Posts Tagged ‘liriope’

Liriope – Spreading Monkey Grass vs Clumping Monkey Grass

Q: I’m having a terrible time with liriope that is sprouting up all over my yard. Most of the landscape is either pine straw beds or English ivy. I have begun digging up patches of the liriope and then putting...

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Liriope – Pruning

Q: The liriope our subdivision entrance has not been cut back and looks tattered. Is May too late in the year to prune it back? A: I wouldn’t mow it down now but if it’s not a terribly big patch...

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Liriope

Cold weather can leave liriope (commonly called monkey grass) in tatters. Flower bed edging and driveway borders can be come overgrown and unkempt if the liriope is not kept compact. The best time to trim monkey grass is January –...

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Holly Berries – Not Poisonous

Q: Are the berries of dwarf burford holly poisonous? A: Auroleus Phillipus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim (known as Paracelsus by his friends) was born in Switzerland in 1493. His work as a physician and pharmacist earned him the name “The...

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Nutsedge (Nutgrass) – In Liriope

Q: This weed has a spikey seedhead. It is growing wild in a liriope bed that is in full sun. A: You have yellow nutsedge (nutgrass). The chemical imazaquin (click for sources) is labeled for use on some liriope varieties,...

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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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Dog Urine – Control Smell

Q: I have a dog run area adjacent to my back patio. It is covered with cypress mulch. The mulch is absorbing urine and this time of year the mulch is not drying out. Do you have any suggestions for...

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Bermuda – Remove from Liriope

Q: What’s the best thing to use to get bermudagrass out of monkey grass (liriope)? A: The label on the grass-killing product Vantage(tm) lists liriope as being tolerant of its active ingredient, sethoxydim. Greenlight Bermudagrass Killer(tm) contains the chemical fluazifop...

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English Ivy – Substitutes

Q: I’m looking to replace beds of English ivy with something less intrusive and more controllable. My main objective is ground cover/ground stabilization. The replacement needs to thrive in the same lighting conditions that my ivy does so well in...

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Mondo Grass – Care

Q: I have a question about dwarf mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus ‘Nana’). I planted it last year as a groundcover around foundation plants in the hope that someday I wouldn’t have to buy pine straw. It is filling in slowly...

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Liriope – Crown Rot

Q: I have many, many feet of liriope lining my driveway. A large section of it suddenly started turning yellow. When you gently pull on it, it breaks away easily and has a black area at the base where it...

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Liriope – Leaf Spots

Q: Our lirope is covered with reddish brown spots. We are about to cut it back. Should we treat it with something or will the new sprouts be healthy? A: Sounds like Liriope anthracnose (Colletotrichum). Mow it down to remove...

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Pond – Plants For Pondside

Q: I live on Lake Nottely. Each year the lake level is drawn down 20 feet, which exposes a large area of muddy bank. Is there any plant that could survive being covered with water part of the year and...

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Monkey Grass – Freshening Growth

Q: Can you give me a little info on my freshly transplanted monkey grass? Can I cut it down with scissors to spur fresh growth and get it to fill in? A: At this point in the liriope’s young life...

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Liriope Spicata (spreading monkey grass) – Eradication

Q: I was given some “spicato” border grass several years ago. It has taken over my more desirable grasses and is rampant in my beds. How can I eradicate it completely? A: I think the invasive plant you have is...

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Boxelder Bug vs Red-Shouldered Bug – Identification

Q: What is this red bug ? There are a kazillion around my garden area? Are they harmful? Do they bite? A: You’ve found some boxelder (or box elder) bugs, Boisea trivittatus. These harmless insects feed on the seeds of...

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Wildlife – Trees and Shrubs to Attract

Q: We recently moved here from New Mexico, so I could teach at Georgia Tech, and bought a new house. What small trees should we consider planting under our tall pines that will attract birds? Are there special guidelines for...

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Labyrinth – Building

Q: I will be moving soon to a home which has a large flat back yard. I want to plan a labyrinth path for my yard so I can exercise without getting too far from my house because I have...

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