Posts Tagged ‘watering’

Holiday Cactus – Care

Q: I inherited a Christmas cactus when my mother passed away. I do not know how much light it needs or the amount of water. Also, what about fertilizer? A: I was delighted recently to find flower buds on the...

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Daphne – Wilt

Q: My daphne looks like it is wilting. I watered it but it does not look any better. How can I save it? A: You probably can’t save it. Daphne is very susceptible to a disease called Phytophthora, which infects...

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Air Conditioner, Dehumidifier Water – Using in Landscape

Q: Can I use the water that drips from my air conditioner or dehumidifier on my flowers? A: Yes, you can! The water is nothing more than distilled water and is perfectly safe. Georgia EPD watering rules exempt you from...

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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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Tree – Guy Wire Still in Place

Q: I have a seven year old, fifteen foot tall Leyland cypress that still has the tie around the trunk where it was originally staked. The rope (with a plastic sleeve) has now grown into the tree trunk, preventing me...

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Lawn – Testing for Brown Patch

Q: I have a zoysiagrass lawn. Can I take a soil sample to the county Extension office and have them check for brown spot fungus? A: An Extension Service soil test only checks for nutrient levels in the soil. It...

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Devil’s Backbone – Care

Q: Please advise how I might save what is left of my poor Devil’s backbone plant (Pedilanthus tithymaloides). During my wife’s fight with cancer it was totally forgotten in a dim room with no water for fifteen months. It has...

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Watering – Before a Freeze

Q: When you know the temperature is going to be way below freezing one evening and your plants need watering (especially tender perennials), is it better to wait? Or does watering do more harm than good? Is dry soil a...

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Centipede – Overwatering Problems

Q: I bought a house a year ago and had it sodded with centipedegrass. Since the sod was put down in October some parts never took firm root by winter. When spring arrived some areas never greened up. Then came...

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Banana Growth

Q: I would like to grow edible bananas. I could bring them indoors during the winter. Can you recommend a variety? A: A recent caller to my radio show said he had small banana fingers showing on his bloom stalk...

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Weed and Feed Products – Not Recommended

Q: In your series of newspaper articles about weed control, I didn’t see anything about weed and feed products. Why not? A: Despite the assurance on their labels that weed and feed products are an improvement in lawn maintenance, I...

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Graywater – Defined

Q: I have been reclaiming water I use to rinse vegetables in order to water my containers and other plants. Is this acceptable or does it fall under the same watering ban as outdoor sprinklers/watering? A: This is my own...

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Crapemyrtle – Moving

Q: I have four big crapemyrtles, about ten foot tall. Due to construction activity, they need to be moved. When should I transplant them and should they be pruned before or after the move? All four of them are going...

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Tree – Watering

Q: I was under the impression that the best way to water large, older trees was with a watering spike, stuck one or two feet into the ground. I bought one and have been trying to save all my precious...

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Blueberry – Watering

Q: I planted three blueberry bushes last year. The written instructions I received said to give them 1 inch of water per week. How much is an inch of water if I’m using a garden hose? A: The ultimate goal...

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Cucumber – Bitter Taste

Q: What makes my cucumbers so bitter? A: Cucumber stems, leaves and roots are naturally bitter, to stave off the attack of insects. In fact, the bitter chemical has a name: cucurbitacin. When a cucumber plant is stressed, the chemical...

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Mango – Growing

Q: I planted two mango seeds which have sprouted in pots. Will they grow into a tree shape or a bush? A: Since a mango plant will not survive outdoor winter temperatures in Atlanta, you had better raise your mango...

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Cabbage – Savoy type

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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