Posts Tagged ‘drought’

Fertilizer – Drought

Q: I usually fertilize all my shrubs in April and October using 10-10-10 fertilizer. Because of the drought, I’m concerned that this may not be a good idea for this season. Can you give me some guidance? A: Your instincts...

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Liquid Fertilizer – Time of year

Q: My lawn company wants to do deep liquid fertilization on trees and shrubs. Is this a good time of year for this? A: I am not a fan of deep root feeding if the injection is more than a...

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Forsythia Bush – Blooms

Q: Is it normal for a forsythia bush to have blooms in November in north Georgia? I saw a bush producing flowers outside of Cleveland, GA. A: It may not be normal for us but it is completely normal for...

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Pre-emerge – Bluegrass

Q: Can I still put out a pre-emerge to control annual bluegrass in a bermudagrass lawn? If so what type? A: I anticipate a big resurgence of lawn weeds this spring and summer due to the stress from the drought...

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Rain Barrel – Draining

Q: My rain barrel is full, thanks to the winter rains. I’m concerned that freezing temperatures will turn the water to ice and damage the barrel. What should I mix in to make sure this does not happen? Do I...

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Deer – Prevention

Q: We love the mountains and woods but we are having a constant problem with deer. They have severely eaten my ‘Nellie R. Stevens’ holly and ligustrums, both of which we were told “Deer do not eat!”. How do I...

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Drought – Pruning

Q: Our subdivision is scheduled for deep pruning of shrubs this winter. Due to the drought, is this wise? Should we get spring rains, how late can we safely perform the deep pruning? A: I don’t think it will hurt...

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Rain barrel – Winter maintenance

Q: My rain barrel is full, thanks to the winter rains. I’m concerned that freezing temperatures will turn the water to ice and damage the barrel. What should I mix in to make sure this does not happen? Do I...

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Deer invasion – Spring leaves

Q: We love the mountains and woods but we are having a constant problem with deer. They have severely eaten my ‘Nellie R. Stevens’ holly and ligustrums, both of which we were told “Deer do not eat!”. How do I...

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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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Fertilizing – Drought

Q: Should we skip fertilizing our lawn this year since we are likely to continue our drought conditions? A: Don’t skip the lawn feeding. I am certain that rain will come this spring. All you have to do is time...

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Japanese beetles – Life cycle

Q: What’s become of the Japanese beetles? (Not that I miss them, mind you!) So far I’ve not seen any on our roses, magnolia blossoms, plum and cherry trees. Did I do something last year which interrupted their life cycle?...

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Horticulturist – Alpharetta school

Q: I am a thirty eight year old medical sales professional and want to pursue a career in horticulture. Can you recommend a school in Alpharetta or nearby where I can obtain the credentials as a qualified horticulturist? A: The...

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Purple-leaf plums – Edible

Q: My old purple-leaf plum trees unexpectedly have lots of red skinned fruit on them. Since it’s fashionable to grow edibles in our landscape, how I can tell whether these plums are edible for humans (I don’t want to be...

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Drought – Pine trees

Q: I’ve noticed since the drought that when it rains more trees seem to be falling over. Pine trees seem to break at weak points, but the broad leaf trees seem to be pulled out of the ground by their...

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Outdoor ferns – North Ga

Q: Please tell me the names of ferns that will grow outdoors in north Georgia A: I’m particularly fond of Christmas fern and autumn fern because they are evergreen. I like southern shield fern because it is deciduous but very...

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Seeding – Topsoil

Q: We are planning to seed our all clay backyard with fescue and know that we will have to add topsoil. Do we need to break up the clay before we add topsoil? Is two inches of topsoil enough to...

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Persimmon tree – Companion tree effects

Q: I have a native persimmon tree at my home and my Golden Retrievers love the fruit. I noticed recently there wasn’t any fruit on it this year. I had a gnarly companion tree cut down this spring and was...

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