Landscaping

Do Allium Bulbs Need Prechilling

Q: Do allium bulbs need prechilling before planting? This is my first foray into alliums and I’m a little confused on when to plant them. A: Unlike tulips, allium bulbs do not need to be kept in the cold before...

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Fescue Died In Winter

Q: I had a beautiful fescue lawn all winter and spring. In mid summer all the grass died. I don’t know what to do to prevent this from happening again.  A: It is not unusual for fescue lawns to undergo...

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Brown Stems When I Mow My Bermuda Lawn

Q: I have a bermuda lawn that I keep mowed at three inches high every seven days. I want to cut it shorter but when I do all I see is brown stems. My wife wants me to just cut...

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Vine With Yellow Flowers And Green Seed Pods

Q: I have a vine growing from inside my boxwood. It has very tiny yellow flowers and little green seed pods hanging from the vine. I can’t get to the base of the plant because the boxwood is so big...

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Old Bulbs Not Blooming

Q: This past February we purchased four hundred bulbs that were on sale at a big box store. They were stored in two open cardboard boxes in our living room and planted in early April. Only half of the Dutch...

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Mammoth Sunflower With More Than One Flower

Q: Have you ever seen a Mammoth sunflower stalk with more than one flower on it? This one has eleven different blooms! A: The ‘Mammoth’ variety of sunflowers have been bred to have one big flower on top and nothing...

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Do Pull-Behind Aerators Work

Q: I have a pull-behind plug aerator. Will it do the job?  A: It all depends on how deep the tool can penetrate into the soil and how many holes you make. Aim for ten holes, three inches deep per...

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Difference Between Zeon And Geo Zoysia

Q: I’ve been told Zeon zoysia and Geo zoysia are the same grass. Do you know if this is true? A: Both grasses are patented. They are therefore genetically and physically different. Geo zoysia can only be planted with sprigs...

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Bermuda Lawn: Overseeding With Ryegrass

Q: I read somewhere you should not overseed with ryegrass in the first couple years of a new bermuda yard. Is this accurate?  A: Overseeding bermudagrass with ryegrass is problematic because it stresses the bermudagrass while it is dormant. It...

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Can I Plant Bermuda Grass Now

Q: Can I plant bermuda grass seed now? A: No. There is not enough time for the seeds to sprout and mature before cold weather sets in. You can plant sod now as long as you keep it from drying...

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Is It Too Late To Fertilize Zoysia

Q: My lawn service put pre-emergent and fertilizer on my lawn on Sept 6. I think this was too late to fertilize zoysia. Am I wrong?  A: It depends on what strength fertilizer was put down. It is possible to...

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Should I Aerate On My Own

Q: I want to aerate my fescue before fall overseeding. Do you have tips on doing it myself vs hiring a lawn service?  A: Generally speaking, homeowners can accomplish better aeration of their lawns than you’ll get from a commercial...

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Can I Plant Cut Roses

Q: The cut roses I received are growing sprouts and new leaves. Are they able to be planted?  A: it is not uncommon for cut roses to sprout new leaves. However, they rarely sprout new roots. If the twigs don’t...

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White Oaks Are Dropping Sap

Q: Our newly-purchased 110-year-old home is surrounded by white oaks. We’ve noticed the oaks are dropping sap on our cars. Is this raining of sap normal?  A: I very much doubt that actual tree sap is coming down from your...

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What Kind Of Hydrangeas Work In The Sunlight

Q: We are wanting to put hydrangeas on the side of our house. But it gets sunshine from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. What kind do we need?  A: Sunshine at that time of day can be pretty hot for...

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Trees That Allow Sunlight To Hit Grass

Q: I have a new house with a young maple tree in front. I don’t want to stunt my small front lawn from growing. What’s the best tree that allows sunlight to come through?  A: To have a nice lawn...

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I Watered My Lawn But Now It’s Brown

Q: We recently had a new home built. Sod was planted the last of June. For the first two weeks, the sprinklers ran each day at sunrise for forty minutes per zone. I run them for twenty minutes per zone...

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How And When To Prune Azaleas

Q: I just bought a house with overgrown azaleas. They are full on top but not dense underneath. How and when do I prune?  A: Sometime in February or early March would be the absolute best. Of course, pruning at...

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