Posts Tagged ‘planting’

Aerator Shoes

Q: Rather than contacting an aeration service to aerate our fescue lawn this fall, I was wondering your opinion of the “aeration shoes” sold by specialty stores/catalogs. Are they a substitute for core aeration? A: I know the shoes are...

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Garlic – Growing

Q: I was wondering if you could give me some advice on growing garlic. What kind of soil do I need? A: Felder Rushing, author of the newly released “Tough Plants for Tough Places” is an eighth generation Southern garlic...

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Dahlia – Dividing Roots

Q: I have two dahlias that have grown well but I need to move them. They are pretty big. I don’t know how to cut them for division. Do I plant the divisions immediately? A: Keep in mind that most...

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Planting for Long Lasting Blooms

Q: We have several large annual beds that we are tired of replanting twice yearly. Any ideas for perennials that we can substitute for year-round interest? One bed surrounds the mailbox; another is in front of privet hedges bordering our...

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Cleome – Care

Q: A friend of mine recently gave me some cleome seeds from her garden. She said her plant was self-seeding. What do I need to do with these seeds…and when? A: Cleome self-seeds to a fault but the flowers are...

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Money Plant- Growing

Q: I was given a bag full of silver dollar money plant seeds but don’t know anything about them. When is the best time to plant them and how? A: Money plant is lots of fun to grow. The silvery...

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Lovegrass – Using

Q: What can you tell me about using weeping lovegrass on steep banks for erosion control? When is the best time to plant and how? A: Weeping Lovegrass (Eragrostis curvula) is a native of South Africa introduced into the U.S....

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Ladybeetle – Raising

Q: I would love to know how to raise ladybugs in quantity. When I was in Arabi working on their water system I bet there was over a hundred pounds of ladybugs and another hundred pounds of mud daubers in...

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Asparagus – Harvesting and Weeding

Q: My husband has a very large asparagus patch. The weeds get in there and are difficult to eradicate. Is there a weed killer that would not hurt the asparagus? A: According to the Ohio Extension Service, harvesting and weed...

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Bermudagrass seed – Choosing

Q: I am in the process of building a new home. I cannot afford to sod, but would like to seed bermudagrass in my 12,500 square foot front yard. I am told the seed needs to be mixed with sand...

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Camellia – Gibberelic Acid

Q: Can you repeat your radio comments concerning the enhancement of camellia blooms? I believe you said to add a chemical of some sort. A: “Gibbing” camellias is the process of placing a drop of gibberellic acid growth hormone on...

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Chinquapin – Care

Q: I purchased four ‘Georgiana’ chinquapin trees from a nursery in south Georgia. Can you tell me when is the best time to plant them and any special care instructions? I would like to give two of them to my...

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Termites – Planting Too Close to Foundation

Q: I have planted a vine close to the foundation of our house. I want to train the limbs into a pattern against the blank brick wall like I’ve seen done in garden design magazines. Now that it is in...

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Verbena – Rejuvenating Homestead Purple

Q: For two consecutive years I have planted ‘Homestead Purple’ verbena and it dies without fail, even though I don’t cut it back until March. I love this plant and am having a hard time finding a substitute that blooms...

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Kochia

Q: My family used to grow kochia in Tennessee to landscape fences and make rows, all sorts of stuff. I want to use it here in Georgia as well. I have not seen it in local nurseries. Do you have...

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English Ivy – Substitutes

Q: I’m looking to replace beds of English ivy with something less intrusive and more controllable. My main objective is ground cover/ground stabilization. The replacement needs to thrive in the same lighting conditions that my ivy does so well in...

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Easter Egg Plant

Q: Someone gave me seeds for an Easter Egg Plant. In the spring it had blooms, then small white seed pods which grew to the size of a small egg. In August they turned yellow and now they are turning...

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Pomegranate – Growing

Q: I am keeping a pomegranate plant in a large pot. During winter I move it indoors. I love this plant and want to see it grow in my garden. Please advise if the plant would be tolerant of the...

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