Landscaping

Canna Bulbs – Store Indoors During Winter

Q: How should I store canna bulbs that I dig up and keep indoors through the winter? A: Canna roots will usually get through winter fine if the soil is well-drained and you cover them with a couple of inches...

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Ryegrass and Fescue Seeds – Why Mix

Q: Our landscape contractor is telling me I need to mix ryegrass seed with my fescue seed at planting time. What is the purpose of this? A: When soil temperatures are above 55 degrees there is no need to mix...

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Cherokee Rose – Plant In Pot

Q: Should I plant my new Cherokee rose in a pot in the ground to keep the roots from spreading and taking over? It will grow on an arbor. A: I remember that the State Botanical Garden in Athens once...

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Christmas Cactus – Keep From Blooming

Q: How can I keep my Christmas cactus from blooming till Christmas? A: The various plants we call “Christmas cactus” bloom in other seasons if left to their own devices. Your plant is probably a Thanksgiving cactus, Schlumbergera truncata, not...

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Rye Grass – Too Warm to Plant

Q: I want to plant rye grass. Is it too warm? The weather forecast is saying that we will have above average temperatures. A: I checked your soil temperature at georgiaweather.net and found that it is in the mid-60’s. That’s...

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Red Maple Tree – Black Deposits

Q: I have dark black deposits on the bark of a red maple tree. A: It could be an indication that the trees are infested with gloomy scale. The maple trunk gradually turns black as sooty mold accumulates on the...

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‘Miss Huff’ Lantana – When to Trim and Move

Q: My ‘Miss Huff’ lantana is six feet tall. Can I trim them back now? Can I move it now? A: There is much disagreement among gardeners about how to treat ‘Miss Huff’ perennial lantana for winter. Some say that...

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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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Feeding Ferns – Bananas

Q: A friend says to feed ferns with bananas. Is this true? A: The peels provide no more benefits to ferns than coffee grounds, carrot shreds, apple skins or any other source of easily decomposable organic matter. All of these...

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Acorns – Disposing

Q: What is the best way to dispose of acorns once I have them all raked up? A: I suppose you could add a moderate amount to your compost pile and let them decompose over the winter. The compost won’t...

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Dog Pee In Flower Beds – Save Roses

Q: How do you get rid of dog pee in flower beds? What do I do to the soil in order to not have my new roses die? A: Usually simply adding organic matter, tilling the soil, and leaving it...

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Sedum Plants – Bees

Q: We have sedum plants which are flowering like never before! The bumblebees are working it all day long. What are they doing with whatever it is they are taking? A: Large sedums like ‘Autumn Joy’ and ‘Matrona’ are some...

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Landrace Gardening – Finding Open-Pollinated Cultivars

Q: I want to practice Landrace Gardening, in which the seeds to be planted the coming year come from the survival of the fittest in a particular garden in previous years. Where can I collect all the open-pollinated cultivars of...

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Zoysia – Inside And Outside House

Q: Can you give suggestions for starting zoysia from seed in flats on a window sill? I would like to grow my own plugs and then move them outside when the weather gets warm in the summer. What variety of...

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Rolled Up Edges of Redbud Tree – Critter

Q: What critter would roll up the edges of my redbud tree leaves? A: It’s the work of a redbud leaffolder. A small moth lay eggs on the edge of a leaf. When they hatch, the grubs fold the edge...

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Replacing Plants – Drought Tolerant

Q: As my old azaleas slowly lose branches or die altogether, I am wondering about replacing them with drought tolerant plants to put in close to my house. A: Although the flowers aren’t quite as large, loropetalum (Chinese fringe flower)...

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Japanese Maple Sprout Under Large Maple – Prune It

Q: Early this year I found a 4” Japanese maple sprout growing under my large maple. Now it’s eighteen inches tall. It’s only a straight stem with many leaves all along the stem. Do I need to prune it back...

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Mini Gardenias – When to Cut

Q: I have a bank of “mini” gardenias that have made a four-foot high hedge under my front windows. They have bloomed three times so far. When is the best time to cut them back about a foot, top and...

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