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Camellias – Severe Pruning

Q: My camellias have reached ten feet tall and are getting bare on the lower branches. Would five feet be too low to prune them? Will they re-sprout on the lower bare limbs?  A: If they are healthy, there should be no problem in doing such a severe pruning. You’ll get the best results by […]

When Should I Plant Maiden Grass

Q: I am planning to use maiden grass, Miscanthus sinensis, as a screen between my house and a neighbor’s. Will it be okay to plant them in late September or better to wait until spring?  A: Maiden grass is a very attractive ornamental grass. The light green, narrow leaves arch nicely. The tan seedheads turn […]

Is There A Weeping Crape Myrtle?

Q: Is there a weeping crape myrtle?  A: I don’t believe there is a crapemyrtle that could be truly called “weeping” but “arching” could describe the form of several cultivars. McKinney, TX, “America’s Crape Myrtle City” ( has a collection of more than one hundred varieties, ranging in size from eighteen inches to forty feet, […]

Bermuda Lawn – I Put A Double Dose Of Pre-Emergent In September

Q: I have a bermuda lawn. I did not put out a pre-emergent in spring, hence I’ve got lots of weeds. I’ve put out a double dose of pre-emergent in September.  A: This is a situation where reading the label is very important. Some of the pre-emergent products cannot be used on a lawn twice […]

Mondo Grass – Cutting and Fertilizing

Q: Are you supposed to cut mondo grass? How frequently do you fertilize and with what?  A: Mondo grass makes a very nice evergreen, shade tolerant, grass-like groundcover. The only time I might mow it is when it’s had freeze damage. I would set my mower just high enough to take off the brown, tattered […]

Daylilies – Hit With A String Trimmer

Q: Our established daylilies were hit with a string trimmer. They are now little 2?-3? stumps. What can we do to help keep them alive?  A: If the daylilies were healthy before they were damaged, I would expect them to come back just fine next year. They may not produce much new growth this fall […]

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21 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

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Orchid – Scale on Stem

Q: What are these on my orchid? A: They are brown soft scale insects on your plant’s flower stem. Scale insects are typically controlled by three means: killing them with isopropyl alcohol, suffocating the adults with horticultural oil sprays and killing the immature crawlers when they emerge in spring. Here’s an excellent resource on orchid […]

Erasing nature by Elizabeth Licata

“acorn, adder, ash, beech, bluebell, buttercup, catkin, conker, cowslip, cygnet, dandelion, fern, hazel, heather, heron, ivy, kingfisher, lark, mistletoe, nectar, newt, otter, pasture and willow.” These are the words that have been removed from the Oxford Junior Dictionary. Show More Summary

Cucumber Vine – Flat Stem

Q: This lemon cucumber plant started out with its main stem round. It has now grown six feet long but the stem is rectangular and about 2? wide. A: Wow…very nice! The phenomenon of abnormally flattened stems is called “fasciation”. Many plants are known to occasionally produce fasciated stems. The fasciation results from bacteria in […]

The Case Against Earthworms by Thomas Christopher

When I dug in my Berkshire garden this summer I found a host of earthworms.  That, it turns out, is bad. I was raised to regard earthworms as the gardener’s best friend.  It’s true, these benevolent creatures (or so I regarded them then) aerate the soil with their tunnels and eat organic litter from the […]

Foliage architecture (and art) on Rice University campus

2 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

At my alma mater in Houston last month (right after Hurricane Harvey), I appreciated the marriage of foliage and architecture at the Brochstein Pavilion, a remarkable structure and hub of student activity that didn’t exist when I was a student at Rice University. Show More Summary

Pineapple – Dividing and Growing

Q: I have a three year old pineapple plant. It has three babies growing from the bottom of the plant. Should I repot the babies? A: Interesting! A pineapple usually doesn’t make offsets until after it flowers. Despite that, I think the babies will root and grow just fine for you. Pull the whole big […]

Visit to Fort Worth Botanic Garden and Japanese Garden

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Although I’ve been to Dallas and its well-known public garden many times, until last weekend I’d never visited the botanical garden in nearby Fort Worth, just 45 minutes to the west. While not showy like Dallas Arboretum, Fort WorthShow More Summary

Botanical art at Stutsman garden, plus Dallas/Fort Worth nurseries

4 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I road-tripped up to Dallas/Fort Worth last weekend with a friend for two days of garden visiting and nursery shopping. The Garden Conservancy was hosting an Open Days tour in Fort Worth on Sunday, and my favorite garden turned out to be that of metal artist Wanda Stutsman. Show More Summary

Use Puck.js to Automate Your Gardening Tasks

Are you one of those people, like us, that have trouble remembering to water your tomato plants? Now you no longer have to! Read more on MAKE The post Use Puck.js to Automate Your Gardening Tasks appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

Landscape Architect Wins MacArthur Genius Award by Susan Harris

Nice news this week via Brad McKee, editor of Landscape Architecture Magazine, who writes: Kate Orff, ASLA, became the first landscape architect to receive a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, which carries a $625,000 award over five years...Show More Summary

Rejuvenation of Garage Side Path

5 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Greenbow

As you can see the Garage Side Path to the back garden is hardly discernable. The pine needles that I use to delineate this path from the beds has worn down this summer. Time to get it refurbished while the pine tree is sluffing off old needles. Show More Summary

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