Landscaping

Does My Bermuda Lawn Need Irrigation During Winter?

Q: Does my bermuda lawn need irrigation when it’s gone dormant for the winter months?  A: No. The only time to irrigate a lawn, winter or summer, is when the soil is dry for more than seven days. On average,...

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Do I Use Native Soil To Fill Around Trees?

Q: On the radio, you told a listener they should remove most of the soil a tree has around its roots before planting. You also said use only native soil to fill around the roots, no amendments.  A: You should...

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Can I Toss Vegetable Scraps Into My Shrubbery?

Q: I’m too old to do classic composting with a pile. Every day I have a cup or so of vegetable scraps to dispose of. Can I just toss them over my shrubbery to decompose or am I asking for...

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When To Prune Confederate Rose Plants

Q: I have five Confederate rose plants and the stems are not yet dead. Should I prune it down anyway? A: I did an experiment a couple of years ago. I left my stalks in place all winter. To my...

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Do Elm Trees Have A Deep Root System?

Q: Maple trees always seem to have a problem with surface roots. Do elm trees have a deep root system? A: The type of tree you have is not as much a problem as is the hardness of the soil...

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Can I Transplant My Hydrangeas To Zone 9?

Q: Can I transplant my hydrangeas to Zone 9, Florida? They are about three feet tall and wide.  A: Hydrangeas will grow in zone 9 if you give them light shade all day long and if they are watered properly...

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What To Do With My 4-5-4 Fertilizer?

Q: I just discovered an unopened bag of 4-5-4 plant food I purchased for my azaleas. It contains “material recycled from the food processing industry, formulated specifically for all acid-loving plants…” What would you suggest I do with it? A:...

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How Was Fat Lighter’d Formed?

Q: As a child, I remember hunting in the woods for “fat lighter’d” to be used as kindling in the fireplace. How it is formed? A: Fat lighter’d is the center portion of a pine tree stump (the heartwood). It...

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How To Plant White Oak Acorns

Q: I have recently collected some white oak acorns. What is the correct way to plant them? A: The best time to plant white oak acorns is in fall immediately after you collect them because they sprout so quickly. In...

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Pruning Trees – Should I Get A Pro?

Q: We have five medium-sized trees in our landscape. They need to be trimmed up at the bottom and thinned out to keep branches off the house. Is this something I can do or do I need a pro? A:...

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Do Ginkgo Trees Stink?

Q: Do ginkgo trees stink? Does it depend on whether it is a male or female tree? If so, how do you know which you are getting? A: The tree itself does not stink but the fruit from female ginkgo...

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How To Get My Tea Olive To Fill In With Leaves

Q: I would like my nine-foot-tall tea olives to fill in with leaves at the bottom half. How can I make that happen?  A: This is tough. One option is to prune off the top half of your shrub, which...

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Hibiscus And Mandevilla – Greenhouse Tents

Q: I purchased a small tent-type greenhouse to overwinter my hibiscus and mandevilla in. Is it better to place the plants into pots or buckets and put them in the greenhouse tent or to actually relocate them to a single...

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Do I Need To Treat Soil After Termites?

Q: I had two dogwoods killed by termites. Do I need to treat the soil before planting new trees? A: Termites don’t eat the living part of the tree, they can only digest the parts that are already dead. So...

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Paperbush (Edgeworthia) flowers hurt by early frost

Q: My paperbush (Edgeworthia) flowers were very small this year. I think the cause was the long, hot, dry summer at a time when they usually set their flowers for winter. A: I think the problem was caused by cold,...

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Oak tree bleeding in early spring.

Q: I pruned some rather large limbs from a huge pin oak tree a few days ago. Today almost every cut is “weeping” heavily. Should I paint the wounds? A: There is no harm at all. the bleeding will stop...

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Soft Caress mahonia problems

Q: I planted several Soft Caress mahonia shrubs last year. The plants appear to be dying now. I trimmed back the dead branches. I really like the look of these plants. A: “Soft Caress’ is an intriguing plant. Rather than...

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Pine and oak tree trunks can’t graft together

Q: I made a pretty cool discovery in my yard in Tattnall County. A few weeks ago I was cutting down some pine trees. As I was cleaning up some of the debris, I noticed an oak tree and a...

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