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
Category: Home Landscapes
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
A: I was able to find some information from Clemson University Extension. The dwarf cattail variety is Typha minima, which is a native of Europe and Asia. It only grows about two feet tall rather than the standard… Read More
Q: I was given a Christmas cactus last year and I loved it. I put it outside on my shady porch and it has thrived. It has been full of buds. With these cold nights, I decided to… Read More
A: I can tell you this name is applied to several cacti so it is difficult to determine on exactly which one you need additional information. Queen of the Night, Selenicereus grandiflorus, grows best in cold hardiness zones… Read More
Q: I planted some cacti outside and they have been growing very tall but they are very pale green. I have fertilized them but I don’t see much response. Do you have any ideas?
A: Certain types of cacti grown outdoors in Florida may experience the lighter discoloring you mentioned resulting from our high humidity. Many cacti come from arid environments and although your plant has grown significantly, it is probably out… Read More