How do I germinate crocosmia seed?
It should sprout readily, in 2 to 4 weeks at 70 degrees.
Will my seed-grown apricot tree ever bear
It may need more time, or better fertilization.
What groundcover can replace lawn?
If you expect it to stand up to foot traffic and kids playing,
stick with lawn to cover the ground.
My peace lily leaves turned black...
...the cold during your power outage is probably to blame.
The moles are terrible!
Set traps for them.
Do voles eat grubs?
Voles or "meadow mice" are plant eaters, chewing furrows into
sod under snow, and gnawing bark off trees and shrubs to eat the
cambium beneath. (Other animals help us by eating
Reports of plants lost or badly burned over
...so you know it's not something YOU did: red hot poker,
butterfly bush, lavender, sage, thyme, heather, creeping phlox,
mugo pine, yew, and holly.
Does zoysia grass work as well as the ads
Howls of laughter from contributors and warnings to stay away
from this very invasive grass that greens up only when it is very
warm in June and goes dormant again when cool weather returns in
I want grass that grows more slowly.
Don't look to us for sympathy, other respondents say -- we're
fighting just to keep grass alive the last few years!
Should I cut off discolored bergenia
Yes you can, or wait for them to shrivel and fall off as bloom
finishes and this year's foliage comes in.
Squirrels are eating the buds off my
You may need to fence in the shrubs, apply repellents or trap
and move some squirrels.
Does mint work for pest control?
Dried mint leaves or mint oil can repel some insects. It won't
kill them however.
'Carefree Delight' roses get black spot by late summer,
what can I do?
If it doesn't show until late summer, those shrubs are fairly
resistant and you can just look the other way.
Moth balls and cayenne pepper keep rabbits at
Some contributors agree, others disagree.
When black-died Enviro-mulch fades, just add
There are dyes which can be sprayed on to renew the color. If
the mulch, tough faded, remains thick enough then adding more is
unnecessary and can be detrimental to plants.
Are pine needles okay as mulch?
Yes they are. Reports of "too acid" are not applicable in
Can we grow hops vine here, for beer
Yes, but beware, it's a rampant vine!
How can I prune a weeping mulberry? A weeping
One limb at a time, removing what you don't like the looks of
and cutting back far enough that this year's new growth will stay
within the bounds you set.
Does ash borer kill mountain ash trees? Should I treat
my ash tree for borers even if it's currently healthy?
Mountain ash (Sorbaria sorbifolia) is not related to
the ash trees (Fraxinus species) being killed by borers.
Only the common name links them.
Treating ash trees that are not yet infested with borers may
help protect the tree. not enough is known yet about the efficacy
of treatments. But doing something may be better than nothing, if
the tree is very important.
Treatments are not one-time solutions but have to be repeated
every year, indefinitely. They are best used as a means to keep an
important tree for long enough to let its non-ash replacement
Originally published 5/10/03