Landscaping

Hydrangea Flower – Half-pink, Half-blue

Q: Do you have an explanation of why our hydrangeas are split down the middle in color! We know that pH can change the color of the flower, but we’ve never had them split so nicely down the middle! There...

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Split Tree – Can It Be Saved

Q: Due to Hurricane Irma, one of our dogwoods split and came down. Will the rest of the remaining tree now get insect or other damage? Should we just take it down? A: You are right to be concerned. It’s...

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Tree – Straightening When Blown Over

Summer or winter storms often blow over otherwise healthy trees. Here is a review of the basics of righting small trees that lean or have partially fallen. I would ONLY attempt this on trees less than 15 feet tall….nothing bigger....

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Japanese Maple – Sprouts at Graft

Q: I have a twenty-two-year-old Japanese maple with a bulge on the lower trunk. The tree is lovely, but it continuously puts out suckers in this bulging area. Is there any way to stop the suckers? A: You are exactly...

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New Sapling – Trunk Split

Q: I have a newly planted live oak sapling which was split by a heavy storm last night. What can I do to mend the trunk? A: You are not going to like my answer. It is almost impossible for...

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Sod – Three Days Delay in Laying

Q: The company that is installing my new lawn ordered 6 pallets of sod to be delivered and installed today. Due to the heavy rain in our area they were unable to do the install today but said they would...

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Can I Plant Centipede Grass Now?

Q: Is it okay to plant centipede grass now? A: You can plant centipedegrass sod now but you don’t have enough time for centipede seed to germinate and spread before the weather cools off. Then you won’t have anything to...

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How To Save Fescue In The Summer

Q: Every year, I plant fescue seed and get a lush lawn. Come summer, it always dies out; by the end of the summer there is nothing left. I am aware that fescue doesn’t like heat. What do you know...

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Lime Does Not Control Moss

Q: I have some mossy areas in my lawn that could use some lime. How much? A: It is a myth that lime eliminates moss from a lawn. My backyard patio has several large patches of moss growing happily in...

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Killing Nuisance Trees

Q: Is there is a device that could carry an electric charge and which could be clipped to small invasive trees and, with the press of a button, cause that nuisance plant enough harm that it would die quickly? They...

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Applying Lime To Lawn To Raise pH – How Often To Do It?

Q: How often can one apply lime to a lawn to raise the pH? A: You can apply lime to a lawn, if needed, a couple of times a year. Since it can take several months for lime to change...

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Mulberry Weed – Getting Rid Of It

Q: I have been invaded by mulberry weed. Any advice to get rid of it forever? A: This is a plant to which the phrase “get rid of it forever” does not apply. It sets seed only a few weeks...

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Cottonseed Hulls – Are There Seeds Mixed In?

Q: If I use cottonseed hulls, will I end up with a garden full of cotton? Are there cotton seeds mixed in with the hulls? A: The cottonseed hulls that come from a cotton gin usually don’t have many seeds...

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Centipede Grass Turning Red

Q: Some of the blades of my centipede grass are turning red. Not sure if excess rain is a contributing factor. A: Centipede grass is well-known to turn red as a response to stresses like traffic, wear, drought, low fertility,...

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Fescue Lawn Weeds – Should I Switch To Zoysia?

Q: For the past three years I’ve battled weeds in my fescue lawn. I’m considering tilling or aggressively aerating next spring and sowing zoysia. The lawn gets at least 6 hours of mostly full sun. A: Zoysia could be a...

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Spider Lily Bulbs – When To Plant

Q: I just received some spider lily bulbs. Should I plant now or refrigerate until spring? A: Spider lily, Lycoris radiata, blooms in fall. It’s likely the bulbs you have were harvested after their leaves faded last spring. If that’s...

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Rhododendron – How/When Do I Prune?

Q: How and when I can prune back a large rhododendron? A: In late summer, it’s best to split the job into two parts. Remove about 25% of the plant this winter but leave some of the shorter limbs that...

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Fescue Lawn – Getting Rid Of Violets

Q: Violets appeared in my back yard two years ago and have taken over. How can I get rid of the violets and reseed my fescue lawn? A: I’ve had great success controlling violets in a fescue lawn by using...

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