General Garden Info

Roach Control – Laying Mulch

Q: I was curious what mulch you recommend when it comes to roach control? A: Most homes have mulch near the foundation. Your best bet for immediate short term control is to sprinkle outdoor insecticide granules onto any mulched areas...

READ MORE

Florescent Lamp – Amount Of Exposure

Q: I have a double florescent tube lamp that I’m going to place over my seedlings when they come up. How many hours should it be on? A: Eighteen hours on and six hours off seems to work well. Remember...

READ MORE

Stepables – Back Yard Cover

Q: We have a heavily shaded back yard and are looking what to try next. I’d like your thoughts on Stepables. A: Stepables ™ is a collection of many different species of plants that are typically low-growing and spreading. You...

READ MORE

Freezing Seeds – Not Helpful

Q: I have heard that freezing seeds for up to one week prior to planting seeds up the germination. Is this true? A: I don’t think it helps germination. It’s true that some seeds require “stratification”, which is storage in...

READ MORE

Harsh Winter – Are My Plants Dead?

Q: Has winter weather killed my (gardenia), (loropetalum), (daphne), etc? A: With multiple bouts of sub-10 degree cold, the winter of 2014 will teach us all some lessons about how hardy our plants REALLY are. I’m wondering how my St....

READ MORE

Patio Gardening – Herbs and Vegetables

Q: I live in an apartment but I have private patio. I am interested in planting herb and vegetables on a small scale using pots. A: I found a great resource for vegetable container gardening AND a very useful calendar...

READ MORE

Removing Plants – Where Can They Go?

Q: I plan on removing numerous plants and shrubs from my back yard including: azaleas, mop head hydrangeas, oak leaf hydrangeas, rhododendrons and hostas. Rather than have these plants destroyed and sent to the landfill, is there anyone you know...

READ MORE

Dawn Redwood – Losing Leaves

Q: I bought a dawn redwood through the Arbor Day website two years ago. It seemed to be thriving until recently. After Thanksgiving, I noticed all the needles had fallen off. But the branches seem to be alive still. A:...

READ MORE

Perennials – Near A Septic System

Q: We just moved into a new home and want to do some landscaping in the back yard. Can you suggest some shallow rooted perennials that can safely be planted over our septic drain field? A: I don’t think there...

READ MORE

Egg Cartons – Use As Seed Starters

Q: I have collected paper egg cartons to use for seed starters. Will the paper bio-degrade or will I need to ‘pull’ the seedling and soil to transplant it? A: In my experience, you can “crumble” the carton pocket on...

READ MORE

Landscaping – Taking Care Of Plants In the Meantime

Q: I bought several plants recently that were great buys: althea, crepe myrtle, camellia, azalea, magnolias and rhododendron. We are having grading done for a new driveway and retaining walls. What is the best way to take care of the...

READ MORE

Asparagus – Killing Weeds In The Bed

Q: I fear that my compost is not getting hot enough to kill weed seeds. I topdressed my asparagus bed and now they are full of weeds. A: It really takes work to get ALL of the weed seeds cooked...

READ MORE

Vegetable Garden – Plants For Each Month

Q: I’m trying to find a resource that lists what plants I can plant in each month in a vegetable garden. A: The University of Georgia Extension has several excellent publications for beginning as well as experienced gardeners. You’ll learn...

READ MORE

Raised Beds – Improvising Materials

Q: My wife and I are going to add raised garden beds to our garden. Pine framing lumber deteriorates quickly and I don’t like treated wood. I work for a company that has hundreds of discarded tracks from loaders. Could...

READ MORE

Soil – Dressing A Flower Bed

Q: I am top dressing my perennial flower beds with a combination of soil conditioner, mushroom compost, and steer manure dug in around my plants. Should I add lime or cottonseed meal? A: It’s a fact of garden life that...

READ MORE

Gardening – Scientific How and Why

Q: I am a chemistry student at Emory University. I enjoyed your website article about evaluating scientific claims. I would really like to know chemical and biological explanations for all the gardening information I see. Do you have suggested references?...

READ MORE

Mexican Heather – Survival Through Winter

Q: I planted a Mexican heather the summer before last. After one growing season I cut it down and planted pansies around the remaining twigs. It returned this year and has grown to look like a low hedge. How can...

READ MORE

Acorns – Why So Few?

Q: There are almost no acorns north of Ellijay this year. There were no late freezes. What can explain this? A: Nut trees typically bear heavy crops in alternate years unless they are stressed by drought. This was a good...

READ MORE