How-To Archive

How To Lower pH Of Soil?

Q: I’ve been amending my garden with compost for more than ten years. Soil tests every year show P, K, Mg, Ca, and Zn all in the excellent range. My problem is I can’t get the pH lower than 7.0....

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Getting Rid Of Black & Blue Salvia

Q: Several years ago, I planted ‘Black & Blue’ salvia. It has now spread across the entire back of my house and I want to get rid of it. Other than pull it up, a tough job due to the...

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How To Start A Zoysia Lawn?

Q: I want to convert my lawn from a weedy bermuda and centipede mix to zoysia. I want to use zoysia plugs to start the lawn. Would it be advisable to intermix fescue to provide a ground cover for the...

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How To Sow Dutch White Clover?

Q: My wife wants to sow Dutch white clover to help the pollinators at our cabin. Can you give guidance on how to prepare a lot for growing such?  A: Before World War II, clover was commonly mixed with fescue...

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How To Get Rid Of Wild Onions?

Q: Do you know of anything to get rid of wild onions except pulling them out?  A: Hand-pulling wild onion/wild garlic has the disadvantage of leaving in the soil the bulbs that don’t currently have leaves. The herbicide imazaquin (Image...

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How To Avoid Arborvitae Splitting?

Q: I’ve seen arborvitae in many beautiful landscapes. But it always seems to split as it grows. Can this be avoided?  A: Arborvitae is an excellent needled evergreen but it can have a problem with splitting. When it occurs close...

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How To Prune A Pomegranate

Q: I planted a pomegranate ten years ago. I have read that it should be pruned a specific way if it gets too big. A: I don’t think there is a “specific” way to prune; it just depends on what...

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How To Plant White Oak Acorns

Q: I have recently collected some white oak acorns. What is the correct way to plant them? A: The best time to plant white oak acorns is in fall immediately after you collect them because they sprout so quickly. In...

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How To Get My Tea Olive To Fill In With Leaves

Q: I would like my nine-foot-tall tea olives to fill in with leaves at the bottom half. How can I make that happen?  A: This is tough. One option is to prune off the top half of your shrub, which...

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How to protect a stump carving

Q: A stump carver made this statue out of the stump of a water oak that we removed in November in our back yard. In spring, branches started to grow. A: Water oak has many shallow buds under the bark,...

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Aftercare for poinsettia, amaryllis and paperwhite narcissus plants

Decisions, decisions…what to do with the poinsettia, amaryllis and paperwhite narcissus plants you got for the holidays? Poinsettia Amaryllis Paperwhite...

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I’m retiring from radio (mostly)

January 4, 2020 Three months ago somebody lightheartedly asked me “When are you ever going to retire from radio” I have been asked this many times before. You know that I already retired once from the University of GA after...

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Using Native Soil To Plant Trees

Q: On the radio, you told a listener they should remove most of the soil the tree has around its roots before planting. You said use only native soil to fill around the roots.  A: You should get a prize...

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How To Dispose Of Liquid Weed Killer

Q: Are the disposal guidelines for putting liquid weed killer into kitty litter still correct? What about powdered and granular pesticides? A: Yes, if you have a liquid pesticide you can’t use or which doesn’t have a label, pour it...

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Yellow Jackets In My Maple Tree

Q: Yellowjackets are coming out from a hole underneath a young maple in my front yard. How do I get rid of them without killing the tree?  A: All of the aerosol wasp and hornet sprays I’m familiar with have...

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Getting Rid Of Mushrooms In Zoysia Lawn

Q: I have mushrooms in my new zoysia lawn. What steps can be taken to get rid of them? The yard gets plenty of sun to dry it out.  A: The mushrooms most likely are coming from fungi feeding on...

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Popcorn sheller

Q: Here is my DIY popcorn sheller. I don’t know why more people don’t grow popcorn. Especially folks with kids. So easy to grow and fun! A: On the farm, we used a purpose-built hand-cranked cast iron corn sheller to...

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How to root a fig cutting

Q: A fig tree that has been in my family for three generations and produces a great harvest. My father recently passed away and we are selling the property. It is too large to transplant. Is there a way to...

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