Posts Tagged ‘Spring’

Camellia – Planting Seed

Q: I have two camellias that have been in my family for over 60 years. One of them has always produced an occasional fruit. This year there is a large crop of 10 or more. I remember asking my mother...

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Redbud – Seed Pods

Q: I have a three year-old ‘Oklahoma’ redbud. This summer there appears to be something growing off a limb that looks like a small green bean. It is an inch in length and is black. What is it? A: It’s...

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Zoysiagrass – Removing bermudagrass

Q: Removing one turfgrass from another is a tough assignment. Digging is one option but it is hard work. If you use a chemical, how will a herbicide tell one from the other? Here is one way: Q: I seeded...

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Boston Fern – Winter Care

Q: I have seven ferns hanging from my porch. Please tell me how I can save them for next year. A: Assuming you have Boston ferns on your porch, as many people do, you’ll have to bring them indoors for...

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Planting for Long Lasting Blooms

Q: We have several large annual beds that we are tired of replanting twice yearly. Any ideas for perennials that we can substitute for year-round interest? One bed surrounds the mailbox; another is in front of privet hedges bordering our...

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Dahlia – Dividing Roots

Q: I have two dahlias that have grown well but I need to move them. They are pretty big. I don’t know how to cut them for division. Do I plant the divisions immediately? A: Keep in mind that most...

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Spotted Spurge – Control

Q: I haven’t had any success in ridding my yard of this weed. I routinely spread a broadleaf pre-emergent in mid-September and a crabgrass pre-emergent in March, however, that hasn’t been very effective in curtailing the weed’s yearly appearance. Please...

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Datura – Planting Seed

Q: I recently purchased a ‘Purple Horn of Plenty’. Although I was told that it would re-seed itself and to look for seeds that looked like golf balls. They did not tell me how long to leave the seeds on...

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Money Plant- Growing

Q: I was given a bag full of silver dollar money plant seeds but don’t know anything about them. When is the best time to plant them and how? A: Money plant is lots of fun to grow. The silvery...

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Jerusalem Artichoke – Identification

Q: My wife brought these roots from Russia and planted them in the yard last year. We got almost a five-gallon bucketful when we harvested them. They are crunchy and tasty and she says they are good for you. She...

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Bamboo – Fiberglass Barrier

Q: My neighbor and I are trying to control the bamboo he planted along his property line. The patch was planted three years ago. Today I was out cleaning up my landscape and found runners about one-half inch in diameter...

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Daphne – Wilt

Q: My daphne looks like it is wilting. I watered it but it does not look any better. How can I save it? A: You probably can’t save it. Daphne is very susceptible to a disease called Phytophthora, which infects...

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Japanese ligustrum – Identification

Q: This tree was on our lot when we built the house. In winter it has a lot of berries. Any idea what it might be? A: It’s Japanese ligustrum, Ligustrum japonicum. You’re probably very familiar with Chinese ligustrum, Ligustrum...

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Lovegrass – Using

Q: What can you tell me about using weeping lovegrass on steep banks for erosion control? When is the best time to plant and how? A: Weeping Lovegrass (Eragrostis curvula) is a native of South Africa introduced into the U.S....

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Daffodil – Not Blooming

Q: How can I get my daffodils that haven’t bloomed in several years to bloom again? A: Daffodils bloom in response to how happy they were the previous year. If you fertilized yours last spring or divided the clump and...

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Jasmine – Pruning

Q: I have recently moved into a new house with a large garden in mostly full sun. Several jasmine are planted around the house. They bloom white during the summer. I’ve been pruning away at them because they are vigorous...

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Wild Plum – Identification

Q: I have a question that centers around a pleasure from my pre-teen years. Growing wild near my Dad’s garden plot and near the county road were small plums. The fruit were about twice the size of a cherry and...

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Lawn – Failure to Green Up

Q: We had freezing weather after my zoysiagrass had started greening up. It turned brown afterward and now, three weeks later, it has little greenery showing. What should I do now? A: Warm temperatures in March can make warm-season grasses...

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