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IN THE GARDEN

posted: 05/23/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Q I was picking up sticks under our river birch and saw these whitish, transparent, flying insects crawling all over the ground and clustered on a pot. We had new bark mulch installed last weekend but don't know if there is any connection. Do you know what type of insect this is and how to get rid of them?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 05/16/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q Two of my six baby rhubarb plants (planted last year) have sprouted flower-like shoots. Is this normal? What is the purpose? My only experience with rhubarb has been with mature plants that can be harvested.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 05/02/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Q Last year I tried to plant tomatoes in large pots in my sunny backyard in Maumelle. I got a lot of blooms, but the blooms just fell off and the plants didn't produce much fruit. I want to try again. What did I do wrong? What type of tomatoes are best grown in pots? We like them for sandwiches and salads and to just slice and eat.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 04/18/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Q I have read in some of your columns about your dislike of all the blooming pear trees around Arkansas. I think they are beautiful. Why do you not like them?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 04/04/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Q I live in Fayette-ville. Many homeowners and landscapers here maintain thick mulch piles surrounding the base of their trees. Am I imagining things or does piling mulch up around tree trunks stunt tree growth and cause disease and decay? If so, is there a particular way the mulch should be removed to prevent additional tree damage, or can the mulch pile be removed all at once, exposing the tree trunk that's been covered for a long time?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 03/28/2015 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Q My dwarf gardenias look brown and show no signs of life. Is there hope, or should I plan on replacing them?

In the garden

posted: 03/21/2015 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Q Is it acceptable to apply fertilizer on top of the old mulch around azaleas and then apply fresh mulch over the fertilizer, or should all the old mulch be raked back first? I must confess I have done it both ways. It seems not to have made much difference, but I wondered.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 03/14/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Q My purple shamrock looks healthy but has gotten leggy and thin. It probably needs repotting. My mother-in-law had it for many years before it passed to my daughter, now deceased. It is sentimental to me. Could you advise me on caring for it?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 02/28/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q Our city recently removed the Bradford pear trees that had been planted in sidewalk openings in the downtown area. The trees outgrew the space and damaged store canopies, and the fruit made a mess. Do you have any suggestions for good street trees that won't break up the sidewalk, cause minimal mess and don't grow so big they damage buildings and store canopies?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 02/21/2015 2 a.m. Discuss

Q I love the beauty of rhubarb but have no success with it in southern Arkansas. Is it too hot or did I overwater?

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