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posted: 09/24/2016 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Q We have a small walk through the woods to our shop. The ground cover is solid poison oak. After two concentrated doses of Roundup, the poison oak is dying. I would like to replace the groundcover with something that would choke out the poison oak. Also want to add some liriope, rocks and existing irises along the pathway. Can I do this in the fall or do I need to hit any returning poison oak in spring and then plant?


posted: 09/17/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q We have three very large, approximately 25-feet-tall, crape myrtles lining our driveway. They are very messy, constantly dropping flowers on our cars. I would like to know if there is a time of year to prune so they won't bloom. If I cut them back to about three feet, what will happen?


posted: 09/10/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q My neighbor and I have a rabbit that is eating our hostas. He's not eating the leaves, just tearing the plant up and maybe eating some of the leaf stems. Is there anything that we can do to stop this? The animal is ruining our plants. When he's done, it looks like the hosta was run over with a lawnmower.


posted: 09/03/2016 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Q I have a ques-tion about the division of the day lilies. When should you divide them? Can I do it now or do I wait until it gets cooler? I live in Cabot.


posted: 08/27/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q I have a couple of questions about my wonderful hardy orchids that I have had for years. They produce beautiful little blooms, and I'm so happy with them. I have them in three places. If it is possible, I would like to move one "bunch," because they are rather consumed by an autumn fern. I think the roots are shallow and delicate. When would be the best time to transplant? My other question concerns the leaves. They are huge, and in the past I have let them go away on their own when cold weather comes on. I'm wondering if I should be cutting the leaves off after a certain point? I have one more question ... what about the seed pods? Leave them alone, keep them or plant them -- they have naturally produced more plants over the years.


posted: 08/20/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Q I want to send moon-flower seeds to our daughter in Florida, but my moonflower does not produce any seed pods whatsoever. What advice can you offer me?


posted: 08/13/2016 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Q My tomatoes look good and are head-high, but none of the blooms are making tomatoes. What do I do?


posted: 08/06/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Q For years, I've carried in my pocket a buckeye seed that was given to me by a friend. It is "dying" of old age, and I'd like to replace it. I have a native buckeye tree in my yard that blossomed beautifully this spring, and now it has unripe seeds. I am afraid if I leave them to ripen and fall off the tree the squirrels will get them, as they have in the past. Can I cut them now and let them dry in a place in the house?

In the Garden

posted: 07/30/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Q I have about 10 "Niko Blue" hydrangeas. They had lots of beautiful blue blooms in June. Now they are putting on green blooms. They do this every year. Can I do anything at this point to turn the new blooms blue?


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?




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