General Garden Info

Local Suppliers of Plants?

Q: Are there any local suppliers of native plants? A: Local nurseries sell a limited selection of native plants but four local operations specialize in natives. The first is Nearly Native Nursery near Fayetteville (nearlynativenursery.com). The second is the Georgia...

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History of TifBlair Certified Centipede Grass

Copied from http://www.tifblair.com/advantages-of-tifblair-centipede/history-tifblair-certified-centipedegrass Centipede is a popular turfgrass selection for southernmost coastal plains and Florida because of some appealing features. It’s more shade-tolerant than bermuda. It’s also easy to maintain because it grows an even three to six inches without...

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Dawn Dish Soap (Detergent) – Not Recommended

Q: Why don’t you recommend using Dawn dish soap to help kill bugs and weeds? A: The number one reason I don’t mention Dawn for garden use is that it doesn’t have a pesticide label that permits it. Strictly speaking,...

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Is Cottonseed Meal The Best For My Boxwoods?

Q: I have used cottonseed meal for my boxwoods in the past. Is this still the best choice?  A: I think cottonseed meal works great! Commonly sold as livestock feed, cottonseed meal slowly decomposes over time and gradually releases nutrients...

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Identifying Grass – Not Soft And Brown During The Winter

Q: I need to identify my grass so I can follow your lawn guides. In summer it’s a pretty green color, it’s dense and is not the softest grass. It’s brown now.  A: You’ve given me two important clues: the...

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Is It Too Late For Blueberry Pruning?

Q: Is it too late for blueberry pruning?  A: You can prune blueberries anytime between late fall and late winter. Actually, they require little pruning until they reach four to six feet in height. At this point, start a cane...

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Cleaning A Garden Shovel

Q: I have a garden shovel that I would like to clean. It has some dirt caked on it and a little rust around the edge.  A: My favorite shovel cleaner is a wire brush. When the rust and dirt...

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Recommendations For Flower Seeds That Help With Beehives?

Q: My brother is a beekeeper. Do you have a recommendation for flower seeds that could be planted to help his hives? A: There are dozens of common flowering plants that honeybees adore. The goal is to have something flowering...

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Can You Plant A Meyer Lemon Bush Outside?

Q: Can you plant Meyer lemon bushes outside? I’ve had mine for three years. My husband is tired of moving it in and out and wants to know if I can just plant it outside and leave it.  A: I...

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How Do Get New Areas To Grow Moss And How To Control Weeds?

Q: I have a nice, flat backyard that will not grow grass, but does grow moss, which I love. Moss is green, it’s good for croquet, and I don’t have to cut it. How do you get new areas to...

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How To Get Grass Where Stumps Were Ground?

Q: We have had three Bradford pear trees removed and the stumps ground. What is the best route to take to have grass for 2018?  A: Assuming your plot is now in full sun, you can choose between bermudagrass, zoysiagrass...

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Beautifying Our Front Entrance – Which Wildflowers To Use?

Q: I am on the beautification committee of our subdivision. We want to beautify the front entrance by planting wildflowers. What should we plant?  A: A wildflower planting can be beautiful during some parts of the year but ugly as...

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Blackberry Lily Seeds And Pods – When/How To Plant Them

Q: Someone gave us a basket full of blackberry lily seeds and pods. When and how is the best time to plant them?  A: I planted a couple dozen seed last spring and about half of them came up, which...

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How Long Should I Wait To Spray Weed Killer After Seeding Lawn?

Q: I reseeded my fescue lawn and the new grass is coming up really good. There are a lot of weeds coming up with the new grass. How long should I wait to spray weed killer after seeding the lawn? ...

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Arborvitae – Dry Roots

Q: Could you tell me what is going on with our Green Giant arborvitae trees? We watered them until they went dormant in winter. A: These plants look like the roots have gotten dry. They might have stopped growing in...

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Remove Lower Limbs to Make Tree Grow Taller?

Q: I have a large Maple tree in my front yard that I installed 8 years ago. It’s been thriving and we love it. I’d like to cut the lower couple large branches off in hopes of promoting it to...

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Circling Root – Removal

Q: Is leaving or removing this encircling tree root likely to kill the tree? This is a large Japanese maple that is the highlight of my front yard. My nationally recognized tree service recommends removing the root, but I’m afraid...

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Snow Doesn’t Accumulate Under Leafless Tree

Q: I looked outside today at my snow-covered front lawn where there is a 10-year-old weeping cherry tree, completely without leaves. And without snow in a circle that extended out to the “drip line” of the tree. It makes me...

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