Gardening Q and A

Daffodils – Planting Depth

Q: The label on my bag of daffodils recommends they be planted eight inches deep. I think this is too deep. Do you have a preference? A: In typical heavy Georgia soil, planting daffodils so that the top is buried...

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Rosemary – Cold Weather

Q: I have two young rosemary bushes outdoors. Should I put them in pots and bring them in the house during the winter? A: There’s no need to bring rosemary indoors. It’s one of the hardiest herbs you can grow....

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Rugosa Rose – Growing In Georgia

Q: While on vacation in Maine we loved seeing beach roses They smelled beautifully. Would these roses grow here? A: I’ll bet you were seeing rugosa roses. The leaves have a characteristic corrugated surface. They would be very happy growing...

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Gardenia – Winter Prep

Q: What is the best way to protect a three-year old gardenia plant from the winter elements? If I wrap it in burlap and leave that around it until spring would it help? A: Generally speaking, gardenias don’t need to...

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Mexican Petunia – Winter

Q: I had Mexican petunia in my flower garden for the first time this year. Can I leave it out for the winter or do I have to take it inside? A: Mexican petunia, Ruellia simplex, should grow perfectly well...

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Hackberry – Sticky Sap

Q: There is a big hackberry tree in my back yard that provides welcome shade to our deck; we tolerate the leaves it also drops. This fall the deck was covered with a sticky, saplike substance that turned a bright...

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Bermuda – Scalping

Q: I’m planning on scalping my newly installed bermuda lawn next spring. I’ve let it grow four inches tall. Is it okay to cut two to three inches off the grass then? A: It’s fine to remove the dead grass...

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Farm – Proper Zoning

Q: We are under contract to buy a seven acre property just outside the Perimeter. It has a nice house and a horse barn with different sections of fencing for livestock. We want to make this an after school/camp/birthday party/farm-styled...

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Water Lilies – Plant Carefully

Q: Our home is on a community lake and I would like to add some water lilies to our shoreline. But I’ve been told that they are very invasive. True? A: DO NOT plant water lilies! They will definitely become...

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Lantana – Pruning

Q: I planted a‘Sunny Side Up’ dwarf lantana. It is supposedly perennial. I would like to shape it and cut it back from lopping over the sidewalk. When is the latest I can prune it? A: I haven’t had experience...

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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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