Gardening Q and A

Pinecone Ginger

Q: I was recently in Bainbridge. A lady was making a flower arrangement with “flowers” I have not seen before. The flower looked like a six-inch tall pine cone on a very thick stem. She called this a pine cone...

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Rose – Disease from Thorns

Q: A co-worker of mine is having a terrible time because she evidently caught an infection from being stuck with thorn from a rose bush she was moving. She had a place on her leg that wouldn’t heal, then after...

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Pansy – Wilting in Cold Weather

Q: Can you give me some information on pansies and how they stay alive during the freezing weather? Do they have plant anti-freeze in them? Does the water go down to the roots at night? A: Pansies are members of...

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Pansy – Nitrate Nitrogen

Q: I want to revisit the continuing saga of how to fertilize pansies in the winter. You have written and mentioned on the radio that pansies should be fertilized with any product that has a moderate concentration of “nitrate” nitrogen....

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Fescue – planting over ground stumps

Q: I have planted fescue over pine tree stumps that have been ground out. Over the course of the summer, the grass has died where the stumps were located. Do you have any suggestions as to how to improve the...

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Crickets – Control

Q: I will soon be holding a wedding at my house and I brought in some ferns and other potted plants from outside. Unfortunately, I now have crickets residing indoors. They make a pretty loud racket. How can I get...

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Blackberry Bush – Planting

Q: I am a science teacher and always tell my students that plants bring out the best in people. I’m planning a garden at my home and would like to place a blackberry bush against a fence row. I have...

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Bradford Pear – Healing after split

Q: My fifteen-year old Bradford pear split down the middle during the leftovers of hurricane Frances. The half remaining is standing tall. Since these trees seem to be pretty hardy, I am going to give it a chance to recuperate....

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Daylily – Planting Seed

Q: Last week, while removing some of the flower stems that had dried up on my daylilies, I noticed that in the globe-shaped thing at the top of the stem, where the flower had been, were a number of small,...

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Bulbs – Planted Upside-down

Q: Back in November I planted 300 spring bulbs in my garden. Now I am concerned that I planted them upside-down. Will they grow correctly or must I dig them up and replant them? A: You can lay to rest...

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Viburnum- ‘Winterthur’

Q: I would like to know the name of the particular Viburnum you mentioned that your cohorts ooohhed and ahhhhed over at the mere mention of the species. A: The viburnum was...

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Air spade – information

Q: What is the the method or tool that does the work of the “air spade” that you recommended that homeowners can do on their own without having to hire a professional air spade company. A: I didn’t have a...

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Kombi Shovel – procuring

Q: A few Saturdays ago, your colleague mentioned a special shovel she recommended for hard situations. Could you send me information about how/where I could buy it? I don’t remember the name but she thought it could do any job…...

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Mosquito – Males vs. Females

Q: I’ve heard that only the female mosquito bites you. If so, what does the male eat? A: Male mosquitoes feed on plant nectar. Their mouthparts are not capable of piercing skin. Males may live a few days to more...

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Trees – Identification website and book

Q: We had several trees come down in last weeks storm here in Duluth, GA. Can you recommend the best website that provides color photos of trees, their bark and their leaves as we would like to I.D. what may...

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Zoysia – Fertilizing in Winter

Q: I heard you say on your radio program in October not to fertilize zoysiagrass again this year. On Nov. 1 my lawn maintenance company called to ask permission (this is not a scheduled round) to treat our zoysiagrass lawn with...

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Pampas Grass – Cutting Plumes

Q: For only the second time in 15 years, my pampas grass has had beautiful plumes this year. I am tempted to cut them for decorations, but am afraid Imight interfere with their blooming next year. Is it O.K. to...

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Mealy Bugs – Homemade insecticide

Q: I received a hothouse-grown gardenia bush for Christmas. It has developed mealy bugs. I was going to use Safer’s insecticidal soap but it was not safe on gardenia bushes. Please tell me what I can use. A: My horticulturist...

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