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posted: 07/23/2016 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Q We have a bunch of per-simmon trees in our yard and have little persimmon trees coming up everywhere. Between regular grass mowing they will be 6 to 12 inches tall. It's nothing new, of course, but is there an easy way we can control them?

In The Garden

posted: 07/16/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Q I am a bee-keeper in Cave Springs and I would like to know if sourwood trees will grow here. The bees love sourwood trees, plus they are a beautiful tree even if I decide to quit keeping bees, but I can't find anyone that knows anything about them. I know Crystal Bridges has planted a few of them, but they are still pretty small trees. I finally found a nursery that is fairly close by that says they will grow. I would like a second opinion.


posted: 07/09/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

QWe have a Bradford pear tree that is looking bad. It has had a number of black leaves forming in the last two weeks, and some branches have fewer green leaves. It was planted in spring 1998. I think it is dying. Is there anything I could do to help save it, or is it on its last days? The spring blossoms were normal -- loaded and beautiful.


posted: 07/02/2016 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Q I have two lace-cap hydran-geas I planted about 10 years ago in Fayetteville.


posted: 06/25/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Q I got a beautiful bougain-villea for my birthday in April, and I think I have been steadily killing it. It was in a small pot, and we hung it in the sun on a planter rod. It stayed that way until I moved it to where it does get some shade, then I fertilized it about two weeks later with Miracle-Gro, as I do with my other flowers. It then lost all its flowers. I looked it up online and saw it was recommended that lime be used, but the site did not say how much. Also, we have had so much rain and the online site also said the plant did not like "wet feet." I have repotted it into a larger pot, and it now looks like it might begin to produce a few flowers. If it needs lime, where do I get it? How much? It is my favorite flower.

In the garden

posted: 06/18/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Q Is the plectranthus “Velvet Elvis” winter-hardy in Northwest Arkansas, and is it available at local nurseries?


posted: 06/11/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q This is my Meyer lemon tree or a lime tree. These places on the stem seem to attract ants in huge numbers. These are squashy, moldy looking things that do not move. I have wiped off a lot of this and sprayed the plant with water to get rid of quite a bit. I have sprayed the leaves with neem oil and sprinkled ant killer in the soil. Is there anything else I can do to get rid of this? The tree seems to be healthy.


posted: 06/04/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Q A friend gave me some seeds for gourds for birds' nests. I planted them, and they're a few feet tall now and probably need fertilizer. What type should I use and how often should I apply it? Is this vine an annual or will it come back on its own next year? If I do get gourds, how do I treat them to make bird nests?


posted: 05/28/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Q I have petu-nias planted in a container on the front porch, which gets afternoon sun. They have already become leggy, and the top where I pour water on them looks smashed down. There are still a few blooms. I deadhead them. Do I need to "cut them back" some way? Will they become "bushy" again with lots of flowers? Or do I just need to consider their time spent and get new ones to plant?


posted: 05/21/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Q I have a Japanese tulip tree. It is several years old, and I have two bushes from the root and have cut all the other shoots off. Would it be better to cut the smaller shoot off and let the larger shoot grow stronger?




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