Posts Tagged ‘mulch’

Compost – Using Shredded Paper

Q: I am an avid gardener who takes advantage of composting at every opportunity. I work out of my home office and shred considerable paper which I would like to use in amending my garden soil. Is office paper from...

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Aucuba – Care

Q: Last year I bought a bunch of Acubas. In with them was a plant a lot like the rest but with a different leaf. The leaf is seven inches long and two inches wide and is a dark green...

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Mulch – Not Against Foundation

Q: I have heard several different stories about placing pine and cypress mulch next to a house. Some say it will attract termites and others say it makes no difference. Could you shed some light on the subject? A: Dr....

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Termiticide – Absorbed by Plants

Q: I had my house treated for termites six months ago. They dug a trench around the base of my house and poured in a chemical. They warned me not to plant anything I plan to eat within fifteen feet...

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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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Coral Bark Maple – Planted Too Deep

Q: Help, please! Our two-year old Coral Bark maple, developed this “owie” near the base of its trunk. Don’t know how long it’s been like this since it faces away from our house. It looks like the bark has split....

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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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Pecan Shells – For Mulch

Q: I have always used pine bark or red oak mulch since I like the dark reddish color. It looks natural to me. I have been seeing pecan shell mulch lately and it really looks good. What do you think...

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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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Artillery Fungus – Identification

Q: We have a lovely patio in our backyard that borders a wooded area. This past fall we started noticing pinhead-sized spots (looking like tar) on our patio furniture and privacy fence. We have tried removing these spots with Bug...

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Mulch – Using Rubber Mulch For Plants

Q: How do you feel about using the dyed mulch made of rubber around plants? Seems to me it would dry up and look awful after a while. A: I can tell you that un-dyed mulch is dustier and more...

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Grass Seed – Patch Perfect

Q: First, What is your opinion of Patch Perfect grass seed? Second, does the seed work in Georgia clay? And last, is it worth my time and money? A: I don’t believe the grasses it contains will work well here....

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Zoysia – Catching Clippings

Q: I have Meyer zoysia. My husband, the grass-cutter, says that he must bag the clippings. Everything I read says that clippings are good for the grass. What are the recommendations for cutting zoysia? If he has to buy a...

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Cypress Mulch vs Hardwood Mulch

Q: I would like to apply mulch to my garden(s), but I’m a bit confused. I never liked pine bark mulch because it blows away too easily, so I always used hardwood mulch. Now I have also found cypress mulch....

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Patch Perfect – No Miracle Grass

Q: We have tried several times to have grass in our front yard (40 feet x 20 feet) with no success. The area is under a huge red oak tree. What light does make it through is dappled at best....

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Tree Planting – Amend the Soil?

Q: What is the best way to plant a tree? My landscaper says that mixing organic matter in a tree planting hole ends up wasting time and money, because the roots of the tree will eventually grow out of the...

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Coal – Use as Mulch

Q: A friend and I were wondering if there is any problem using coal as mulcharound plants or as a material for a path? She has the coal in a bin in her basement and according to her description it...

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Vegetables – Depth of Roots

Q: How deep do roots go into the ground for tomatoes in a home garden? If not very deep, then do I need to waste time and gas tilling the entire space? A: Depth is not the problem – it’s...

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