Landscaping

Should I Put Sand Down Before Zoysia Installation?

Q: I am going to be installing zoysia sod soon. My lot is heavily shaded but I’m having my trees thinned to help with sunlight. The soil stays a little damp. Would it be good to put down 3″ –...

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How To Keep Neighbors Bermuda Grass From My Fescue?

Q: How do I keep bermuda grass from my neighbor’s yard from spreading into my fecue?  A: If your neighbor has bermuda grass in their lawn, it is going to come into your lawn pretty quickly, particularly if they have...

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What Is A Good Fertilizer For Our Deodar Cedar Tree?

Q: Can you recommend a good fertilizer for our lovely deodar cedar tree? A: If your tree is near another area that is regularly fertilized, such as the lawn or your flower beds, it doesn’t need fertilizing. It will get...

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Banana Magnolia – No Fragrant Flower, Sparse, And Yellow Leaves

Q: We have a banana magnolia at the edge of our lot. For the last two years has been looking bad: no fragrant flowers, leaves are sparse, and some are yellow.  A: Banana magnolia, Magnolia figo, is one of the...

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What Is A Dogwoods Life Expectancy?

Q: I have a dogwood tree that is about twenty years old. It did not bloom this year, but has green leaves. Has it reached its life expectancy? A: In perfect growing circumstances, a dogwood tree can last several decades....

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Making A Raised Bed – Should I Kill The Grass There First?

Q: I would like to make a raised bed to plant perennials and annual flowers. The area has a lot of tree roots. My husband suggested using Roundup to kill the grass in the area before adding soil. A: You’ll...

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Green Giant Arborvitae – How To Space Them?

Q: I have a row of Green Giant arborvitae; two years old; four feet tall. Back then, I read they should be spaced five feet apart. This seemed close so I spaced them ten feet apart. Are my trees still...

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Why Should`nt I Use Dawn Dish Soap To Kill Bugs/Weeds?

Q: Why don’t you recommend using Dawn dish soap to help kill bugs and weeds? A: The number one reason I don’t mention Dawn for garden use is that it doesn’t have a pesticide label that permits it. Strictly speaking,...

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Our Azaleas Look Healthy But With Few Blooms

Q: This year our azaleas are green and healthy with beautiful foliage but few blooms. The blooms that do appear are in the middle of the plants. We pruned them severely after they bloomed last spring.  A: I think the...

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If I Raise My Soil Levels Around My Trees Will They Die?

Q: If I raise the soil level around my trees about two feet, will they die?  A: If you cover your mouth and nose with a wet washcloth, will you find it hard to breathe? Tree roots require the ability...

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What Can We Plant To Repeal Mosquitoes?

Q: What can we plant to repel mosquitos instead of using chemicals? A: I hate to burst a popular bubble but no landscape plant has been shown to repel mosquitoes. It is true that the sap of some plants is...

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Rose Bushes – What To Spray To Kill Weeds Around Them?

Q: What can I spray to kill weeds in and around my rose bushes without hurting them? A: At a big box store I recently saw a sprayer that had a conical shield attached to the spray wand. The label...

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Impatiens – Is It Safe To Plant?

Q: For many years, I planted impatiens in my shaded areas. I read that they have developed some kind of disease and weren’t available at nurseries anymore. I saw a packet of impatiens seeds so I bought them and the...

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Where Can I Find Triple Ground Mulch?

Q: Where do I find triple ground mulch like I used in Pennsylvania? It looks great and it works wonders under shrubs. A: Due to shipping costs, mulch is usually generated from local sources. Triple ground bark mulch might be...

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Autumn Ferns – Best Time To Transplant?

Q: Autumn ferns are blocking my sprinkler heads. When is the best time to transplant them?  A: Autumn ferns can be transplanted any time of the year except during the hottest months of summer. Mid-spring is the best time to...

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Christmas Cactus – When To Repot?

Q: How do I know when it is time to repot a Christmas cactus to a larger pot?  A: I have a Christmas cactus in a twelve- inch wide clay pot where it has lived for ten years. Every spring...

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Should I Put Sand Down Before Zoysia Installation?

Q: I am going to be installing zoysia sod soon. My lot is heavily shaded but I’m having my trees thinned to help with sunlight. The soil stays a little damp. Would it be good to put down 3″ –...

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Bermuda Grass – How Short To Cut It Before It Greens?

Q: How short should I cut my bermuda sod before it starts to green?  A: Set your mower height one notch lower than you typically use. Mowing will remove the brown turf leaves and expose the crown of the grass...

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