Posts Tagged ‘trees’

Cedar Trees – Fence lines

Q: A lot of times I see cedar trees growing on fences lines. Can you tell me why? A: Can you say endozoochorous? Neither can I. But scientists who CAN pronounce the word know that seeds distributed in the feces...

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Tree – Straightening

Q: The rain earlier this month softened the soil in my yard. Because of high winds, a twelve foot pine tree is leaning at about fifteen degrees from vertical. A small portion of the root ball is six inches above...

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Trees – Fertilizing

Q: When is the best time to fertilize huge white oaks, red oaks, and hickory trees. We read an article that said fall was best time. With the drought going on we aren’t sure if we should or not. What...

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Tree – Watering

Q: I was under the impression that the best way to water large, older trees was with a watering spike, stuck one or two feet into the ground. I bought one and have been trying to save all my precious...

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Birds – Roosting in Trees

Q: What a mess! For some reason, a flock some kind of black bird has chosen one of my Bradford pear trees to roost in. There is a huge mass of droppings under the tree. What can I do? A:...

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Christmas Tree- Watering Mixture

Q: I think I remember hearing on your show a few years ago that one of your guests said to add Jack Daniels to the water you put in your Christmas tree, (This is not a joke!) and that would...

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English Ivy – Remove from Trees

Q: I have a question about the best way to manage ivy. In particular, I am looking for some advice on how to trim ivy down from the base of trees so that the ivy doesn’t grow too high. How...

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Tree – Root Damage to Foundation

Q: I live in a row of townhouses. A neighbor has a maple tree that is growing near the common wall of our building. Is there reason to be concerned that the tree will damage the foundation? A: It all...

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Trees – Topping a Bad Idea

Q: I have a question about the sweetgum trees in my front yard. Three of them are very tall and quite ‘spindly’. I’d like to keep the trees, but I’d like for them to provide more shade. I’m considering having...

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Hammock – Hanging from Tree

Q: I want to hang a hammock between two sweetgum trees with trunks approximately twelve inches thick. If I put a screweye into the trunk, will it cause damage to the trees? A: Will it cause damage to the tree?...

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Treehoppers – Control

Q: I have these strange pests on the bottom of my sunflower leaves. We have searched high and low to find what they are. I would greatly appreciate it if you could identify them and tell me how I may...

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Christmas Trees – Pesticides Used On

Q: I heard that Christmas trees are sprayed with many pounds of chemicals before they are cut. Is this true? A: I doubt it. Christmas tree growers are trying to make a profit – and pesticides cost a lot of...

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Tree Planting – Remove Burlap

Q: What is best, pushing the burlap down in the hole or totally removing the burlap around “balled and burlapped” tree rootballs? A: It’s best to remove to totally remove it. Burlap is often chemically treated to prevent it from...

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Trees – Identify on School Grounds

Q: I’d like to identify and mark the trees on my school grounds. How can I make a permanent marker for each one? A: I prefer using round aluminum disks that are stamped with individual numbers. You can prepare a...

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Dead Tree – Removing

Q: My Japanese Zelkova is dead, and I’m going to cut it out. How can I remove the root?Can I plant another of the same tree at that same spot? A: Personally, I find it easier to dig around the...

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Fescue – Tree Leaves on New Lawn

Q: I over seeded my fescue lawn 10 days ago and now its covered with leaves. How do I clean up the leaves without damaging the plants? Should I leave them for a while, blow them, or vacuum them up...

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Planting a Tree Near a Sprinkler Line

Q: I am planting a 7 gallon Heritage River Birch tree. I dug out a 4′ diameter hole about 3′ deep (I know its over-kill, but I hope that tree thanks me for it). At any rate, I hit a...

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Bonsai Tree – Care

Q: A friend was given a bonsai tree as a gift and she does not know about its care. It says to use a slow release fertilizer but what and how much? A: Much of this depends on what plant...

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