Landscaping

What To Do With Ant Mounds?

Q: I have two bare spots in my bermuda lawn where ant mounds have disappeared and a third hill that’s still active. What do I do with the hills?  A: Dilute a liquid lawn insecticide according to label directions and...

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Good Method To Kill Privet Hedge?

Q: Is there a good method to kill privet hedge? It has taken over a portion of my backyard fence.  A: It’s a tough plant! I spent much of my childhood and young teen years trying to control privet on...

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Caring For Oakleaf Hydrangea In The Winter?

Q: I rooted an oakleaf hydrangea from an outdoor plant. It is doing well: growing and throwing out new leaves. What care would you suggest for the winter?  A: You can plant it in a sunny spot outdoors but the...

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Why Won’t Red Tips Grow In Atlanta?

Q: I saw a big healthy red tip photinia hedge outside the Royal Automoble Club in Epsom, England. If red tips will grow in England, why won’t they grow in Atlanta?  A: Photinia will grow here fine, with regular maintenance....

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How To Dispose Of Bad Milorganite?

Q: I had a bag of Milorganite that I stored in a plastic bucket. Somehow the lid was shifted and now I have a smelly, sticky mess. Any ideas how to dispose of it? We live near a lake.  A:...

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Will A Hurricane Downpour After I Apply Pre-emergent Wash It Away?

Q: Will a hurricane downpour after I apply pre-emergent wash the chemical away?  A: Pre-emergent chemicals dissolve pretty quickly. This means that even if you have a big downpour after applying, the first half-inch of rain dissolves the chemical and...

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How To Control Leaf Rollers On Canna Lilies?

Q: I sprayed my canna lilies with insecticide every two weeks to control leaf rollers. Is there something better I could be doing?  A: The cigar-rolled leaves of a canna infested with leaf rollers are really ugly. In addition to...

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How Do I Keep My Coneflowers Alive?

Q: I planted a dozen beautiful coneflowers of different colors last year. The label said they are perennial but the six that came back this spring gradually died in summer. The soil is well-drained and I only watered when things...

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Can I Prune My Climbing Rose Now Or Should I Wait?

Q: I have an old climbing rose I forgot to prune after it bloomed in May. Can I still prune it this late in the year or should I wait until next year?  A: If it needs major surgery, it...

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What Caused My Pine Tree To Die?

Q: We had a large pine tree cut down because of pine beetles. The tree died in only two weeks. The trunk had lots of holes with sap dripping out on the lower part of the trunk and narrow trails...

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Fertilizer Recommendations

Q: Most of the bushes in my yard have fertilizer recommendations of 10-10-10. For many years I’ve used liquid 10-10-10, mixing it with water from my rain barrel, but I can not longer find it. What do you recommend instead?...

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Should I Put My Bromeliad In The Sun?

Q: My new bromeliad gets light directly through a window for an hour in the morning but the rest of the day there’s no direct light. The leaves are turning brown and it looks very unhappy with me.  A: Generally...

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Something Is Digging Up My Zoysia Sod

Q: We have a fenced back yard and have never had any problems with critters. This year we put down zoysia sod and something is digging it up.  A: I’d lay my money on raccoons. They have dexterous paws that...

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Safe Herbicides To Use Near A Creek?

Q: I have a few acres that are in need of brush control. My issue is that I have a well close to the area and my land slopes down to a creek. Are there any herbicides that are safe...

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How Can I Make Centipede Grass Plugs Spread Faster? 

Q: How can I make centipede grass plugs spread faster?  A: Centipede grass does not grow very rapidly. All warm season grasses slow down in September, so nothing can be done now. Next year, in both early May and early...

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I Am Overseeding My Fescue Lawn

Q: I’m overseeding my fescue lawn. Your website says to apply lime at a rate of 50 lbs per 1,000 square feet. My lawn is 5,000 square feet, needing 250 lbs. But I saw a 30 lb. bag of fast-acting...

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How Do I Harvest/Plant My Magnolias?

Q: I have three beautiful magnolias that are healthy and bloom beautifully. One has pods with red seeds. How do I harvest them and plant at my new home?  A: I’m sure yours is a beautiful tree but the tree...

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Is It Too Late To Fertilize My Centipede?

Q: Is it too late to fertilize my centipede?  A: Usually you fertilize centipede grass once or twice per year: one time in early May, another time in early July (if you think it needs it). It pretty much stops...

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