Posts Tagged ‘watering’

Brussels Sprouts – Survival

Q: Can Brussels sprouts plants survive a Georgia summer? A: They can’t even survive June, much less an entire summer! I suppose they have a good chance for summer survival in extreme north Georgia, but nowhere in Atlanta and southward....

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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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New Plants- Watering

Q: When is the best time to water new plants such as begonias, daylilies, black eyed Susan, etc? Is it an old wives tale that you should not water in the evening? We have hundreds of new plants and it...

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Peonies- Blooming

Q: When I grew up in Michigan, my mother had peonies that bloomed without trouble. I dug up some of the roots and brought them to Georgia. I have been unsuccessful in getting them to flower. They flourish in the...

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Gerber Daises- Growth

Q: I am having extreme difficulties growing Gerber daisies for my daughter’s wedding. I just can not get them to stay healthy. I hear nothing but problems and tales of woe from others. Any sage advice? A: Gerber daisies are...

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Oak Tree- Drought

Q: We have a huge oak tree that we dearly love. We are very worried about our tree during this drought. Can you advise how to water? A: We’re in a situation where “survival watering” is your best bet. Apply...

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Kwansan cherry tree- Planting

Q: I’m in a quandary. I received a ten-foot tall ‘Kwansan’ cherry tree for my birthday. Should I go ahead and plant it in the face of watering restrictions? Plus, I’m going to be on vacation next week. A: If...

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Watermelon – Splitting

Q: This is our first time growing watermelons and we have a prolific crop. We’re running into a problem with the fruit splitting on the vine. What causes this? A: I think the splitting was caused by irregular watering. Watermelon...

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Dehumidifier – Graywater

Q: I have a dehumidifier in my damp basement. I get 1.5 gallons of water a day from it normally. Is this considered graywater? A: Technically it is not graywater; it is condensed water. As such, it is exempt from...

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Blueberry Bushes – Watering

Q: Because of the watering ban, I’ve been using shower water on my five mid-size blueberry bushes. Should I continue to water them throughout the winter? A: Why are you using shower water? Most water providers exempt food gardens from...

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Watering – Yellow leaves

Q: My family has been “showering with buckets” to collect bathwater for months now. We pour the water around plants in our full sun beds. I’ve begun to notice some plants showing yellowish leaves. A: My guess is that the...

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Drought – Supplemental watering

Q: You recently wrote that even with our drought, supplemental watering isn’t generally needed in the winter. What are some guidelines as to when I should re-start watering my camellias and azaleas? A: Water loss from the soil is caused...

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Bathwater – Plant coloring

Q: My family has been “showering with buckets” to collect bathwater for months now. We pour the water around plants in our full sun beds. I’ve begun to notice some plants showing yellowish leaves. A: My guess is that the...

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Rain barrels – Soaker hose

Q: We invested in some rain barrels after the recent drought. They are inconveniently located on the low side of the house. Is there a reasonably priced pump I can use with a soaker hose? A: Frank Henning, University of...

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Swimming pool water – Harm

Q: Will the water from a swimming pool harm plants and grass. I would like to capture the water when I backwash my pool instead of just dumping it out on the bare ground. A: If the water contains no...

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Fertilizer – Pet danger

Q: I applied 16-4-8 granular fertilizer to my lawn. The bag states not to touch it and to keep it out of reach of pets and children. Is it really dangerous to my pet Yorkies? A: The fertilizer is only...

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Zenith Zoysia sod – Watering

Q: My landscape company laid 6500 sq. ft. of ‘Zenith’ zoysia sod in early June. The irrigation company then installed a five-zone sprinkler system. The irrigation folks suggested running the zones full blast each day when I can water. My...

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Maple Tree – Survival

Q: Landscapers planted a tall maple tree by our community mailbox area, then covered under it with pine straw. I am watering the tree every other day to help it survive. What should I do now? Fertilize? A: Watering every...

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