Gardening Q and A

Thorny Three-Leaf Orange Plants With Fuzzy Yellow Fruits

Q: I have a bunch of thorny three-leaf orange plants with lots of fuzzy yellow fruit on my property. Are they worth anything? What’s the best way of getting rid of them? A: I have heard of farmers planting trifoliate...

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Is Black Plastic Ground Cover Good For Flower Beds?

Q: Is black plastic ground cover a good thing or a bad thing for a flower bed? Crazy question I know but my hubby had it put down and it seems to be a barrier to planting annuals.  A: I...

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Caring For Ghost Peppers Inside

Q: I love hot peppers and grow ghost peppers in two containers. What is the best way to care for them if I bring them inside for the winter?  A: Even though we think of peppers as being annual plants,...

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Moving Potted Hibiscus During The Spring

Q: We have six potted hibiscus that we move in and out of our home every fall and spring. We usually have to cut them way back to fit them into our warm basement area where they get six hours...

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What To Do With Ant Mounds?

Q: I have two bare spots in my bermuda lawn where ant mounds have disappeared and a third hill that’s still active. What do I do with the hills?  A: Dilute a liquid lawn insecticide according to label directions and...

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Good Method To Kill Privet Hedge?

Q: Is there a good method to kill privet hedge? It has taken over a portion of my backyard fence.  A: It’s a tough plant! I spent much of my childhood and young teen years trying to control privet on...

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Caring For Oakleaf Hydrangea In The Winter?

Q: I rooted an oakleaf hydrangea from an outdoor plant. It is doing well: growing and throwing out new leaves. What care would you suggest for the winter?  A: You can plant it in a sunny spot outdoors but the...

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Why Won’t Red Tips Grow In Atlanta?

Q: I saw a big healthy red tip photinia hedge outside the Royal Automoble Club in Epsom, England. If red tips will grow in England, why won’t they grow in Atlanta?  A: Photinia will grow here fine, with regular maintenance....

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How To Dispose Of Bad Milorganite?

Q: I had a bag of Milorganite that I stored in a plastic bucket. Somehow the lid was shifted and now I have a smelly, sticky mess. Any ideas how to dispose of it? We live near a lake.  A:...

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Will A Hurricane Downpour After I Apply Pre-emergent Wash It Away?

Q: Will a hurricane downpour after I apply pre-emergent wash the chemical away?  A: Pre-emergent chemicals dissolve pretty quickly. This means that even if you have a big downpour after applying, the first half-inch of rain dissolves the chemical and...

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My Asparagus Plants Are Four Feet Tall And Bushy

Q: In 2013 we planted UC157 asparagus. We have harvested nice eating-size asparagus since. Now the plants are four feet tall and very bushy. My late husband tended our plot and I’m not sure what he did at this point. ...

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Meat In My Pecans Are Soft/Rotten – What’s Wrong?

Q: My house has two giant pecan trees with lots of green pecans that have fallen off. I dried a tray of them but the nutmeats were soft or rotten. What am I doing wrong? A: Our unfortunate Georgia pecan...

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How To Control Leaf Rollers On Canna Lilies?

Q: I sprayed my canna lilies with insecticide every two weeks to control leaf rollers. Is there something better I could be doing?  A: The cigar-rolled leaves of a canna infested with leaf rollers are really ugly. In addition to...

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How Do I Keep My Coneflowers Alive?

Q: I planted a dozen beautiful coneflowers of different colors last year. The label said they are perennial but the six that came back this spring gradually died in summer. The soil is well-drained and I only watered when things...

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How Should We Collect Nuts From A Walnut Tree?

Q: My brother’s walnut tree has walnuts on the ground and some still on the tree. Should we knock the ones on the tree off and do a one time collection or collect them as they fall?  A: Collect them...

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Can I Prune My Climbing Rose Now Or Should I Wait?

Q: I have an old climbing rose I forgot to prune after it bloomed in May. Can I still prune it this late in the year or should I wait until next year?  A: If it needs major surgery, it...

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What Caused My Pine Tree To Die?

Q: We had a large pine tree cut down because of pine beetles. The tree died in only two weeks. The trunk had lots of holes with sap dripping out on the lower part of the trunk and narrow trails...

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Fertilizer Recommendations

Q: Most of the bushes in my yard have fertilizer recommendations of 10-10-10. For many years I’ve used liquid 10-10-10, mixing it with water from my rain barrel, but I can not longer find it. What do you recommend instead?...

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