Posts Tagged ‘Summer’

Bare Soil- Cover Crop

Q: I have bare soil in my small yard and want to put in a cover crop to enrich the soil and stop erosion for now. What can I plant? A: Cowpeas, soybeans or browntop millet can be planted in...

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Crapemyrtle- Blooming

Q: I used to live in Alpharetta and loved the crapemyrtles. Now I’m in Ohio ( Zone 5). I planted a ‘Red Rocket’ crapemyrtle last fall. In the spring the trunks were dead but healthy sprouts have come up from...

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Blackberries- Trimming

Q: We planted blackberries two years ago. There are brown branches that we feel need to be trimmed but are unsure how and when this should be done. A: Blackberries have two kinds of branches: floricanes, which flower and produce...

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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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Chives- Insect Control

Q: My chives are covered with small, dark gray insects. My husband thinks they are aphids. How can I control insects on edible plants? A: Any herb gardener who grows chives knows to look out for the dark invaders known...

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Bermudagrass- Removal

Q: We sodded our back yard with ‘Emerald’ zoysiagrass. There was a small area that contained bermudagrass. Despite constant pulling, the bermudagrass area is starting to grow. Can I do anything else to remove the bermudagrass ? A: Fenoxaprop (Bayer...

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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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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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Plant Watering – Pool water

Q: Can I water plants in the garden with water from my swimming pool? A: Yes, pool water is safe to use to irrigate plants but don’t use too much. If the current severe restrictions persist until next summer, as...

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China Doll Plant – Health

Q: I have a four-foot tall China Doll plant. It flourished outside but indoors the leaves are yellow and falling off. A: Although China Doll plant, Radermachera sinica, is sold as a house plant, it can eventually grow to 30...

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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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Centipede Lawn – Seed Development

Q: Is there any benefit to allow seed heads to develop on a centipede lawn. Will the lawn reseed itself? A: Practically speaking, there is not much benefit. Centipedegrass has low seed yield compared to other turfgrasses. Individual seeds are...

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Rainwater Collection – Benefits

Q: I’m trying to decide if collecting rainwater would benefit my lawn. How much water would I need to sustain a 4300 sq. ft. lawn? A: In my view, it isn’t worth collecting water to save a lawn. A lawn...

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Ginger and turmeric – Cultivation

Q: What is the best way to cultivate ginger and turmeric in a home garden? Can we simply break off the little conical ends and plant them with the pointed ends up in loose soil? Do they need much watering...

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Dogwood – Powdery Mildew Identification

Q: I have a beautiful dogwood tree that reaches to the second floor deck. It looks really healthy, but today I noticed white spots on the leaves. A: Your dogwood has powdery mildew. Powdery mildew is a common disease of...

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Ginger and Turmeric – Cultivation

Q: What is the best way to cultivate ginger and turmeric in a home garden? Can we simply break off the little conical ends and plant them with the pointed ends up in loose soil? Do they need much watering...

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Chinda doll – Growth

Q: I have a four-foot tall China Doll plant. It flourished outside but indoors the leaves are yellow and falling off. A: Although China Doll plant, Radermachera sinica, is sold as a house plant, it can eventually grow to 30...

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Magic lily – Growth sequence

Q: Five years ago I planted several “Magic Lily” bulbs. Every spring the leaves come up on cue. They die back in the summer, but no flowers come up in fall. What is wrong with this picture? A: Magic Lily,...

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