Gardening Q and A

Armadillos – Yellowjacket Nests

Q: A neighbor has a theory that armadillos in our area eat yellowjacket nests. He said he always gets stung in summer but for the last few years he has not been stung and he...

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Yellowjackets – Nesting

Q: Every year I have a nest of yellowjackets in my yard. Last Sunday I found the newest nest (i.e. I got stung three times).Is there anything I can do so that yellowjackets will not...

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Bonsai – Soil Care

Q: Do you have any advice on the best soil composition for a bonsai tree indoors? A: Several “tree-like” indoor plants can be trained to have the classic bonsai look. Jade plant, ficus and Norfolk...

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Sweetgum – Persistent Saplings

Q: I have a fescue lawn that constantly yields small sweetgum saplings from a tree that was cut down five years ago. What is the best method to insure that I kill each sapling? A:...

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Peony – Pruning Seedpods

Q: I have successfully transplanted some fragrant peonies from Kentucky. After the bloom drops, the cluster of seedpods remains. Should those pods be pruned? A: Since no new flowers are expected after springtime, peony seedpods...

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Dogwood – Sprouting Stump

Q: We had a dogwood tree cut down. Now the edge of the stump is sending up new shoots. Will these shoots produce a healthy trunk? A: Plant a new tree. The sprouts that emerge...

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Ants – The Grit Treatment

Q: I grew up in middle Georgia, a real haven for fire ants. We used to kill them by pouring a tablespoon of uncooked, dry grits in a small pile on the edge of the...

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Thatch – Aeration

Q: Do you know if aeration shoes work on zoysia? Our lawn is thick with thatch. I’ve been raking like crazy, but wondered if aerating with these shoes will work? A: The aerator sandals will...

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Cannas – Pollinating

Q: We have started raising canna’s commercially and have several different varieties. I was told that we need to keep the different varieties separated to keep them genetically true. Is this correct? A: Cannas have...

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Straw – Planting Technique

Q: This spring I saw some local schools making gardens with wheat straw. They put the straw in large wire containers, then added their plants. I bought some straw bales and made holes and put...

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Iris – Rust

Q: I have been fighting iris rust for several years. Should all my iris plants be discarded and just start over? A: If the disease is not too far advanced you can scissor off the...

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Rose – Rosette Disease

Q: Rose rosette disease has infected all my Knock Out roses. Now I have to dig them up and replace them. I would not recommend these roses unless until the rosette disease has a cure....

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Gladioli – Falling Over

Q: My gladioli produce lovely green leaves but when they bloom they always fall over. Should I replant the bulbs deeper? A: It’s a common complaint that gladiolus flower stems get so top heavy that...

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Cypress – Turning Brown

Q: I planted five small Leyland cypress trees. One died right away. I took it back and got another one. But now the other four are turning brown. What am I doing wrong? A: Most...

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Olive Tree – No Fruit

Q: I’ve grown an olive tree in a large patio container for eight years. I bring it into the garage when it gets below 20 degrees in winter. For the last two years it has...

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Pear Trees – No Fruit

Q: We planted pear trees four years ago; they have yet to bloom. They grow and leaf out each year, but no fruit. What are we doing wrong? Any ideas. A: Sometimes plants behave in...

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Blueberries – Smaller Fruit

Q: We are harvesting wonderful blueberries from our plants. But I have noticed that the first berries are very large and the later ones are smaller. Also the newer leaves are a light green with...

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Centipedegrass – Height Matters

Q: I have centipede grass in my front yard. It gets full sun almost all day long. Now two-thirds of my yard appears dead except for an invasion of clover. Is there something special I...

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