Posts Tagged ‘fertilizing’

Boxwood – Care

Q: On each side of my front door I have four boxwoods. For the past couple of years I have continued to lose shrubs on the right side of my door. At first we thought it was due to improper...

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Removing Excess Fertilizer

Q: A couple of weeks ago, I put too much fertilizer on an English boxwood. Now the branches have begun to turn brown. Is there any way to save it? A: Boxwoods, like azaleas, have a shallow root system –...

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Azalea – Yellow Leaves

Q: The leaves on my azalea are turning yellow. I am using a powdered, water soluble fertilizer product that says it acidifies the soil and adds iron to the soil. How much should I use to increase the soil’s acidity?...

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Peony – Growing in the South

Q: I am having bad luck growing peonies. I have purchased several in the past but they die within two years. I love peonies because my grandmother had them. I always think of her when I see them and I...

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Dogwood – Saving an Old One

Q: Last year we lost two old dogwoods (approximately 30 years old) in our backyard. We have another old dogwood in the front yard and now it too looks sickly. Not many blooms – just sort of twiggy looking. Do...

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Zoysia Fertilization – Why Wait?

Q: I have been impatiently waiting until my zoysia grass has greened 75-100 percent. Why must I do this, other than because you say so on your website? A: You’re a smart person to always be asking “Why?” in the...

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Ceanothus – growing

Q: I would like to grow ceanothus and wonder whether you have had any experience with this garden material. A: Horticulturist Mike Dirr says his camera almost imploded when he saw a blue ceanothus in Edinburgh. There are dozens of...

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Tomato – Blossom End Rot

Q: I have several tomato plants with tomatoes that are green and on the vine. On some, but not all of them, the tomato fruits have a big black spot on the bottom. I’m afraid this is a fungus that...

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Bostern Fern – Reproduction

Q: I have perfectly round brown dots on the underside of some of my Boston fern leaves. I can scrape them off with my finger nail and it leaves an indentation of the same size in the leaf. They look...

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Palm – Where to Get Special Fertilizer

Q: I’ve heard you recommend using fertilizer specifically labeled for palms, but local garden centers have never heard of it! Can you give me more information so I can find this fertilizer? A: Try Sunniland Palm and Ixora Fertilizer or...

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Deep Root Feeding

Q: I just got an estimate to have a dead pine removed from my property near Tucker, from Davey Tree Company. They suggested I consider deep root fertilize a red oak tree I have that is bound by driveway on...

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Bonsai Tree – Care

Q: A friend was given a bonsai tree as a gift and she does not know about its care. It says to use a slow release fertilizer but what and how much? A: Much of this depends on what plant...

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Vegetables – Growing in Containers

Q: With so many people now moving into town homes, high rises, condos, etc., more of us need a LOT of info about growing vegetables in containers. Also, I really want my veggies to be grown as close to organically...

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Trees – Fertilize to Improve Fall Leaf Color

Q: I haven’t been able to find any good info on ways to improve fall foliage colors, so I thought I’d ask the expert. My wife and I are now in our second fall in our home in Auburn, GA...

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Mountain Laurel – Fertilizing

Q: We have lived in Ellijay, on mountainous river property for approximately 12 years. The land is covered with mountain laurel and rhododendron. The mountain laurel looks scraggy, leggy and not well kept. I have lightly pruned, but admit I...

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Mockorange (English Dogwood)

Q: I have a bush in my yard that produces dogwood-tree type flowers in the spring. The elderly lady who propagated it years ago told me that it is an English dogwood. I’d like to know about pruning and fertilizing,...

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Holly – Male vs Female Flowers

Q: I have three ‘Sparkleberry’ hollies that I planted about a year ago. They were leafless when I bought them. The foliage this past season was wimpish at best and no berries formed. I understand pollination is required to form...

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Herbs – Growing Indoors

Q: I would like to grow some herbs indoors. The only spots I have are a south eastern facing window that receives good morning sun only. What herbs, if any, would work in those areas. I have an 18 inch...

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