Posts Tagged ‘fertilizing’

Tomatoes- Earthbox

Q: I have a problem with my three tomatoes growing in one of those plastic Earthboxes. The plants grew to seven feet tall in three weeks but have only had five tomatoes between them. What do I do to get...

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Japanese Boxwood- Trimming

Q: I have one Japanese boxwood out of six that has had sections die off. I trim out the dead parts hoping they will fill in. The rest of the bush looks healthy and I have seen no signs of...

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Fertilizers- Annuals

Q: How can someone know which combination of fertilizer numbers is right for each shrub, perennial, ground cover or annuals? Is there a list? A: Despite the plethora of tomato fertilizers, azalea fertilizers, lawn fertilizers, orchid fertilizers, citrus fertilizers, etc,...

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Gerber Daises- Growth

Q: I am having extreme difficulties growing Gerber daisies for my daughter’s wedding. I just can not get them to stay healthy. I hear nothing but problems and tales of woe from others. Any sage advice? A: Gerber daisies are...

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Cipollini Onion- Growth

Q: I am interested in growing cipollini onions. They’re the little flattened ones from Italy that look like little Vidalias. When should I try to plant seeds? A: I’ve never grown them, but according to one source, cipollinis are “medium-sized...

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Grass Clippings- Decompose

Q: I pick up my grass clippings and put them in the back of the yard. The pile is enormous. Is there anything I can do to get this mess to decompose to a useful substance? A: The best way...

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Fairy Ring – In Zoysia

Q: This zoysia lawn is 11 years old and I cut it with a reel mower, do as little watering as possible and when I do, I water deep and early in the morning. I aerate yearly and vertical cut...

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Dogwood – Spot Anthracnose

Q: I have a problem every year on certain dogwood trees. The effect is of a tree with beige blooms …..which should be white. There are many small red dots on sometimes highly disfigured bloom petals. Should I worry? A: The...

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Fertilizer – No Phosphorus

Q: I have seen many fertilizers this year without any phosphorus, such as 10-0-10, etc. Is this a problem to use on a lawn? A: Phosphorus levels are generally in the medium to high range in metro Atlanta soils, so...

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Carpetgrass/Centipedegrass- Growth

Q: Last summer I planted a grass mixture in our newly graded lawn. It had carpetgrass to fill in quickly and centipedegrass to establish more slowly. Now I have mostly carpetgrass, quite a few blobs of centipedegrass, and a moderate...

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Tomatoes- Planting

Q: We recently planted tomatoes. Afterwards, the soil tester we bought from an online catalog measured a soil pH of 3.5. How much lime should be added? A: Soil acidity (pH) is notoriously difficult to measure unless you have a...

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Bermudagrass- Control

Q: Is there a chemical method for controlling bermudagrass in St. Augustinegrass? Everything I have found says not to use it on St. Augustine. A: This is a tough problem. There are no selective weed killers available to homeowners that...

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Crapemyrtles- Flowering

Q: My crape myrtles have flowered and are dropping seeds. Can these be gathered and planted? A: You won’t get a high percentage germination but since the seed are so numerous you can plant a hundred and be happy with...

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Rose packages- Blossoms

Q: I am confused about the numbers on rose plant food packages. What is the ideal number combination to achieve rose blossoms? I have two products, one with 10-60-10 and the other with 12-6-10. Which is best for my needs?...

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Bougainvillea’s- Blooming

Q: I purchased two one-gallon bougainvillea’s in late April in full bloom. I have kept them in their original containers in full sun. The initial blooms fell off within two weeks and they have not come back. Do you have...

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Blueberry Bushes- Pine Bark

Q: Just south of me, folks in Alma are growing blueberry bushes directly in pine bark. Some grow them in fifty-gallon plastic drums cut in half, using drip irrigation. Is pine bark the only ingredient in the soil or is...

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Crabgrass- Prevention

Q: My have annual bluegrass in my fescue lawn. I know this weed can be prevented by applying a pre-emergent in fall. The problem with this is that I have to overseed fescue in September to correct dead spots. A...

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Blackberries- Trimming

Q: We planted blackberries two years ago. There are brown branches that we feel need to be trimmed but are unsure how and when this should be done. A: Blackberries have two kinds of branches: floricanes, which flower and produce...

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