Posts Tagged ‘Spring’

Obscure Scale – On Oak

Q: We have planted several trees to try to make a natural area at the rear of our property. One of the trees is a pin oak and it seems to have some kind of bug or fungus growing on...

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Mockorange (English Dogwood)

Q: I have a bush in my yard that produces dogwood-tree type flowers in the spring. The elderly lady who propagated it years ago told me that it is an English dogwood. I’d like to know about pruning and fertilizing,...

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Chickweed – Identification

Q: Recently, a pretty little groundcover has sprung up among my bulbs and I can’t identify it. It’s low-growing (about 3-4″ at its highest), with spade-shaped leaves about 1/2″ long and tiny white flowers about 1/8″ in diameter. It seems...

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Peach – Pruning

Q: What does the open center system of pruning consist of? We have a peach tree that is 3-7 years old and need to know how to best prune it. A: The “open center” method of pruning a peach tree...

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Holly – Male vs Female Flowers

Q: I have three ‘Sparkleberry’ hollies that I planted about a year ago. They were leafless when I bought them. The foliage this past season was wimpish at best and no berries formed. I understand pollination is required to form...

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Smilax – Soak in Herbicide

Q: I have an evil force at work under my yard. There is a network of sticker vines which grow along a seemingly endless root system. I went on a rampage several years ago and tried to dig up the...

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Smilax – Identification

Q: What is this vine and how can I eliminate it from my yard? Or should I? Maybe it serves some useful purpose I don’t know about. It has miserable thorns and appears everywhere I want to be. They seem...

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Boll Weevil – Damage to Cotton

Q: How do boll weevils damage cotton? A: They feed a bit on plant tips before the cotton blooms, but then feed on the young bolls after the plant begins blooming. Pretty quickly thereafter they begin laying eggs in the...

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Pine – Pitch Canker Disease

Q: A giant oozing growth suddenly appeared on the side of my pine tree, about 5 feet off the ground. It’s a white bubbly thing, 6-8 inches across. Scary, scary stuff. A: You’re right – if I saw something like...

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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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Blackberry Lily – Identification

Q: I have a beautiful orchid-like flower growing wild in my horse pasture. I’d love any info on when, where and how to move it so I can enjoy it without hiking to the back of my property to see...

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Celosia – Identification

Q: Can you identify this plant? It’s growing in my neighbor’s yard, and I really would like more for my garden. The blooms feel a little fuzzy. I believe the two pictures are of the same variety of plant, but...

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Birds – Nesting Material

Q: I have an outdoor bench with polyester cushions. Birds attacked the top of the cushion, apparently carrying away bits of the stuffing for nests. How do I protect new cushions from the same kind of attack? A: Try placing...

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Squirrel Damage – To Maple Roots

Q: I have a critter ripping, shredding and eating up my sugar maples. It’s becoming a big problem. A: Wow- impressive! I think it’s squirrels looking for water and/or something to eat. The base of a tree around the trunk/root...

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Yellow Squash – Round Fruit

Q: This squash plant volunteered near my backyard garden. I’ve grown straight neck, crooked neck, and zucchini squash, but never seen any like this. Can you tell me what kind/name this is? My wife prepared some like regular squash, and...

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Fescue – Remove from Zoysia in Winter

Q: I have these grassy clumps throughout my ‘Meyer’ zoysiagrass lawn. Since the zoysia is dormant, is it safe to use a non-selective herbicide to eradicate these clumps? A: The weed grass looks like fescue, which is a common winter...

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Raspberry – Leaf Spot

Q: My Dorman Red raspberries appear to have some sort of disease. These spots started after fruiting in June and just about wiped out the fruiting canes. Now all the new leaves on the new canes are starting to get...

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Meyer Lemon – Leaves Yellowing

Q: The leaves on our new Meyer lemon tree are turning yellow and beginning to drop. I bought this as a gift for my daughter for Christmas and would like for it to look healthy when she receives it. What...

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