Posts Tagged ‘Spring’

Miss Muffett Caladium- Overwinter

Q: Will ‘Miss Muffett’ caladium overwinter in Chatham county? I had regular begonias go through last winter and emerge this spring for a good summer show. A: ‘Miss Muffett’ caladium is a chartreuse dwarf with red spots on the leaves....

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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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Johnny Appleseed Tree- Planting

Q: A few years ago, I purchased a “Johnny Appleseed” tree. The variety is ‘Rambo’. It requires a second tree for pollination. Which one should I use and how far away should it be planted? A: Apple trees are classified...

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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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Wooly Apple Aphid

Q: The lower trunk of my apple tree is severely swollen and disfigured. Where the ground has eroded nearby, some of the roots are visible and they have knots and swelling on them. What could this be? A: It sounds...

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St. Augustine- Planting/ Purchasing

Q: A landscape designer has suggested we use St. Augustine grass in our yard. His work will not be finished until late November. Is it too late to plant in late November? Where could I purchase St. Augustine grass seed?...

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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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Crapemyrtle – Severely Pruned, No Blooms

Q: Our driveway is lined with Carolina Beauty crepemyrtles but we have yet to see any beauty in them. We have pruned them in every way possible. Why can’t we get a bloom out of these trees? A: I think...

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English Ivy- Dieback

Q: What could cause dieback of our English ivy beds? We have lived in this house for about six years and the groundcover has always been healthy until this past summer. A: English ivy can be affected by fungal or...

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Daffodils- Transplanting

Q: I recently moved but beforehand I had ordered some daffodils. The landscaping was not completed so I had to plant the bulbs in a vacant lot next door. They have come up and are beautiful, but I want to...

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Aphids – On Onion, Garlic and Chives

Q: Could you tell me what are the little black bugs that are all over my green onions? A: Chives, garlic and onions are famous for attracting aphids in spring. The best controls are organic: blast them off with a...

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Butterfly Bushes- Planting

Q: Earlier this summer I planted three butterfly bushes in my full sun front yard. One looked great after planting but is now all brown and dry. Would it be too late to try to plant a new one? A:...

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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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Vegetables- Growing Season

Q: I moved here from northern Ohio. Could you tell me the growing season for vegetables in the Atlanta area? I am interested in tomatoes, carrots, onions and melons. A: If we define the growing season as the number of...

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Zoysiagrass- Growth

Q: I installed ‘El Toro’ zoysiagrass in mid-June. I mow it at 2.5 inches long. On your TV show you said the proper height for zoysiagrass is 1.5 inches. When I try to lower the height gradually, I get to...

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Outdoor Cushion- Pest Control

Q: I have an outdoor bench with polyester cushions. Birds attacked the top of the cushion, apparently carrying away bits of the stuffing for nests. How do I protect new cushions from the same kind of attack? A: Try placing...

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