February 19, 2009

Reader Questions:

bad barkQ: My large silver maple has several mushroom conks growing on the trunk and some obvious trunk decay on one side of the tree. Is it dying? Susan B.

lawn drainageQ: We have a small back yard and four dogs. We've sodded twice but my husband wants to spend another $1500 to do it again. Any better ideas? Janet N.

barred owlQ:I had an owl get in my house via the fireplace flue. After much adventure, it went outdoors. Can you identify it? Kathy K.

Garden Knowledge:

Timing Pre-emergent Application
Walter fertilizing Old timers say the best time to apply a weed preventer is after forsythia starts blooming and before dogwoods flower. If you had crabgrass last summer, prepare to spread a pre-emergent in the next few weeks.

Here's how to time it exactly

Design Tip

Fertilizer Use
fertilizer bagThroughout the year, nearly 3/4 of the calls and emails we get ask about fertilizing various plants. Despite what you've heard, if plants have a healthy soil and are mulched properly, little if any supplemental fertilizer is needed. Of course, there are some exceptions. Too much fertilizer can actually damage your landscape. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

Cool Plant

(Physocarpus opulifolius)
ninebarkFlowering shrub native to the central and eastern U.S. This under-appreciated shrub grows in a wide range of soil conditions and has year round interest: clusters of white flowers in spring followed by reddish fruit in the summer and peeling bark for winter. Tolerates drought. Best grown in full sun. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum
Be sure to listen to Garden Basics on The Lawn and Garden Show on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. We'll open the phone lines for first time homeowners to ask their most puzzling questions.

Garden Events:

Feb 21 - Winter Tree ID

Feb 21 - Mar 21 Landscape Design Series
Mar 7 - Japanese Maple Care and Pruning

Garden Calendar:

Plant daphne, prune holly, clean bird houses, ...more

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