Posts Tagged ‘pine’

Dogwood – Damage to Young One

Q: My wife and I planted this pink dogwood on our wedding day in April. We call it our wedding tree and it is very special to us. Do you have any idea about what is happening to our poor...

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Ponderosa Pine Seedling – Planting

Q: I’ve been given an eight-inch long ponderosa pine seedling. Can I plant it now or do I put it in a cool location in my garage till spring? A: Plant it outdoors immediately…but don’t expect it to live long...

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Treehouse- Construction

Q: We want to build a treehouse in a pine tree in our yard. I’ve read that putting nails into trees is not a great idea. Do you have any ideas on how to construct a tree house and not...

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Tree House- Building Grounds

Q: My children want a tree house. Can we build it on pine trees? The branches are too high so we plan to build it on three trunks that are near each other. A: When my son was a toddler,...

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Kwansan cherry tree- Planting

Q: I’m in a quandary. I received a ten-foot tall ‘Kwansan’ cherry tree for my birthday. Should I go ahead and plant it in the face of watering restrictions? Plus, I’m going to be on vacation next week. A: If...

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Maple- Roots

Q: I have a young maple and I’ve noticed some of the roots are showing aboveground. Should I cover them or just leave them alone? A: You’ll do the tree a favor by covering the roots with a layer of...

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Fescue- Liming

Q: Does fescue automatically have to be limed because it’s fescue? My brother doesn’t lime his fescue because he doesn’t have pine trees. He says pine needles are acidic and cause fescue to require liming. A: The only reason to...

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Japanese Maple – Moving

Q: We have a sparse, six-foot tall Japanese maple tree that is only a foot or so from the side of our house in a shaded area. Can we move it? When would be the best time? A: Your instincts...

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Fall leavers – Natural areas and islands

Q: Tell me about keeping fall leaves in natural areas and islands from year to year. It is my opinion that the leaves enrich the soil, provide a good mulch and look almost as good as pine straw. Others argue...

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Pine Trees – Removal

Q: We’re having all of the pine trees removed from our lot. We have beautiful red and white oaks that do not have enough room amongst all the pines. Someone told me that removing the pines would kill my hardwoods...

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Removing Pines – Hardwood

Q: We’re having all of the pine trees removed from our lot. We have beautiful red and white oaks that do not have enough room amongst all the pines. Someone told me that removing the pines would kill my hardwoods...

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Fall leaves – Natural areas and islands

Q: Tell me about keeping fall leaves in natural areas and islands from year to year. It is my opinion that the leaves enrich the soil, provide a good mulch and look almost as good as pine straw. Others argue...

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Pine straw – Weed control

Q: We have a large area covered in pine straw. Roundup is fine for spot killing the weeds but what do you recommend to lay down for more control of weeds? A: If there are trees or shrubs in the...

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Drought – Pine trees

Q: I’ve noticed since the drought that when it rains more trees seem to be falling over. Pine trees seem to break at weak points, but the broad leaf trees seem to be pulled out of the ground by their...

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Vandalism – Flood light

Q: We have had a problem with punks vandalizing our front yard. They drive through every nine months or so. We want to mount a motion detecting floodlight in one of the pine trees. What is the best way to...

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TifGrand – Shade-tolerant Bermuda

Q: I’ve heard there is a new bermuda that is shade tolerant. Is it available now? A: The University of Georgia developed TifGrand bermudagrass, which produces healthy turf in areas with less than half the light this grass normally requires....

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Mulch – Types for Garden Plantings

Q: What type of mulch do you prefer for garden plantings? A: I alternate between pine straw for shrubs and trees and mini-sized bark chips for perennials and annuals. I use wheat straw around vegetables to promote beneficial insects. I...

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Making Potting Soil

Q: I enjoyed your recent TV program on making potting soil. I found it disheartening that the ingredients came from far away: peat from Canada, perlite from Greece, etc. Are there other ways to make potting soil with materials close...

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