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IN THE GARDEN

posted: 11/18/2017 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Q I have a peace lily and understand that they are poisonous to cats. I don't want to lose it, so what is the best way to protect it from winter yet keep Kitten out of it? Would it be OK to cut it back?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 11/11/2017 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Q I recently retired and am trying to take up flower gardening, so I read your column in the newspaper and find it very helpful. But I am confused about some of the terminology and hope that you can help me. For example, deadheading. Should all flowers be deadheaded, and when and how? Annual vs. perennial: Do annual plants just get thrown away and new ones planted every year? Can annual plants be planted in the ground or only in pots? Does pruning or trimming "after flowering" mean to wait until the blooms are gone (not immediately after blooms flower), then cut it off? What is the difference between foliage and leaves?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 11/04/2017 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Q Years ago, I inadvert-ently got a start of creeping euonymus in some potted bushes or other potted ornamentals. I didn't mind it for a while, as it was attractive and not a problem. My mistake. Now, it is consuming my yard, and I'm getting so old I can't fight it. I've tried to spray it with broadleaf weed killer, and brush killer, but they barely turn a couple leaves a bit off color. Is there anything recommended to work on this nuisance? Or add to a spray to cut through the waxy leaf so it can absorb the herbicide?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 10/28/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Q With the forecast showing temperatures close to freezing ahead what do I need to do with my outside tropical plants?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 10/21/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Q Two years ago, my wife ordered a "hardy" banana tree from a mail-order nursery. It came as a small slip about 5 inches tall, so she planted it in a midsize pot, and set it in a semi-sheltered spot in the garden. We kept it inside last winter, then planted it outside in a slightly protected bed this spring, when it was about 14 inches tall. It is about 5 feet tall, with two side slips approximately 2 inches tall. It seems to be growing well. My question, are these banana trees, labeled hardy, actually winter hardy in Northwest Arkansas? Is there any special mulching, or other protection, necessary to carry them over the winter? Or was she led down the primrose path by the catalog description?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 10/14/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Q I was recently in the beautiful Smoky Mountains and fell in love with the blue spruce. I am now searching for the best place to buy a quality, beautiful blue spruce. And the best information. That's where you come in -- when should I plant and what type of care does it need?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 10/07/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Q I have a large hickory tree at my lake house in Hot Springs. A few years ago I started noticing a sticky substance coming from the tree. I didn't think much about it and now have thousands of tiny, white, flying bugs swarming the area. They cover everything. I think they are aphids, but how do you treat a huge tree? I'm tempted just to cut it down but don't know if that will just make the aphids move to another tree. What do you suggest?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 09/30/2017 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q I will be moving in the next 30 days and would like to take my peonies. Is it safe to take them now or will I kill them?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 09/23/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Q I have Super-tunias in concrete pots with a drip line. They get watered every day for about 10 minutes. They are in full sun all day. They have become very leggy and thin, with very few leaves. What am I doing wrong? Also, I had Wave petunias in another concrete pot that were stunning, and almost overnight they turned brown and died. They got heavy afternoon sun, and the sprinkler watered them daily. Again, what am I doing wrong?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 09/16/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Q I have five blue-berry plants that have 4- to 5-foot canes. When do I prune them?

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