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Summer heat causes trees to drop leaves

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: How long should I leave the drip irrigation running beneath my fruitless mulberry tree? It loses so many leaves every summer.

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Bloom date may vary for crape myrtles

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: I have three 4-year-old crape myrtles in my backyard. Last year they were full of blooms, but this year only one has flowers. They are in a part of the yard that remained really wet this spring. They also have a powdery substance on their leaves. What should I be doing?

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Tips for seeding bluebonnets

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: I successfully grew bluebonnets from a packet of seeds this past spring. They all made seeds, and I have now harvested the pods. They had turned brown and crispy and the seeds are easily removed. Should I plant them still in the pods?

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Rid leaves of lace bugs with general-purpose insecticides

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: Almost all of the leaves on my loquat tree are afflicted with this problem. Is it an insect or disease? How should I treat it?

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Use detergent to adhere clover killer

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: I have clover all through my St. Augustine. Should I pull it, or can I spray it?

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Pick adaptable over native

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: A neighbor gave me this tree, and I'm wondering what it is. I saw one like it labeled as a "loquat" at a nursery. Is that what this is, and is it one of those non-native plants I don't want to use?

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Replace mountain laurel with shorter shrubs

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: What could the problem be with my one mountain laurel? They were twins until recently. I know they don't like boggy soil, but if anything, the one on the right has better drainage. I can't afford to replace one of that size. What suggestions do you have?

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Onions tricked to early bloom

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: About 80 percent of my onions have bolted into bloom already this year. I was told it was because of the warm days in early spring, then a late frost, tricking the onions into thinking it was fall and time for them `to bloom and set seed.

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Woodpecker damage is rarely cause for concern

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: Our 14-year-old pecan is riddled with what we assume to be woodpecker holes in rows around the trunk. Is this damaging? What can we do about it?

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Nothing to fret about with fruitland silverberry’s spots

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: The local county Extension office identified this plant as Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia). She told me this is neither an insect nor a disease - that she had the same thing on her plants. Can you tell me what is going on and what I might do?

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Care in transport prevents windburn

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: I bought two trees and some shrubs a week ago. They looked a little wilted when I got them home, and now all of the trees' leaves are brown and crisp. I assume I did that damage while transporting them home, but will they come back?

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Certain types of fungus are not harmful to plants

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: This weird stuff grew overnight. What is it, and do we need to be concerned?

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Rid your yard of beggar’s lice

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: What is this awful weed, and how can I eliminate it?

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Sprawling sticky weed can take over flower beds

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: What is this weed, and how can I control it?

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Weed elimination may require new, clean soil

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: How far does one go in trying to have a weed-free flowerbed? The bed is 7 feet by 18 feet.

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Looking to take out chinaberry

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: I am trying to kill a chinaberry tree. It was a young tree that was just beginning to grow a year ago.

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Control aphids with insecticides, avoid topping crape myrtles

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: My husband made sure I read your column telling us never to top our crape myrtles. However, ours had aphids last summer, stopped growing and looks terrible. Short of digging it up, can we not just try cutting it down to the roots and letting it start over?

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Avocado trees not practical for North Texas

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: I have five avocado trees that have yet to bear fruit. I grew them from seeds from grocery store avocadoes, and they are 4 to 6 feet tall. What might the remedy be to get them to bear fruit?

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Compost manure before using it in flowerbeds

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: Is there anything about donkey manure that would make it unsuitable for use in my garden and flowerbeds?

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Seek arborist’s help to cut tree roots

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: The prior owner of our house planted live oaks too close to the drive. This one is pushing up the concrete. Would I be safe in cutting the root that is causing the problem?

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