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In the garden

posted: 04/19/2014 2:39 a.m. Discuss

Q We have two sago palms, and I am afraid the harsh winter here in Magnolia has gotten the best of them. Can the palms be cut back to salvage them? Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

In the garden

posted: 04/12/2014 2:37 a.m. Discuss

Q The daffodil bulbs were planted after we bought them at a daffodil event last spring and planted at that time, as we were instructed. This year they came up but they look like strings and did not bloom. We have fertilized and have good drainage. Any suggestions?

In the garden

posted: 04/05/2014 2:29 a.m. Discuss

Q Last weekend I saw a few healthy looking rhubarb plants at a nursery. I was tempted to buy one and plant it in my garden in Bella Vista. However, when we moved here from New Jersey 4 ½ years ago, I planted a rhubarb root that I had brought from there, and it died that first season.

In the garden

posted: 03/29/2014 2:24 a.m. Discuss

Q Could you give me a pointer on pruning our eleagnus bushes?

In the garden

posted: 03/22/2014 3:45 a.m. Discuss

Q I have a small colony of trout lilies growing in my backyard and I would like to move some of them to a different flower bed. When and how should I do this?

In the garden

posted: 03/15/2014 2:48 a.m. Discuss

Q My pansies were finally starting to come back, and then they got this recent round of winter weather. They look pitiful again. Should I just pull them and wait for spring, or is there something I can do to help?

In the garden

posted: 03/08/2014 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Q We are planning our summer garden and always have problems with squash vine borers or beetles destroying our otherwise healthy, productive summer squash and zucchini plants.

In the garden

posted: 03/01/2014 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Q Can you tell me where I can buy the rose companion plant? I had it years ago but lost it during winter snow. I saw in your blog that it is growing in your yard.

In the garden

posted: 02/22/2014 2:25 a.m. Discuss

Q I need your help immediately. All my plants seem to be infested with what I’ve diagnosed as spider mites. I noticed white webs with what appeared to be black seeds hanging on all my plants. I believe the culprit is two new pothos that I bought right before Christmas. I have a 20-year-old Christmas cactus, a large old cast-iron plant and several more pothos. All show infestation, and the pothos are turning yellow and dying. I would approach this naturally. Can you help me?

In the garden

posted: 02/15/2014 2:24 a.m. Discuss

Q I live in rural Perry County on 15 acres of woods. I have cleared underbrush and thinned some of the larger trees, and it is all very clean and pretty. I am losing a lot of trees. Most of the sweetgums have died in last six months. A large number of hickories and most of the red oaks and three post oaks also have died. They die and rot very quickly.

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