Posts Tagged ‘fertilizing’

Planter – Filling

Q: I plan on building a large planter and growing roses. I have access to horse manure and also composted fish waste from a hatchery. Would it be a good idea to fill the planter with this stuff or mix...

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Soil Test – Nitrogen

Q: After ten years of lawn struggles, I decided to do a home soil test. It said we are low in nitrogen. The sod we laid last year looks pitiful. Can I put out nitrogen now? A: I’m doubtful that...

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Meyer Lemon – Thinning

Q: I have a ‘Meyer’ lemon in my backyard. Do I need to thin the fruit after it sets? I have hundreds of blooms and plenty of busy bees. If I do thin the fruit, what size should it be?...

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Daylilies – Fertilizing

Q: Is April the time to fertilize daylilies? A: The general rule of thumb is to fertilize plants when they are most vigorously growing, which would be late March through early April for daylilies. Since most time-release fertilizers depend on...

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Fertilizer – Using Old Wet Stuff

Q: I found a plastic bucket in which some 10-10-10 fertilizer had spent the winter on my patio. When I opened it, I found that the granules were wet and partially dissolved, with a good bit of liquid in the...

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Pink Snow Mold – Identification

Q: Can you tell me if this is something I should be concerned about? These spots appeared after the grass had been dormant for quite a while. I noticed them in December. They appear pink in color and are about...

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Blueberry Bushes – Better Flavor

Q: Last year, my eight-year old blueberry bushes were healthy and had tons of buds. Berries, though, were very small and lacked flavor. What should I do this year? A: Blueberries seem to respond best to slowly released nutrients. Try...

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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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Redbud – Limbs Too Long

Q: My Forest Pansy redbud did great but I’m worried that the branches are as long as the tree is tall. I fear it will be subject to wind damage. How far should I prune back, assuming I should? A:...

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Sod – Fertilized Too Early

Q: I am new to Georgia, from northern Illinois, so I need to relearn lawns and gardening. Our homebuilder put in bermudagrass sod in early February. I fertilized at the end of March. What do you recommend for a new...

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Fertilizer – Nitrogen Content

Q: Now that I own a business and have a three-year old daughter, it is tough for me to remember when to fertilize what. What are your views on the slow release fertilizers applied every 3-4 months? Most have a...

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Starter Fertilizer – On Established Lawn

Q: Can I apply starter fertilizer to an established fescue lawn in February without hurting it? A: Sure – fescue can’t read the label on your fertilizer bags…and I promise to keep your secret. Typical “starter” fertilizers have a higher...

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Wood Chips – Fast Decomposition

Q: Recently I saw you on “Gardening In Georgia” on GPB. You showed a lady how to turn wood chips into compost in six months vs. two years. What was the recipe that you used? A: We scattered 10-10-10 on...

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Lawn – Measuring Area (Square Footage)

Q: Is there a way to determine the square footage of our lawn? The bottle of weed killer that attaches to the hose said it covers 5000 square feet. A: When caring for a lawn, its size is a basic...

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Front Yard- Fertilizer

Q: I have a five acre front yard. The size of the yard makes it prohibitive to use store-bought fertilizers. I have a neighbor with chicken houses, so I let him spread chicken litter on the yard. Are there any...

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Fescue- Summer Decline

Q: What are the physiological processes involved when fescue thins out during the summer in the heat and humidity in Atlanta? A: Turf expert Clint Waltz calls it “summer swoon of fescue”. Thinning is a survival mechanism caused by water...

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Pampas Grass- Transplant/Trim

Q: I have several large clumps of pampas grass that need to be moved this month due to construction. My son would like to take them to Griffin. Do you think they could survive a trimming and transplant? A: You...

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Poinsettia- Winter

Q: Last spring I planted my Christmas poinsettia in my back yard. It grew and thrived all summer long. Do you know of a way to keep it alive through the winter without pulling it up? A: If you can...

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