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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?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 02/14/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Q I received an early Valen-tine's present of a potted spring bulb garden. It has a variety of blooming spring bulbs and is so pretty. I would like to know what to do after they bloom. Do I plant them outside or wait until fall?

Breaking Ground

posted: 02/07/2015 2:05 a.m. Discuss

So far, so good. This winter has been a lot less damaging than last year's, and we can keep our fingers crossed that February will be as cooperative as January. February is the beginning of active gardening, with many annual pruning chores, planting and maintenance.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 02/07/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Q I had an inex-perienced yard guy last year. Before I knew it he had "weed-eated" the bark off my very young dogwood, red maple and golden raintree. They look pretty bad at this time and I'm wondering if I will lose these trees -- or is there something I can do to help them heal?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 01/31/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Q I recently saw an article about using the granules that are in baby diapers mixed with potting soil. This is supposed to hold more moisture in the soil in potted plants. I didn't know how environmentally sound this was. Just knew you were the person to ask.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 01/24/2015 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Q We recently moved to Jacksonville in Pulaski County and would like to plant a garden. However, the soil is very rocky. I have seen various layouts for gardens using bales of straw. The articles specifically say you should use straw, not hay. Do you have any suggestion as to where to get bales of wheat straw? Also, do you have suggestions on how to best start a bale garden?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 01/17/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

Q I read your article regarding a flowering fruit tree and the care needed in fertilization of it. Two years ago I started a tree from a seed of a small type of orange. It has lived in the house, and it has never flowered. It has thorns on it by each one of the leaves and is now about 6 feet tall. Can you tell me what type of orange tree I have and whether it will ever flower? How I should take care of it to cause it to bloom?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 01/10/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q I use a pre-emergent herbicide on my iris beds now to keep down the weeds. I think that I saw an article recommending to use a pre-emergent in the spring where we would normally use Roundup. Can I use a pre-emergent on my daffodil beds, or would it keep the daffodils from coming up? When the time comes to mow down the daffodils, the weeds are higher than the daffodils.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 01/03/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q I received a Meyer lemon tree one month ago as a gift from one of the local nurseries. It has three small green lemons on the tree at this time. It is putting out numerous blossoms now. I have read that citrus trees should be fertilized in the spring and summer, two times per year. Since it is putting out blossoms and there are lemons ripening, should I fertilize it now? The tree is potted and inside.

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