Landscaping

Cleveland Pear Trees – Can I Replant In Late Spring?

Q: Four of our fourteen Cleveland pear trees have been killed by ambrosia beetles. Can we replant this late in the spring?  A: You can plant trees now but let me urge you to plant something other than flowering pear....

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Daffodil Bulbs Are Mushy

Q: I had several clumps of daffodils that did not bloom this year. When I dug some of them to inspect, I found the bulbs very soft and mushy.  A: You were smart to dig them up to see what’s...

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Deer- Resistant Plants?

Q: We recently planted some dwarf loropetalum and mahonia. We were told they were deer proof but the neighborhood deer ate them. We are looking at the following replacements: abelia, gardenia, camellia, osmanthus, and distylium. Any more? A: You’ve made...

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How Much Composted/Bagged Cow Manure To Use In A Vegetable Garden?

Q: How much composted and bagged cow manure should I add to my vegetable garden before planting? A: Bagged cow manure contains very little nutrition for plants. And as for adding organic matter to your soil, there are better materials...

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Growing Eleagnus Shrubs?

Q: I am planting eleagnus around my property. I found one with berries and seeds. Can I plant them and grow more shrubs?  A: Before you plant more eleagnus, consider that many people call it a noxious weed. I grant...

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Pine Tree Killed By Pine Beetles – What To Do With Stump?

Q: What do you do with the stump once you remove a pine tree that has been killed by pine beetles?  A: Pine beetle attacks are not typically so low on a tree trunk as to infest the stump. I...

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Dead Indian Hawthorn – What Should I Replace It With?

Q: I have Indian hawthorn shrubs that have gotten scraggly and the leaves that are left have black spots on them. Any suggestions on what I should replace them with?  A: Why not different hawthorns? Indian hawthorn has beautiful white...

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Looking For Liner To Keep Weeds Out Of Shrub Beds

Q: I am looking for a liner that will keep weeds from growing up in my shrub beds that are mulched with wood shavings. I had someone line them last year but weeds were back before summer barely started.  A:...

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Local Suppliers of Plants?

Q: Are there any local suppliers of native plants? A: Local nurseries sell a limited selection of native plants but four local operations specialize in natives. The first is Nearly Native Nursery near Fayetteville (nearlynativenursery.com). The second is the Georgia...

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Hawthorn – Leaf Spot

Q: We have Indian hawthorn shrubs across the front of our house. They all look like this. I drove around the neighborhood and most of the other hawthorns look the same. Can we save them or must they be replaced?...

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Maple – Dead Trunk in Middle

Q: I have a red maple in my back yard that has dead branches in the center and vigorous growth at the bottom. Can it be saved? A: If you are absolutely sure the center trunk is dead and will...

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Coral Bark Maple – Bark Damage

Q: Last fall we planted a small coral bark Japanese maple. It seems to be doing well this spring except for some damage to the trunk. At first I thought landscapers had hit it with a string trimmer but then...

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History of TifBlair Certified Centipede Grass

Copied from http://www.tifblair.com/advantages-of-tifblair-centipede/history-tifblair-certified-centipedegrass Centipede is a popular turfgrass selection for southernmost coastal plains and Florida because of some appealing features. It’s more shade-tolerant than bermuda. It’s also easy to maintain because it grows an even three to six inches without...

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Japanese Maple – Top Heavy

Q: My four-year-old red Japanese maple is very top heavy, with two feet distance from the top to the next row of branches. Is this normal? Should we prune that top? A: The top does look a little spindly to...

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Italian Umbrella Pine – Growing

Q: We vacationed in Italy and the umbrella pines were wonderful. Will they grow here? A: I just got back from Italy myself (April 2018)! Italian umbrella pine, Pinus pinea, is the source of pine nuts (pignoli) used to make...

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Dawn Dish Soap (Detergent) – Not Recommended

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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Large Patch Disease – Zoysia Lawn

Q: When would it be best to put down fungicide for large patch disease on my Emerald zoysia? I want to do my app for spring, but with this variable weather I don’t want to wait to long for large...

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Japanese Maple – Swollen Graft Union

Q: I have this really cool Japanese maple but the trunk is very “swollen”. Is this something I should be worried about? A: As you probably know, most dwarf Japanese maples a grafted onto another vigorous, but not so pretty,...

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