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IN THE GARDEN

posted: 05/19/2018 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Q Our backyard is rather small and we have several large, mature trees. We are in the Washington-Willow neighborhood in Fayetteville, so, very established trees. The tree roots have completely choked out almost everything we have planted in the beds we made several years ago. We brought in topsoil and amended the beds, etc.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 05/12/2018 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Q When do I need to quit picking my asparagus? I have been harvesting heavily for two months. I know it needs a break, but it is so good.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 05/05/2018 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q My wife and I have been to your classes so we know not to "murder" our crape myrtles. I keep them fertilized and pest free. Two weeks before the frost they were coming out beautifully, but the frost killed all the leaves and they aren't coming back out. What can I do, if anything?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 04/28/2018 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Q The April 7 freeze looks like it killed the bright red 1- to 2-inch new growth on my crape myrtles in Benton. How much will this set back new growth? When can I expect to see any new growth?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 04/21/2018 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Q Is there anything I can do to ward off aphids in my tomato garden this year? I was overwhelmed by aphids in my garden last year and really struggled getting rid of them. It was awful. Is there anything I can add to my soil as I get ready to plant my tomatoes?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 04/14/2018 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Q We have three very large sago palms. The largest is 5 feet tall and 6 feet wide, the second is 5 feet wide, and the small one is 4 feet wide. We have been taking them in and out every year, but they are getting so hard for us to handle. My husband is 83 years old. Can these stay outside in Hot Springs Village?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 04/07/2018 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Q We tried to grow moonflowers a couple of times many years ago here in Union County, but they never survived. They are a desert plant (we grew them in Tucson), so I don't know whether it's too wet here or soil is not alkaline enough. Last year we had a moonflower come up mysteriously in a spot next to the house where we have never before tried to grow one. I have no idea where it came from. But it grew about 2 feet tall, had a couple of flowers, but did not set seed. It finally died down. I just noticed this morning that it has come back. Should I get something to make the soil alkaline ... or is there something else that can be done to make our environment more accommodating?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 03/31/2018 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Q Is there a fertilizer that will help bulbs, jonquils mostly, make more blooms? I've tried 13-13-13 and the next season the stems seem too tall and weak to hold the blooms up and they fall over.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 03/24/2018 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Q Last year our roses died from an attack of Japanese beetles. We want to replace them with something else. We get afternoon sun, and they are in front of our windows so we don't want anything that would get too large. What do you recommend?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 03/17/2018 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q There is an old someplace on my property in Beebe that contains hundreds of daffodils. I have a dear friend who wants some. Can they be moved now, or do I have to mark them and wait until November?

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