Posts Tagged ‘Spring’

Perennial Garden- Plants

Q: I would like to create a perennial garden the would look nice and attract honeybees from my hive into the garden. I recently moved here from south Texas and the plants are different here. Can you advise good plants...

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Shrubbery- Planting

Q: I’m trying to wait until the very last minute to plant shrubbery, hoping we’ll get some rain. I know fall is best but how late can I wait and still get the fall planting advantage? A: It’s all determined...

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Shrub pruning – Water

Q: Will shrubs like azalea, tea rose, and boxwood need less water if I prune them back by one-third? A: A plant’s water use is affected by a host of factors. Age of leaves, vigor of root system, humidity, light...

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Fertilizer – Drought

Q: I usually fertilize all my shrubs in April and October using 10-10-10 fertilizer. Because of the drought, I’m concerned that this may not be a good idea for this season. Can you give me some guidance? A: Your instincts...

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Liquid Fertilizer – Time of year

Q: My lawn company wants to do deep liquid fertilization on trees and shrubs. Is this a good time of year for this? A: I am not a fan of deep root feeding if the injection is more than a...

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Forsythia Bush – Blooms

Q: Is it normal for a forsythia bush to have blooms in November in north Georgia? I saw a bush producing flowers outside of Cleveland, GA. A: It may not be normal for us but it is completely normal for...

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Bermudagrass Sod – Overseed Bare Spots with Bermudagrass Seed

Q: I have just moved here from Philadelphia. My new lawn is bermudagrass sod and there are bare patches in it. Can I overseed with bermudagrass seed? A: It’s not a good idea to overseed sodded bermudagrass with bermudagrass seed....

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Pre-emerge – Bluegrass

Q: Can I still put out a pre-emerge to control annual bluegrass in a bermudagrass lawn? If so what type? A: I anticipate a big resurgence of lawn weeds this spring and summer due to the stress from the drought...

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Rain Barrel – Draining

Q: My rain barrel is full, thanks to the winter rains. I’m concerned that freezing temperatures will turn the water to ice and damage the barrel. What should I mix in to make sure this does not happen? Do I...

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Snow Fountain Tree – Pruning

Q: I have a ‘Snow Fountain’ weeping cherry tree. I’ve noticed a lot of the limbs reach the ground; some even stretch out on the ground. How should it be pruned? A: ‘Snow Fountain’ cherry is a beautiful small tree...

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Deer – Prevention

Q: We love the mountains and woods but we are having a constant problem with deer. They have severely eaten my ‘Nellie R. Stevens’ holly and ligustrums, both of which we were told “Deer do not eat!”. How do I...

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Tilling – Soil

Q: I have a vegetable garden area which I’ve improved by adding compost, dead grass and leaves every fall and spring. This fall I sowed ryegrass and it is now five inches tall. How tall should it grow before I...

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Hydrangea – Several plants

Q: Is it possible to dig up a hydrangea and divide it into three our four other plants. Mine is rather large, about two feet around at the base. A: Since your hydrangea is a woody plant, it normally does...

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‘Nellie Stevens’ holly – Freeze damage

Q: In spring, our ‘Nellie Stevens’ holly suffers from a blight. The new growth and branch tips blacken and wither. Later growth isn’t as badly affected and it continues to flourish. However, the unintended pruning is affecting the tree’s shape,...

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Crapemyrtle – Losing Branches

Q: Can you tell me what is wrong with this crepe myrtle? It is losing its branches. A: One of the results of chopping off the top of a crapemyrtle in winter is lots of lush growth the following spring....

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Ryegrass – Garden soil

Q: I have a vegetable garden area which I’ve improved by adding compost, dead grass and leaves every fall and spring. This fall I sowed ryegrass and it is now five inches tall. How tall should it grow before I...

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Rain barrel – Winter maintenance

Q: My rain barrel is full, thanks to the winter rains. I’m concerned that freezing temperatures will turn the water to ice and damage the barrel. What should I mix in to make sure this does not happen? Do I...

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Deer invasion – Spring leaves

Q: We love the mountains and woods but we are having a constant problem with deer. They have severely eaten my ‘Nellie R. Stevens’ holly and ligustrums, both of which we were told “Deer do not eat!”. How do I...

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