Q: When do I prune bamboo? A: No matter what time of year, you can prune out dead canes. That rule also applies to any tree or shrub. Some people like a dense thicket while others like a… Read More
Category: Home Landscapes
Q: My neighbor’s bamboo is becoming a problem for my property. What can I do to keep it under control?
A: You will only be able to manage those reeds popping up on your property unless you have your neighbor’s permission. If you are having a problem then your neighbor might be frustrated too. Working together would be… Read More
Q: I just moved here and there is a cluster of large bamboo plants in my yard. Can you identify them for me?
A: I am glad you brought me a photo of this plant. The grasses and grass-like plants are very difficult to identify but this one is fairly easy since you showed me a seed head and it was… Read More
A: Moso bamboo is a close relative of golden bamboo. Moso is the largest temperate bamboo, reaching heights of over 75 feet and with 5 inch diameter shoots. Two scientific names ‐ Phyllostachys pubescens and Phyllostachys edulis ‐… Read More
Q: I will be bringing my plants indoors. I have heard it will help to add aspirin to the soil to help prevent disease. Is that true?
A: I was unable to find any research information regarding adding aspirin to soil to prevent plant disease. There is extensive research which documents aspirin provides no benefit if added to the water of cut flowers. I see… Read More
A: At first glance, I thought this might have been some sort of jelly fungi but after further research and after calling a fellow Extension agent, we discovered it to be blue – green algae called Nostoc commune…. Read More
Q: I found a small, turtle with a very long tail in my driveway. Do you have any idea what it might be?
Q: I found a small, turtle with a very long tail in my driveway. It did not look like any turtle I am familiar with as the outer shell was very rough. I have included a picture. Do… Read More
Q: I am having a terrible time with the squirrels eating the bark from my maple and oak trees. What can I do?
A: Eastern Gray Squirrels are the most frequently seen mammal in our area. They are members of the Rodent family, and spend most of their lives in trees. Eastern Gray Squirrels usually live to be about five years… Read More
Q: When do I take in my hummingbird feeders for the year? Someone told me if I didn’t remove the feeders now the hummingbirds would stay around and then die when it gets too cold. A: October should… Read More
A: I called the Audubon Society about this question just to be sure no new problems had cropped up of which I was unaware. I was particularly interested in your question as I know many gardeners supplement our… Read More