Gardening Q and A

Bermuda Sod – November Planting

Q: Our new home will be finished by December 1. This means the builder will be laying bermuda sod in November! Is this a problem? A: If the lawn area is thoroughly tilled and is limed and fertilized beforehand in...

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Crapemyrtle – Unpruned

Q: Everywhere I look there are crape myrtles that are regularly trimmed back in various manners. What would happen if one is just allowed to grow? How tall would it get? A: It’s fine to leave crapemyrtles unpruned. As long...

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Roundup – Controlled Spray

Q: Can Roundup be used on weeds between rows of corn? The plants are six feet tall. A: You may not be able to see it but most garden sprayers deliver heavy droplets that can be seen with the naked...

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Nutsedge – Removal

Q: I’ve inherited a small farm. I want an income-generating crop that we can plant and harvest. I’m thinking about growing garlic. However, there is lots of nutgrass there. What should I do? A: You have a tough situation. Nutsedge...

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Air Conditioner – Collected Water

Q: I have always used air conditioner condenser water for my flowering plants and bushes, but never for vegetables. Can I use this water on my tomatoes and squash? A: Yes, the water that drips out of your air conditioner...

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Crapemyrtle – Shoots From Trunk

Q: I arrived home a couple months ago to find my two big crapemyrtles had been butchered by my husband. He thought it might help them bloom better this summer. Now lots of crape myrtle shoots have come up near...

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Fall Garden – Suggested Crops

Q: I am a volunteer for a community garden. We currently have a summer garden but would like to plant a fall garden. What would you suggest? A: You’ll be surprised what can be planted in fall. Not only cole...

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Pole Beans – Too Tall

Q: Can I trim pole beans if I can’t reach the tops? My theory is that the growth will return to bottom of plant and produce more beans lower and easier to pick! What do you think? A: The vine...

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Houseplants – Watering

Q: I have a fiddle leaf fig. I was told to give a tree this size two quarts of water two times a week. Am I watering too much or too little? A: Watering houseplants on a set schedule with...

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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 attributes it to the arrival...

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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 be attracted to my yard?...

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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 Island pine are prime candidates....

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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: Honestly, the best way is...

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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 don’t interfere with subsequent blooming....

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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 are weakly attached to the...

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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 ant bed. Once they eat...

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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 have no effect on thatch....

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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 perfect flowers, meaning that each...

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