Landscaping

Why Did People Whitewash The Trunks Of Crapemyrtle?

Q: When I was growing up people whitewashed the trunks of crapemyrtle and other trees. Was this meant to aid the tree, or was it just cosmetic? A: Farmers sometimes paint young tree trunks white to prevent sunscald or cold...

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How Do Flowering Quince Do So Well In The Cold?

Q: What can you tell me about the climate where flowering quince originated? Mine was looking great before the severe cold and it came through fine, along with my camellia. How do they do so well in cold weather?  A:...

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How Long Can I Keep Grass Seed In My Shed?

Q: If I buy grass seed now, will the seed be good in October? I would keep it dry and off the floor in a shed.  A: Grass seed best retains its germination ability when it is stored in a...

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Filling In A Gully On A Sloping Yard

Q: I have a sloping yard that has developed a gully on one side that is hard to mow. I am having a tree removed and wonder if I can fill in with the chips, then cover with dirt and...

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Can I Plant A Pluerry, Cherry And Peach Trees In Georgia

Q: I recently moved from Iowa. I want to plant a standard pluerry tree, a semi-dwarf pomegranate, plus semi-dwarf cherries and peaches.  A: It is certainly possible to have a garden full of fruit trees and vines in Georgia but...

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Planting Seeds In Used K-Cup Pods

Q: I hate the thought of all my K-Cup pods going to the landfill. I planted Blue Lake green bean seeds and poblano pepper seeds in used coffee grounds after removing the aluminum covering. I put them in a plastic...

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Should I Cut Back Perennials In Frigid Temperatures?

Q: Is now a good time to cut back salvia and other perennials or is it not a good idea with frigid temps still possible?  A: My practice is to cut down brown stems whenever I see them, no matter...

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How To Prepare Soil For Spring Planting

Q: I have gotten a plot at my town’s community garden. I am wondering what I should be doing to prepare the soil for spring planting. Add compost?  A: Much of your success in the plot will depend on how...

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Planting A Bare Root Stella Cherry Tree In Winter

Q: My father and I are planting a bare root Stella cherry tree. I have read that we should add nitrogen when planting but in winter? What would you recommend? A: Your instincts are exactly right. There is no absolute...

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What Is A Fast-Growing Evergreen Tree That Would Block The Sun?

Q: I removed several trees and now the sun shines on the front, making it way hotter. What is a super fast-growing evergreen tree I could plant to block the sun?  A: I know you want shade in the summer...

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When Should I Apply Fertilizer To My Daffodil Foliage?

Q: My daffodil foliage is 10″ high and flower buds are emerging. Is now the time to apply fertilizer?  A: It’s best to fertilize when foliage is 1″-2″ tall or about six weeks before flowering. An alternative is to use...

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Can I Transplant “Baby” Nandinas?

Q: I have “baby” nandinas and a friend wants some of them. When can I dig them for her to plant in her yard.  A: If it is 12″-20″ tall, I think a small nandina can be transplanted anytime. They...

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Leyland Cypress: Will Cutting The Top Make The Trunk Bush Out?

Q: Two rows of tall Leyland cypress grow as a barrier between my house and a busy highway. Some of the lower limbs are dead. Can I cut fifteen feet off the top to make the remaining trunk bush out...

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Can I Grow A Lawn During Winter?

Q: My family has just moved here from California. I really want to grow a lawn. Can I start growing a lawn during the dead of winter? The area has light shade.  A: Available sunlight is always the dominant factor...

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Can I Prune Hydrangeas When The Buds Are Swollen?

Q: Can I prune hydrangeas now even when the buds are swollen?  A: If you prune a common mophead hydrangea now, you’ll remove bloom buds. Exceptions would be the reblooming varieties like ‘Endless Summer’ and ‘Penny...

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Should I Trim Back My Lenten Rose?

Q: Should I trim back the long leggy branches on my Lenten rose? They look healthy.  A: Even though they are green and healthy in early spring, those tall leaves will get big black spots by early summer, turn completely...

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If My Azaleas Were Cut Back Will It Effect Future Blooms?

Q: I have (had) beautiful azaleas around my house. However, I hired a new yard man who cut them way back! Will this affect blooms this year? A: I am sad to say the answer is very likely yes, you...

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Water Oak Sapling In A Pot: What Is The Limit To The Cold It Can Take?

Q: My son has had a water oak sapling in a large ceramic pot for ten years. He has just moved to Virginia. Since it is in a pot, is there a limit to the cold it can take?  A:...

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