Posts Tagged ‘fertilizing’

Potted Cyclamen- Dormant

Q: My potted cyclamen was flourishing for years until recently it just collapsed. All the stems with leaves died. What should I do with it now? A: It’s normal for a cyclamen to go dormant after it blooms. If your’s...

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River Birch- Pruning

Q: When should I prune my river birch tree? The lower branches are too low to walk under. When and how should I fertilize it? A: You can prune any time after the leaves fall and before next February. If...

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Fescue- Liming

Q: Does fescue automatically have to be limed because it’s fescue? My brother doesn’t lime his fescue because he doesn’t have pine trees. He says pine needles are acidic and cause fescue to require liming. A: The only reason to...

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Fertilizer – Drought

Q: I usually fertilize all my shrubs in April and October using 10-10-10 fertilizer. Because of the drought, I’m concerned that this may not be a good idea for this season. Can you give me some guidance? A: Your instincts...

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Liquid Fertilizer – Time of year

Q: My lawn company wants to do deep liquid fertilization on trees and shrubs. Is this a good time of year for this? A: I am not a fan of deep root feeding if the injection is more than a...

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Bermudagrass Sod – Overseed Bare Spots with Bermudagrass Seed

Q: I have just moved here from Philadelphia. My new lawn is bermudagrass sod and there are bare patches in it. Can I overseed with bermudagrass seed? A: It’s not a good idea to overseed sodded bermudagrass with bermudagrass seed....

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Bulk corn gluten – Purchase

Q: Where can I buy bulk corn gluten meal? I want to do an organic care program on my 5000 square foot lawn. A: Hastings Garden Center in Brookhaven has small bags of the meal but you can also order...

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Camellias – Feeding

Q: What is the best time to feed camellias? I have several that have been planted for more than fifteen years. A: Camellias need nutrients when their growth starts in early April. You can use granular synthetic fertilizers then; rainfall...

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Bulk corn meal – Purchase

Q: Where can I buy bulk corn gluten meal? I want to do an organic care program on my 5000 square foot lawn. A: Hastings Garden Center in Brookhaven has small bags of the meal but you can also order...

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Phalaenopsis orchid – Growth

Q: After my phalaenopsis orchid bloomed I cut the dead flowers off at the bottom of the last bloom. Now I have two leaves growing where I cut the flowers off. How can I remove the new growth and keep...

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Magic lily – Growth sequence

Q: Five years ago I planted several “Magic Lily” bulbs. Every spring the leaves come up on cue. They die back in the summer, but no flowers come up in fall. What is wrong with this picture? A: Magic Lily,...

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Milorganite – Deer

Q: I have heard that Milorganite is good for keeping deer away from gardens. We have two acres which are “salad bars” for deer. Any advice? A: Many things are reputed to repel deer: hair, coyote urine, soap, etc. In...

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Fertilizing – Drought

Q: Should we skip fertilizing our lawn this year since we are likely to continue our drought conditions? A: Don’t skip the lawn feeding. I am certain that rain will come this spring. All you have to do is time...

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Perennials – Seed meal

Q: I am going to feed my perennials and shrubs with cotton seed meal this spring. Is it too early to begin? A: One of the great things about using organic fertilizers like cottonseed meal, composted hen manure, blood meal,...

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Golf course – Green grass

Q: How does a golf course with bermuda or bentgrass greens keep them green in the winter? A: Bermudagrass is normally brown in winter so golf courses overseed with ryegrass in September. The ryegrass is green all winter, keeping the...

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Garden – Topsoil

Q: We recently purchased a new house and want to put a garden in the backyard. I imagine the builder skimmed off the topsoil before planting grass there. Would you remove the clay and replace it with topsoil before planting?...

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Fertilizer – Pet danger

Q: I applied 16-4-8 granular fertilizer to my lawn. The bag states not to touch it and to keep it out of reach of pets and children. Is it really dangerous to my pet Yorkies? A: The fertilizer is only...

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Peony plant – Transplanting

Q: I have four 15-year-old peony plants. Nearby trees are creating too much shade for good blooms. When is the best time to transplant them to a sunnier location? A: Although they are blooming now, peonies are best divided in...

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