Tools and Chemicals

Bleach – Used to Disinfect Water

Q: I used air conditioner condensation for watering this summer, but now that we don’t need air conditioning we are recycling rain water off our pool cover. We siphon the water into buckets and place plastic over the top to...

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Wick Applicator – For Herbicide

Q: How can I build a herbicide applicator using PVC pipe and a wick? The idea is that you use a section of PVC pipe as a wand, pour the herbicide inside, and the bottom of the wand has a...

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Roundup(glyphosate) damage – On Rose

Q: I would love to know what happened to this poor rose bush I planted last year. It bloomed last year but this year it looks like this. What happened? A: As glyphosate (Roundup, etc) has become more and more...

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Roundup (glyphosate) – Damage to Trees

Q: What do you know about recent findings that Roundup harms trees when sprayed under them to kill weeds? Is there a safe way to use Roundup near trees? A: I found the article you read and reviewed it. Use...

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Greenhouse – Electric Heater

Q: I received a small greenhouse for Christmas, which I plan to heat with electricity. Which is the most efficient electric heater? A: Jeff Tiller from Southface says that a watt is a watt is a watt! Whether you use...

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Sprayer – Cleaning

Q: How can I clean weed killer chemicals out of my sprayer? A: Using the same garden sprayer to apply weed killer and also insecticide can be costly! It is difficult to remove all traces of some herbicides from a...

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Pyrethrin – Allergic Reaction

Q: I had my ex-husband’s dog in my apartment for the weekend and he left lots of fleas (the dog, not the husband). My apartment sent a pest control guy who put borate powder in the carpet. The fleas didn’t...

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Prometon – Safe Use

Q: I needed to transplant plant some azaleas to a spot where Bermuda grass was growing. I went to a garden center and purchased a product that promised to kill all weeds. The active ingredient was prometon. A friend says...

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Herbicide – Longevity in Soil

Q: Can vegetables be planted in an area that had brush killer sprayed one year ago and in an area that was sprayed two years ago? I do not know the type of spray. A: In general, herbicidal chemicals for...

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Compost Tumbler

Q: My daughter’s school wants to make a compost tumbler. Do you know where I could find a 55 gallon, screw-top, food-grade drum, like a pickle or olive barrel? A: Although they look simple to make and easy to operate,...

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Rain Barrel – Using a Pump

Q: How would I use a pump on my rain barrels to send water to a sprinkler? I have two barrels at the basement level but want to send it higher to the yard and shrubs in the front. A:...

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Crabgrass – Pre-emergent

Q: We own a home on St. Simons Island. A lawn service there takes care of our St. Augustinegrass lawn. Last summer we noticed that our lawn was full of crabgrass. When I questioned them about using a pre-emergent I...

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Bird Feeders – Weed killer Underneath

Q: I have an area in my back yard with four bird feeders. The area under the feeders is rock, mulch and seed hulls with black plastic under it all. Weeds and some of the dropped seeds have sprouted under...

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Garden Tools – Repair Shops

Q: Is there a place within fifty miles of Atlanta that repairs garden tools? I have some of my grandfather’s sturdy old tools and I’d hate to send them to the landfill just because they need new handles. A: If...

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Mulch Zone – Roundup Sprayed On

Q: I want to establish a mulch zone around the base of several young trees. Grass grows right up to the trunks. Can I use Roundup to kill the grass around the base of the trees without hurting them? A:...

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Pre-emergent – Liquid

Q: Most professional lawn care services in my neighborhood do a good job preventing weeds by spraying the lawn. My service used a granular product and they didn’t have good success. I want to manage my own yard but I’m...

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Soaker Hose – Using on a Slope

Q: Can I use a soaker hose in a sloped shrub and flower bed that is about 100 feet long or should I use another type of irrigation? A: You can use soaker hoses on a slope as long as...

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Fertilizer – Dealing with Price Increases

Q: The price of 10-10-10 fertilizer has doubled! What can I buy as a alternative to lower my fertilizer cost on 3,500 sq. ft. bermuda and 14,500 sq. ft. fescue? I’m trying to follow my University of Georgia soil test...

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