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IN THE GARDEN

posted: 02/24/2018 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Q I have two deciduous hollies in my front yard. One has berries and one doesn't. I assume this means one is female and the other male. If I dispose of the male, will the female not have berries in the future?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 02/17/2018 2:05 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: The slug/snail question from Feb. 3 generated quite a bit of response. Many readers wrote that they had tried a variety of methods. One I failed to mention that does work is shallow trays of beer.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 02/10/2018 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Q I have a dogwood that was blown over last spring and is still alive. Its leaves stayed green all summer and it has set buds this fall/winter. It is half in and half out of the soil, leaning at a sharp angle. Most likely I will remove it, however I wonder if all or part of it could be saved in some form. I haven't tried yet and suspect it may not be achievable easily, but what is your opinion on righting the tree from its current state? If not feasible, could I cut off all but a few feet of the trunk, then right it and "replant"? Or might I be able to root a new tree from a young limb in a pot or "plant" a current branch as it lies, then remove the main tree after the branch roots?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 02/03/2018 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Q I buy my plants at the nursery, and I guess that's where I am getting all the snails that are in my garden. Whatever, please tell me how to get rid of them. I am saturated with them in all my beds. I have used the pellets, egg shells, coffee grounds to no avail. Help!

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 01/27/2018 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Q This winter weather confuses me about when to trim my roses. Mine are about 7 feet tall. I want them to be about 4 feet tall. When can I do it?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 01/20/2018 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Q I have some yucca plants that are about 8 or 9 years old. I took them out of a pile of dirt, rocks and trash pushed up with a dozer preparing ground for our house and yard. Some are tall enough that they're beginning to fall over. Should I cut them back? If so, in what season? How short? How long will it take them to produce blooms after they are cut back? Blooms are attacked by some insect each year. They destroy the blooms pretty quickly. One year I succeeded in avoiding most by spraying an insecticide when I noticed small black bugs. This picture [reader submitted photo] is my attempt to photograph that bug. I think the little black bug is the problem. Earlier I thought it was a larger bug that swarms the blooms before they begin to die. County agent told me the larger bugs are assassin bugs and I should leave them alone -- they're my friends. Do you have any suggestions to protect the blooms?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 01/13/2018 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Q I'm covering lavender, rosemary, roses with porous plant covers when the really low temperatures are predicted. The lavender and rosemary are large bushes and are looking good. My ajuga and creeping jenny aren't looking good, and the pansies and other winter annuals look pretty sad. Should I start cutting them back now or just pull them up and be done until spring?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 01/06/2018 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Q Back in the summer I Googled spraying for worms in pecans. It said to spray in August and September with 5 ounces of Sevin in 10 gallons of water under the drip line of the trees, to do it several times through the two months and put some stickum on the tree trunks. It stated that the worms come out from the ground and climb the trunk and bore into the nuts. I did as they said and still had about 50 percent nuts with worms that had bored through the husks and into the nuts. I thought that next year I would just spray the nuts with the Sevin throughout those months. What are your thoughts on doing this and skipping the ground spraying?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 12/30/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Q I would love your opinion on a foundation planting tree that I could use in front of a tall and hot front window facing south in Conway. Currently there is a low growing Japanese maple but I would love some shade and relief from the sun. The tree would actually be in the front flower bed, but the bed is deep so there is room for a medium-size tree. The tree would sit out in front of the window several feet, and there are azaleas between the tree and window. I would like to see under the tree, so I am visualizing a dogwood. If I choose dogwood, which variety would you go with? Any other suggestions? I would like a fairly quick-growing tree. Maybe a river birch, and again which variety? Finally, any suggestions on digging out the existing maple? It has been there 10 years.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 12/23/2017 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Q I have a short row of old red tips. They are at least 9 feet tall. I want to cut them back to about 4 feet tall so I can trim every year without using a ladder. Is December too early? Should I wait until later?

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