Landscaping

Horticulture Therapy – How Do I Make It Into A Career

Q: I recently heard about the benefits of horticultural therapy. Are there classes I could attend to explore making this into a career? A: Horticultural therapy has been a great benefit to many. It uses plants and gardening activities to...

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Zoysia – Save From Septic Tank Work

Q: I’m having work done on my septic tank. I planted expensive zoysia sod there in 2015 and don’t want it destroyed. A: I think you have a reasonable chance to save the zoysia if you dig sod pieces deep...

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Dead Clump In Ornamental Grass – How Do I Regrow

Q: I haven’t pruned my ornamental grass for five years. Now the clump is dead in the middle. If I prune the grass low and flat, as you recommend, will grass grow back in the center? A: I guess it’s...

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Is The Southeast Flower Show Being Held This Year?

Q: Can tell me when or if the southeast flower show will be held this year? A: in its heyday, before the recession of 2008, the Southeastern Flower Show was the highlight of local gardeners’ early spring calendar. Economic factors...

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Burned Shrubs And Trees – Cut Them Back Or Wait Till Spring

Q: I am not sure about what to do about the burned shrubs and trees around my house. Should I cut them back now or wait to see what they do in the spring? A: I recently passed by a...

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Overseeding Temporary Rye With Fescue – Will It Prevent Germination

Q: I read that winter rye has a pre-emergent chemical in it that prevents weeds from coming up. Will this prevent germination if I overseed my temporary rye with fescue this spring? A: It is true that annual ryegrass is...

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African Violet – Healthy But Not Blooming

Q: I have a beautiful African violet that is very healthy but has no blooms. A: Inadequate light is the usual cause of sparse blooms on an African violet. The best situation is for the plant to be in a...

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Fescue Lawn – Turning Yellow/Tan After Cold Spell

Q: I have a beautiful, lush, green fescue lawn that has turned yellow/tan over the past week. It was planted in fall of 2014. My maintenance company has fertilized three times so far. It was green before this last cold...

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Moving Plants – Potting Them First Or Wait Till Last Minute

Q: I will be moving in March. I want to dig up and take hostas, lilies, and hydrangeas. Would I be better off digging them now and potting them until I move, or waiting until the last minute before I...

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Encore Azaleas – Did Not Bloom Second Time

Q: My Encore azaleas didn’t bloom a second time in either of two seasons after planting. They get afternoon sun. A: It is not unusual for azaleas to fail to bloom as expected for at least a couple of years...

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Roses – Kill The Bugs But Not The Bees

Q: What can I spray for bugs on my roses instead of systemic insecticides that kill honeybees? A: It’s true that systemic insecticides can harm bees, but despite the brouhaha over their use, insecticides are not the only cause of...

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Warm Weather – Don`t Put Pre-emergent Down

Q: With the recent warm weather, should I put pre-emergent down? A: I don’t recommend it. It’s actually soil temperatures that determine when summer annual weed seeds germinate. Soil temperatures won’t get high enough to stimulate that until late February...

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Knockout Roses – Is It Safe To Prune Now?

Q: With such nice weather recently, is it safe to prune Knockout roses? A: It is safe only if you can confidently predict there will be no more cold weather this winter. Otherwise, pruning now may stimulate buds to swell...

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Sweet Olive Shrubs – Best Time To Prune

Q: When is the best time to prune sweet olive shrubs? Mine are six feet tall and bloom in spring and fall. A: I’d do it after the spring flowering period. Tea olive, Osmanthus fragrans, blooms on twigs that grew...

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Raised Beds – Best Soil To Use

Q: I have built twelve raised beds out of concrete blocks. What is the best soil to use to raise flowers and vegetables? A: You have several choices. One option is to use the existing soil (plus some from nearby)...

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Selling Plants Commercially – Where To Start

Q: I have some acreage that I am considering using as a nursery. I would like to sell plants commercially, but I am not sure where to start. A: You are just in time to attend the annual conference of...

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Christmas Cactus – Salvage Remaining Leaves

Q: My grandmother’s Christmas cactus has been terribly neglected. I am trying to keep its remains from dying, I have some leaves laying flat on paper towels. A: Christmas cactus is a remarkably resilient plant. Try sticking each individual leaf...

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Magnolia Leaves – Finding One With Brown-Backed Leaves

Q: I use magnolia leaves to wrap Christmas presents. I had a hard time finding leaves with brown backs this year so I want to plant a magnolia with brown-backed leaves. A: ‘Bracken’s Brown Beauty’ is just right for you!...

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