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Getting rid of non-native lesser celandine in Oswego NY
May 11, 2011
Help! We have lesser celandine on approx. an acre of our property right on Lake Ontario, it's in my gardens and in our yard, and in the woods, I have dug it out of my gardens, but I'm not able to g...
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Obtaining Agave parryi in Cherryville NC
May 11, 2011
I live in western North Carolina and I had a friend that had a Agave parryi that bloomed about 1 year ago and of course it died. Since i saw the beautiful agave I have wanted one, but no one in my are...
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Low water use tree to shade pond in Burnet TX
May 10, 2011
I'm in need of some shade at a 1/2 acre pond, but I don't want a tree to consume so much water that it will lower the water level. During droughts the little pond needs all the water it can get. Som...
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Problems with gaura in Kyle TX
May 10, 2011
Gaura - I seem to have something going on with this plant. I've tried fungicide that also works on mealy bugs and spider mites, etc., but they're looking rather puny? Any suggestions? thanks
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Trees for small spaces from San Jose CA
May 09, 2011
What tree can you plant in a corner of a yard 3ft from a fence? What is the best shade tree for a small yard with a pool?
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Mystery small tree with many large thorns
May 09, 2011
In a small spot on over 2 acres, we have this strange tree/shrub. It is a single, straight stem with no branches, and has profuse, large thorns from top to bottom. At the top of the stem, the leaves...
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Protecting base of Texas Madrone tree in Austin
May 08, 2011
3 years ago, I successfully transplanted a 1-gallon Texas Madrone on the north side of an Ashe Juniper. The Madrone is thriving but the juniper, which has been a great "nurse", is dying. I am lookin...
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Identification of small plant with lavendar flower
May 07, 2011
I have something growing in my yard and pasture that for some odd reason is growing all over the place. I never noticed it being this abundant before. I'm not sure if it's listed as a wild flower or...
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Grasses to stabilize creek bed in Bastrop County, Texas
May 06, 2011
Hello, we have property in Bastrop county, the soil is sandy loam with clay underneath. We need to stabilize a creek bed, can you suggest any particular grasses (seed) for this? Know it's not the be...
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Broad leaved evergreens for DC
May 06, 2011
We are looking for a flowering evergreen shrub, native to the mid-Atlantic, that grows in part shade but will tolerate full sun. We have been researching rhododendrons and azaleas but are concerned a...
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Deer resistant plants for a bioswale in NJ
May 06, 2011
We live in Morris County, New Jersey, on the edge of a nature preserve, i.e., deer are a bane to everything we plant. We recently had to have a swale dug on the west end of our house to deal alleviat...
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Mystery plant in VA
May 06, 2011
We bought a new house with an established garden bed last fall. We have a tall single stemmed plant with long slightly twisted leaves that looks like a tall tulip plant. However, it is just starting...
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Looking for lunaria in VA
May 06, 2011
Where in the state of Virginia or North Carolina can I purchase the Lunaria annual plant? (the purple leaf lunaria annual plant)
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Shrubs for a screen in DC
May 05, 2011
Live in Washington DC vicinity (zones: 7-8). Looking for hardy shrubs to screen a 47 foot long picket fence and provide barrier to neighbor. It is western exposure with sun light. Ideally evergreen, d...
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Deer resistant trees and shrubs for PA
May 05, 2011
My yard backs up to woods, and we have a herd of 12 deer who peruse the neighborhood. This winter, the deer went after bushes and trees that they previously have not touched: euonomous and leyland cyp...
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East Texas Natives and Botanical History
May 05, 2011
I am looking for flowers &/or flowering shrubs that are native to east Texas, especially that would have been in this area over 100 or more years ago.
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Freeze-damaged Texas Mountain Laurel in Austin, TX.
May 05, 2011
I have a Texas Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora) that is several years old. During this past winter, one of the freezes we had split one of the largest trunk right below the soil line. T...
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Powdery mildew hits Rock Rose in Round Rock Texas
May 05, 2011
My beautiful Rock Roses have gotten spots of white fuzzy "fur" on their leaves in the past month. This is not something they have ever had before and I'm worried its some kind of disease. Is it so...
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Where to find Yarrow for sale in the area of Ft. Worth TX?
May 05, 2011
I'm very fond of the native plant called "Yarrow." Where might I find this in the Fort Worth area, and what are the tips for growing it. Seems like I saw it in one of the gardens at the LBJ Wildf...
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Will wood shavings in the soil require nitrogen from Charleston MO
May 04, 2011
I cut down a big maple tree and a lot of the wood shavings was left in the soil. I planted a flower bed over the area this spring. I later read that the wood chips in the soil would use a lot of nitro...
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Identification of pines on I35 between Dallas and Denton
May 03, 2011
I frequently drive I-35E from Dallas up to Denton and I've often wondered if the pine trees that I see near the road and in the surrounding areas, especially between Lewisville and Denton, have been ...
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Recommendations for house plants for South Dakota
May 03, 2011
Thank you for your web site! I live in Enning South Dakota, and I am new to this beautiful part of the United States. I would love to grow house plants but don't know where to start looking or what k...
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Possible sawflies on loblolly pine (Pinus taeda)
May 03, 2011
My pine trees looked great a week ago, now one from top to bottom is almost without needles. It is covered with greenish caterpillars. They have several stripes down their back . Could these be saw fl...
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Trees non-toxic for horses in California
May 02, 2011
I would like to plant next to my pasture. Please send a good variety of nontoxic (for horses) plants for shade. I live in Redding Cal.
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Why are my potted Prunus caroliniana plants shedding leaves in LA, CA?
May 02, 2011
I bought Prunus caroliniana in pots to use as privacy fence on my balcony. Have had them for about 6 weeks and they are shedding a lot of leaves. Some leave are drying out and others have what ...
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Grasses for erosion control in sand on coastal Georgia
May 01, 2011
I've been tasked with identifying native grass varieties or mixes (Coastal Georgia) that can be used for erosion control on sandy slopes created from dredged river sediment and that receive lots of s...
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Shrubs to block dust from dirt road
May 01, 2011
I live on a dirt road in Northwest Missouri. Could you recommend a fast growing, low maintenance shrub/bush that will form a barrier to block the dust from the dirt road? Thank you
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Hedgerow to block sounds and scenes of traffic
May 01, 2011
What would make the best year round hedgerow to block the sight and sounds of traffic 60 feet from my house?
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Shrubs for hedge not toxic to horses and llamas in California
May 01, 2011
I have goats llamas and horses, and need a short hedge that is non-toxic to them. It will be along a section of no-climb fencing, but they would be able to get to it. I lost a foal this morning and co...
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Plant identification for West Virginia
May 01, 2011
Looking for the name of a wild flower in West Virginia, small golden colored petals..resembles a daisy.
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Agave with large stem growing
May 01, 2011
It is a large stem growing from my agave plant in the middle of it. It looks scary and ugly, what is it? Is it poisonous? Is it rare? It gets taller and taller everyday, what to cut it.
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Holes in leaves of wax myrtle from Austin
April 30, 2011
I just purchased 4 of the 5 gallon Wax Myrtles at the last spring plant sale and after planting them, they are getting eaten by bugs leaving holes in the leaves. I can't find any of the bugs doing th...
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Drought tolerant Plants and moving Wax myrtles in Austin
April 30, 2011
Mr. Smarty Plants, What are the most fire resistant and drought tolerant plants for caliche soil in Austin area? I am considering relocating or removing my wax myrtle shrubs because they are ...
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Plants for NY wetland yard
April 30, 2011
We have standing water in our yard for the entire spring and sometimes summer if it's a rainy one. We dug a ditch and found that our yard has a natural spring, which explains a lot. I need to know ...
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Is it live oak sprouts or parasites from Austin
April 30, 2011
You must get tired of questions about "Live Oak sprouts." I just read your recent Q&A about this. But I'm getting mixed info about whether the "sprouts" are actually Live Oak growth of some sort ...
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Pruning oaks in August from Pflugerville TX
April 30, 2011
Can I do minor pruning on my Lacey oak and bur oak in August if it is hot and dry? I'd like to prune one limb from each. The Lacey oak limb is about 2 inches in diameter, and the bur oak limb is ab...
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Are any cherry trees poisonous from Clovis CA?
April 30, 2011
Are there some cherry trees that are poisonous? if so, how do you identify them?
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Planning and designing a green roof from Austin
April 30, 2011
I am in the planning stage to decide about planting a green roof as part of new construction. My ideal plant life on the green roof would have minimal root structure (deeper roots mean deeper soil mea...
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Plants for creek bank in North Carolina
April 29, 2011
I would like a list of plant options to plant on an almost vertical creek bank in some location in Charlotte, NC. The creek runs through a 300 acre basin, maybe 3 or 4' high banks and I have never se...
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Identification of volunteer tree
April 28, 2011
I have a volunteer tree in my yard that has a mixture of serrated, non-serrated, and partially-serrated leaves on it. My tree identification guides all assume either serrated or non-serrated. How do...
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Need a tree to replace a large oak tree that may be dying in Bedias TX.
April 28, 2011
I live in Bedias, TX in Grimes County. One of the largest oak trees on my property looks like it's dying. It's simply not leafing out well. I literally can't afford for this to happen since I depen...
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How to Prune a Mountain Laurel to make it more tree like in Hendersen, NV
April 28, 2011
How do I prune a Texas Mountain Laurel into a tree? Just bought a 15 gal. with two trunks above the crown. Was told that multiple trunks are their natural growth, which is OK. But all research call...
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Live Oak Leaf Drop in North Carolina
April 27, 2011
We planted a 15 foot, approx. 3" caliber live oak tree last summer and it seemed very healthy throughout our unusually cold winter in the Piedmont area of North Carolina. (Winston-Salem). Now it's ...
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Would like suggestions for a tree or bush to be given as a memorial gift for friends in Austin, TX.
April 26, 2011
Hello, I would like to give a memorial gift of a tree and/or bush native to the Austin area to friends living there. Any suggestions? Local vendors would be appreciated also. Thanks very much!
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Weeds invading non-native Asian Jasmine in Dallas
April 26, 2011
Weeds have invaded my Asian Jasmine. What can I do to kill the weeds and not the Asian Jasmine?
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Non-native mint invading flower beds in Kendallville IN
April 26, 2011
A few years back we were given two sprouts of something referred to as peppermint tea. We planted in our flower bed and now it has taken over. It seems to start slow in the spring but doesn't take lo...
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Carolina Jasmine failing to turn green in Pleasant Garden NC
April 26, 2011
We planted Carolina Jasmine last year and it did great. This Spring we only have about 2-3 small green leaves beginning on the vines. We did not cut them back in the Fall. Is it time for them to be tu...
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Identification of a plant with bumpy red fruit
April 26, 2011
I have a bush with red berry like pods on it. They are about 3/4 of an inch bumpy round with a big seed inside. The leaves are smooth and oval shape. Please let me know if it is poisonous or not, and...
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Shade tree with non-aggressive roots for next to pool in The Woodlands TX
April 26, 2011
Hi Mr. Smarty Plants. We live in Spring, TX and are looking for a full-sun shade tree to plant in a large planter (about 6'x6') next to our pool. We want the tree to provide shade for our full a...
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Native lawn grass for El Paso
April 24, 2011
I am new to the El Paso area and my front and back yards are currently mostly dirt with a tiny bit of dying (thank goodness) bermuda grass. I want to seed both yards with something that will grow well...
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Drought and Fire Resistant Plants for Round Top, Texas
April 24, 2011
Dear Mr. Smarty Pants Do you have any advice on plants which are drought tolerant and fire resistant for a central Texas location near Round Top Texas? Thanks
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Care of recently propagated Century Plant from Litchfield Park AZ
April 24, 2011
To germinate some century plant seeds I put them in dirt and put the pot in a tray of water. Now, I have 3 sprouts about an inch tall and they came up about an inch apart. Question is, how should I w...
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Identification of trees in Georgetown and Austin area from Chilton TX
April 24, 2011
I recently visited Georgetown,Texas and the Austin, Texas area. There were many multi-trunk trees in yards and in landscaping at the hotel we stayed at. What kind of trees are these multi-trunk tr...
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Companion planting with heartleaf skullcap from Arlington TX
April 24, 2011
What can I plant with heart-leaf skullcap when it goes dormant in the summer?
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Problems with Live Oak in Boerne TX
April 24, 2011
I had my large Live Oak trimmed last year. This spring there seems to be a problem with leaf growth. Most leaves are small in nature and appear to have been attacked possibly by bugs. Many of the bran...
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HOA chopping down wax myrtles from Katy TX
April 24, 2011
My local HOA just chopped down 80+ wax myrtles saying that they lived out their life span..they are roughly 18-20 years old..is there a species of wax myrtles that lives only 20 years..or did they co...
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Problems with non-native Bradford pear in Katy TX
April 24, 2011
Hi. I have a Bradford Pear that I wrapped during the freeze at the base of the trunk during last years freeze. It is about 4.5 yrs old. The base has cracked and the top is dry and lifeless; however, a...
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Year-round ground cover for sun/shade
April 24, 2011
Looking for a native ground cover for shade and middle afternoon/evening sun. Would like it to cover all year. I planted aguga and it froze. I have two large beds (I used about 70 4in plants for ea...
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Shade tree with no roots to interfere with patio in Lake City FL
April 24, 2011
I have a 4x4 area surrounded by cement patio but would like a tree for shade that does not have roots that will mess up the slab.
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Will Fragrant Ash grow in Bowie County TX?
April 24, 2011
I live in south Bexar County in very fine deep sand. Will the Fraxinus cuspidata grow in my soil and temperature?
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Identification of shrub from Kuala Lumpur
April 24, 2011
I am seeing too much of shrubs used for landscaping that looks like dill, its stems are pretty woody and its leaves looks and smells like dill, are they the same? Can I consume this shrub that looks l...
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Weeping live oak and beetles in Elgin TX
April 24, 2011
I have a live oak that I just noticed is weeping from a small spot about 3' above ground, foamy and smells like beer, several beetle species attracted. Also some very small insects in the foamy area.
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Evergreen, deer resistant native plants for Austin
April 24, 2011
Are there any evergreen, deer resistant native plants that thrive in Austin?
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Identification of plant from childhood
April 23, 2011
I am trying to locate and identify a plant from my childhood (I'm 65). It was either a small tree or possibly a tree formed hedge like plant. It had small roundish leaves scattered on tiny limbs simi...
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Removal of Invasive Mint
April 23, 2011
The herb Mint is taking over my flower garden. How can I kill this out? Thank you,
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Plants for under pine trees in Colorado Springs CO
April 23, 2011
What can I plant under pine trees in Colorado that will grow every year? Would like ground cover; tried bishop weed.
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Can Dicentra exemia survive in Texas from Houston
April 23, 2011
Is the Houston/Austin area too hot to grow "Bleeding Hearts" dicentra eximia (King of Hearts) They seem to grow in the wild in Maryland, Virginia, and Tennessee.
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Accompanying plant for non-native dianthus in Arden NC
April 23, 2011
Hi,I have dianthus and need a small plant-full sun to go with it down both sides of our driveway-thanks
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Smell barrier around chicken pen in Austin
April 23, 2011
What are some shade to part-shade loving, aromatic plants (akin to Lavender or Jasmine) that will do well in Central TX? I'm trying to plant things around my chicken pen that'll create a smell barri...
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What happens when plant shoot apex is removed from Nashville TN
April 23, 2011
What happens to the plant when a shoot apex is removed?
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Small trees for NJ shore
April 22, 2011
Hello! What's a good native shrub or small tree to feature in my front yard in Brigantine, NJ, on the Jersey shore. Sunny site, dry, sandy soil. The yard is very small. I'm trying to design a l...
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A bounty of options for planting natives in Hockley Texas
April 21, 2011
I have about 1 acre of land in Hockley Texas, outside Houston, that we had cleared of shrubs and poison ivy. We kept the trees so there are some areas with mostly shade and some areas with partial su...
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Late blooming Esperanza in St. Augustine FL
April 21, 2011
I bought an Esperanza at a plant expo- I was told it was a Florida native Allamanda. It took me two years to figure out what I had. Mine grows 8 ft. tall and is huge! But it doesn't bloom until alm...
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Plants for erosion control in IL
April 21, 2011
Steep 40ft slope in rural Illinois with Sandy soil. Recently several trees slid down this slope due to wet conditions. We need any inexpensive plants to hold the hillside in check before erosion creep...
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Location of Indian Paintbrush in Lewisville, TX area
April 21, 2011
Know the location of any spots where Indian Paintbrushes grow in North Texas? I'm in Lewisville, about 10 miles north of Dallas.
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Partial shade plants for underneath ash tree in Tarrant County, Texas
April 20, 2011
I have a BIG Ash Tree in my front yard that blocks out most afternoon sun. I generally get morning and evening sun. I am looking for something to plant around the base of the tree so my yard doesn'...
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Identification of plants from India
April 20, 2011
Where can I find identification of a plant that is from India. It climbs up trees and has beautiful small orchid type flowers.
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Need an attractive plant to help stabilize a wet area in East Stroudsburg PA.
April 20, 2011
We have a small run off from one pond to another. At the bottom of the slope, the area is always wet--and not from the run off. Is there a low growing plant that would provide a root system to help st...
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Ground cover for a sunny location
April 20, 2011
Looking for Native ground cover for sunny slope in LaRue TX… I would like something that will cover year-round and flower in Spring/Summer/Fall. If it has a berry in the fall for birds and attracts bu...
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Identification of purple flower near Ft. Worth
April 20, 2011
I'm doing a Flower Project for my Biology class. My partner and I have found a flower that we cannot identify and neither can our teacher. I found it on Interstate 35 going through Ft. Worth, Texas. ...
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How do I save my recently transplanted yaupon holly?
April 20, 2011
Recently transplanted (two weeks ago) a yaupon holly tree from one part of the yard to another. Leaves are beginning to turn yellow and fall. What can be done to save this plant?
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Need information about broadcasting wildflower seeds in a pasture 70 miles east of Dallas, TX.
April 20, 2011
We recently moved to upper east TX - 70 miles East of Dallas. I would like to broadcast wildflowers in our pasture. I'm assuming I'll need to wait until next fall, but not sure about that. Can you t...
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Need help with a Coreopsis eating beetle in Shiro, TX
April 20, 2011
Mr.Smarty Plants,(Sorry, I kept messing up with my emails) Anyway, here goes: I usually have a beautiful meadow full of lanceleaf coreopsis blooming by now. Not this year. I found to my horror every s...
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Need suggestions for replacing invasive privet in the Dallas area.
April 20, 2011
We are removing invasive privet at a project. We will need to substitute native plants and would like to know how to find out which plants should be used. We are in the Dallas area. Thank you.
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One wax myrtle declining in Austin
April 20, 2011
I have 3 wax myrtles in a row; two are doing fine and one is looking "sad". It is thinning and when I checked a few branches they were dead, I pruned it and it was dead. I have had the trees for 7 y...
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Summer flowering small trees for NY
April 20, 2011
Request recommendations about trees for terrace. Would like flowers or color in summer; not spring. (Some of my trees are twenty five feet high.) Full sun, some wind, large containers. Please recomme...
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Can non-native red-tip photinia be burned in fireplace from Lilburn GA?
April 20, 2011
Can I burn red tip photinia in my fireplace?
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Aluminum foil disorienting insects under plants from Brierfield AL
April 20, 2011
Does covering the ground under plants frequently attacked by flea beetles with aluminum foil really disorient the insects? But does it also disorient beneficial insects?
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Problems with dogwood borers in TN
April 20, 2011
What is the best way to treat native dogwoods infested with Dogwood borer insects? I have cut and removed the dead ones and the ones with large patches of bark missing but would like to save the remai...
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Plants for a windbreak on a slope in OH
April 20, 2011
Have property at the top of a valley with a steep drop off. Would like to know native to NE Ohio ground covers, grasses perennials, and not too tall trees for windbreak that will prevent erosion. The ...
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Gardening advice for Ontario, Canada
April 20, 2011
HI there. I see most of the readers are in CA, I am in Ontario Canada. I am in need of some advice on a nice flowering all year round garden for both sun/partial sun/shade garden. Some for direct sun ...
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Planting a redbud in VA
April 20, 2011
What is the best time of year to plant Redbud (Cercis canadensis)in Burke, VA, 22152 - fall or spring or does it matter? And is there a certain size tree that is best to purchase for greatest chance o...
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Where to buy a non-native globe willow from Beatrice NE
April 20, 2011
Where can one buy a globe willow tree?
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How to tell the difference between native and European thistles
April 19, 2011
How can I tell the difference between invasive (European) thistles and thistles that are native to Texas? And what is the best way to eradicate the invasive varieties?
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Can non-native guavas be successfully moved from Gulfport MS?
April 19, 2011
Can guavas be moved successfully from one established planted location to another? My mother is having to relocate due to MDOT and we would like to move her established guavas. Thank you,
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Plants for a sandy slope in NY
April 18, 2011
I can really use your help. I have a steep very, very sandy slope I need to plant to stop the erosion. It gets sun from 9:00 to 2:00. I plan on adding an irrigation system in the area. Planting is goi...
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Trees and shrubs for South Austin
April 18, 2011
I live in South Austin about 5 miles east of LBJ Wildflower Center. Soil: about 2" apparently amended, about 2 inches black soil, then hard caliche. What trees or large shrubs would be able to sur...
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Preventing erosion on a sloping lot
April 16, 2011
I am trying to find a native plant to use on a sloped area in my back yard to help prevent the slope from eroding away (zone 7- N. Atlanta, GA). I want something evergreen, between 6 to 30 inches tal...
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A privacy hedge for NJ
April 16, 2011
My backyard faces a highway in New Jersey. 18 years ago White Pines were planted for privacy, but they have since grown and now there is no privacy at all as the tree trucks are rather bare. Is ther...
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Ornamental shade grasses for Dover AR
April 16, 2011
Ornamental shade grasses for sandy soil or silt, part shade, or even vines.
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