Landscaping

Hunting “Piggies”

Q: As a kid, we would hunt what we called “piggies” in the woods. As I remember, the leaves were sort of heart-shaped and when we found them we would bend away the leaves so the little piggies could be...

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Opinion On Hydroponic Gardening

Q: What is your opinion on hydroponic gardening?  A: Hydroponic gardening is lots of fun as a hobby but it’s lots of work as a business. There are several methods of suspending plant roots in nutrient- filled water. You’ll be...

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Can I Plant My Tomatoes Early?

Q: I know it’s customary to wait until mid-April to plant my tomatoes and peppers, but I’m getting antsy. Given the mild winter we’ve had, do you think it would be okay to go ahead or should I hold my...

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Lawn Covered In Chickweed

Q: My lawn was covered with chickweed last year and this spring! I put down a pre-emergent carefully last fall and watered it in. Why did it not work? A: Since chickweed is an annual plant that sprouts from seed...

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White Grub In Mondo

Q: I was replacing my dying mondo grass and as I planted the first one I found a white grub. Could that be the cause of my plants dying? A: White grubs, which eventually turn into various spring and summer...

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Identifying Mushrooms

Q: My Florida room leaked over the winter and mushrooms grew in the damp carpet. Could you tell me someone who could identify them? A: I am far from a mushroom expert. When I am curious about a mushroom that...

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Paspalum Grass In Shade

Q: I saw that Truist Park uses paspalum grass. Our zoysia lawn struggles in an area shaded by some oak trees. Would paspalum have more success? A: I don’t recommend it. Paspalum grass can look very good as a turfgrass...

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How Deep Should My Raised Bed Be?

Q: How deep does my raised bed need to be?  A: Given perfect soil, different vegetables send roots to different depths. Lettuce, radish, basil and spinach grow fine in soil only 4″ deep. Beans, pepper, eggplant, and carrots need 8″...

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Do Male And Female Green Peppers Taste Different?

Q: Is it true that male and female green peppers taste different? My neighbor believes this. A: Your neighbor may believe this with all their heart but, sadly, they are wrong. There is no such thing as a “male” or...

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Are Loropetalum Leaves Dangerous For Dogs To Eat?

Q: Are loropetalum leaves dangerous for dogs to eat? My dog doesn’t obsess about them but he takes a mouthful every time we pass by one in the neighborhood.  A: I’m not a veterinarian but to my knowledge loropetalum leaves...

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Why Doesn’t Anyone Grow Pimento Pepper?

Q: I read that pimento peppers saved Georgia farmers from the boll weevil and that many farms were located near Griffin. Our state was once the “Pimento Pepper Capitol of the World”! Why does no one grow them anymore?  A:...

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Keep Worms From Eating My Peaches

Q: Do you have any suggestions to keep the worms from eating my young peaches? I have honeybees nearby. A: Plum curculio is a small “snout beetle” that attacks peaches and plums. Adults overwinter in debris near a tree and...

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Small Worms On Top Of Soil

Q: While watering my Meyer lemon tree I found a lot of small worms crawling on top of the soil. How can I eliminate?  A: I think you are seeing the larvae of dark-winged fungus gnats. They live in very...

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Should I Overseed Centipede With Ryegrass To Keep Turf Green

Q: Our HOA board is debating whether to overseed centipede grass with rye grass to keep our turf green all year. What is your opinion?  A: The main reason you should not overseed centipede grass with rye grass is that...

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Gardening Newsletters And Magazines

Q: Since Georgia State By State Gardening magazine went out of business, what other gardening newsletters and magazines do you recommend? A: Where once there were many, now there are few to choose from! I subscribe to Horticulture (hortmag.com) and...

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Good Herbs To Plant

Q: What are good herbs I can plant?  A: Any time is a great time to plant herbs! Some are annuals, like basil and parsley, which are best planted each spring. Others, like rosemary, oregano and thyme, are perennials, which...

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Gum oozing from cherry trunk – Gummosis

Q: I noticed this gelatinous mass on the trunk of my six-year-old cherry tree. Can you tell me what the fungus is? A: Your actual condition is called gummosis, which is most often caused by stress. From your photo I...

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Brown wormy things hanging from pecan branch

Q: We have a ton of these little things falling off our pecan trees this year. More than I’ve seen in the last six years. Does it mean anything? A: It means your pecan tree wants to have sex! The...

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