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My garden is thick and lush, just not Green enough
My lawn is thick and lush but i'd like for it to be much darker green. It is a zoysia w/ a little bermuda coming in.what can i apply to the lawn to make it dark green?

Oak trees targeted by voracious caterpillars
A new year is upon us and already landscape and garden enthusiasts are anticipating the coming spring! Here are some recent questions I received from readers of this column.

I have a young dogwood tree that I believe got overspray of MSMA on it this spring when I treated my lawn.

Pine Bark Adelgids
Jeff Hahn, Assistant Extension Entomologist Adelgids are very close relatives of aphids. Like aphids, they are small, soft-bodied insects with piercing-sucking mouthparts.

Poison Ivy
Poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is a woody, perennial vine or shrub that can be found in fields, pastures, woodlands, farms and home landscapes.

Poor soil may cause Walnut tree’s sickness
This week, I heard from a number of readers who were having a variety of different problems with trees.

Problem with Brown spots on the Lawn and a cure.
"A few years ago the 'Rebecca's Garden' television program suggested adding two to three tablespoons of tomato juice to your...

Problems with getting out holly bush stumps.
We recently removed some (old) Holly bushes from the front of our house. My husband chain sawed them down. Well now I have about 3" of stump remaining from the ground. I KEEP getting new HOLLY growth all over. I have to keep clipping to control.

Problems with ladybugs that are not ladybugs.
I was reading your suggestion to keep wasp away, and I was wondering if you have any for lady bugs. Yes I know lady bugs are a good thing but you know what they say about too much of a good thing.

Problems with my Kwanzan Cherry tree...
I recently planted a Kwanzan FLowering Cherry Tree and up untill last week everything was fine. Now I notice that the green leaves that once were are steadily becoming yellow and falling off. I'm wondering

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Frequently Asked Questions

Reader needs help with a "puppy spotted" lawn!
Yes, it's summer and there isn't too much planting to be done right now. But that doesn't mean your landscape doesn't need any attention. In fact, summer is the time when many problems become apparent, and...

Reader needs help with forlorn lawn
My husband and I ripped up our yard a year ago, put in a sprinkler system and put down sod. It looked great for a few months and then in August we went away for a week and didn't water the grass. When we returned, our yard looked fried.

Readers need help with prickly weeds and groundcover
You learn something everyday in this business. For instance, I’d never heard of “pricker bushes,” but they seem to be a problem for this reader!

Readers offer helpful tips on garden pests
One of the most enjoyable aspects of writing this column is that readers frequently contact me with their own ideas and suggestions that I am able to pass on to you.

Repelling Mosquitos
I can only relate to a hunting story I have from a few years back.

She catches tree thieves in the act!
This is one crime that you think will never happen to you. Yes, you can imagine being a victim of car theft or finding your home has been burglarized. However, you probably don't consider the possibility of ... tree theft!

Sloping bank eroding.

Solving Problems With Bradford Pears, Flowering...
One of the first things I do each morning when I arrive at the nursery is to check my e-mail. And every day I find questions from readers of this column. Sometimes readers have a problem they hope I can help them solve, and sometimes they...

Steep slope in front yard
I need ideas for the front of our new home. We finished building last November and have no grass as of yet.

Storm-damaged trees and shrubs need special care
As you know, it's quite common for me to praise the beauty of Nature. But there is another side we tend to ignore until it lands, quite literally, in our own back yard.

Storm-damaged trees: Here's what you can do
In recent weeks, violent weather has been affecting a major part of the United States. I've been receiving a lot of e-mails asking my advice about what can be done with storm-damaged trees. Many months ago, I wrote an article on this subject,...

Stream takes man's land
I have a stream at the back of my property which runs for about 2000 feet; it is about 6 feet at its widest and about 2 feet deep at its deepest; it has many draining rivulets draining into it, and the land around these rivulets is kind of marshy.

They're baa-aack! Catalpa Tree Worms Ride Again
You might remember that, in a recent column, I answered a question from a reader about the worms that she recalled seeing on a tree and how they were used as fishing bait. I identified the tree as a Catalpa, and I pretty much thought that wrapped it all

Time for a "sting" operation on those pesky wasps!
I don't know anybody who actually enjoys the company of wasps while working or relaxing outdoors. Should we be bracing ourselves for a nationwide plague of wasps? Is the terrifying scenario from the movie, "The Killer Bees" about to become a reality?

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