half-life...

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Pears – Replacing With Serviceberry

Q: I want to replace four ‘Bradford’ pears with native serviceberry trees. Is there a certain variety I should look for? A: There are several species and hybrids of serviceberry that grow very well here. I love the plant’s springtime...

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Leaves – Removal After Seeding

Q: What’s the best way to remove leaves from a newly seeded lawn? Is it best done with a rake or with a blower or grind them up with the lawnmower? A: It’s best to shred them with a mower....

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Houseplants – Cleaning

Q: What is the best solution for cleaning houseplants that have been outside all summer? A: Patio plants frequently become dusty after a summer outdoors. They will look fresher if you clean them up a bit. Find an old cotton...

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