Posts Tagged ‘mulch’

Tree – Trunk Rot from Mulch

Q: My mother lives in Ohio. She calls this tree her “beaver tree” because there is something eating away at the base. Could you let us know what to do to save the tree? A: I worked for three years...

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Earwig – Identification

Q: I have seen this strange bug all my life here in Georgia, but I’ve never known what it is. A bunch of them crawled out of a crack in a concrete block retaining wall in our back yard. A:...

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Maple – Lower Trunk Wound

Q: My ‘October Glory’ maples have something wrong with them. The bark is cracking and peeling. The trees were planted a year ago by the builder. There are a few other trees in the neighborhood that have the same problem....

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Rhododendron – Planting Correctly

Q: We have some scraggly forsythia bushes growing under the shade of a sweetgum tree. I’d like to replace them with a purple rhododendron. A: Rhododendrons grow throughout the country but varieties of catawba rhododendron seem to do best in...

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Slope – Landscaping

Q: My wife and I purchased a home on Lake Lanier. We have a steep red hill that we need to landscape. I wanted to start with burlap ground cover, cut in plants and cover with mulch. I am concerned...

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Vegetable Plants – Depth of Roots

Q: How deep do roots go into the ground for tomatoes and most other vegetables in the home garden? I am thinking not very deep and if so why do I need to waste time and gas tilling the entire...

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Dogwood – Damage to Young One

Q: My wife and I planted this pink dogwood on our wedding day in April. We call it our wedding tree and it is very special to us. Do you have any idea about what is happening to our poor...

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Planting Trees – Good Technique

Q: What is the best way to plant a tree? My landscaper says that mixing organic matter in a tree planting hole ends up wasting time and money because the roots of the tree will eventually grow out of the...

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Watering – Vegetables

Q: The watering recommendation for most vegetables is 1 to 2 inches per week. If we don’t get rain, how do I determine how much watering will produce 1 to 2 inches? A: The best answer is the obvious one:...

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Pine Straw- Removal

Q: I have removed all pine straw from around my house and plan to replace it. How much of a gap should I leave between the house and the straw? A: All mulch should be kept twelve inches away from...

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Pansies- Pest Control

Q: Either rabbits or squirrels are uprooting my recently planted pansies. Is there anything I can do? A: Try removing mulch around the plants and laying four-inch wide, two-foot long strips of chicken wire between your plants. Anchor the wire...

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Peach Tree- Disease Treatment

Q: I have young peach tree that I got too close to while using a string trimmer. Some of the bark near the base was removed. How should I treat it to avoid getting disease? A: This could be a...

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Flower Beds- Maintenance

Q: I’d like to make the irrigated flower beds at the school where I work more low maintenance. The pine straw mulch is very thin so I will remove it and then install weed barrier fabric and new pine straw....

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Peonies- Blooming

Q: When I grew up in Michigan, my mother had peonies that bloomed without trouble. I dug up some of the roots and brought them to Georgia. I have been unsuccessful in getting them to flower. They flourish in the...

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Veitchii- Planting

Q: I have a ‘Veitchii’ gardenia that was given to me two Christmases ago. It has lived in the house since then, except for summering on the porch. It has done well, but it is a struggle in the winter...

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Dogwoods- Health

Q: I have a twenty-six year old dogwood tree in my sunny front yard that has been slowly dying for three years. I have other dogwoods that look healthy. These trees get water when the lawn gets watered. Any suggestions...

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Pine Straw- Pre-emergent

Q: Is it appropriate to apply a pre-emergent to pine straw beds to control winter and summer weeds? A: I suppose you could do it, but why? Pre-emergent chemicals must be dissolved into a layer of soil in order to...

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Squirrels- Prevention

Q: Is there anything that I can do to prevent squirrels from digging up my bulbs that I plant this fall? A: The easiest thing to do is plant the bulbs and then cover the spot with 1″ mesh chicken...

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