A: The type of fertilizer depends on the type of plants and in most instances – slow release fertilizers can work best. Generally, most of the landscape plants are fertilized in March. You can make an application of… Read More
Category: Home Landscapes
A: The term evergreen is a loosely used term by the general public, which generally means a tree retains its leaves year-round. Deciduous refers to those trees that drop all or most of their leaves when the temperatures… Read More
Q: I purchased some variegated English ivy and planted it outside under my oak trees. It is not doing very well. Please help.
Q: I purchased some variegated English ivy and planted it outside under my oak trees. It is not doing very well. It has spots all over the leaves, some of the leaves had died and I do not… Read More
Q: I am thinking about putting in small clumps of Elliot’s Lovegrass. Do you think it will do well here? A: Elliot’s Lovegrass, Eragrostis elliottii, is a beautiful native fall blooming grass growing about 2-3 feet tall with… Read More
Q: Will you give me a couple of suggestions of drought tolerant plants, especially shrubs? I lost quite a few shrubs this winter and I am thinking about replacing them with plants requiring less water. I am trying… Read More
Q: My compost pile is growing mold and it looks terrible. The area seems to pool water. What can I do?
A: It would appear the area is too wet and the site is not allowing enough air to circulate around the pile. You could re-grade the area to ensure proper drainage. It is possible to raise the whole… Read More
Q: I have some plants I want to be sure survive any freezing temperatures. What should I do to protect them?
A: Watering landscape plants 24-48 hours before a freeze can help protect plants. A well watered soil will absorb more solar radiation than dry soil and will reradiate heat during the night. This practice elevates minimum night temperatures… Read More
Q: This last freeze really caused many of my plants, especially the perennials, to wilt and die. I can not stand the way they look; can I cut them back now?
A: I know it is frustrating to have the landscape not look perfect. We have been spoiled by the last five to six years of warm winter temperatures which only occasionally reached the low thirties. However, most of… Read More
Q: I would like to plant a tree in the yard which I can decorate each year as an outside Christmas tree. I am just not sure what tree would grow here.
A: We have several easy growing trees which will give you the “Christmas Tree” look you are seeking. These are evergreen trees so they can be decorated year after year. Consider taking photos with your family each year… Read More
Q: I gave into the request of my grand children to have a live tree while they were visiting me over the Thanksgiving holiday. Now I am stuck with this tree and I am afraid it will become a fire hazard before New Year’s Day has arrived. Any hints for me?
A:The most important thing to do is to keep water in the tree stand at all times. No need to add any of those elaborate additives suggested by well meaning advisors, just plain, clean water will do fine. … Read More