Posts Tagged ‘Summer’

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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Crapemyrtle Pruned – How Did He Do?

Q: I bought a house last summer that has three well established crapemyrtle trees behind the pool. When we first looked at the house, the plants were already cut back all the way to the knots. I pruned mine over...

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Passion Vine (Maypop) – Recipes

Q: I transplanted a passion vine from a field several years ago. I really enjoy the vines climbing on my fence, giving me stunning flowers, plus many butterflies, chrysalises, and caterpillars! Every reference says the fruits are edible but I...

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Asiatic Lily – Blooming

Q: I bought some beautiful blooming Asiatic Lilies at a local Walmart. I planted them as directed. The plants themselves are strong, green and healthy. However, after the blooms died, there have been no more. Have I done something wrong?...

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Bermuda Grass – Comparison: Hulled vs. Unhulled

Q: What is the difference between hulled and unhulled Bermuda grass? A: Hulled bermudagrass is seed that has had the outer coat removed. It is typically planted in summer at a rate of 1 – 2 lb. per 1000 square...

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Leopard Moth – Identification

Q: I found this bug on the side of the road and wondered what it is. I have never seen one like this before – black and white and such geometric markings. Is it a butterfly or moth? A: It’s...

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Nikko Hydrangeas – Stopped Blooming

Q: I live in northern Vermont and I like to grow things that are not indigenous. We had many large, rich blue flowers on our Nikko hydrangeas for their first three years, but then in their fourth year we stopped...

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Wasps – In Fireplace Vent

Q: I have wasps living in either my fireplace chimney flue or the vent for the fireplace. Even after the cold snap, when I light a fire a few wasps come into the house. How can I rid my fireplace...

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Dallisgrass – Control in Centipede Lawn

Q: I have a centipede grass lawn and have been noticing some dallisgrass scattered around the yard. I have been using sethoxydim broadcasted and it has been somewhat effective. But do you know of a better post-emergent alternative? Also, can...

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Dog Park – Design

Q: In my neighborhood we fenced in about 50′x100′ for a dog park. The property we fenced off goes slightly downhill with a bowl in the middle which catches water and has become a mud pit. Most of the centipede...

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Cranefly – Control

Q: I’ve been invaded by European craneflies. They look like giant mosquitoes as they bump along windows and outdoor lights. What can I do to get rid of them and prevent future problems? A: Though they look menacing, cranefly adults...

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Scarlet Assassin Bug – Identification

Q: Can you identify the bug eating the Japanese beetle? A: My bug sleuth friend Lisa Ames says it is a Rhiginia cruciata – Scarlet-bordered Assassin Bug. I could use about a thousand of them in my yard each...

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Japanese Maple – Sun Shade

Q: Several of my Japanese maples have appeared to have survived the cold snap, but then, all of a sudden the leaves wilt then fall off. Do you know of any reasons for the sickness? Can I expect them to...

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Bermuda Grass – Green Over Septic Lines

Q: My septic line is in my front yard. So I have a beautiful yard with a dark green racing stripe running down the middle. The overall greenness of the lawn never seems to be able to catch-up to the...

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White Pine – Dying

Q: We just returned from an overseas trip and found one of our three pine trees pretty much dead and another one with a fair amount of brown needles. I stood next to the tree today, and heard...

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China Doll plant – Care

Q: I have a four-foot tall China Doll plant. It flourished outside but indoors the leaves are yellow and falling off. A: Although China Doll plant, Radermachera sinica, is sold as a house plant, it can eventually grow to 30...

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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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Tommies – Crocus tommasinianus Identification

Q: These seed things just popped up. Could they be from the crocus that bloomed earlier in the spring? A: Indeed they are. You have a nice spread of Tommies, Crocus tommasinianus. This crocus blooms before almost any other bulb,...

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