Gardening Q and A

Norfolk Island Pine – Dog ate bark

Q: I have a Norfolk Island pine and my dog ate away the bark on the bottom of the plant. Only the bark is gone and there is no damage to the trunk. Is the plant going to die? A:...

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Chestnut – Disease-resistant variety

Q: I’ve read that the American chestnut is being cross-bred with the Chinese chestnut to make a blight resistant tree. I’d really like to plant one! The ones I read about are mostly American and have all the American chestnut...

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Zoysiagrass – Planting in bermudagrass

Q: I need some advice. I have a bermudagrass lawn, but I prefer zoysiagrass. I was planning on plugging in ‘Meyer’ zoysiagrass. Will the zoysiagrass overtake the bermudagrass easily? Is there a better time of year to plug? A: One...

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Dallisgrass – control

Q: I have almost two acres of a mixture of centipedegrass and bermudagrass. Unfortunately, dallisgrass is taking over. Is there anything in this whole wide world that I can use to kill this pest? A: Dallisgrass is indeed hard to...

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Rosemary – Recommended varieties

Q: I have a lovely eighteen-inch wide decorative pot I wish to center in the middle of an herb bed. I would like to plant an evergreen in this pot. It gets full sun ALL day! What would you recommend?...

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Weeping Cherry Tree – Propagation

Q: I have been digging up the seedlings under a weeping cherry tree and giving them to friends and family for a couple of years. Am I wasting my time? Will the seedlings be weeping cherry trees or just plain...

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Herbicides – Marking lawn with dye

Q: I have a problem spot-spraying herbicides in my lawn. It is difficult to keep up with what I’ve sprayed and what I haven’t sprayed. I have seen a professional lawn care company using a spray that marks where it...

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Tree cavities – Recommendations

Q: In a recent tip, you recommend not filling or drilling tree cavities. An arborist has recommended inserting a pipe at an angle through the cavities in a large oak so that any water will exit the tree. Can you...

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Daffodil bulbs – Determining quality

Q: This spring I reworked a weed-choked flower bed. It had a couple hundred daffodil bulbs in it. I dug the bulbs up and laid them on a mesh trailer and forgot about them. They have been laying on this...

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Iris, daisies – Care in extreme weather

Q: At this late date, my iris and daisies have all bloomed and are now resting. I usually wait until the end of September to cut them way back for next year, but with all the rain and heat, they...

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Lawn – Proper watering

Q: This morning my lawn service man told me to water in the middle of the day instead of early morning because water was standing too long, creating mold and mildew and allowing the weeds to grow better. Do you...

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Summer vegetable gardening – information

Q: I’m new to gardening in Georgia so I’m curious. Many gardens are planted so early in the spring, compared to my New York State home, that sweet corn and tomato plants are already harvested and being cut down by...

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Orchid – Caregivers

Q: I was recently in Charlotte and my niece told me about a service she uses for her orchids. After the blooms are gone, she takes the orchids to someone who tends them until they bloom again. They call her...

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Blueberries – pruning

Q: When do you prune blueberries? I have had a full month of fruit! It is about to end, so I need to know how to keep it this good for next year. A: Immediately after harvest is the best...

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Cherrylaurel – Leaf Spot

Q: We have a Carolina cherrylaurel in our backyard. It has some brownish-gold spots as well as some small holes in the leaves. It gets early morning and afternoon sun with spotty shade most of the rest of the day....

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Fescue – Resisting brown patch

Q: I am tired of my fescue lawn dying every summer. It always starts with brown spots, then progresses to just dead patches all over. I am looking for the highest-rated fescue that has the best resistance to brown patch...

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Tomato – Acid Taste

Q: I grow a few tomato plants each year with limited success. I have spent years trying to produce fruit which has an acidic taste–a bit of a bite. Bland tomatoes are edible, but just barely so. Is the acidic...

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Creeping Charlie (Ground Ivy) – Control

Q: I have a pesky weed which I don’t have any idea what it is or where it came from. I feel like it showed up because of my poor soil. I have dug up this weed, made sure no...

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