Gardening Q and A

Roots Of Trees Growing Toward Slab Of Foundation

Q: I have a solid slab foundation under my home. The roots of a tree near the house are growing toward my slab. What should I do?  A: I think the tree roots are not growing toward your slab, they...

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Snowball Viburnum – Do I Need Another Vibrurnum To “Berry Up”

Q: I have a wonderful snowball viburnum but never notice it producing berries. Do I need another viburnum species nearby for it to “berry up” for the birds?  A: There are two flower forms of snowball viburnum. Viburnum macrocephalum, with...

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Will Locust Trees Do Well In Georgia?

Q: Will locust trees do well here? They are so amazingly fragrant when their white flowers come out in the late spring.  A: Black locust, Robinia pseudoacacia, and honey locust, Gleditsia triacanthos, are commonly grown in Georgia. Good sources of...

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My Lawn Is Suffering From Drought

Q: Some areas of my lawn look really stressed from drought. I try to water it once a week for twenty minutes each zone.  A: You need to know how much water is being applied in twenty minutes. Set six...

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My Pomegranate Trees Have Only One Or Two Fruits

Q: My wife and I have three six-year-old pomegranate trees. One of them has full of orange flowers but only one or two fruits. Most of the flowers are single but there are many double flowers too.  A: I think...

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Filbert bush needs pollinator

Q: I harvested one lone filbert nut on my tree. When will the tree mature and give me more? A: Congratulations! You have accomplished the typical yield from a single filbert tree. The reason is that filberts (and hazelnuts) have...

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Sunflowers don’t inhibit other plants

Q: I was told that sunflowers produce toxins in the soil they grow in. Will these gentle giants destroy my surroundings plants? I have had sunflowers in my garden many times and have not noticed a problem with growth of...

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Glyphosate (Roundup) damage to angel trumpet

When John S. asked about the tiny leaves on his angel trumpet, I told him it sure looked like the damage that glyphosate causes on azalea, rose and crapemyrtle. A few days later he replied that he had sprayed Roundup...

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Can I Leave Caladiums Among Tulips And Daffodils?

Q: I have an area where I want to put caladiums amongst tulips and daffodils. Can I leave them in the ground all year and expect a nice show?  A: Caladiums rarely survive winter cold in the ground outdoors. I...

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My Witchhazel Never Flowers

Q: I have a spring-blooming witchhazel. It looks healthy but never flowers. I pruned it late fall to see if that might stimulate something.  A: If you pruned it in the fall, that’s the whole problem. Some witchhazels bloom in...

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Red Dogwood Tree – Trunk Is Dead But New Growth From Base

Q: We have a six-foot red dogwood tree we planted last spring. The main center trunk has died but it has some new growth coming from the base. Should we remove the dead part and save the new growth?  A:...

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Roots Growing Through Weed Barrier

Q: Several years ago I put down rolls of weed barrier under my flowering cherry and then covered it with black wood mulch. Since that time the barrier has become covered with black dirt, mulch and weeds. Roots from the...

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Do Carpenter Bee Traps Work?

Q: Are carpenter bee traps worthwhile in capturing these insects?  A: From the reports I have gotten, results are not consistent, even using the same type trap. Some people catch a dozen bees, while others capture none. You are welcome...

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Armadillos In Georgia

Q: I was surprised to see an armadillo crossing the road in Tallulah Falls one morning at 5:45 a.m.!  A: Armadillos are everywhere in Georgia! I recently heard of one on Collier Rd. in Atlanta and another on North Druid...

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I Mowed Over Poison Ivy Vines – Is It Still Toxic?

Q: I threw poison ivy vines out in the yard and mowed over them. Now I’m afraid that I spread it throughout the yard. Do I avoid going out in the backyard for the entire summer? A: I am not...

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Fruit From My Banana Plants

Q: I get fruit from my banana plants about every other year, contrary to what you said on radio.  A: It seems like every time I say a certain thing isn’t possible in Atlanta, someone writes and says “Why, I...

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Is Compost Tea A Good Fertilizer?

Q: Is compost tea a good fertilizer for the vegetable garden or is it better to just mix the compost into the holes of the plants?  A: I have a history with garden “teas”. I remember helping my mother make...

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How Should I Amend The Soil When Planting Native Shrubs?

Q: How should I amend the soil when planting native shrubs? A: I know it seems better to amend the soil with organic matter, but the latest research shows that unless you are planting in pure clay, amending soil doesn’t...

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