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No need to prune fusing crape myrtles

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: I have a crape myrtle with two trunks that are rubbing together enough that they are almost fusing. Is there any reason to worry about that?

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St. Augustine stronger than Bermuda if conditions are good

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: This spring I reseeded my lawn with Bermuda grass over St. Augustine. Now the Bermuda has taken over one-fourth of my lawn. Will it eventually overtake all of the St. Augustine?

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Call in experts for Texas mountain laurel spots

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: For the past year our Texas mountain laurels have been dropping leaves onto our deck almost every single day. Never more than 15 or 20, but always some.

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Hackberry may share roots, watch for decay

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: We have a cluster of hackberry trees that shade our house and patio. They were here when the house was built eight years ago. A small one has gone from green to dead in just a matter of a few days. What would have caused this, and how can we keep it from spreading?

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Mow stinging nettles low, treat with weedkiller to eliminate

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: We have recently moved to the country, and we have three acres that are literally covered with stinging nettles. I've tried lots of suggestions, all to no avail. What is the best way to eliminate it? It's even coming up through my sod.

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Fight root rot with sphagnum moss

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: A huge percentage of our St. Augustine did not come back after this past winter. Zoysia that we have growing nearby has been fine. Here in mid-summer the spots are still dead. We don't believe it's chinch bugs because of the time of year when it hit (early spring). What would have done this?

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Pollination, type matter when growing tomatos

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: My tomato plants are large and healthy. They bloom well, but no fruit sets. The flowers just eventually fall off. What can I do?

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Mother-of-thousands common in most gardens

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: I have this curious little plant in my garden. I don't know how to care for it. It was left by the previous homeowner.

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Magnolias make great replacement trees

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: We recently lost a Bradford pear that split in a windstorm. What is a good replacement tree? We like magnolias, but they are so messy.

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Use fertilizer to shape up lumpy pampasgrass

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: I have three clumps of pampasgrass. This winter it froze, so I cut the clumps back to 18 inches like you told someone else to do. Now, all the new growth is coming up from one side of each clump.

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January freeze damages gardenias

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: What would be causing the slow death of our dwarf gardenias? These green leaves and yellowed leaves are both on the same plant. We have two other plants on either side, and they also have the yellowed leaves. This is our second bad experience with gardenias in this spot.

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Consider your sunlight when planting groundcover

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: I have an area roughly 30 by 40 feet in size. It is shaded, and bermuda has not grown well there. Last year I spread one to two inches of new soil thinking that would help the grass grow and cover, but it did not. What would you suggest I do for that area?

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Information needed to fight neighbor’s weeds

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: We planted a new lawn 18 months ago. It has done very well, except along the boundary where our neighbor's weeds are invading. What can I put down to keep his weeds from taking over?

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Detergent can help fight oxalis invasion

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: This suddenly appeared in our lawn this spring. What is it? What would be good to control it?

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Mower idling could lead to bare spots

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: I watched our neighbor mow his lawn really close early in the spring (scalping, I guess, to remove the old brown blades). As the bag would fill up, he would leave the mower running while he took the bag to the backyard for emptying.

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There is no hope to stop fungal leaf spot

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: My redtip photinias have brown spots on their leaves and it appears that they are dying. The local store told me it was a fungus and that there was nothing I could do to stop it. It's all up and down our street. Can you give us insights on what we should do?

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Brown patch less likely this year due to cold

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: How can I kill the fungus in my St. Augustine? My front yard is dotted with circles of brown spots. I've used several bags of a product that was supposed to kill brown patch and other fungi, also grub worms.

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Analyze bare spots to stop their return

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: Over the winter I grew tired of some bare spots in my lawn. I planted ryegrass seeds, and now the lawn looks pretty good.

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Large junipers not easily moved

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: I planted redcedars as a screen back in January. The plants are about eight feet tall, and now I'm starting to lose several of them. Can I save them?

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Let peach leaf curl run its course

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: Why are my peach leaves wrinkled up? What should I do?

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