Posts Tagged ‘Summer’

Pre-emergent – Liquid

Q: Most professional lawn care services in my neighborhood do a good job preventing weeds by spraying the lawn. My service used a granular product and they didn’t have good success. I want to manage my own yard but I’m...

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Clementine Orange – Identification

Q: I am an 11 year old gardener. I was wondering how if clementine oranges have no seeds how do they grow more? A: Clementines are a hybrid variety of mandarin orange that originated in China. The pollen in this...

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Starter Fertilizer – On Established Lawn

Q: Can I apply starter fertilizer to an established fescue lawn in February without hurting it? A: Sure – fescue can’t read the label on your fertilizer bags…and I promise to keep your secret. Typical “starter” fertilizers have a higher...

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Dogs – Grass For Lawn

Q: I have tried fescue seed and sod on my shady, east-sloping back yard but still have little grass. To complicate the issue, my dogs run in the area. Is there a way to get grass to grow? A: Landscape...

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Owl – In the House

Q: I had an owl get in my house one night via an open fireplace flue. We aren’t sure how the owl got the glass doors open over our fireplace. Somehow it got out and it flew from the downstairs...

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Farmers Almanac- Rain Prediction

Q: Did the Farmers Almanac predict all this summer rain? A: I don’t think this will go down as their finest summer for prognostication. Their predictions were for April and May rainfall to be below normal. Despite a promised tropical...

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Sprinkler System- Seasonal Adjustment

Q: I just moved here from New York and I have a question about our sprinkler system. Most of the zones are set to irrigate for forty minutes twice a week. As winter approaches, how should I adjust? A: The...

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Crape Myrtles- Trimming

Q: My recently purchased home has a number of 15 – 20 feet high crape myrtles. They appear to have been improperly trimmed since the limbs have round “knobs” with sucker-like shoots coming from them. Can I trim the limbs...

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Panicle Hydrangeas- Blooming

Q: I have a heavily wooded lot. I planted ‘Pink Diamond’ panicle hydrangeas where they get two hours of morning sun, but they have not bloomed in two years. Do you think they will bloom where they are? A: Unlike...

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Pond- Frogs

Q: I have a large fish pond for my fish. I recently built a smaller pond on the other side of the yard. Now it has hundreds of tadpoles. Will I have this many frogs in my yard? How can...

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Angels Blush- Pruning

Q: I have an ‘Angel’s Blush’ hydrangea that I would like to prune. I planted it last summer and it doubled in size. What is the best time to prune this variety? A: ‘Angel’s Blush’ is a new panicle-type hydrangea...

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Fescue- Summer Decline

Q: What are the physiological processes involved when fescue thins out during the summer in the heat and humidity in Atlanta? A: Turf expert Clint Waltz calls it “summer swoon of fescue”. Thinning is a survival mechanism caused by water...

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Morning Water- Damage

Q: I have a question about your recent advice to water in the morning. It rains any time of the day or night but I’ve never seen any plant damage because of wet leaves in the evening. Dew also gathers...

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Palmetto Bugs – Control

Q: Palmetto bugs really bother me. We’ve sprayed insecticides around the perimeter of the house and some inside, mostly around pipes. I worry that bait stations might harm our dog. Is there any more advice you can give? A: Whenever...

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Maple Tree- Cutting

Q: I have three young maple trees that are very tall and skinny. Should I cut some of the top off to make the trees more full? A: Pruning the tops of the trees won’t make them become more full....

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Long Day Onion- Bulbing

Q: I purchased ‘Sweet Spanish Yellow Utah Jumbo’ onion seeds from a big box retailer. After planting I found out this is a “long day” onion. Will they bulb next summer? If not, why would this store sell them in...

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Sugar Maple- Budding

Q: I planted a sugar maple a year ago. Buds had already formed when we had a hard freeze in March. The buds never opened. I only see one small group of leaves near the base of the tree. My...

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Rabbits- Control

Q: Can you tell me how to control rabbits in vegetable and flower gardens? A: Rabbits can damage many plants in a short time when their numbers are high in early summer. The easiest way to keep them out of...

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