Posts Tagged ‘Winter’

Potted Cyclamen- Dormant

Q: My potted cyclamen was flourishing for years until recently it just collapsed. All the stems with leaves died. What should I do with it now? A: It’s normal for a cyclamen to go dormant after it blooms. If your’s...

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Hardwood Limbs- Health

Q: My property has many hardwood trees. I continually have to pick up short limbs with healthy green leaves. What is causing them to fall? A: If the trees are oak, pecan or hickory, the culprit is likely the twig...

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Pruning- Drought

Q: Will pruning English laurel, gardenias and other shrubs now harm the plants? How does drought affect my plans? A: Pruning now will stress them somewhat, particularly if the soil is dry. The shrubs’ natural response to pruning in warm...

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Vine- Transplanting

Q: A close friend has a vine of the largest, sweetest muscadines I have ever seen or tasted. What is the best way for me to propagate and transplant a vine from this plant ? A: The University of Georgia...

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Wire Topiary – Filling

Q: I have asked Santa to bring me a wire topiary of a Labrador retriever for Christmas. Do you have suggestions on how to fill it? A: You have to fill the topiary with long fiber sphagnum moss. Call local...

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Confederate Roses – Cutting

Q: We have a Confederate rose that dies back in the winter but I am not sure how far back I should cut the dead canes. Should I cut them back to the ground level or not? A: I admired...

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Water requirements – Seasons

Q: Is the water requirement for trees the same in winter as in summer: two gallons per inch of diameter per day? A: No. Deciduous trees need no added water in winter, because they have no leaves. Established evergreen trees,...

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Transplanting – Restrictions

Q: We want to transplant shrubs and small trees around Thanksgiving. With the current water restrictions, should we do this in November or wait until March? A: I much prefer getting transplanting done sooner rather than later. The plants will...

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Forsythia Bush – Blooms

Q: Is it normal for a forsythia bush to have blooms in November in north Georgia? I saw a bush producing flowers outside of Cleveland, GA. A: It may not be normal for us but it is completely normal for...

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Bermudagrass Sod – Overseed Bare Spots with Bermudagrass Seed

Q: I have just moved here from Philadelphia. My new lawn is bermudagrass sod and there are bare patches in it. Can I overseed with bermudagrass seed? A: It’s not a good idea to overseed sodded bermudagrass with bermudagrass seed....

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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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Bulk corn gluten – Purchase

Q: Where can I buy bulk corn gluten meal? I want to do an organic care program on my 5000 square foot lawn. A: Hastings Garden Center in Brookhaven has small bags of the meal but you can also order...

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Compost Tumbler – How to use

Q: I bought a compost tumbler last summer. I balanced the amount of green and brown matter I put in and I turn the tumbler a couple times a week. Now it is three-quarters full but nothing seems to be...

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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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Snow Fountain Tree – Pruning

Q: I have a ‘Snow Fountain’ weeping cherry tree. I’ve noticed a lot of the limbs reach the ground; some even stretch out on the ground. How should it be pruned? A: ‘Snow Fountain’ cherry is a beautiful small tree...

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Termites – Inspection

Q: My termite inspector has asked to come in winter. He said the yearly inspection can be done any time of the year but I have my doubts. A: Termite expert Dan Suiter says there’s no law that says when...

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‘Nellie Stevens’ holly – Freeze damage

Q: In spring, our ‘Nellie Stevens’ holly suffers from a blight. The new growth and branch tips blacken and wither. Later growth isn’t as badly affected and it continues to flourish. However, the unintended pruning is affecting the tree’s shape,...

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Tilling – Soil

Q: I have a vegetable garden area which I’ve improved by adding compost, dead grass and leaves every fall and spring. This fall I sowed ryegrass and it is now five inches tall. How tall should it grow before I...

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