Groundcovers

Newspaper – Mulching Tips

Q: We have ten mature blueberry bushes and have just gotten all the spring weeding done. Can we use newspapers as a mulch? A: Newspaper makes a fine mulch. Stack 5 – 10 sheets on top of each other and...

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Sand – Usage Under Soil

Q: Does sand help a bermuda lawn grow faster? If so, how deep should it be? A: Sand by itself does not help a bermudagrass lawn grow faster. Sand is often used on golf courses to fill divots because the...

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Sandy Soil – Adding Color

Q: I have moved near Savannah. Our house doesn’t have much color in the landscape. There is a lot of sand in the soil here. What plants would you suggest for color? A: I’m terrible at landscape design and I...

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Sod – Sandy Soil

Q: I just moved to southeast Georgia and the soil in my backyard is pretty much the consistency of beach sand. Should I apply some type of top soil before planting sod? A: I think that any soil conditioner you...

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Wood Chips – Use As Mulch

Q: I have an older friend whose yard and beds I’ve taken on as a fall project to make them low maintenance. I’ve read online about using thick wood chip mulch to make better soil. What do you think? A:...

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Mulch – Hay and Pinestraw

Q: Can I use wet, moldy hay for mulch in my vegetable garden? What about pine straw? A: I think both materials could be used. I’d break up the moldy hay and spread it a few inches from the stems...

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Tomatoes – Mulching With Sawdust

Q: My tomatoes are ready for the cages to be put around them. I live near a saw mill. Can I use their sawdust to mulch around the tomatoes? A: A light mulch of the sawdust, no more than an...

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Bermuda – Replaced By Moss

Q: Moss is overtaking my bermuda lawn. What are quick ways to get rid of it so that it doesn’t choke our the bermuda? A: Moss doesn’t choke out grass, it just grows where grass can’t thrive. You probably have...

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Moss – Removing Weeds

Q: Could you please tell me how to kill weeds in a moss bed? A: Pulling them individually is the only option. I spoke to a gardener recently who tried spraying glyphosate (Roundup, etc) on weeds in his moss bed....

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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...

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Straw Bales – Containing Seeds

Q: I am interested in straw bale vegetable gardens but I can’t find clean wheat straw bales anywhere. Several folks have told me that big box stores sell bales that are full of weed seeds. A: Wheat straw bales inevitably...

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English Ivy – Mature Form, Flowers, Berries

Q: This aggressive ivy look-alike has covered up English ivy and everything in its path while making stubborn mounds several feet high! A: It’s what experts call the “mature” form of English ivy, as contrasted with the “juvenile” phase we...

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Black Mulch – Sun Is Not A Problem

Q: I want to mulch the beds in my yard and we really like black mulch because it makes the plants and flowers stand out. A neighbor said that black mulch is a bad idea because it absorbs heat from...

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Rupturewort – Growing

Q: After searching for a grass-like ground cover that doesn’t flower I found Green Carpet Herniaria glabra Rupturwort on-line. Will it grow well in full sun in Alpharetta? A: I’ve not grown it but it’s listed as being hardy in...

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Moss Lawn – Pre-emergent Use on It

Q: After this year’s rains, we have lovely moss lawn. Can you recommend a pre-emergent we could use that would be unfriendly to potential weed growth but not harm the moss? A: Pre-emergents are chemicals that prevent seeds from germinating....

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Microclover – Growing in Georgia

Q: Please tell me your knowledge of microclover alone or with fescue as a turf-type ground cover in Atlanta. We have a sunny yard with a moderate slope facing north. It gets little foot traffic but neither bermuda nor fescue...

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Moss Lawn – Growing

Q: I’ve read about planting moss lawns, but can’t find anyone in Atlanta that knows about it. I have a very large tree in my front yard that doesn’t allow for grass growing. How do I control weeds?. A: Having...

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Peat Moss – Makes Soil More Mud-Like

Q: Does adding peat moss to soil make it drain better or make it more mud like? A: Adding peat moss to soil makes it more mud-like. The reason is that peat particles are very small and they absorb lots...

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