General Garden Info

Rain Garden – Designing

Don’t beat your head against a wall! If your landscape has a wet area, stop trying to cultivate plants that dislike wet feet. Instead, install a rain garden, using plants that easily tolerate soggy soil. First, check my lists of...

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Calico Scale – Identification

Q: Any idea what these black and white things are? They are on the trees along a front walkway near Atlantic Station. A: They are calico scale. You can control them by scraping them off the trunk and keeping watch...

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Termites – In Dead Stump

Q: I prepared to remove a stump in my parent’s backyard and realized that it has termites. I want to remove and grind the stump; however, I’m not sure if we need to treat the termites first. Her house is...

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Bamboo Iris – Winter Care

Q: I have a large (and spreading) clump of bamboo iris, Iris confusa. Can I remove leaves in winter? A: Unlike most irises, it’s better not to remove leaves in winter. The slender, flower-bearing stems emerge from old foliage and...

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Fig – Removing Vigorous Small Twigs

Q: We pruned our fig severely two years ago and left only three big trunks. It came back somewhat the next year with lots of sprouts from the roots. We removed some of them and now we need to prune...

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Organic Gardening – Resources

Q: I have been all over the Internet and cannot find a good resource about organic gardening in Georgia and what to plant when. We want to start an organic vegetable garden now. What can we plant in the summer...

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Meyer Lemon – Hand Pollination

Q: I had a dozen lemons the first summer I had this tree. Last year in winter it had a few blooms every few days but they fell off quickly and were small. It also lost a lot of leaves....

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Plum, Peach, Nectarine – Black Knot Disease

Q: We have a fruit cocktail tree, bearing plum, peach and nectarine fruit, planted five years ago. It blossomed and had some fruit but the fruit developed a gum-looking disease and eventually fell off. A good number of branches on...

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Camellia – Three Colors on Same Bush

Q: I would like to buy a camellia that looks like this one I found online. A: My camellia guru Mark Crawford, owner of Loch Laurel Camellia Nursery in Valdosta says: “This could only be done by grafting to 3...

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Raised Beds – Filling With Commercial Soil

Q: I have built some raised garden beds that will need to be back filled before I can put garden soil in. The max depth of the bed is 20 inches. The minimum depth is about 10 inches. How deep...

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Shrub – Rejuvenate

Q: I have a gardenia that is forty years old. The past two or so years it has been putting out small leaves and losing branches and only producing a few flowers. Do you have any advice for me? A:...

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Oak – Mushrooms on Trunk

Q: There is a fungus growing on our old oak tree. It stands only about 20 feet from our two story ranch and is about two and one half times the height of the house. A: The tree was likely...

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Zoysia – Burned Accidentally

Q: I was burning leaves under a cast iron grate in the driveway, it was really windy, and I looked away for a second. Need I say more? Have I done permanent damage to my zoysia? A: Good news…I doubt...

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Poultry House Odor – Block With Leyland Cypress

Q: I am hoping you can give me some good news regarding mitigating the smell rolling downhill from the chicken farm up the road. We moved to a small piece of land last year. Our next door neighbor has 30...

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Lawn and Garden Radio Show – Why so Many Ads?

Q: I have really enjoyed your Sat. radioshow over the years, but, why, why, why do you have so many commercial breaks ???? This really cuts down on the time for Q and A. A: This is a frequent question I get...

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Bulbs – Sprouting

Q: We have some bulbs that are beginning to sprout. The foliage is two inches high. Is it too late to divide and replant them? A: You can accomplish two things at once now: divide and fertilize. We have had...

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Chia – Growing For Seeds

Q: Can we grow chia in Georgia? I like to sprinkle the health-giving seeds on my cereal. A: I have fond college memories of growing chia on a clay figure of Richard Nixon. He had a scraggly green beard but...

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Pears – Fire Blight

Q: I went to a nursery and they sold me a Bartlett pear. Doing my research after the fact, I found this pear is not recommended for Georgia. Why? A: ‘Bartlett’ pear isn’t recommended because it gets fire blight disease...

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