Gardening Q and A

Blueberry – Winter Care

Q: I planted a blueberry bush back in the summer and it has thrived. Do I need to protect the bush during the winter months? A: Blueberries are perfectly winter-hardy, so there’s no need to protect them from cold. Eventually...

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Cypress – Tips To Pruning

Q: I have large Leyland cypresses which I would like to prune. The trees are twenty feet wide and thirty feet tall. I want to prune back three feet at the bottom of the trees all the way around. But...

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Roses – Disease Resistant Climbers

Q: I am interested in the disease-resistant qualities exhibited by roses developed by Bill Radler, the originator of Knock Out(tm) roses. Which climber would you recommend? A: I found online three climbing roses with links to Mr. Radler: Morning Magic(tm),...

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Bulbs – Planting For Quality

Q: I recently bought a home and am excited to plant daffodil bulbs in the yard. I have planted daffodils previously with limited success. My question is: do more expensive bulbs mean higher quality or is it more a matter...

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Pine – Providing Shade

Q: We are looking for an evergreen tree to provide shade in our front yard. What types would you recommend for the middle Georgia? A: I can’t think of anything evergreen that provides effective shade other than a pine tree....

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Yellow Jackets Nests – Why More Than One Hole?

Q: I’ve always known yellow jackets nests to have two openings. The second opening helps ventilate the nest while serving as an emergency exit. A: UGA insect expert Paul Gillibeau says sometimes they have multiple holes by chance. They make...

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Holly – Determination To Remove

Q: I want to get rid of some large holly bushes. I previously had some pulled out of the ground with a chain and a big truck. Someone said it would be easier to cut the remaining one down completely...

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Arborvitae – Privacy Screening

Q: I am going to hire someone to plant an evergreen screen for privacy and long-term low maintenance. Our neighbor’s upstairs bedroom overlooks our yard. Is Green Giant arborvitae a good choice? A: I think ‘Green Giant’ arborvitae would be...

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South GA – When In Early Spring?

Q: When is “late winter thru early spring” in S.E.Georgia? That’s when I understand I should be trimming my beautyberry and crepe myrtle. A: You’re right to identify the correct season. Southeast Georgia winter weather is much different from the...

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Decoration – Rocks Instead Of Much

Q: What are your thoughts on placing three inch diameter river rocks around my trees instead of mulch. A:I’m an agnostic when it comes to landscape decoration. My wonderful neighbors have forgiven my six-foot high lighted angel hovering high in...

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Grass – Mixing Fescue and Rye

Q: I supervise building dozens of houses each fall and winter. We are required to have almost total coverage by lawn grass prior to receiving our Certificate of Occupancy. We typically sod the front yards and put down a mixture...

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Bermuda – Why Not Use Winterizer

Q: I heard you say on radio that it is not necessary to apply a winterizer to bermuda lawns. Why not? A: Mostly because you will be wasting your money except in limited cases. Bermudagrass starts slowing its growth rate...

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Serviceberry – Pruning For Shape

Q: My serviceberry tree has a single trunk and is twelve feet tall but it wants to be shrubby. Every couple of weeks I cut off shoots that come from the base of the trunk. What is the best way...

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Grubs – Do Nothing

Q: For grub control, I like doing nothing, as you recommend on your website, but will they keep eating my fescue roots and come back year after year? If I put down grub-killing chemicals would the lawn be unsafe for...

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Fescue – Overseeding When Cool

Q: With the weather cooling at night is it to soon to do fescue overseeding? A: With soil temperatures warm but air temperatures declining, now is perfect! Fescue is a cool season grass: it does most of its growth between...

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Crickets – Catching With Duct tape

Q: A small outbuilding on our property has been taken over by camel crickets. It will soon be an art space for my daughter. Any control suggestions? A: Camel crickets are creepy! In my experience you can catch lots of...

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Sod – Laying It Yourself

Q: We have a new house and are ready to put in a lawn. We have a landscape plan that calls for zoysia. We want to lay the sod ourselves. Should we do it now or wait until spring? A:...

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Leyland Cypress – Predicting Growth

Q:If I plant a gallon-sized Leyland cypress, will it grow more quickly and match the size of five-gallon plant in a relatively short period of time? A: I think the answer is “It depends.” If the smaller plant has an...

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