Gardening Q and A

Mammoth Sunflower With More Than One Flower

Q: Have you ever seen a Mammoth sunflower stalk with more than one flower on it? This one has eleven different blooms! A: The ‘Mammoth’ variety of sunflowers have been bred to have one big flower on top and nothing...

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Do Pull-Behind Aerators Work

Q: I have a pull-behind plug aerator. Will it do the job?  A: It all depends on how deep the tool can penetrate into the soil and how many holes you make. Aim for ten holes, three inches deep per...

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Difference Between Zeon And Geo Zoysia

Q: I’ve been told Zeon zoysia and Geo zoysia are the same grass. Do you know if this is true? A: Both grasses are patented. They are therefore genetically and physically different. Geo zoysia can only be planted with sprigs...

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Bermuda Lawn: Overseeding With Ryegrass

Q: I read somewhere you should not overseed with ryegrass in the first couple years of a new bermuda yard. Is this accurate?  A: Overseeding bermudagrass with ryegrass is problematic because it stresses the bermudagrass while it is dormant. It...

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Can I Plant Bermuda Grass Now

Q: Can I plant bermuda grass seed now? A: No. There is not enough time for the seeds to sprout and mature before cold weather sets in. You can plant sod now as long as you keep it from drying...

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Is It Too Late To Fertilize Zoysia

Q: My lawn service put pre-emergent and fertilizer on my lawn on Sept 6. I think this was too late to fertilize zoysia. Am I wrong?  A: It depends on what strength fertilizer was put down. It is possible to...

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Should I Aerate On My Own

Q: I want to aerate my fescue before fall overseeding. Do you have tips on doing it myself vs hiring a lawn service?  A: Generally speaking, homeowners can accomplish better aeration of their lawns than you’ll get from a commercial...

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Can I Plant Cut Roses

Q: The cut roses I received are growing sprouts and new leaves. Are they able to be planted?  A: it is not uncommon for cut roses to sprout new leaves. However, they rarely sprout new roots. If the twigs don’t...

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Old Bermuda Lawn Growing In New Zoysia

Q: I replaced my bermuda lawn with zoysia in late April of this year. The contractor sprayed the bermuda with some sort of herbicide cocktail and the grass turned brown in a matter of hours. Five days later he scalped...

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When To Lay Zoysia Sod

Q: Is it too late in the season to lay zoysia sod? I have a southern facing lawn with limited sun in the winter due to lots of surroundings trees.  A: The answer is a qualified maybe. I don’t know...

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How Often To Fertilize Bermuda Lawn

Q: We just seeded a bermuda lawn earlier this year and its growing very well so far. How often I can fertilize it without risking damage? I really want to get as much coverage as possible before it goes dormant. ...

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Can I Compost Centipede Clippings With Seed Heads?

Q: With the seed heads now evident in my centipede lawn is it okay to compost the clippings or will my compost be full of grass sprouts next spring?  A: Typical centipede grass lawns do not produce many viable seeds...

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White Oaks Are Dropping Sap

Q: Our newly-purchased 110-year-old home is surrounded by white oaks. We’ve noticed the oaks are dropping sap on our cars. Is this raining of sap normal?  A: I very much doubt that actual tree sap is coming down from your...

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What Kind Of Hydrangeas Work In The Sunlight

Q: We are wanting to put hydrangeas on the side of our house. But it gets sunshine from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. What kind do we need?  A: Sunshine at that time of day can be pretty hot for...

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Trees That Allow Sunlight To Hit Grass

Q: I have a new house with a young maple tree in front. I don’t want to stunt my small front lawn from growing. What’s the best tree that allows sunlight to come through?  A: To have a nice lawn...

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I Watered My Lawn But Now It’s Brown

Q: We recently had a new home built. Sod was planted the last of June. For the first two weeks, the sprinklers ran each day at sunrise for forty minutes per zone. I run them for twenty minutes per zone...

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How And When To Prune Azaleas

Q: I just bought a house with overgrown azaleas. They are full on top but not dense underneath. How and when do I prune?  A: Sometime in February or early March would be the absolute best. Of course, pruning at...

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Hibiscus Shrubs: Black Leaves, Buds, And White Insects

Q: My hibiscus shrubs bloom from mid-summer thru fall. The buds and leaves have all turned black and they have white insects all over them.  A: Hibiscus whitefly is a common pest of outdoor hibiscus plants. The small white flies...

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