Posts Tagged ‘juniper’

Juniper – Too Large for Pot

Q: My juniper is slowly turning brown and I’m not sure what to do for it. A: It looks like a juniper that became too dry after planting. The container is pretty small for that size plant (double the current...

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Espaliering

Espaliering is the art of training a plant to grow in a formal pattern, typically in a flat plane. Fans, double cordon, vertical cordon, palmetto, and Belgian Fence are common shapes but there is no reason to limit your imagination...

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Juniper – Planting on Bank

Juniper is reputed to be a tough plant. It certainly is…but it’s not immune to poor soil conditions. A common problem occurs with junipers growing on a steep bank. The plants at the top look fine, the ones in the...

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Bagworm – Identification and Control

My colleague Newton Hogg used to say “When I can see their damage at 50 miles per hour, I KNOW someone has a serious problem with bagworms.” I was driving down Roosevelt Highway in south Fulton county when I saw...

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Juniper – Phomopsis tip blight

Q: I’m in a panic because my junipers are dying. The tips of the branches turn brown. This quickly turns into a very dead branch and so on and so on. I don’t see any noticeable insects. A: Phomopsis tip...

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Bagworm

Q: I have four Leyland cypress trees that are six feet tall. They all have little pods, containing some sort of worm, hanging from almost every branch. One of the trees died and the others aren’t looking too good. What...

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Groundcover – For Bank

Q: My husband and I  are in the process of building a new house and will have a large, steep bank dividing the yard from the road. What can you recommend for a fast, low-growing, attractive ground cover for this...

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Juniper – Pruning

Q: We have some huge junipers as a border around the house. They are now ten or twelve feet high and leaning to the point of almost falling over. They have become a lot larger than expected. We would like...

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Juniper – Weed Control

Q: I am trying to control weeds and zoysiagrass in ‘Blue Rug’ juniper. What should I use? A: A quick answer is that you can simply dig them out but you’d better wear leather gloves and long pants if you...

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Polygonum – Identification

Q: Do you know what this plant/weed is? If it is a weed, it sure is attractive. A: I initially thought your was Lady’s Thumb, Polygonum persicaria. But when I checked with my friend Shannon Pable, she pointed out that...

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Cedar Quince Rust – Identification

Q: I have a tall Eastern cedar by my front door that I keep pruned in a spiral shape. I noticed yesterday that it has some sort of fungus in which a bright orange jelly-like substance is oozing from the...

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Spider Webs – On Shrubs

Q: I have lots of junipers on a slope in my back yard. There are at least 200 of these funnel shaped webs in the shrubs and scattered about the lawn. I’ve tentatively identified them as Funnel Spiders. Should I...

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Leyland Cypress – Substitutes

Q: We love the look of Italian cypress but not Leyland cypress. Is there a substitute that will grow here? We want something tall and cylindrical, not bushy. A: Italian cypress is an extremely columnar tree. It can grow 30...

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Leyland Cypress – Regrow from Stump

Q: I cut back two Leyland cypresses that had grown too large. Will they regrow from a couple of feet tall or should I just dig them up completely? A: I think they’re toast. Leyland cypress can be pruned and...

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‘Yoshino’ cryptomeria – Bad?

Q: I have a ‘Yoshino’ cryptomeria planted in my apple orchard. Is that a bad thing? I had read that planting flowering quince near an orchard is not good. A: Although cryptomeria and juniper are both members of the Cypress...

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Blue Junipers – Pruning

Q: Please tell me when and how to prune blue junipers. We have some that are getting too big. Debra Staples, email A: The best time to prune junipers is right after new growth begins, probably in mid- to late...

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Blue junipers – Pruning

Q: Please tell me when and how to prune blue junipers. We have some that are getting too big. A: The best time to prune junipers is right after new growth begins, probably in mid- to late April. Plan your...

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Planting New Shrubs – Safe in January

Q: A landscaper has told me we can safely plant new shrubs until the end of January in Atlanta. What say you? A: They’re right. It would be better to plant shrubs and trees Oct. – Dec., to take advantage...

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