Posts Tagged ‘shrubs’

Smoke Bush – Pruning to Shrub Form

Q: I planted a smoke bush seedling last spring. It was about 18″ tall. It now has 1 tall shoot approximately 10 feet tall. That’s the only part that seems to be growing-straight up. Do I need to prune it?...

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Banana Shrub – Identification

Q: Growing up in Moss Point, Mississippi, I remember a shrub in my cousin’s yard they called a “fresketti”, but I’m not sure of the correct spelling. It had small yellow blossoms the color of a ripe banana and the...

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RoundUp – Sprayed on Trees and Shrubs

Q: By mistake I sprayed Round-up on my Red Bud Trees, azaleas and rhododendron. Will they survive? What can I do to help them now? A: Prayer is the only thing that will help after Roundup has been on leaves...

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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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Shrub – Planted Over Drain Tile

Q: I was going to plant an ‘Otto Luyken’ laurel but discovered that my house’s concrete sewer drain ran about a foot underneath that spot. What can I use as a container plant that I could set on the ground...

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Trees and Shrubs- Road Noise

Q: I need trees and shrubs to plant in a mostly shady area. I need them to offer some relief from road noise. Do you have any suggestions? A: The basic laws of physics show us that sound is best...

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Shrubbery- Planting

Q: I’m trying to wait until the very last minute to plant shrubbery, hoping we’ll get some rain. I know fall is best but how late can I wait and still get the fall planting advantage? A: It’s all determined...

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Shrub pruning – Water

Q: Will shrubs like azalea, tea rose, and boxwood need less water if I prune them back by one-third? A: A plant’s water use is affected by a host of factors. Age of leaves, vigor of root system, humidity, light...

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Aucuba shrubs – Mosquitoes

Q: I have heard that aucuba shrubs attract mosquitos. Is this true? A: Mosquito specialist Elmer Gray is also known as Elmer the Entomologist to Clarke county school children. He says mosquito resting places vary between seasons and among species...

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Sweetgums – Shrub

Q: I had a sweetgum tree growing underneath my power lines. The electric company came and cut it down. I have been trimming the stump sprouts like a shrub and it looks nice. Is there any reason that I can’t...

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Shrubs – Damaged by Boys

Q: My question is about my boxwoods that are at the front of my house. First they were used as a landing mat for my boys climbing down the drainpipes. It took me a few days to realize why the...

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Shrub Fertilization

Q: I have a lot of shrubs on my property, mostly holly, nandina and conifers. Most are over five years old and are fertilized each year. Would skipping a year be a mistake? A: If established shrubs are mulched, they...

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Climbing and Shrub Roses – Pruning

Q: I have climbing and shrub roses. Do I need to cut them back to short canes and mound mulch for the winter? A: Unlike in the northern US, roses here don’t need much more than “neatening up” for winter....

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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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Shrubs and Trees – Applying Horticultural Oil

Q: Is it a good practice to apply horticultural oil on shrubs and trees when they are dormant in order to prevent bugs this spring? A: Yes, applying plant-safe oil is a great way to kill insects in winter. At...

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Old Man’s Walking Stick – Tree Or Shrub?

Q: We are in need of your expertise to mediate two differing opinions. We have a mature “Old Man’s Walking Stick” plant. I recall the nursery tag referring to it as a shrub, but my better half recalls it classified...

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Smokebush – Pruning into Shrub

Q: I planted a Smokebush seedling last spring. It was about 18″ tall. It now has a shoot approximately 10 feet tall. That’s the only part that seems to be growing-straight up. Do I need to prune it? If so,...

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Shrubs – Fertilizing

Q: I have some questions regarding fertilizing plants. Are you supposed to fertilize gardenias while they are blooming? If not, then when and how often? How often should I fertilize my roses? I read that during the hot summer months,...

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