Posts Tagged ‘Summer’

Bermuda – Removing from Lily Bed

Q: I have a bought a house that has bermudagrass and HAD an island with gorgeous lilies in it… however the bermudagrass has spread over into where the lilies are. How can I kill the bermudagrass without killing the lilies?...

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Ceanothus – growing

Q: I would like to grow ceanothus and wonder whether you have had any experience with this garden material. A: Horticulturist Mike Dirr says his camera almost imploded when he saw a blue ceanothus in Edinburgh. There are dozens of...

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Rose – Propagation

Q: I have an antique rose, ‘Clotilde Soupert’ to be specific. It is beautiful to look at and the flowers have a marvelous fragrance. It flowers from spring to fall. It is very healthy and has a good size. Is...

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Cherokee Rose

Q: I have to do a garden club program on our state...

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Tomato – Blossom End Rot

Q: I have several tomato plants with tomatoes that are green and on the vine. On some, but not all of them, the tomato fruits have a big black spot on the bottom. I’m afraid this is a fungus that...

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Container Planting – Low Maintenance

Q: Can you recommend perennials that I can plant in the planter boxes on my deck. They get full, blazing sun. I put that low-growing yellow lantana in there last year, but none of it came back this year…. I...

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Liriope – Crown Rot

Q: I have many, many feet of liriope lining my driveway. A large section of it suddenly started turning yellow. When you gently pull on it, it breaks away easily and has a black area at the base where it...

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Japanese Maple – Long Shoots

Q: My Japanese maple hasn’t grown at all in two years since planted. Now in September, it has sent out these two long shoots. What is happening? What can I do to promote even growth? A: There are literally hundreds...

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Tomato – Stinkbug Damage

Q: My sister and I have a question about the picture attached. What causes “spotty tomatoes”? A: The spots are caused by stinkbugs. These insects feed by sticking their sharp, hollow “nose” into the skin of a tomato and sucking...

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Coral Bark Maple – Strange Leaves

Q: Both of my coral bark maples look like they are trying to revert to a standard maple. They are suddenly putting out these very “standard maple leaf” looking branches. Should I snip them off? Will it continue? A: Mike...

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Leveling Zoysia in Winter

Q: Can you level a zoysia lawn in the winter when it is dormant, then fertilize in the early summer or is it better to do it all in the summer? This is my first zoysia lawn and I thought...

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Gardenia – Seed Pod

Q: Could you please tell me what this is on a gardenia plant? The bush has several of them and they have been there for a while. A: It’s a gardenia seed pod. If you open it up, you can...

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Coast Redwood – Growing

Q: Can I grow a redwood tree here? A: The coast redwood requires constant moisture from the fog banks along the California coast, so it would not grow here for very long. On the other hand, the dawn redwood grows...

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Perennial Ryegrass – In Bermudagrass

Q: I am terribly frustrated trying to figure this situation out. I have a problem with green grass coming up in my dormant bermudagrass sod. Last year it progressively got worse – to where in January it looked like the...

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Knock Out® Rose – Pruning in Winter

Q: How low can I prune a Knock Out®  rose in winter? A: Much depends on how high you want them to be in summer. I like mine 36 inches tall, so I prune to 18 inches in January, February or...

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Firewood – Attacked byFungus

Q: We use a lot of wood for heat and have woodpiles with logs waiting to be split. This summer our woodpile was attacked by a very aggressive fungus. In short order it covered the wood and sucked all of...

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Chinese Photinia – Identification

Q: This shrub is a volunteer. This year it has put out large poofs of small white blooms. The blooms have a mild sweet fragrance. What is it? A: Since I see that emerging leaves are green and since the...

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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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