Gardening Q and A

European Beech – Survival in Georgia

Q: Can a tri-colored beech tree survive and thrive in Atlanta? If yes, do they need any special considerations in planting? A: According to the experts, European beech (Fagus sylvatica) can’t handle our summer heat. I have never seen one...

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Sweet Pea – Growing

Q: Can we grow sweet peas in Atlanta? I live in Roswell. If so, when do we start the seed? A: Do you mean the flower or the edible pea? In either case, the answer is the same…yes. Plant the...

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Vegetable Garden – ‘Sterilizing’ soil

Q: My father has two vegetable gardens (totalling 800 sq ft) that he wants to “sterilize” dirt. He is concerned that due to size “rotation” of crops are not very effective. He is looking for dazomet(?) or basamid (?). He...

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Mockernut Hickory – Identification

Q: I have a tree in my backyard that must have been planted by the previous owners. I’ve tried to identify it through The National Arbor Day Foundation but I can’t figure it out. Can you look at these photographs...

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Dwarf Mondo Grass – Planting

Q: What can you tell me about dwarf mondo grass? Can you split the containers of plants or do they have to be planted as a unit? Doe it spread and can you dig up and transplant the grass? When...

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Coastal Bermuda Grass – Pros and Cons

Q: What are your thoughts on coastal bermuda as a lawn grass? Pros and cons please! A: The first con I can think of is that you’ll have to plant Coastal from sprigs. There is no seed or sod. A...

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Concrete Dust – on plants

Q: SOS!!! My husband had concrete driveway pad replaced; dust from concrete saw (used to break up old pad) covers my liriope, hosta, azaleas, impatiens, some iris. what is best way to remove it? I’m concerned it will change PH...

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Pre-emergents – information

Q: I’ve heard you talk about pre-emergents on your show and I was wondering if I could use one on the plot of ground where I will be planting my fall patch of turnip greens and spinach. Every year, the...

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Tomatoes – Too much white meat

Q: My husband, who is a retired Delta grain farmer, is trying his hand at growing tomatoes. We have tons of the tiny ones, which are very good. Our large tomatoes, are prolific enough, but most of them have a...

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Flowers – Moving and replanting

Q: We sold our home very quickly. I had roses given as gifts from family and friends, daylilies and irises from my home where I grew up, some inherited from my greatgrandmother’s garden. We dug them up today! Please help...

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Wooly Hackberry Aphid – Control

Q: My sister lives in Montgomery, AL and her spring garden is infested with the “White Wooly Hackberry Flies”. Do you have any recommendations on how to get rid of these little guys, without spending a fortune? A: I think...

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Lawn – Aerator Sandals

Q: I recently bought aerator sandals with two inch spikes on the bottom. After I purchased them, my brother-in-law told me I wasted my money because aerator sandals do not really work. Are they really harmful to the grass or...

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Composting – In Plastic Bags

Q: If I leave my shredded leaves in a plastic bag outdoors and punch small holes in the bag so rain water will wet them, will they compost by spring? A: The leaves will eventually decompose into compost but I...

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Carrots – Growing

Q: We are trying to grow carrots in our garden. I prepare the soil well and the other vegetables do great except the carrots. The carrots are very short and many have 2 or 3 short roots. What am I...

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Daylily – Reblooming

Q: My Stella d’Oro daylilies bloom great at the first of summer and almost never after that. They are three years old and appear to be well established. I fertilize in early spring but I’m not sure how much and...

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Pesticide – Degradation in Water

Q: Several weeks ago you wrote about the half-life of insecticides after application. I assume that the same breakdown occurs in herbicides. Does the degeneration occur after mixing, or only after application? I have been mixing Roundup(tm) in five gallon...

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Lawn Care – Surfactants

Q: What is your opinion about using surfactants (wetting agents) as part of a residential lawn care program? I recently used a surfactant lawn care product (bought on the Internet) on my yard. I hoped for better water penetration into...

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Tree Leaves – Mulching

Q: I would be very appreciative if you could answer a simple question. Is it beneficial or detrimental to the lawn if one mulches the tree leaves and lets the shreddings lay on the grass? My wife admonishes me every...

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