General Garden Info

Continuous-Feed Fertilizer – Should I Plan A Fall Feeding

Q: The label on my continuous-feed fertilizer says to feed herbs every three months. I’ve done so once and plan to repeat in July. Should I plan on a fall feeding or not? A: You have good gardening instincts! Despite...

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Lawn Company Sprayed Barricade Pre-Emergent On New Lawn

Q: A lawn maintenance company sprayed Barricade pre-emergent on my new lawn. The grass sod was laid in February. Can I can do anything to minimize the negative impact it will have on my lawn? A: I don’t know exactly...

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Straw Bale Garden – Will Plants Survive?

Q: I started a straw bale garden by soaking it with water every day for 14 days and fertilizing with 10-10-10 every other day. When I went to plant it was only 80 degrees inside the bales but I dug...

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Poolside Plant – Would Fatsia Work?

Q: I need something to plant by our pool that would add a tropical look. I tried tropical hibiscus but it is not winter hardy. I saw fatsia at a local nursery. These have a great tropical look! What do...

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What Is The Best Depth To Fertilize A Lawn At?

Q: I understand the best time to fertilize a lawn is when the soil is warmer than 65 degrees. But at what depth? A: Measure at the 2 inch depth since that’s where most of the grass roots are...

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Lawn Service Sprayed Gardening Area – What To Do

Q: Three weeks ago a lawn service sprayed an area set aside for gardening. The company says to till the area and water, water, water. Any more thoughts? A: Much depends on what was sprayed but in general the advice...

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What Is The Georgia Native Plant Of The Year?

Q: What is the Georgia Native Plant of the Year? A: The Georgia Native Plant Society declares the Plant of the Year to be sweet Betsy, Trillium cuneatum to be exact. It’s one of the largest and distinctive trilliums of...

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Is Soil To Warm To Use Pre-Emergent?

Q: I read your article about timing pre-emergent application when the soil temperature is 50 degrees and rising. My soil temperature is 62 degrees. Have I missed my window to put down pre-emergent? A: Even though the soil is warm...

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Does DeKalb Still Have Drought Restrictions?

Q: Is DeKalb County still on drought restrictions? A: Not only DeKalb County but most of metro Atlanta is still under Drought Level 2 rules. Outdoor mature lawn and landscape watering is restricted to twice a week (even addresses on...

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Pine Bark Nuggets – Can I Till These To Amend Soil?

Q: I mulch my flower garden with colored pine bark nuggets. Is it okay to till in these nuggets to amend the soil? A: To my knowledge there is no harm in the dye used on these chips. I would...

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Pollen Count High – Good For Bees?

Q: I heard that pollen counts are getting high. Is this good for bees? A: Not really. Most of the pollen drifting around is from trees, which are typically wind-pollinated. They don’t need insects to carry pollen from flower to...

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Fake Article – Adding Eight Things To Soil For Better Tomatoes

Q: I saw an article online that listed eight things to add to the soil to grow better tomatoes. I’ve never heard you mention any of them. A: As soon as I saw “Apply baking soda to get tomatoes that...

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Lawn Fertilizer – Can I Use It On Trees And Plants

Q: I bought a fertilizer meant for lawns (32-0-8) to use on my bamboo. Can I also use this on trees, camellias, hydrangeas, azaleas and other perennials? A: I think it would be better for the shrubs to use either...

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Perennial Garden – What To Do Before Planting

Q: We just finished digging an area for a perennial garden. We filled the area with a mix of garden soil and organic mushroom mix. Is there anything else we should do before planting? A: Sounds like you’ll have lots...

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Large Organic Garden – Advice For Planting Rhubarb

Q: I have a large organic garden and would like to plant rhubarb. Any advice? A: Rhubarb won’t be as perennially hardy here as it is up North but you can grow it in the South for a couple of...

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Recommended Plants For Security Landscape Around Windows

Q: We would like to incorporate security landscaping around the windows of our new home. What plants would you recommend? A: Several come to mind. Roses would certainly be high on the list but Chinese holly, barberry and mahonia would...

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Tulip Bulbs After The Flowers Were Cut Off – Can I Still Plant Them For Blooming

Q: A florist gave me fifty tulip bulbs in soil after they cut the flowers off. Is it possible to plant them for next spring blooming? A: If you plant the bulbs now you may get some flowers next year...

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Warm Weather And Early Budding – Should I Advance My Planting Cycle?

Q: We have had a very warm 2017 so far and many plants are budding and flowering early. It seems to me that we are two or three weeks ahead of normal. Should I advance my normal garden planting cycle?...

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