General Garden Info

Sprayed Mulch-What to Do

Q: Last summer I sprayed my pasture with GrazonNext, containing aminopyralid and 2,4-D . I have a pile of wood chips that I use as mulch around various plants. When I was cleaning out my sprayer I sprayed my mulch...

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Freshly Chipped Pine-Compost?

Q: I have a large heap of freshly chipped pine limbs and needles. If I let the pile age a few months will the chips be suitable as compost for a vegetable garden or should I use for mulch? A:...

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Horticultural Therapy – Training

Q: I recently heard about the benefits of horticultural therapy. Are there classes I could attend to explore making this into a career? A: Horticultural therapy has been a great benefit to many. It uses plants and gardening activities to...

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Boxwood Blight – Major Concerns in Landscape

Q: We live in Colquitt County and my wife wants an elaborate parterre garden utilizing approximately 700 dwarf boxwoods. She would like the hedges to be able to be maintained around 2 1/2 feet high. The area receives a great...

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Tree Roots – Covering

Q: These three maples have spread their dastardly roots for 25 years. Short of expanding the block wall and ivy, is there a solution besides totally removing the trees? A: Bank robbers rob banks because that’s where the money is....

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Propagation – Using Milk Jugs

Q: What is your opinion of winter sowing outdoors in translucent milk bottles? I’ve read that people do it even into Zone 5! A: It’s something I’ve read about but never tried. So I’ve collected some milk bottles and I...

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Raised Bed – How to Fill Options

Q: I have built twelve raised beds out of concrete blocks. What is the best soil to use to raise flowers and vegetables? A: You have several choices. One option is to use the existing soil (plus some from nearby)...

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Fertilizing on a Slope

Q:I would like to fertilize young azaleas on a sloping bank next to a pond. How do I do it without creating an algae-filled pond as I did last year? When is best? A: Azaleas don’t really need a lot...

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Granite Dust – Amending Soil

Q: Is granite dust, available at most stone yards, a suitable component for amending soil? Does it have micronutrients? A: It does have some micronutrients but they are very slowly available to plants. You can use the gritty stuff to...

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Clay Pot – Soil

Q: My clay pots all seemed to have lost about an inch or two of soil over the winter. What’s up? Do I just add potting soil? A: It’s shrinking because the larger particles of organic matter in the potting...

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Fertilizer for Bulbs – Location

Q: We were advised to fertilize our bulbs as the foliage starts to emerge in the spring. At a nursery a salesman told me to use blood meal instead of bulb fertilizer. When I looked at the box it says...

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Cross Pollination – Same Plant

Q: I understand that cross-pollination is not of concern to the current plants, but the seeds are affected: if you replant those seeds next year, then you’ll have Franken-veggies. But what about cross-pollination between varieties of the same plant? A:...

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Gypsum Wallboard – Compost

Q: Is broken up gypsum wallboard good for the compost pile and garden? A: Not particularly, unless your soil is deficient in calcium. Gypsum is composed of calcium sulfate; it’s useful in rare cases on farms but not on a...

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Best Pre-emergent Time

Q: What is the best time to spread pre-emergent on garden areas containing flowers and shrubs? A: The best time to apply is early March but it’s complicated. Although the chemicals might be the same, legally you are supposed to...

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Cedar Sawdust – Plant Growth

Q: I’m a woodworker and have lots of sawdust. Last spring I put a layer of cedar sawdust on my vegetable garden. I was not happy with the plant growth I got. Is there something in the cedar that inhibited...

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No Sweetgum Balls!

Q: We have lived here twenty years and have always had those dreaded sweetgum balls. But this year none out of ten trees had them. A: Nature works in mysterious ways! It’s possible there was a heavy rain during flowering...

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Black Dragon Cryptomeria Support

Q: Many young Black Dragon cryptomeria I’ve seen at nurseries are bending over at the top. Many have been staked to keep them vertical. Will it need support growing to its mature height? A: Noted landscape designer Shannon Pable (shannonpable.com)...

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Difference between Tolerance and Resistance

Q:I am ordering vegetable seeds. What is the difference between tolerance and resistance in terms of plant disease? A: “Tolerance” means the plant can produce vegetables if the disease infection is mild. You might not get as many, but there...

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