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protecting native trees during drought
June 07, 2011
We are very concerned about our mature live oaks and cedar elms because they are so stressed due to the drought. We have lost several of our mountain juniper and I really don't want to lose our more...
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Watering oaks in Houston, TX.
June 07, 2011
Our yard (Real County, TX.) has many oak trees. We never water these trees, but I wonder if you recommend watering during this extreme drought. The trees look very stressed and are covered in ball m...
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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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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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Irrigation of landscaping project after 1 year in San Antonio
November 10, 2010
Hello, I am working on a project in San Antonio where the following vegetation types have been specified: cedar elm, bald cypress, 'Tifway 419' bermuda grass, mountain laurel, esperanza, and lantana...
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Blackfoot daisy declining in Austin
September 04, 2010
My Blackfoot Daisies have grown large, bushy, have bloomed well over the past two summers. Now parts of the plants are drying up, dying. Will pruning out the dead parts help the plants to survive, or ...
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Mexican Plum not doing well in Liberty Hill, TX.
September 03, 2010
Two summers have passed since I planted my Mexican Plum. It's in full sun. It seems to have added height but not much width. It's virtually a 7 foot stick with 1 foot branches from top to bottom. It...
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Copper Canyon daisy leaves turning yellow in Spring Branch TX
September 01, 2010
My Copper Canyon daisies have grown well this year but the leaves are turning yellow. Any ideas?
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Patio plants suffering from heat in Austin
August 22, 2010
My patio plants are burning up from the intense sun of Austin's August. Last year it even burned the leaves. Besides moving 40 plants to a shadier spot do you have suggestions on how to protect the...
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Failure to thrive of desert willow in Wimberley TX
August 10, 2010
I have a desert willow. It is always, whether I water it or leave it alone, yellow/ brown leaves, dark spots on the leaves, losing leaves. now it looks sad and not very healthy. Can you please tell m...
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Plant for graveside in New Jersey
August 07, 2010
I am looking for a plant to put on a graveside in southern New Jersey. The problem is that the area is very hot & dry and the plant would only receive rain. I am interested in a perennial. Thanks
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Arizona ash tree with brown leaf tips in Las Vegas NV
August 01, 2010
We've had an Arizona Ash Tree in our yard for over 7 years it was doing fine until last summer, the tree seems to be struggling with the heat, its leaves look like they are burning up and turning bro...
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Red sister Cordyline problems in Brownsville TX
July 27, 2010
I bought a Red Sister Cordyline plant but once the leaves grow they dry from the ends.
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Limp leaves on Texas purple sage in Magnolia TX
July 22, 2010
Recently planted Texas purple sage, some of it looks healthy and has new blooms, but a few of the plants have limp leaves and are thin at the bottom. I read the article on cotton root rot, but am not ...
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Transplant shock in American beautyberry in Birmingham AL
July 13, 2010
We created a new garden area in our yard that gets full sun in the afternoon. I had a Beautyberry Bush that had seriously outgrown the area where we originally planted it (also full sun), so I transp...
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Blackening of top growth of yaupon in Sunrise Beach TX
June 09, 2010
My question regards a Will Flemming yaupon which I am thinking may be within your scope of expertise. These were recently planted under windy conditions, then hit with a neighbors antiquated jet type ...
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Texas Pistachio trees dropping leaves in Austin
June 09, 2010
I have several Texas Pistachio that are about 13 years old. Despite good rainfall in Travis county this year, they seem to be losing most of their new leaf growth now in early June. Leaves are simpl...
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Why is my recently planted Esperanza doing poorly in Texas City, TX?
May 28, 2010
I have an Esperanza I planted about 2 months ago. It has been doing well, except today all but one stem of the plant is wilting and the leaves are rolling. I see no bugs on the plant. Any idea what...
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Problems with Texas Mountain Laurel in Dallas
May 04, 2010
I have a Texas Mountain Laurel that is about 3 years old. When I bought it 2 summers ago, it was about a foot high. Now it is over 6 feet. It seems to have grown so fast that the branches can't ke...
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Failure to thrive of Texas Mountain Laurel in Austin
May 02, 2010
I have an adult (over 25 years?, 20 feet tall?) Mountain Laurel next to my house in Austin. The winter of 2009/10 it lost most of its leaves. It did bloom and leaf out this Spring--not vigorous espec...
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Why are the leaves on my Laurel hedge turning brown in Everett, WA?
February 22, 2010
Our laurel hedge seems to have brown leaves on the top of the bush. We haven't had a freezing winter so we are trying to figure out why some of the leaves are brown.
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Consequences of overwatering plants
February 05, 2010
Explain how an error on the high side when watering would affect soil fertility management, IPM efforts?
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Grouping plants according to water needs
February 05, 2010
Explain how appropriate design/grouping of plants of the same water needs would make irrigation scheduling easier?
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Xeric landscaping walls in Mansfield TX
November 15, 2009
We have two stone, concave 10 ft. high entry walls to our private street. These are each 20 ft. in length and face the west. What xeriscaping accent plants would you recommend. Also, should we crea...
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Transplant shock in Chestnut Oak in Waukesha WI
September 13, 2009
Bought and had nursery install a 4" diameter, 16' tall chestnut oak. Watered it as instructed-every 2nd or third day-hose stream size of my pinky for 45-60 minutes. It was planted in July. Just l...
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Esperanza failing to bloom in Odessa TX
September 01, 2009
I have 3 Esperanza plants that have not bloomed this spring/summer. I live in Odessa, TX. We had about 5 inches of rain in July in one week (very unusual), but they have not bloomed-before or after. ...
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PVC pipes for irrigation in ground in Austin
August 19, 2009
Mr. Smarty Plants,What are your thoughts on installing PVC pipes into the ground around trees and shrubby trees? A classmate's grandmother had a pipe pushed or pounded into the ground near her speci...
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Why do the leaves of my potted Esperanza plant look droopy?
August 13, 2009
My Esperanza plant leaves look droopy. I have it in a big pot and have for 3 years.
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Watering oaks during drought in Austin
July 29, 2009
Should we be watering our live oaks and Spanish oaks during this drought? How often and how much?
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Why is my Weeping Fig crying leaves?
July 27, 2009
I have a weeping fig that I bought Memorial day in Birmingham, Al. It has 8 or 9 trunks growing altogether. It sits on a porch with eastern exposure, only about 2 hours of sun. It has been losing l...
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Yellow bands around edges of leaves in Whitney TX
July 20, 2009
How can you tell whether esperanzas are getting too much water or not enough - ours have a small yellow band around the edges of the leaves - crape myrtles - same question
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Fungus gnats on house plant in Edwardsville IL
July 16, 2009
I recently purchased a Trailing Perennial Plant, and I am seeing a lot of gnats flying in my house. Could this be the problem?
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How to care for newly transplanted Live Oak.
July 02, 2009
I planted 3 B & B, 6" caliper live oaks in February and they lost most of their leaves during the normal time but when the new leaves grew back the amount of leaves were quite a bit less. I have th...
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Plants around swimming pool
June 23, 2009
What kind of plants can I plant around my swimming pool and will not be harmed by the chemicals of the pool?
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Why are the leaves of my century plants yellowing?
June 22, 2009
I am taking care of the Agaves (century plants) for my condo community here in Austin. They are planted in 18" or 20" pots. A couple of the plants have leaves that are yellowing around the bottom....
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Trailing snapdragon hanging basket has flowers that are turning brown.
June 09, 2009
Trailing snapdragon hanging basket in yellow, flowers are turning brown all over the plant. Why? I water every day as told & fertilized once in 3 weeks. It was so beautiful.
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How will my Texas Mountain Laurel survive clay soil?
June 09, 2009
Mr. Smarty Pants: I live in a new neighborhood (brownfield site) in Central Austin where the developers have put fill in the yards. After not much more than 2 inches of topsoil you encounter fairl...
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Topmost leaves on yucca are brown
June 08, 2009
I live in the Lansing, Michigan area, in the lower peninsula and have a couple yuccas whose topmost leaves are brown emerging from winter. Do I prune those, or has the plant died? Thank you.
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Problems with tomatoes in tubs in Campbellton, TX
May 30, 2009
I have my tomatoes planted in big black plastic tubs, they are starting to wilt and dry up. I have put Sevin dust on them for bugs. I haven't been over watering. Could you please tell me why they are...
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Problem with Salvia Mystic Spires in Chesterfield VA
May 30, 2009
Last August, our local Lowes had these beautiful, unusual blue perennials on the discount rack called "Salvia Mystic Spires". For 50 cents each, they looked terrific, so I bought all they had, about...
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Will chlorinated pool water affect the soil in a vegetable garden?
May 22, 2009
For the first time I'm going to plant a vegetable garden, and I have an area cleared. My swimming pool cover came off over the winter, and the pool water is a dark green to look at, but looks clear w...
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Failure to thrive of Cherokee sedge in Spicewood, TX
May 18, 2009
I have several Cherokee sedges, just planted in March. Three of them are doing fine, but the rest look like they're dying. Some are right next to one that is doing great. Any ideas?
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Desert willows not doing well in Navarro County, TX
May 16, 2009
Planted 3 new desert willows , 3-4 February. Live in East Navarro County and soil is clay with slight slope to Richland Chambers lake area. Had a wet spring. These plantings appear not doing we...
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My newly planted Mountain Laurel isn\'t doing well.
March 13, 2009
My mountain laurel was planted from a container in Dec. It is in part sun, clay soil, and its leaves are turning yellow. should I move it or will that kill it?
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Recently planted live oak tree in Boerne, TX
February 07, 2009
My brother planted a live oak in August. It was from a nursery and had a root ball. It looks dead but I keep watering it. The trunk is about 6 inches around. The leaves died but when the winds came th...
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Berms to hold water around roots
December 05, 2008
I planted new flower beds this November. There are currently dirt 'berms' around each plant - creating a well for water to seep into the immediate plant area. How can I keep these berms from erodi...
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Repotting of lemon cypress for drainage
October 26, 2008
Hi, I bought a lemon cypress tree in a nice tin, It is in Plastic and the bottom has about 1.5" of water with no drainage in the plastic or tin. It will be kept inside. Does the plant need to be in...
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Watering needs for a new landscape
October 11, 2008
How much and how frequently are you supposed to water after implementing a new landscape? For example, perennials and succulents that are drought tolerant.
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Leaves dropping on native Texas Mountain Laurel in San Antonio
September 20, 2008
Please help. We have a beautiful TX Mountain Laurel in our front yard. This year the leaves are dropping like snow in the north. What do you think is wrong with our tree?
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Failure to thrive of Hamelia patens in Laredo
September 19, 2008
I have a question regarding Hamelias patens(firebush)that I have been trying to grow for 2 years. I live in Laredo, Texas and this area should be an excellent climate for this plant. I planted 12 of t...
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