Posts Tagged ‘planting’

Garden – Amending Soil

Q: My husband and I are novice gardeners. Last year we planted a vegetable and herb garden. It was mostly red clay so I added store-bought dirt and manure: about 20 bags of each in an 8′x10′ area. The only...

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Plants – Heeling In

Q: We will be moving this winter and I have several plants that I would like to take with me. There are several rose bushes, Indian hawthorn, rhododendrons, azaleas, bulbs and a red twig dogwood. They are healthy and did...

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Tomato – Blossom End Rot

Q: I have several tomato plants with tomatoes that are green and on the vine. On some, but not all of them, the tomato fruits have a big black spot on the bottom. I’m afraid this is a fungus that...

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Centipedegrass – Tifblair

Q: Will centipedegrass perform well in north Cobb county? A: One of the great success stories of the lawn seed industry is the work of Dr. Wayne Hanna at the USDA Coastal Plains Experiment Station in Tifton. In 1977, realizing...

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Jade Plant – Roots on Stem

Q: I have a Jade plant that I received as a gift. It seems to be very healthy with a lot of new growth, but there are some white growths coming out of the side of the plant stems. I...

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Tree Planting – Remove Burlap

Q: What is best, pushing the burlap down in the hole or totally removing the burlap around “balled and burlapped” tree rootballs? A: It’s best to remove to totally remove it. Burlap is often chemically treated to prevent it from...

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Fescue – Watering in Winter

Q: In order to abide by the watering restrictions, when I want to water I need to set up my sprinklers the night before I want to water. At our current temperatures, that would mean that the hose and sprinklers...

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Zoysia Grass – Installing in Late August

Q: Is it too late in the year to put in Emerald Zoysia? We have a larger than average yard and will be paying close to $20,000 for this sod. I am concerned that the six-month warranty period we would...

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Vegetables – Growing in Containers

Q: With so many people now moving into town homes, high rises, condos, etc., more of us need a LOT of info about growing vegetables in containers. Also, I really want my veggies to be grown as close to organically...

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Banana Tree – Frozen

Q: I over wintered my banana tree with straw and plastic bags. I removed them the other day and I am not sure it survived. The stalk is 4 ft high. I removed all leaves before covering it this fall....

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Leyland Cypress – Dying in Shade

Q: We have a row of Leyland Cypress that is starting to die off one at a time. They are about 10 years old and we have lost two on the left side of the row. I thought the first...

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Leyland Cypress – Origin

Q: Where did Leyland cypress come from? Is it a native plant? A: Leyland cypress isn’t native anywhere! It originated as an unexpected cross between Monterey cypress, Cupressus macrocarpa, and Alaska cedar, Chamaecyparis nootkatensis. The parent trees are native to...

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Bermudagrass – Gasoline Damage

Q: My son spilled gasoline on our bermuda lawn while re-fueling the lawn mower in June. The grass died, of course, but I can’t get bermuda – or even weeds – to grow there again. Is there anything that will...

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St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

Q: Please tell me where I can buy St. Augustine grass seeds. Our lawn has some now and we like it a lot, but we’re having trouble finding seeds. A: You can’t buy St. Augustinegrass seed. The plant is very...

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Tree Planting – Amend the Soil?

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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Browntop Millet – Temporary Lawn

Q: What do you think of planting browntop millet to hold the soil during summer before I plant fescue in fall? A: Browntop millet will work fine. It germinates readily in the heat and will look passable if given 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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Mycorrhizae – Effectiveness

Q: What do you think about adding mycorrhizae to the soil around a tree? A: Mycorrhizae are fungi that associate themselves with the roots of plants. The association is beneficial for both: the fungi receive carbohydrates from the tree while...

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