Steamed Bone Meal – How to Use It

Question: Steamed bone meal is often advised, especially in the planting of bulbous plants. Can you tell me how I can best use bone meal in my fall planting – the quantity, and on which plants? MD, Tennessee Answer: Steamed bone meal is an... Read More...

Quack Grass and Bermuda

Question: Our Bermuda lawn is being taken by quack grass. Is there any way of getting rid of this weed without carefully removing every bit of it? Is it true that it grows only in acid soil? RH, Oklahoma Answer: Quack grass is one of the worst pests... Read More...

Yew Losing Needles

Question: Three of my yews, two Brownii and one spreading, have turned brown on the inside of the plant. This condition is not visible unless the foliage is separated for inspection. Please advise cause and cure for this condition. FB, Illinois Answer:... Read More...

Growing the Gas Plant

Question: I would like to know how to get seeds of the gas plant to grow. Three of us have tried, but none of the seeds ever grow. I have a pink and a white plant and would like several more. IF, Minnesota Answer: Gas plant, dictamnus, is best grown... Read More...

Magnolia – The Litter Bug

Question: We have a very old magnolia tree which we want to keep. It sheds leaves all the time which make quite a litter over the grass. Is there something that could be done? It is a very tall, large tree and we would hate to cut it down. KG, Indiana Answer:... Read More...

Sprouting Petunia Seeds

Question: I have trouble getting petunia seeds to germinate when planted in the spring. I have been told that I could have fine plants from seeds sown in the fall in a cold frame and covered with straw. Can you tell me about this practice and perhaps... Read More...

Dodder The Parasitic Annual

Question: Dodder, a twining, yellow, parasitic vine has ruined my mums. What can be done to control it? FM, Missouri Dodder is a very frustrating pest. It is a parasitic annual and to keep it from seeding every bit of it should be removed and destroyed.... Read More...

Increasing Soil Acidity

Question: We have two blueberry bushes that were purchased from a nursery. We are using them as part of the foundation planting and understand something is needed to keep the soil acid. Sweet pickle juice and diluted vinegar have been recommended,... Read More...

Does Rock Salt Hurt Plants?

Question: Is rock salt harmful to the grass and shrubs that border walks? ED, Colorado Answer: A moderate amount of rock salt used on walks and drives in winter will be dissipated by melting snow and rain and do no damage. Any heavy concentration... Read More...

Best Sand For Rooting Cuttings

Question: What kind of sand should be used for rooting cuttings and potting? The sand from the lumber yard has many pebbles in it. Should it be put through a screen? FB, Illinois Answer: The two main requirements for sand used in rooting cuttings... Read More...

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