GARDENER'S MAILBAG

Hurry to move mahonia before spring

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: I have a leatherleaf mahonia that has done very well for me. Birds must have planted a couple of others from seed. Can they be dug and relocated to another spot?

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Bug population not affected by cold temps

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: Will this winter's cold help with the insect populations come spring and summer?

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Wait before pruning shrubs; Give plants 2 to 3 weeks before cutting

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: We're had a group of bad cold spells recently, and several of our shrubs seems to have been hurt by them. Their leaves are brown. New buds are appearing, but I'm wondering if I should prune the dead leaves off?

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How to transport wintercreeper

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: How can I start new plants of wintercreeper? I want to get a new bed going this spring. Can I transplant it as runners?

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Don’t worry too much about grub worms in spring

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: We're getting our garden ready for spring, and we've come across grub worms as we've rototilled. Should we apply an insecticide?

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Learning the differences in holly trees

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: I bought two yaupon holly trees for my yard. One has a great crop of berries every winter. The other has never had the first berry. What can I do to get it to bear fruit?

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How to prune old rose bushes

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: How important is it that we pick the seed heads off our pansies? I can remember my mother doing that. As many plants as we have now, I can't imagine doing it unless it was really critical.

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Easily move forgiving irises

Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: We are moving around the first of the year. I have a bed with some sentimental iris that used to be in my mother's garden. Can they be dug and moved at that time?

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Use netting to keep birds from fruit

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: Something is chewing into my grapefruit and causing all the fruit to fall prematurely. What would do this?

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Seal cracks, vacuum to get rid of Asian lady beetles

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: We are having seemingly unlimited numbers of brownish ladybugs flying around inside our house. What are these nuisances, and how can we get rid of them? Or will they leave on their own?

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Wait to transport trees after first freeze

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: When can I transplant trees and shrubs in my landscape? I need to relocate them.

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Twig girdler beetles leave broken branches

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: How can I kill several banana trees that I no longer want?

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Prune young trees to let sprouts grow

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: I have planted several young trees within the past several years. I have noticed that the tops of a few of them have died, but that sprouts are coming up near the bases of the trees. Should I prune out the dead wood and let the sprouts grow?

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Use high nitrogen, low phosphorus fertilizer

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: I wasn't able to find the 3-1-2 ratio fertilizer you recommended. I found 18-0-12. Is zero as the middle number satisfactory?

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Asps won’t hurt plants

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: Are these caterpillars harmful? Should we kill them?

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Burls rarely kill limbs

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: I've had these "crop circles" in my lawn for the past four years. I've been told they're caused by insufficient shade, lack of water, worms or fungus. Nothing I've tried has helped. What would you suggest?

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Herbicides best for tackling nutsedge

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: I've tried everything to kill nutgrass/nutsedge in my garden. Pre-emergent granules didn't help. Pulling didn't help. I've had a fresh crop every morning all year. What can I do?

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Dig crape myrtle roots to get rid of plant

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
By Gerry Lewis

Dear Neil: I had a crape myrtle cut down and the stump ground several years ago. Many sprouts have come up. I've sprayed them repeatedly with Round Up, but they're still there. What can I do?

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Edge burn caused by moisture stress

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: I have two young red oak trees in our yard. The leaves on one of the trees are turning brown. Is this something I need to be concerned about?

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Growing sansevieria can be a rewarding experience

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: Almost 50 years ago I bought a 4-inch pot of sansevieria (snake plant). It had three leaves at that point, but now it has grown to fill four very large pots and it is blooming. I didn't even know that they bloomed.

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