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Allow standard vitx to reach full size

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: I would like to keep my vitex plant at approximately 6-1/2 feet tall. Can I prune it to accomplish that task?

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Forgo planting trees close to sidewalks

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: Are there any good medium to tall trees I could plant in the small space between a sidewalk and the street?

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Brown patch fungus leads to turf issues

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: I spent a ton of money having my St. Augustine sodded again two years ago. This winter it developed a bunch of brown circles. What caused it, and what can I do to stop it?

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Winter chill likely spells end for Esperanzas

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: My Gold Star Esperanzas may have frozen this past winter. I have yet to see any green growth. I cut the tops back to the ground and still have them mulched in pecan leaves. Should I give up on them?

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Wrap up new pistachio and oak trees

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: Someone told me that I needed to wrap the trunk of my new pistachio tree. Do you agree? If so, why?

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Make grub treatments in mid-summer

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: My St. Augustine is dying. We put down a fungicide last year. I just saw a June bug and am tempted to put down an insecticide to kill the grub worms. What can I do?

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Hollies are good choice for privacy hedge

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: I want to plant a hedge for privacy behind our house. What are my best choices for plants that will grow 8 to 12 feet tall and stay nice and dense? If it flowers, that would be great.

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Variety of things could stunt laurels

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: We have two Texas mountain laurels that have been in the landscape for five years. They bloomed the first year, but they haven't bloomed since. What can we do to get them to flower?

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Find varieties of plants nurseries need

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
By Neil Sperry

Dear Neil: If I wanted to grow trees to sell wholesale to nurseries, what types would be best?

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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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