Posts Tagged ‘watering’

Irrigation System – Choosing Type

Q: I want to install a simple irrigation system for my lawn and flower beds. Should I use soaker hoses or a drip irrigation system? Is an oscillating lawn sprinkler any better than an impulse type? A: Your question is...

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Irrigation System – Scheduling

Q: I have an automatic sprinkler system How long and how often should I set the sprinklers for? Should I set the area that covers the flat portion of my yard any differently than a sloped portion? A: Your sprinklers...

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Impatiens – Problems

Q: I have impatiens planted in a half-barrel. They have begun falling over, just like they were bitten at ground level. Could squirrels do this? A: Squirrels or chipmunks are not the likely culprits. It sound to me like you...

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Thanksgiving Cactus – ID

Q: My co-worker says he has a Thanksgiving cactus and that it is different from a Christmas cactus. Is this true? A: Yes, your friend is correct. The Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) is sometimes called the “crab cactus” because the...

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Aspidistra (Cast Iron Plant) – Info

Q: I’m looking for more information on cast iron plants. My new home has some close to the house. It looks great and also hides that red clay stain on the brick foundation! Are these plants from a bulb? Can...

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Irrigation – Measuring How Much

Q: I am a Master Gardener volunteer in our Extension office. We have had a number of people call in and ask about watering vegetables and flowers. I tell them that one inch per week is recommended. My problem is...

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Fungus Gnat – On Houseplants

Q: I have a sunny window with a new pot of flowers nearby. I noticed lots of small, dark flies dying on the windowsill as soon as I brought the flowers home. Did the flies come from the flowers? A:...

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Bromeliad – Care

Q: Several weeks ago a friend gave me a big bromeliad from her greenhouse. Its leaves are beginning to shrivel. I watered the soil when I potted it and I have been pouring water into the throat of the plant....

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Bloodgood Red Maple – Crispy Leaves

Q: I planted above tree about 5 yr. ago.The plant was small – 1/2″ diameter or less. It is now about 2 – 2 1/2″ diameter, very healthy but from the beginning it seemed to develop brown, dead, crisp leaves...

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Browntop Millet – Temporary Lawn

Q: What do you think of planting browntop millet to hold the soil during summer before I plant fescue in fall? A: Browntop millet will work fine. It germinates readily in the heat and will look passable if given a...

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Tulip Poplar – Losing Leaves in Drought

Q: I am concerned about a couple of my larger trees on my property. They are losing a lot of leaves as if it is fall. A: The leaves they you are seeing are from tulip poplar, a common, large...

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Centipedegrass – Overwatered

Q: The person who put my centipedegrass sod down in March also installed the irrigation system. He said to water it 15 minutes every other day in each irrigation zone. We did that but it started to become quite dry....

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Mushrooms – Growing in Houseplant

Q: I found yellow mushrooms growing in my Christmas cactus. I wonder if you could identify them. A: Someone is watering too much…and it’s not me! Mushrooms like these won’t appear unless a moisture-loving fungus is decomposing the potting soil...

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Fescue – Overwatered

Q: I have a fescue lawn that receives plenty of water, as I have a well. I am watering once a day. I was watering twice a day, but some areas were getting pretty saturated, and we have received some...

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Spathiphyllum – Root Rot

Q: I have had a peace lily for several months. It is looking like it needs water, but yet the soil is wet. What should I do to save this plant? I have this plant in corner of the room...

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Houseplant – Rotten Egg Smell

Q: All of a sudden in the last month our indoor houseplants have taken on a nasty rotten egg type smell. Three weeks ago after we realized it was coming from the plants we repotted them with new dirt, new...

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Irrigation System – Worth the Price?

Q: I moved to Georgia last year from south Florida, so I’m used to having an irrigation system. Is it worth $1700 to have one installed for watering bermudagrass and a few flower beds? I don’t necessarily have to have...

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Soil Test – Nitrogen

Q: After ten years of lawn struggles, I decided to do a home soil test. It said we are low in nitrogen. The sod we laid last year looks pitiful. Can I put out nitrogen now? A: I’m doubtful that...

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