Shrubs

Second Fertilization With A Kelp Product

Q: Following a pruning of our camellia hedge the professionals did a deep root fertilization and recommended a second fertilization with a kelp product. What do you think?  A: The use of biostimulants (including humic substances, seaweed extracts, and beneficial...

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Are Butterfly Bushes Invasive?

Q: On your website you write that butterfly bush is a good plant to attract butterflies. While that is true, the Georgia Department of Agriculture says butterfly bush is showing signs of becoming invasive. A: I know that other states...

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Butterfly Bush – Invasive or Not

Q: On your website you write that butterfly bush is a good plant to attract butterflies. While that is true, the Georgia Department of Agriculture says butterfly bush is showing signs of becoming invasive. A: I know that other states...

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Butterfly Bush – Spider Mites

Q: My four-year-old butterfly bush is starting to die. I am perplexed as it has been a great performer. No pests or mildew seen. A: Is there any chance of herbicide or other pesticide applied nearby? The twisted leaves reminds...

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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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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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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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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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Best Time To Cut Back Wax Myrtles?

Q: When is the best time to cut back wax myrtles? Some branches were broken in the snow storm we recently had. When cutting the broken branches is it ok to limb them up and cut them down, top them,...

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When To Move My Loropetalum Shrubs?

Q: We have eight loropetalum shrubs in front of our house. We want to move them to another spot. Is now a bad time to do it, even when it’s cold?  A: Loropetalum is reasonably tolerant of moving as long...

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Beautyberry Bushes – How Much Can I Prune Them?

Q: My beautyberry bushes are twelve feet high and haven’t been pruned in years. How far back can I prune them?  A: Good news: beautyberry blooms on new wood, so you can prune in winter. The eye-catching berries seen in...

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Foster Holly – If I leave a 4′ Stump Will It Sprout Again?

Q: Last month’s snow bent my 25’ tall Foster holly about 90 degrees and I think I will have to cut it. I can leave a 4’ stump, will it sprout from that stump?  A: Foster holly, along with most...

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Why Is My Ninebark Shrub Struggling

Q: My ninebark shrub is not doing well. When planted it was beautiful and really cool looking. It is supposed to be native to Georgia. Now it seems to be dying/struggling. Any advice?  A: Ninebark, Physocarpus opulifolius, is indeed a...

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Where Did My Holly Berries Go?

Q: Where did my holly berries go? It was loaded and now it is bare!  A: My bet is that a flock of birds visited when you weren’t around. I’ve seen several robins at my birdbath recently. Robins, woodpeckers, and...

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Crapemyrtle – Pruning

One of the most confounding arguments I face is whether and how to prune crapemyrtles. They are mercilessly “murdered” by unaware landscapers and homeowners each winter… yet they still bloom in summer. Some people even believe a crapemyrtle won’t bloom...

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Don’t Replace Damaged Burford Holly

Q: My six Burford hollies are toast. There were two groups on each side of the yard with 3 trees in each group, planted around 1976. I would like to keep an evergreen there for privacy. Do you have any...

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Shrub – Pruning Calendar

The Home & Garden section of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution published a very nice pruning calendar several years ago. When viewed on a sheet of newsprint, it was gorgeous. When reduced to fit onto a sheet of typing paper...

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