Posts Tagged ‘Summer’

Fothergilla Bushes- Leaves

Q: I have a dozen fothergilla bushes. I just noticed that one of them has strange cone-like shapes growing out of the leaves! None of the others have anything like this. What in the world...

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Dark Eyes Fuchsia- Planting

Q: I have a ‘Dark Eyes’ Fuchsia and would like to plant it in the yard. Is this a wise thing to do? A: You are welcome to plant it but I can’t guarantee success....

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Fertilizers- Annuals

Q: How can someone know which combination of fertilizer numbers is right for each shrub, perennial, ground cover or annuals? Is there a list? A: Despite the plethora of tomato fertilizers, azalea fertilizers, lawn fertilizers,...

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Hemlock Trees- Maintenance

Q: We planted twenty hemlock trees six years ago. We have lost a few but for the most part they have done well. It seems this summer that they are not as green and are...

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Miss Muffett Caladium- Overwinter

Q: Will ‘Miss Muffett’ caladium overwinter in Chatham county? I had regular begonias go through last winter and emerge this spring for a good summer show. A: ‘Miss Muffett’ caladium is a chartreuse dwarf with...

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Cipollini Onion- Growth

Q: I am interested in growing cipollini onions. They’re the little flattened ones from Italy that look like little Vidalias. When should I try to plant seeds? A: I’ve never grown them, but according to...

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Carpetgrass/Centipedegrass- Growth

Q: Last summer I planted a grass mixture in our newly graded lawn. It had carpetgrass to fill in quickly and centipedegrass to establish more slowly. Now I have mostly carpetgrass, quite a few blobs...

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Petunias – Surviving Winter

Q: Last year we planted several petunias that we bought from a nursery. In full sun, they gave us fantastic blooms while spreading like crazy. This spring many are green and seem to be putting...

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Gardening- Yard Maintenance

Q: I’m a new homeowner and don’t have any experience with gardening. I sodded bermudagrass but had some bare spots. In an attempt to fix the bare spots I accidentally seeded them with fescue. Now...

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Celestial Fig- Fertilizer

Q: My two-year old Celestial fig already has small figs on it. I have few other varieties but they have not yet fruited? When should I fertilize them? A: I bet you have a ‘Celeste’...

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Angel Trumpet- Poisonous

Q: I have been told that angel trumpet plants are poisonous. Since we have a lot of small children living near us I don’t want to grow a possibly hazardous plant. A: If you’re worried...

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English Ivy- Dieback

Q: What could cause dieback of our English ivy beds? We have lived in this house for about six years and the groundcover has always been healthy until this past summer. A: English ivy can...

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Bug- Identification

Q: I’ve noticed a large insect flying into holes already bored by carpenter bees. They are one inch long or longer and have a large head, burnt orange thorax, and black abdomen. The eyes are...

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Container Pond- Aboveground

Q: I want to have a container pond on my back porch. I’ve purchased a plastic planter ten inches deep and two feet long. Can I overwinter a hardy waterlily and fish in it without...

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Tree- Identification

Q: My yard is a haven for a week I do not recognize. It looks like a tiny mimosa tree. Can you offer any help? A: Weed scientists call this plant chamberbitter but I call...

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Stargazer Lilies- Pruning

Q: My ‘Stargazer’ lilies were beautiful this year after being planted last fall. Do I prune back the seed pods? A: Yes, but only the seed pods and faded flowers. The leaves along the tall...

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Rose packages- Blossoms

Q: I am confused about the numbers on rose plant food packages. What is the ideal number combination to achieve rose blossoms? I have two products, one with 10-60-10 and the other with 12-6-10. Which...

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Bare Soil- Cover Crop

Q: I have bare soil in my small yard and want to put in a cover crop to enrich the soil and stop erosion for now. What can I plant? A: Cowpeas, soybeans or browntop...

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