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Tree Lichens Sep. 18, 2019

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Q: I have a spruce tree that used to be perfectly shaped. The very top of the tree trunk has been br... Read More

Rain Gardens Sep. 11, 2019

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Q: I have been thinking about putting in a rain garden. Do you have any advice on building one? What... Read More

Twig Girdlers and Pruners Sep. 04, 2019

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Q: All of a sudden, a lot of small short branches broke off the oak tree in our front yard. The grou... Read More

Protecting the Grapevine Aug. 21, 2019

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Q: We bought a grapevine on a whim at Home Depot. We planted it along a fence. It grew OK for a coup... Read More

Cucumber Chemicals Aug. 14, 2019

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Q: I haven't tried growing cucumbers recently because when I last grew them, they were bitter, and I... Read More

Crabgrass Control Aug. 07, 2019

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Q: Our community replaced a bunch of sidewalks and curbs; then they repaired our lawns. They used gr... Read More

Magnolia Scale and Hot Tomatoes Jul. 31, 2019

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Q: My magnolia tree has been taken over by flies and wasps. There are half-inch pink bumps on the br... Read More

Vines for a Trellis Jul. 24, 2019

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Q: Can you suggest a vine-type plant that can grow and bloom mostly in shade? I have a trellis that ... Read More

A Deeper Look at Daylilies Jul. 17, 2019

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The botanical name for daylilies is Hemerocallis. It comes from two Greek words: Hemera is day, and ... Read More

Types of Plant Problems Jul. 10, 2019

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Are you a plant-watcher? It may sound boring, but it can be interesting — especially when some... Read More

Problematic Pollarding Jul. 03, 2019

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Q: I've got two trees in my yard that were pruned years ago — before I bought — by someo... Read More

Ant Invasion Jun. 26, 2019

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Q: Our landscape has been invaded by ants. Actually, the ants aren't out in the landscape but instea... Read More

Flood Mosquitoes Jun. 19, 2019

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Many areas have continued to experience heavy rains recently, and a number of places are still flood... Read More

Koi Pond Fish Kill Jun. 12, 2019

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I was gone for most of Memorial Day. When I got home, something strange was happening in my pond. Ma... Read More

Plums, Slugs and Tulips Jun. 05, 2019

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Q: I have a plum tree with little holes in the leaves. This happened last summer and again this spri... Read More

Pruning Details May. 29, 2019

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Q: In last week's article, you commented that one of the factors of plant deaths over the winter is ... Read More

Winter Damage May. 22, 2019

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Q: Apparently the polar vortex last winter killed several of my trees and shrubs. I had carefully se... Read More

Buying Fruit Trees May. 15, 2019

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Q: I need to replace a pear tree. The first one was planted in the fall; last spring, it didn't bloo... Read More

Pesticide Breakdown May. 08, 2019

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Q: I have several apple and pear trees that I have treated with the fungicide Captan for several yea... Read More

Layering Techniques Apr. 10, 2019

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Q: We don't have a lot of money for landscaping, but we want to propagate several shrubs in our yard... Read More