Gardening Q and A

English Ivy – Killing

Q: I have a large mass of ivy and it is in terrain that keeps me from mowing it. Would you please recommend an available spray and how to most effectively use it to kill the ivy? A: It’s not...

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Compost – Maggots

Q: I found a worm/grub in mass in my compost pile and am very curious as to what it might be. They are very dark gray-brown and the head end is actually the pointed end. They are literally swarming in...

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Jonquil bulbs – Storing

Q: Someone recently gave me 3 bags of jonquil bulbs. Can these be stored during the summer so that they will keep until I can plant them in the fall? Can you give me suggestions for what to do with...

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Lime – Picking Fruit

Q: I have a small lime tree and it has 2 limes on it. How do I know when is the right time to pick them?   A: See Harvesting see also Limes, Oranges and...

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Magnolia – Moving

Q: I recently moved into a home where the previous owner allowed a volunteer (I’m assuming) magnolia to take up root three feet away from a 70+ inch circumference red oak. This magnolia is about two inches in diameter at...

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Giant Resin Bee – Carpenter Bee Foe

Q: Each spring I battle with carpenter bees in my log home. However, starting each July, I see somewhat smaller bees, lighter in color, entering the circular holes left by the carpenter bees. They don’t seem to be worsening the...

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TifBlair Centipede – Characteristics

Q: I thought I heard a show of yours in which you gave a good review for a new species of centipede called TifBlair. Would you still recommend this grass as a good low maintenance lawn? A: I have seen...

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Jacaranda Tree – Growing conditions

Q: About 7 years ago my son was in the Peace Corps in South Africa. On his return he presented me with a pot with a Jacaranda tree seed. I have placed the tree outside each year from late May...

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Grape vines – Bleeding

Q: I pruned my vines yesterday and they bled a lot! Was I too late or was it just the mild winter? A: No problem. Grapes can bleed quarts without suffering any harm at...

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Euonymus scale – Control

Q: 1. My variegated euonymus has lots of little white dots under the leaves and it doesn’t look very healthy. Can you diagnose? Q: 2.  I have a row of golden euonymus shrubs that have developed scale on the leaves...

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Trees – Absorbing Carbon Dioxide

Q: I am looking for a formal listings of trees that absorb more carbon dioxide in the photosynthesis process than other trees. Since we live in such a harsh urban environment, I would like to be able to recommend those...

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Tree – For a Memorial

Q: My wife and I suffered in January a fetal demise in the middle of our pregnancy. We wanted to plant a tree as a memorial to our unborn child. Could suggest a tree that would symbolize both strength and...

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Lawn Maintenance – Doing it Yourself

Q: I’ve been paying more than two hundred dollars a year for a lawn service to fertilize and maintain the weeds in my bermudagrass. In order to save money I’ve chosen to do it on my own. Everyone tells me...

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River Birch – Bleeding

Q: I asked a crew to remove a large branch from a river birch. The stump where the branch was removed has been “weeping” since it was cut. How am I to stop this tree from losing water or sap...

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Strawberry Pyramid – Building

Q: Are you familiar with the square pyramids that garden catalogs sell for strawberry planting? Can I make one myself? What kind of soil do I use? A: A pyramid alloys you to put more plants into a given space....

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Weeping Cherry – Damaged

Q: I’ve had a weeping cherry for six years. It bloomed beautifully for three years, then started declining to only a few flowers each year. This past year it never bloomed and did not produce leaves until June. This is...

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Callery Pear – Identifying

Q: On your radio show you mentioned a “calorie” tree to which ‘Bradford’ pear is kin. Could you give me the correct spelling of the name of this tree? A: Callery pear, Pyrus calleryana, is an ornamental pear with wicked...

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Raspberry – When to Cut Back

Q: I would like to know if blackberries and raspberries produce fruit off of old growth or off new growth. A: It depends on which variety you have. Brambles (which is the word folks use to describe both blackberries and...

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