Posts Tagged ‘weeds’

Asparagus – Harvesting and Weeding

Q: My husband has a very large asparagus patch. The weeds get in there and are difficult to eradicate. Is there a weed killer that would not hurt the asparagus? A: According to the Ohio Extension Service, harvesting and weed...

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Pre-emergent – Failure

Q: I have a bermudagrass lawn, about two and one-half years old. I put down pre-emergent in the fall and even used the weed killer hose spray for weeds. I had the lawn aerated also. Presently, I have numerous henbit...

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Weed and Feed Products – Not Recommended

Q: In your series of newspaper articles about weed control, I didn’t see anything about weed and feed products. Why not? A: Despite the assurance on their labels that weed and feed products are an improvement in lawn maintenance, I...

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Zoysiagrass – for Shade

Q: We had new zoysiagrass sod laid in our backyard this summer. We chose zoysiagrass as we were told that it will grow in the shade. In the worst shady spots, the grass has completely died and our landscaper recommends...

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Annual Bluegrass (Poa Annua) – Control

Q: How do I control annual bluegrass? A: The annual nature of this weed supplies its most noxious habit: it re-seeds itself prolifically! Annual bluegrass is outwardly attractive in the winter but just wait until spring! The thick mat of...

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Amaranth – Summer Poinsettia

Q: This plant grows in the garden in front of Crawford Long Hospital. Is it a coleus? The leaves and stem look similar but only the top leaves are bright red … almost like a poinsettia. It’s very showy, whatever...

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Mulch – Sources of Shredded Rubber

Q: I am simply tired to death of buying pine straw. The bales I buy seem to get lighter and lighter in weight but they cost more and more! I have heard that there is a mulch product made from...

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Soil – Bed Preparation

Q: I recently purchased a house and all of the soil around it seems to be hard, red clay. I want to have flowers this spring but I know I’ll have to make the soil better somehow. What do you...

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Compost – Using Shredded Paper

Q: I am an avid gardener who takes advantage of composting at every opportunity. I work out of my home office and shred considerable paper which I would like to use in amending my garden soil. Is office paper from...

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Mondo Grass – Care

Q: I have a question about dwarf mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus ‘Nana’). I planted it last year as a groundcover around foundation plants in the hope that someday I wouldn’t have to buy pine straw. It is filling in slowly...

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Juniper – Weed Control

Q: I am trying to control weeds and zoysiagrass in ‘Blue Rug’ juniper. What should I use? A: A quick answer is that you can simply dig them out but you’d better wear leather gloves and long pants if you...

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Fish Ponds – Managing

Q: I purchased a house with a 2 acre lake. What do I need to know about managing it and keeping weeds out? A: The first thing to determine is the nutrient quality of the water in your lake. You...

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Sandbur (Sandspur) – Control

Q: Is there a weed killer that I can spray onto centipedegrass to kill sand spurs? A: Few things take the pleasure out of walking barefoot across a lawn like stepping on a sandbur. The plant is an annual grass...

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Pecan Shells – For Mulch

Q: I have always used pine bark or red oak mulch since I like the dark reddish color. It looks natural to me. I have been seeing pecan shell mulch lately and it really looks good. What do you think...

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Spittlebug – Identification

Q: I have noticed white, frothy, wet masses around the stems of my penstemon plants. What causes this? A: You have spittlebugs on your plants. The young spittlebugs attach themselves in a joint between leaf and stem and suck out...

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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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Vinegar – Herbicide

Q: My mother is an organic gardener in Texas, and she told me to use twenty percent vinegar to kill weeds, Virginia creeper, etc. in my pine island. I have tried everywhere I can think of and have not been...

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Mulberry Weed – Control

Q: Last year a weed appeared in my yard. I tried to keep it weeded and this year I put out Preen. None of the above did any good. It has come back with a vengeance. It is in my...

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