Groundcovers

Soil Barrier Created By Weed Preventer – Can Rain Dilute It?

Q: Does a large amount of rain dilute the soil barrier created by a weed preventer on my lawn?  A: If you spread a weed preventing pre-emergent product before a rain, the active chemical is dissolved by rainwater and then...

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How Much Wheat Straw Is Too Much (For A Bermuda Lawn)?

Q: I planted my lawn with bermuda seed and covered it with about 1/4″ of wheat straw. Was this too much? A: As long as the wheat straw doesn’t completely cover the soil and prevent sunlight from getting to the...

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What To Use To Cover Red Clay Area With No Sunshine?

Q: What suggestion do you have to cover an area under our deck that is red clay but has no sunshine? What grass or ground cover could we use?  A: All plants must have sufficient sunshine to photosynthesize. I will...

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Pine Straw And Chip Mulch – Do They Attract Snakes?

Q: Please evaluate pine straw versus chip mulch in attracting snakes to an area. A: Whenever you have a nuisance creature in your landscape, the first question to ask is “Why is it here and not somewhere else?”. Snakes come...

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Moss Pathway – Will Vinegar Kill The Weeds?

Q: Can I use vinegar to kill the weeds in my moss pathway? A: I think the vinegar would be likely to kill both the weeds and the moss. I have had good success lightly misting weeds with glyphosate (Roundup,...

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Moss – What Kind To Grow On Shaded Hillside

Q: I have a mostly shaded hillside and would like to grow moss. Which kind should I use? A: There are hundreds of different species of moss and probably dozens of them are growing right now near your hillside. Generally...

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Pinestraw – Swirls

Q: Do you have any idea what causes big swirls in my pinestraw? One day the pinestraw is smooth and the next day it looks like a turbulent landscape. Some of the swirls are almost cave-like but only a couple...

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Creeping Jenny Dead Patch

Q: A dead patch has been progressing quickly on creeping Jenny in my yard. Full sun, started two weeks ago. Have you seen it? A: My bet is it’s Southern blight. UGA plant disease expert Jean Williams-Woodward says you can...

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English Ivy Ground Cover

Q: Is it okay to use English ivy as a ground cover so long as I keep it off trees and structures? A: Many will disagree with the following but I’ll say it anyway: there are situations where English is...

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Mulch for Fruit Trees

Q: I have several fruit trees. What would be the best mulch around the base of the trees? A: Any mulch (bark chips, woodchips, pine straw etc) will be fine. The main thing is to pull it away from the...

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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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Oak Fertilizing/Mulch Schedule

Q: In January I transplanted eight oaks from the woods to my yard. They are 4 – 9 feet tall. I applied a liquid 3-10-3 fertilizer to the surface of the backfill. What should my fertilizing schedule be now? A:...

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Moss to Mondo Grass – Clay

Q: I am trying to convert a mossy backyard area to mondo grass. Is there anything in particular I should be doing to the clay soil when I transplant? A: Some gardeners would argue that moss makes a perfectly nice...

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Adding New Mulch or Leaving it

Q: My wife and I are in disagreement. We have azaleas and each spring I have to remove the mulch and replace it with new mulch. I think we should leave the old mulch and refresh the top layer. What...

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Lichens – On Sports Netting

Q: I’m a softball coach at Georgia State University. Our back stop netting at our softball facility has developed a “fungus” on it. This growth is starting to cover the entire netting area. A: What you see is nothing more...

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Wood Chips – Free

Q: You mentioned on your radio program that it was easy to obtain free wood chips. Whom would I contact? A: Most arborist companies (www.georgiaarborist.org) will deliver them free. If you ask nicely, they will be on the lookout for...

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Birch Chips – Usage

Q: We had a huge river birch removed so now we have a huge pile of wood chips from the stump grinding. Can that be used in our yard for anything? Will it attract termites? A: Yes, you can use...

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Sod – Farming Practices

Q: You say on your website that St. Augustinegrass seed can’t be bought because the plant is finicky about producing viable seed. If that is the case, how do sod farmers grow it? A: On a sod farm, St. Augustinegrass...

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