Posts Tagged ‘Spring’

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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Springtails – Collembola

Q: My friends showed me a very mysterious purple-ish spread on their concrete driveway after a warm rain in December. It is made up of tiny bugs and they are moving slowly. We are concerned about this invasion. A: Can...

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Cabbage – Savoyed Leaves

Q: On the TV show “Jeopardy” earlier this winter, one of the questions was something to the effect of: “You have to wash off the grit from the curly- as well as the smooth-leaved variety of this savoy vegetable.” The...

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Irrigation System – Winterizing

Q: Do you have any information on how to winterize a sprinkler system? A: All you really need to accomplish is to get most of the water out of the system before extreme cold temperatures arrive. First, turn off the...

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Plum – Early Blooms

Q: For the past few years, my plum tree has started to show its blooms in the middle of January. Prior to the snow this January it began to do the same thing. I know that it has a lot...

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Azalea – Leaf Drop

Q: I have several ‘George L. Taber’ azaleas. In winter, their leaves turn yellow, then slowly to brown, and then they drop off the plant. This is happening to all of the plants. I don’t think they need water as...

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Tiger Lily- propagation

Q: Is it possible to harvest the little bulbs on the stalk of a tiger lily and start new plants? I didn’t know what they were at first because I guess I had never grown a true tiger lily. A:...

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Blueberry – Pruning

Q: I have over one hundred rabbiteye blueberry plants, some almost 20 years old, and they need pruning. I get conflicting information on the proper time to prune. Please tell me when will be the best time. A: Blueberries flower...

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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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Pre-emergent – Failure

Q: I have a bermudagrass lawn, about two and one-half years old. I put down pre-emergent in the fall and even used the weed killer hose spray for weeds. I had the lawn aerated also. Presently, I have numerous henbit...

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Joseph’s Coat – Identification

Q: I have received several Joseph’s Coat plants from a friend. Is this plant an annual or perennial? How tall/wide will it grow? A: This is tough because there are so many plants with this name. Do you have ‘Joseph’s...

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Photinia – Pruning

Q: When is the best time to trim my red tip photinia shrubs back? Mine was really nice until the last couple of years. I think their decline was caused by cutting them back at the wrong time. Any tips?...

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Bucket Gardening – Vegetables

Q: Can you tell me about bucket gardening? I have many five gallon buckets and want to raise vegetables in buckets. What type of soil should I use? A: Gardening in five-gallon buckets is a great way to raise vegetables...

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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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Fountain Grass – Overwintering

Q: I planted purple fountain grass this year. Will it come back next year? A: Purple fountain grass is a perennial in south Florida but it doesn’t have a chance of surviving an Atlanta winter outdoors. That is actually a...

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Grape – Recommended Varieties

Q: What grapes varieties would you recommend growing in the Atlanta area for eating, jellies, and jams? Also, where can they be purchased? A: There are two types of grapes from which to choose: muscadines and bunch grapes. Muscadines are...

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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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Bougainvillaea – Care

Q: Last year I planted two beautiful bougainvillaeas in my garden. I cut them back before the first frost, hoping they would return. I have yet to see any regrowth though they were well covered with pine straw. Do you...

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