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posted: 04/18/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Q I have read in some of your columns about your dislike of all the blooming pear trees around Arkansas. I think they are beautiful. Why do you not like them?


posted: 04/04/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Q I live in Fayette-ville. Many homeowners and landscapers here maintain thick mulch piles surrounding the base of their trees. Am I imagining things or does piling mulch up around tree trunks stunt tree growth and cause disease and decay? If so, is there a particular way the mulch should be removed to prevent additional tree damage, or can the mulch pile be removed all at once, exposing the tree trunk that's been covered for a long time?


posted: 03/28/2015 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Q My dwarf gardenias look brown and show no signs of life. Is there hope, or should I plan on replacing them?

In the garden

posted: 03/21/2015 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Q Is it acceptable to apply fertilizer on top of the old mulch around azaleas and then apply fresh mulch over the fertilizer, or should all the old mulch be raked back first? I must confess I have done it both ways. It seems not to have made much difference, but I wondered.


posted: 03/14/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Q My purple shamrock looks healthy but has gotten leggy and thin. It probably needs repotting. My mother-in-law had it for many years before it passed to my daughter, now deceased. It is sentimental to me. Could you advise me on caring for it?


posted: 02/28/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q Our city recently removed the Bradford pear trees that had been planted in sidewalk openings in the downtown area. The trees outgrew the space and damaged store canopies, and the fruit made a mess. Do you have any suggestions for good street trees that won't break up the sidewalk, cause minimal mess and don't grow so big they damage buildings and store canopies?


posted: 02/21/2015 2 a.m. Discuss

Q I love the beauty of rhubarb but have no success with it in southern Arkansas. Is it too hot or did I overwater?


posted: 02/14/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Q I received an early Valen-tine's present of a potted spring bulb garden. It has a variety of blooming spring bulbs and is so pretty. I would like to know what to do after they bloom. Do I plant them outside or wait until fall?

Breaking Ground

posted: 02/07/2015 2:05 a.m. Discuss

So far, so good. This winter has been a lot less damaging than last year's, and we can keep our fingers crossed that February will be as cooperative as January. February is the beginning of active gardening, with many annual pruning chores, planting and maintenance.


posted: 02/07/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Q I had an inex-perienced yard guy last year. Before I knew it he had "weed-eated" the bark off my very young dogwood, red maple and golden raintree. They look pretty bad at this time and I'm wondering if I will lose these trees -- or is there something I can do to help them heal?


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