Gardening Q and A

Praying Mantis – Feeding

Q: My husband found a baby praying mantis on his windshield. This guy is only an inch long; what can we feed this little critter? A: It needs soft-bodied insects like fruit flies or aphids. Try putting banana or apple...

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Self-Watering Pots – Cold Weather Tolerance

Q: I use plastic self-watering pots inside copper decorative pots during the summer for my annual flowers. Can I plant pansies and ivy in the planters during the winter or will the pots freeze and crack? A: My guess is...

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Seeds – How to Save Iris and Hosta

Q: In years past I have waited to harvest hosta and Siberian iris seed until after the pods have opened. How do you recommend saving them? A: There are lots of easy-to-collect seeds now. I have pods on my iris,...

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Grapes – Wine Varieties Suitable for Small Spaces

Q: What variety of grapes for wine will grow well in a small yard? A: The University of Georgia recommends ‘Aurora’, ‘Delaware’ and ‘Norton’ for wine making in our area. The words “small yard” worry me. A very vigorous vine...

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Pinto Beans – “Half Runners”

Q: What is a “half runner” pinto bean? A: Half-runner beans have a growth habit mid-way between bush beans and pole beans. Bush beans make short sprouts barely a foot long. Half-runners make sprouts around three feet long. Pole beans...

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Trees – Watering Methods

Q: We’re in a big drought and I have to water my big oak and pecan trees. Is it necessary to move the water hose/sprinkler around the tree or is it okay to leave the hose on just one side...

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Pruning Boxwoods

Q: Can you cut boxwoods down to the base of the trunk like holly bushes? When’s the best time? Neel A: If the boxwood is in good health, you can cut it back to 12″ tall in February and it...

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Flowers That Will Bloom in November

Q: I’m looking for a variety of poppy that will bloom on November 11th, to honor the 100th anniversary of the First World War. In late summer I traveled around France and was surprised to see a field of wild...

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Aerating – Spike Aerator

Q: I understand the importance and benefits of aerating a lawn. However, this year my neighbor bought an aerator made with spikes on a drum. What do you think? A: I think he won’t get much benefit from using a...

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Blueberries – Planting in Canadian Peat Moss

Q: I’m buying blueberry bushes from a blueberry farm. They specifically want me to plant them in a Canadian peat moss mixture. What is the difference in Canadian peat moss and other peat moss? A: My guess is they want...

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Conk (Mushroom) – On Tree Trunk

Q: What is this on a big tree on our property? It has a weird growth at the base What should we do about it? Should we knock it off? A: Well, I call it a conk. The experts call...

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Butterfly Bush – Blown Over

Q: I’ve attached a picture of the damage done to my wife’s favorite butterfly bush by the wind last night. What can / should I do to make both the butterfly bush and my wife happy? A: The first job...

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Bloody Dock – Identification

Q: I am wondering if bloody dock, Rumex sanguineus, will grow well here. Some say it is invasive but I like the color of its leaves. A: I bought some several years ago and it still pops up in my...

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Repellex – Effectiveness

Q: I wondered if you’d gotten any feedback on the effectiveness of Repellex, especially to voles and bunnies. A: I asked folks to report to me their experiences with Repellex tablets, which contain capsaicin. Repellex (click for sources) Their replies...

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Juniper – Pruning

Q: We moved to our new house 6 months ago. When we moved one of our two evergreens looked like it was having a rough time! We trimmed/pruned it the best we could. Now, that same spot looks the same,...

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Tree Roots – Remove Retaining Wall

Q: I have a tree in my front yard that had a retaining wall around it. I noticed the blocks starting to rise on one side so I removed the blocks and this is what I found. Will this correct...

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Feral Pigs – Control

Q: Our garden has been completely rooted up by feral pigs coming up from a nearby river. Is there anything we can do beside build a fence? A: Before you do anything, call the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to...

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Mole – Hills Near Lawn Edge

Q: I listen to your show every Saturday morning on my way to the golf course. Do you have any idea what kind of critter would be responsible for making these mounds in my back yard? A: They look like...

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