Posts Tagged ‘fertilizing’

Lawn Care – Organic vs. Chemical

Q: How bad are chemicals for your lawn? Can I use both organic and chemical lawn treatments? Are all these good-looking lawns on drugs? When you stop treatment will they die? A: Remember – a vigorously growing lawn grass is...

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Japanese Maple – Delayed Freeze Damage

Q: I have a 20 ft. Japanese Maple in the front yard. After the late freeze of Easter 2007, all the leaves turned brown and fell off and were replaced with new red leaves. In the last week I have...

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Japanese Maple – Sun Shade

Q: Several of my Japanese maples have appeared to have survived the cold snap, but then, all of a sudden the leaves wilt then fall off. Do you know of any reasons for the sickness? Can I expect them to...

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Bermuda Grass – Green Over Septic Lines

Q: My septic line is in my front yard. So I have a beautiful yard with a dark green racing stripe running down the middle. The overall greenness of the lawn never seems to be able to catch-up to the...

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Lawn – Dark Green Circles (Fairy Ring)

Q: What causes green circles of grass that grow higher and darker than the rest in my meadow? They appeared very quickly, just after I cut the area last week. This is a mystery to us. A: You are seeing...

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Mosaic Plant (Fittonia) – Identification

Q: Can you tell me what the name of the plant is in the photo? A: It’s a mosaic plant, Fittonia albivenis. It is a very common houseplant. There are more than a dozen cultivars, which vary on their stem,...

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Mycorrhizae – Effectiveness

Q: What do you think about adding mycorrhizae to the soil around a tree? A: Mycorrhizae are fungi that associate themselves with the roots of plants. The association is beneficial for both: the fungi receive carbohydrates from the tree while...

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Azalea – Lower Leaves Yellow

Q: One of my four azaleas is starting to lose the green color of the leaves. They are turning yellow from the bottom up. The other three bushes have retained their full green color on all leaves. Do you have...

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Meyer Lemon – Leaves Yellowing

Q: The leaves on our new Meyer lemon tree are turning yellow and beginning to drop. I bought this as a gift for my daughter for Christmas and would like for it to look healthy when she receives it. What...

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Centipedegrass – Overwatered

Q: The person who put my centipedegrass sod down in March also installed the irrigation system. He said to water it 15 minutes every other day in each irrigation zone. We did that but it started to become quite dry....

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Chickweed – In Centipedegrass

Q: Can you please tell me what these weeds are and how to kill them? Around the first of March I put 50 lbs of “weed and feed” on my centipede lawn and now it seems all I have is...

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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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Spathyphyllum – Scale

Q: A departed co-worker left me three large spathiphyllum (Peace Lily) plants. One appears very healthy. The other two have serious problems. The leaves are coated with a shiny, sticky crystal. It looks like somebody sprayed the plant with a...

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Septic Lines – Make Lawn Greener

Q: I have a typical 3-year old bermuda lawn and use a lawn service for the bi-monthly fertilizing, weed control, etc. The builder in our subdivision made the decision to run all of the homes’ septic lines to either the...

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Science Project – Effects of Nitrogen

Q: I am doing a Science Fair Project on, ‘How does the amount of nitrogen in a fertilizer affect the height of a bean plants stem under normal growing conditions’. I was wondering if you could give me some information...

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Broom Sedge – Control

Q: How do you get rid of broom sedge in the pasture? A: Broomsedge is a perennial grass that self-seeds rapidly when it finds open soil in a pasture. This plant doesn’t invade a pasture, it just takes advantage of...

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Centipedegrass – Planting in Fescue

Q: You recently mentioned ‘TifBlair’ centipedegrass and said you should seed or sod in May. Can I just aerate my fescue lawn and plant the centipedegrass seed or do I have to wipe out the fescue first? A: It’s lots...

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Onions – Transplanting

Q: A local store is selling onions for transplanting into the garden. It’s too early isn’t it? A: I drive past green-spotted bermudagrass lawns every day that prove that onions are perfectly happy in cold weather. Indeed, you can plant...

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