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posted: 08/01/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Q We have something growing in our front yard, and it is spreading. It just started this summer, and we have no idea what it is. Right now, it is mostly around the part of the yard that is nearest the shrub bed. Can you tell what it is? And if so, how do we get rid of it? I'm afraid it is going to take over our whole yard if we don't get it stopped. We have a service that sprayed for weeds, but that didn't kill whatever this is.


posted: 07/25/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Q I have some weeping willow trees. What is the proper way to trim back these trees so that my flower beds underneath can get proper sunshine?


posted: 07/18/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q I have a marigold that came back from a 2014 planting. We both know that marigolds are annuals. This single marigold plant is 18 inches wide and 18 inches tall. I have never seen a marigold grow to this size, and it is covered with buds along with many flowers. Amazing!


posted: 07/11/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Q I planted "Snow White" Indian hawthorn plants in spring 2014 as part of a landscape builder's package. Late in the season, they developed black spot on the leaves. I applied fungicide directly to the leaves and worked a Bayer product into the soil. I am having the same problem this spring/summer. Is there any remedy or will I have to dig up and destroy them? I am also concerned that this disease could spread to other plantings.

In The Garden

posted: 07/04/2015 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Q Every year, I plant red potatoes in my garden and every year but this year they were red skinned and white inside. This year, they're purple skinned and purple inside. Can you tell me what caused this?


posted: 06/27/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

We live in Hot Springs Village, and year after year the plants in the photo I have enclosed are always a pleasure to see in early summer in the same area. Not sure what they are but they have a beautiful orange flower and we look forward to them every year. Is it a weed or a wildflower?


posted: 06/20/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Q I feed the birds year round, have seven hummingbird feeders out and love watching them. I see pictures of hummers lined up around the feeder, but these guys fight and only one at a time will feed. Is there a secret to getting more than one hummer on the feeder at a time?

In the garden

posted: 06/13/2015 2:13 a.m. Discuss

I have a small, 2-by-5-foot flower bed in front of my home. During the winter, the soil stays soft as it is protected by the eave on the house. The roaming cats have used this as a litter box. ... How can I keep the cats out of there?


posted: 06/06/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Q I noticed that the leaves of two young trees, chinkapin oak and pecan, have been quickly devoured. I looked during the daylight hours and could see no pests. My husband had the idea to look at night. We discovered they were covered in what I have always known as brown hard-shell bugs, the type that swarm around lights. The beetles were chewing leaves and stems.


posted: 05/30/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Q I recently heard that having cedar trees around can cause your peach trees to not produce fruit. Is this true and how much distance should be between the trees?



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