Posts Tagged ‘crape myrtle’

Asian Ambrosia Beetle – in Cherry Tree

Q: On your radio show I heard you describe what the Asian ambrosia beetle does to ornamental trees. I have the ‘toothpicks’ sticking out of my ‘Kwanzan’ cherry tree. I heard you tell a listener who had the beetles in...

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Crapemyrtle – Moving

Q: I have four big crapemyrtles, about ten foot tall. Due to construction activity, they need to be moved. When should I transplant them and should they be pruned before or after the move? All four of them are going...

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Japanese Beetle – Control with Milky Spore Disease

Q: I recently read an article about using a product called “Doom” to control Japanese beetles. How does this stuff work? Is it effective? A: “Doom” contains a bacteria that infects Japanese beetle grubs with a disease that turns their...

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Asian Ambrosia Beetle – Trap

Q: I heard you describe on your radio show how to construct a trap for Asian ambrosia beetles. I think the parts were a plastic cup, a film canister, a cotton wick and alcohol. Where can I find specific instructions...

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Powdery Mildew – Euonymus

Q: There are powdery spots all over the leaves of my euonymus. I believe this is called powdery mildew. If so, what can I do about it? A: The name of this disease exactly fits its description doesn’t it? Powdery...

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Crapemyrtle – Pruning versus Pollarding

Q: I know you don’t like “crape murder” but when I was in Europe I saw many trees that had been severely pruned for many years. They said it was called “pollarding” and was good for the trees. What gives?...

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Crapemyrtle Pruned – How Did He Do?

Q: I bought a house last summer that has three well established crapemyrtle trees behind the pool. When we first looked at the house, the plants were already cut back all the way to the knots. I pruned mine over...

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Crapemyrtle – White Crystals on Tips

Q: I noticed today that almost all the leaves on my crape myrtles (Natchez) have tiny (pencil point) white deposits on the tips of the leaves. Under a magnifying glass the depositslook like perlite, and are crunchy. They definitely are...

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Crapemyrtle – Correcting Dead Top

Q: The top of my crapemyrtle died from cold or something. Then the branches started growing from the base and not from the top. How can I correct this? A: It’s as easy as 1-2-3. 1. Cut out the leafless...

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Crapemyrtle – Lichens

Q: My parents have lost two of three crapemyrtles and the third is fading quick. It has some kind of green “fungus” growing on it. It hasn’t grown much since last season and didn’t have any new blooms either. What...

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Crapemyrtle – Transplanting Root Sprouts

Q: I have new crepe myrtles that have sprouted up a few feet from the main tree. How do I transplant them to other areas of my yard? A: I think you’ll find that the new sprouts are attached to...

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Crape Myrtles- Trimming

Q: My recently purchased home has a number of 15 – 20 feet high crape myrtles. They appear to have been improperly trimmed since the limbs have round “knobs” with sucker-like shoots coming from them. Can I trim the limbs...

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Crape Myrtle- Remove Shoots at Base

Q: I have a crape myrtle that keeps growing shoots at the base. It’s pretty thick. How can I stop them? A: This is a great time to remove trunk sprouts (suckers) on maple, crape myrtle, crabapple, flowering cherry, etc....

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Crapemyrtle – Severely Pruned, No Blooms

Q: Our driveway is lined with Carolina Beauty crepemyrtles but we have yet to see any beauty in them. We have pruned them in every way possible. Why can’t we get a bloom out of these trees? A: I think...

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Crapemyrtles- Discoloring

Q: I have two crapemyrtles that have a sooty black color on the leaves and on the ground underneath each year. What do I do? I’ve sprayed with an insecticide and insecticidal soap. A: When my mother saw cookie crumbs...

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Crapemyrtle Sprouts- Transplant

Q: I have what appear to be a couple of volunteer sprouts coming up around the bottom of an established crapemyrtle. Are these able to be transplanted and, if so, what’s the best method of doing that? A: It all...

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Crapemyrtle- Blooming

Q: I used to live in Alpharetta and loved the crapemyrtles. Now I’m in Ohio ( Zone 5). I planted a ‘Red Rocket’ crapemyrtle last fall. In the spring the trunks were dead but healthy sprouts have come up from...

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Crepemyrtles- Bugs

Q: My mother has crepe myrtles on which flying bugs have taken over. She says they are slowly dying and the leaves are oily looking. They also get on the hood of her car and turn it oily. A: Undoubtedly...

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