Water Features

June Beetle – Grubs in Pool

Q: We have a sixty acre farm, a 4 acre fenced yard and a swimming pool. For the past six weeks, I have been netting HUNDREDS of grubs out of my pool every morning. Sometimes a couple of thousand crawl...

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Stream Irrigation – Causes Weeds

Q: I suspect that irrigating from a stream has another negative aspect beyond the questionable cost effectiveness. I “inherited” a lawn which had been watered with stream water for several years. You would not believe the number of various strange...

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Lake and Pond Management

Q: I am on a three acre lake in Roswell. A developer put in a road on the other side of the lake and in so doing, he in filled along about 400 feet of the shoreline. Fill is red...

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Watering From A Well – Restrictions

Q: I heard you say on your radio show that private wells are an exception from the watering restrictions. However, I received a newsletter from the City of Roswell that says just the opposite. Which is of you is right?...

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Bird Bath – Sealing

Q: I have a concrete birdbath that over the years has lost its bowl sealant. It now leaks and dries up in a day or two. Do you know of a product to reseal it that will be non-toxic to...

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Pool – Filling to Make a Garden

Q: I live in my Grandmother’s old home. She had a pool built in 1952 in the front yard. It is an eyesore! I’m thinking of converting the spot to a vegetable garden. How do I fill in the pool?...

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Salt Water Pool – Using Water in Garden

Q: We have a salt water pool. Will this water hurt our grass or plants? We have to run a little water out when we close it and I want to catch some and use on my plants. A: Other...

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Pond – Plants For Pondside

Q: I live on Lake Nottely. Each year the lake level is drawn down 20 feet, which exposes a large area of muddy bank. Is there any plant that could survive being covered with water part of the year and...

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Well – Super-Chlorinating

Q: Do you know of a web site that gives instructions for super-chlorinating a new well before having the water tested? A: Chlorinating a well is a method of sanitizing the water before it’s used by a household. Chlorine bleach...

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Irrigation System – Worth the Price?

Q: I moved to Georgia last year from south Florida, so I’m used to having an irrigation system. Is it worth $1700 to have one installed for watering bermudagrass and a few flower beds? I don’t necessarily have to have...

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Pond- Frogs

Q: I have a large fish pond for my fish. I recently built a smaller pond on the other side of the yard. Now it has hundreds of tadpoles. Will I have this many frogs in my yard? How can...

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Tree Well- Other Options

Q: We’ve built a home with a large tree in the front yard. The builder, in order to protect the tree, created a tree well that’s about six feet deep. The problem is that it is clearly a safety hazard...

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Container Pond- Aboveground

Q: I want to have a container pond on my back porch. I’ve purchased a plastic planter ten inches deep and two feet long. Can I overwinter a hardy waterlily and fish in it without burying it in the ground?...

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Plant Watering – Pool water

Q: Can I water plants in the garden with water from my swimming pool? A: Yes, pool water is safe to use to irrigate plants but don’t use too much. If the current severe restrictions persist until next summer, as...

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Drought – Supplemental watering

Q: You recently wrote that even with our drought, supplemental watering isn’t generally needed in the winter. What are some guidelines as to when I should re-start watering my camellias and azaleas? A: Water loss from the soil is caused...

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Swimming pool water – Harm

Q: Will the water from a swimming pool harm plants and grass. I would like to capture the water when I backwash my pool instead of just dumping it out on the bare ground. A: If the water contains no...

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Ceramic pot – Fountain

Q: I have a big ceramic pot that I have made into a fountain. What do I need to do for winter? Is it okay to just keep pumping? A: For most outdoor fountains, it’s best to turn it off...

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Watering device – Making at home

Q: I saw a clever slow watering device called “The Plant Nanny” at a shop in South Carolina. Could I make something like it myself? A: The Plant Nanny is a hollow ceramic spike you insert into houseplant soil. When...

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