Gardening Q and A

Crape Myrtle – Watering Leaves

Q: My neighbor keeps telling me I’m crazy. When I water I take extra care to spray the leaves of my crape myrtles and Leylands. I know plants absorb water through their leaves but is it beneficial or am I...

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Pomegranate Bushes – Seeds

Q: My pomegranate bushes are bending over with fruit this year and my friend is wondering if he can grow any from seed. A: It’s relatively easy to grow pomegranate from seed.. Harvest the juice-filled seed sacs from a fully...

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Ferns – Full Sun

Q: I am looking for ferns that are full sun tolerant and deer resistant. A: Deer don’t much care for ferns in general. I find Southern shield fern, Thelypteris kunthii, easy to grow in full sun if I water when...

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Buford Hollies – Leafs

Q: After a severe pruning on our Burford hollies, the oval-shaped leaves with one spine have reverted back to a leaf with spines all around, making them intolerable to work near. Can I force them back to the original leaf?...

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Orchids – Outdoor Options

Q: I have about 30 tropical orchids. Are there outdoor garden orchid plants that will grow in Atlanta? A: Although you won’t find any that grow in trees like tropical orchids do, there are ground-dwelling orchids that grow very well...

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Chicle – Growing Possiblity

Q: Is it possible to grow chicle here in Georgia? We need an evergreen tree on our property and it would be awesome to have a nice evergreen that also can be consumed. A: You won’t be able to grow...

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Swamp Hibiscus

Q: Have you ever heard of a plant called a “dinner plate hibiscus’? A: Dinner plate hibiscus refers to swamp hibiscus, Hibiscus moscheutos. Some gardeners call it swamp mallow or rose mallow. It gets its name from the flower size:...

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Scuppernog – Propogation

Q: My grandfather passed away and he had a scuppernong, which he called a Scup Nuts Vine. Can you give me instructions on how to propagate it so I can save this sentimental plant? A: Muscadine and scuppernong vines are...

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Fescue – Fertilizer

Q: What is a good fertilizer for applying when reseeding fescue? A: In the absence of a soil test (800-ASKUGA1) you can spread 15 pounds of 10-10-10 per 1000 square feet of lawn. This will satisfy the higher than normal...

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Coffeeweed Spouts – Plowing

Q: I have planted wildlife food plots and dove fields for many years and there is one weed we can’t seem to get rid of. Coffeeweed sprouts after virgin ground has been broken for the first time in decades. Where...

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Weeds – Carpet Blocking

Q: I always put down a weed block between garden rows and cover it with mulch. But it takes considerable time to remove old mulch and weed block and then apply new stuff again each year. Could I cut carpet...

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Liriope – Splitting

Q: Can I split my liriope and replant it without waiting for dormancy? A: You can split liriope 24/7/365. Freezing temperatures and hurricane rains might deter the gardener but liriope will prosper no matter what conditions you move it in....

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Tomato Plants – Aspirin

Q: You say on your website that aspirin can prevent disease on tomato plants. Where can I find more information about the process? A: Scientists have known for several years that certain compounds can signal a plant to defend itself...

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Insecticidal nematodes – Insect Control

Q: What do you think about using beneficial nematodes for soil pests? I’ve heard a little about them, but wanted to know your thoughts. How big is that industry? Are they used for home gardens or commercial farmers? or both?...

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Catalpa Tree – Caterpillars

Q: The ugly catalpa tree at our Nearly Native Nursery has always had the fish bait worms. We have several customers who have purchased trees from us but still no worms for them. How do they attract them? A: Catalpa...

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Tree – Privacy Protection

Q: A builder just clear-cut all the trees behind our fence. Which is the better evergreen tree for fast growth, minimal maintenance, and effective privacy: Leyland Cypress or Thuja Green Giant? A: Either plant would be great. They can grow...

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Weeds – Pre-emergent

Q: Is there any difference between the pre-emergence for winter weeds and the pre-emergence for summer weeds? A: No. While different chemicals are used in different products, they all prevent seed germination or sprout/root elongation after seedlings emerge. We’re getting...

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Kingsnake – Attraction

Q: I appreciated your e-mail newsletter article about a kingsnake taking care of a copperhead. We have seen a number of copperheads on our property. Is there some way to encourage the kingsnake population? A: Snakes of any sort are...

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