Gardening Q and A

Clerodendron – Harlequin Glorybower

Q: I have two small trees that my father gave me. He told me that they were Butterfly Trees. I would like to know the scientific name as well as the common name for them. The blooms are white and...

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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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Daylily – Planting seed pods

Q: I am new to daylily gardening. After blooming, I am noticing what looks like seed pods on my plants. Are they really seed pods? I thought daylilies were propagated from rhizomes not seeds. What do I do with these...

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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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Crapemyrtle – Correcting a Poorly Pruned One

Q: I have a poorly pruned crapemyrtle that has the knobs on the ends. The knobs are rather large from years of the poor pruning. Would you recommend cutting the knobs off? If not, what do you recommend? A: This...

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Owls – Identifying by sound

Q: I want to see if you can identify this bird noise. He (or she) is usually out at night. It will be hard to describe the sound in words but it sounds like “tisk, wow, wow”. I can never...

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Birds – Identifying by sound

Q: I want to see if you can identify this bird noise. He (or she) is usually out at night. It will be hard to describe the sound in words but it sounds like “tisk, wow, wow”. I can never...

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Blue potato bush – Growing

Q: I have a blue potato bush, I believe the scientific name is Lycianthes rantonnei. How do I grow this? A: Having the scientific name makes it easy. Unfortunately, your plant is not hardy outdoors here. You might be able...

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Treated Wood – Safety of ACQ

Q: My wife and I were advised to use ACQ treated timbers when considering cedar alternatives for raised vegetable gardens. I would have thought cedar a good choice, but was told that it would deteriorate within a year given direct...

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