Gardening Q and A

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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Should I Put My Bromeliad In The Sun?

Q: My new bromeliad gets light directly through a window for an hour in the morning but the rest of the day there’s no direct light. The leaves are turning brown and it looks very unhappy with me.  A: Generally...

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What Effect Does Insecticides Have On Bees?

Q: Bees seem to be drunk and asleep when viewed on flowers. Can insecticides cause this?  A: More than likely, the bees are sleeping! Bees of all kinds are well-known to rest on flowers, particularly near dusk or when it’s...

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Something Is Digging Up My Zoysia Sod

Q: We have a fenced back yard and have never had any problems with critters. This year we put down zoysia sod and something is digging it up.  A: I’d lay my money on raccoons. They have dexterous paws that...

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Safe Herbicides To Use Near A Creek?

Q: I have a few acres that are in need of brush control. My issue is that I have a well close to the area and my land slopes down to a creek. Are there any herbicides that are safe...

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How Can I Make Centipede Grass Plugs Spread Faster? 

Q: How can I make centipede grass plugs spread faster?  A: Centipede grass does not grow very rapidly. All warm season grasses slow down in September, so nothing can be done now. Next year, in both early May and early...

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How Much Space Should I Leave Between My Blueberry Bushes?

Q: I inherited an overgrown blueberry patch ten years ago. I managed to clear it and they have borne a reasonable quantity of fruit each year. However, I lose a lot of fruit because the rows between the bushes have...

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How To Deal With My Extreme Squirrel Problem

Q: To deal with an extreme squirrel problem I added some chili powder and cooking oil to sunflower seed. Now only cardinals visit my feeder. Could it be too hot?  A: I think the change in bird feeder visitors is...

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How Do I Clean Up Caterpillar Poop?

Q: I have been told that the little black balls on my deck are caterpillar poop from the trees above. Do I need to use a mask and rubber gloves and bleach to clean up or will hosing them down...

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I Am Overseeding My Fescue Lawn

Q: I’m overseeding my fescue lawn. Your website says to apply lime at a rate of 50 lbs per 1,000 square feet. My lawn is 5,000 square feet, needing 250 lbs. But I saw a 30 lb. bag of fast-acting...

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How Do I Harvest/Plant My Magnolias?

Q: I have three beautiful magnolias that are healthy and bloom beautifully. One has pods with red seeds. How do I harvest them and plant at my new home?  A: I’m sure yours is a beautiful tree but the tree...

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Is It Too Late To Fertilize My Centipede?

Q: Is it too late to fertilize my centipede?  A: Usually you fertilize centipede grass once or twice per year: one time in early May, another time in early July (if you think it needs it). It pretty much stops...

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How To Accelerate New Grass Growing Into Old Grass?

Q: Ten weeks ago I had bermuda sod installed in different places in my yard. I’d like to accelerate the new grass growing into the old grass by laying river sand down. Is it too late in year to do...

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Are There Any Heirloom Tomato Festivals In The Southeast?

Q: Are there any heirloom tomato festivals in the Southeast? I’m looking for a way to taste a variety of heirlooms at once.  A: Cartersville GA, Raleigh NC, Columbia SC, and Hendersonville NC have yearly tomato festivals of some sort....

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What Are The White Fuzzy Things Floating All Over Cartersville?

Q: What are the white fuzzy things floating all over Cartersville?  A: They are hackberry woolly aphids. Paul Pugliese, University of Georgia Extension agent in Bartow County, says “We had lots of rain this year. This equaled more sap flow...

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