General Garden Info

Driveways – Determining Responsibility For Root Damage

Q: We have an awkward property lot line issue. Our subdivision in thirty years old. Most of the driveways have cracks and broken sections My neighbor believes that roots from a tree on my side of our lot line have...

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Mulching – Grass Clippings From A Bermuda Lawn

Q: I need suggestions on how I can recycle the grass clippings from my large bermuda lawn. Each mowing produces about ten large bags of clippings. A: The very best option would be to mow a bit more often with...

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Acidity – Oak Leaves and Pine Needles

Q: I’ve heard that pine needles and oak leaves cause soil to be acid. Is this true? A: This is a gardening myth that should be put to rest. While needles and leaves from all trees may be acidic initially,...

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Straw Mulch – Convenient Benefits

Q: Have you ever tried grinding straw for mulch? This year I dragged my ancient leaf chopper out of the basement and ran two bales of straw through it. I got the most beautiful golden mulch. It really creates a...

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Weeds – Types Of Eradication

Q: This summer a neighbor and I planted tomatoes and peppers in a very sunny spot. The plants did well, but due to our inattention the plot became overwhelmed with weeds. Is there any way to eliminate weed seeds before...

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Rocks – Decorative Uses And Concerns

Q: My wife and son suggested we use decorative rocks in our flower beds instead of mulch. I had always heard that we should not use decorative rocks. What do you think? A: Stones are good for decor but not...

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Spinosad – Not for Caterpillars on Collards

Q: A local nursery suggested spinosad to control caterpillars on collards. When I read the label, it said “In the state of Georgia, do not apply this product to Collards, Kale, Mustard Greens, Spinach, etc…” Can you shed some light...

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Stepping Stones – Good Distance Placement

Q: I am constructing a twenty foot walkway using sixteen-inch square stepping stones. How far apart should the stones be placed? A: A good spacing is twenty four inches between centers. This will fit most folks’ gait but taller and...

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Roots – Growing How Deep?

Q: A few months back I heard you say that no trees have root systems exceeding eighteen inches in depth. I have heard opposing information that says that our big hardwoods have root systems measured in meters, not inches. Did...

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Seniors – College Classes For Retired Seniors

Q: I am into natural landscaping and the “enviro-realignment” of my acreage but I need more in-depth horticultural training. I’ve heard that the University of Georgia provides low-cost courses for retired people. A: Yes, the University System of Georgia provides...

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Fungus – Appearing In The Driveway

Q: My neighbor has earthstar fungus pushing up her driveway asphalt. Is there any to get rid of it? A: Like other mushrooms, earthstar fungi are saprophytic. This means they decompose organic matter in the soil using long thread-like strands....

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Compost – Encounters With Roaches!

Q: I’ve been composting for ten years. I’ve tolerated tiny spiders, worms, and bugs of other types without a problem. However, last week when I went out to turn the pile there were giant flying roaches in it! I don’t...

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Fertilizing – Vigilant Application And Care

Q: On radio you had a conversation with a gentleman about using 24-8-12 fertilizer on his lawn. Rather than lugging heavy bags of fertilizer, I buy bulk boxes of Miracle-Gro and put it in the hose attachment that comes with...

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Compost – Improvising Your Own

Q: I’ve got a clogged storm drain that the county will soon clean. Would that stuff be usable for compost? A: I think it would be perfect! Compost is simply plant material that has decomposed so your stuff is exactly...

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WeedPharm – Handling, Application and Warning

Q: Is there a place in Georgia that sells WeedPharm or does it have to be ordered on line? A: WeedPharm (www.pharmsolutionsinc.com) contains 20% acetic acid and is sold as a herbicide. It is not vinegar, which is 5% acetic...

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Legality – Overhanging Trees

Q: A Bradford pear tree, located just over the property line on our neighbors’ property, has grown quite large, dropping fruit and seasonal debris on our cars and driveway. It overhangs our entire driveway where our cars are parked and...

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Progress – From 1800 to Today

Q: How did the farmers in the mid 1800s manage to grow their crops successfully with no fungicides, no pesticides and no herbicides? A: I’m not sure “successfully” is the right term to use. Much of their weed and insect...

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New Sod – Numerous Weeds

Q: In May we installed 9,000 square feet of “blue tag certified” Meyer zoysia sod. My understanding was this would guarantee it to be weed-free. It now has a lot of broad leaf weeds. Did we get ripped off? A:...

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