Gardening Q and A

Native Evergreens – For creek banks

Q: I know of deciduous plants for creek banks – but want to know some evergreen ones that will hold the soil during heavy rains when the water rises. Would nandina be good for this? A: Theresa Schrum replies: “Most...

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Climbing Hydrangea – Not blooming

Q: I planted a climbing hydrangea in the spring of 2001. The plant is doing well, almost covering one wall. Yet it still has not produced a flower. It gets sun about three hours a day. Anything I can do...

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Nitrogen – Applying too Much

Q: I have about 3200 square feet of grass, and I have made a terrible mistake. I have put down 4 bags of nitrogen (34-0-0) . I must have misunderstood the guy because he said nitrogen would not burn as...

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Rat-tailed Maggot

Q: I found the weirdest things I’ve ever seen in an old log-filled trash can that had rainwater in it. When I poured out the water there were several white grub-like things that each had a long tail. They wiggled...

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Foxfire – bioluminescence

Q: The other day my son chopped down a small dead tree. That night we noticed the stump and the piece he had cut off were glowing just like a fluorescent light. The chips laying on the ground were also...

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Green Roof (Living Roof) – Installing

Q: My leaky flat-roofed front porch is quite irritating. I remember there was a push in Chicago to put plant-covered roofs on some of their buildings. I thought maybe you would know how to create a green roof. A: I’m...

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Cucumber – Downy Mildew

Q: I believe I have cucumber mosaic virus in my garden. It has spread throughout – on squash, zucchini, and cucumber. Is it likely that is was caused by all the summer rain? Is it o.k. to eat the fruit...

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Leyland Cypress – Trimming

Q: Approximately 12 years ago we had 2 cypress trees planted in an area near an inground pool. They are now approximately 25 to 30 feet tall and we are afraid that they could fall into our pool if we...

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Sod – Keeping fresh

Q: You mentioned in the gardening magazine that sod should be laid the day it arrives. I was thinking of putting some in a few bare spots, and was wondering how the places that sell just a few square yards...

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Hydrangea – Remove faded blooms

Q: Do I pinch off the faded blooms from the Endless Summer Hydrangea? A: Yes – take off the flower and about 1 foot of stem below...

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Velvet Ant – Identifying

Q: On Saturday I noticed a large red bug crawling across my lawn. It looked like an ant but I think it was a wasp without wings. It walked at a funny angle with the rear legs higher than the...

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Steep Hill – Landscaping

Q: I have a bank at the front of my home, it is approximately at a 60 degree angle, it is quite a large area, and it is in full south/east sun for most of the day. I planted 35...

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Peach Trees – Pepper spots on Fruit

Q: My peach tree has hundreds of peaches not quite the size of tennis balls. The problem is half of the skin is perfect but the other half is sprinkled with black pepper-like spots. I began spraying the trees after...

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China Doll Plant – Re-potting

Q: We received a beautiful China Doll plant. We want to know about re-potting and care. We do know it requires bright light and wonder if it should stay inside our home during summer. A: Your plant is Radermachera sinica...

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Fertilizer – For Fescue in Summer

Q: I know you say not to fertilize Fescue grass in the summer months and I have had relatively good success not doing that but I get brown spot every year. I have seen the advertisement for Scott’s Summer Lawn...

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Yucca – Separating the Pups

Q: I have four variegated yucca plants in my garden and all but one bloomed. However, with the blooming I noticed that the plant had produced others – can I separate them or should I just leave them alone and...

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Wasps – Attacking Furniture

Q: For the last two years we have been plagued with a reddish-brown wasp that seems attracted to our wooden deck chairs. I have searched for a nest, but couldn’t find one. How can I rid our deck and yard...

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Frogs – Eradicating from pool

Q: I have an enormous number of frogs that have congregated in the landscaping around my pool area. Their nocturnal croaking creates a virtually unbearable level of noise, to the extent they interfere with our own, as well as our...

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