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IN THE GARDEN

posted: 02/06/2016 2:47 a.m. Discuss

Q I have never seen this addressed, so I'm seeking information on the subject of pre-emergent herbicide. How is it used and where is it available?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 01/30/2016 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Q I moved from Illinois and have been here eight years. I miss the dirt up North. My yard here is rock-filled, and it's difficult to dig holes. Every year, I buy perennials and annuals and put them in my front yard with southern exposure, and they proceed to expire. I have luck with trees I plant but not much else. Please help. I'm tired of throwing my money away and not having my plants to show for it.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 01/23/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Q I enjoy reading your Q&A column in the paper. In a recent response to a person with a dying Bradford pear tree, you suggested the reader not plant a flowering pear next time; but I see it as an opportunity to educate further and more strongly state the problems associated with this and other invasive varieties. Our organization, along with many others, spends thousands of dollars each year and thousands of volunteer hours removing alien invasive species from our natural areas. In particular, Callery pear trees (from the Bradford) constantly threaten a wet prairie that we steward. You have a large following and could do a lot to help educate the public with your responses.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 01/16/2016 2:13 a.m. Discuss

Q I'm hoping you can and will answer my question about a "Winter King" hawthorn tree. I read about this tree in an issue of Southern Living. It was used in a garden in Birmingham, Ala., and the description really appealed to me and to the garden committee of my church in Greers Ferry. Is this a tree that can grow in Arkansas? The committee wants to plant a tree as a memorial to a deceased member. Therefore, we are looking for something different and special, and the "Winter King" hawthorn fits that description.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 01/09/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

First, a correction. In my Jan. 2 column about Swiss chard, I put it in the wrong family. It is not a member of the cole crops but rather in the amaranth family, which includes spinach, beets and quinoa. It formerly was in the goosefoot family or Chenopodiacea, but has since been moved to the amaranth family. If you have Swiss chard or beets planted near cabbage or broccoli, the cabbage worms usually won't eat the leaves of Swiss chard, since they aren't in the same family. Sorry for the mistake.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 01/02/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Q I have a Lenten rose plant that is getting too crowded. I need to move it. When should I move it, and is it possible to divide it when I do?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 12/26/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Q I have an old mulberry tree, and the fruit for the past few years looks like popcorn. I went to a local nursery, and they told me to try lime, but it didn't make a difference. Do you have any suggestions to try for next year?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 12/19/2015 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Q While my wife and I were working in the attic of our house, we came across what looks like ladybugs. We were told they could be something else. What is your opinion?

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 12/12/2015 2:22 a.m. Discuss

Q I have a camellia that was a bush in 1972 when we moved here. Through neglect, it became a mighty tall tree. Should I prune it or just leave it alone? It is absolutely beautiful now.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 12/05/2015 2:16 a.m. Discuss

Q With the freeze forecast recently, I harvested the remaining peppers on my one jalapeno plant. They were all dark green. Overnight, they all turned red. Why? Can we still use them?

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