Posts Tagged ‘planting’

Gardening – Allergies

Q: I’ve been told that people who have severe allergies should plant only female trees and shrubs because they produce the fruit but not the pollen which is produced by the male plants. If this is true, how do I...

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Lawn – Killed by Overfertilization

Q: I had my fescue lawn soil tested and got detailed results from my Extension Service office. It instructed me to use a 15-0-15 fertilizer. While my lawn is fescue, the only 15-0-15 I could find was for centipedegrass. Thinking...

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Seed Law – Planting by Professionals

Q: You mentioned the Georgia Seed Law in your column last week. Did you know that everyone who plants a fescue lawn for hire this fall must have a seed license? A: I had just found out about it before...

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Phosphorus – Adding to Soil

Q: Why does the University of Georgia Extension service recommend adding phosphorus at the time of planting regardless of soil test results? A: Because the phosphorus that plants require is so often chemically unavailable to plant root hairs and because...

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Rose – Seed

Q: I just picked the rose hips off of my climbing ‘Fourth of July’ rose. Are the hips actually the seeds of the plant? If so what do I do with them? When and how should they be planted? A:...

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Mimosa Weed – Control

Q: I looked up the mimosa-like weed that was mentioned in your newspaper column and found it to be chamberbitter. It is all in my lawn and flower beds. Now that I know what it is, how do I kill...

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Tulip – Reblooming

Q: I am a novice gardener and am quite pleased with the tulips I planted last fall, which bloomed beautifully three weeks ago. However, your April Garden Calendar advised digging up and discarding the bulbs after blooming. Do tulips not...

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Squirrel – Disturbing Plants

Q: I missed your talk about dealing with squirrels on the radio a week ago. I have a wooded backyard and want to plant some hellebores (Lenten rose) that I have in pots. Every time I put out something the...

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Shrub – Planting in Winter

Q: What should be done with shrubs that are purchased just before severe cold? Is it better to leave them in the garage until warmer weather or would I be safe putting them in the ground? A: Up North, where...

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Shrub – Planting Properly

Q: A few months ago I had a professional installer plant a large number of bushes around my house. He used a method that violates my own knowledge of planting. I was told his method was advocated by a UGA...

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Amaryllis – Outdoor Care

Q: For the second year in a row, our amaryllis bulbs did not come up until late spring and did not bloom. What are we doing wrong? We plant in very early spring. We take them up each year and...

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Almanac – Planting by the Signs

Q: My grandmother wants to garden again and she’s looking for a copy of a garden almanac so she’ll know when the signs are right to plant. She particularly wants the one that has the picture of a man with...

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Magnolia – Plant from Seed

Q: My big magnolia tree bloomed wonderfully this year. Now it has big pods with red seeds. I want to plant the seed and grow more of them to put on our farm. How does one plant magnolia seed? A:...

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Easter Lily – Care

Q: I received an Easter lily last week. How should I care for it now? Can I make it bloom next year? A: Easter lilies are hardy outdoors in Atlanta. Dr. Paul Thomas, Extension horticulturist, says the best thing to...

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Termiticide – Absorbed by Plants

Q: I had my house treated for termites six months ago. They dug a trench around the base of my house and poured in a chemical. They warned me not to plant anything I plan to eat within fifteen feet...

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Boxwood – Care

Q: On each side of my front door I have four boxwoods. For the past couple of years I have continued to lose shrubs on the right side of my door. At first we thought it was due to improper...

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Coral Bark Maple – Planted Too Deep

Q: Help, please! Our two-year old Coral Bark maple, developed this “owie” near the base of its trunk. Don’t know how long it’s been like this since it faces away from our house. It looks like the bark has split....

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Peony – Growing in the South

Q: I am having bad luck growing peonies. I have purchased several in the past but they die within two years. I love peonies because my grandmother had them. I always think of her when I see them and I...

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