Q Some thing seems to be killing these trees in my garden. I am not even certain what sort of trees these are (another person instructed me soon soon after I bought the residence 12 several years in the past that they were being cedars, but I am not positive). The initially just one started out turning yellow about a year and a half back and is now wholly useless. I just lately noticed that the other two are now turning yellow. Can I conserve them? They are lovely, very well-founded trees and aid offer privacy in my backyard. Can you assistance me? Thank you (I am a faithful reader and love your column).
A The bark does search like an Jap crimson cedar, but the cover is a great deal a lot more open than they generally are. I would take some samples to your neighborhood county extension business office. Get some great photos of the tree use this a single but also get closeups. Choose some branches that are showing indications of issues and also some healthful branches with you. Make confident you get in touch with forward to enable them know you are coming. With covid, some offices have altered their hours. The extension place of work can deliver your samples and photographs to the sickness diagnostic lab to see if that professional can find a little something. Is the useless tree however in the property? If so, I would intently look at the trunk for holes from tedious insects but I would also try out to dig up some roots of that tree to send out in with the samples as well. I will forewarn you that when a tree is on its way out, there is generally really very little that can be accomplished. But you do require to know what is heading on.
Q I have lots of infant hellebores. When is the very best time to transplant?
Hellebore sprouts will need a year or additional of progress right before they’re experienced plenty of to flower. (Distinctive to the Democrat-Gazette/Janet B. Carson)
A Hellebores do most of their growing from fall by way of spring. They will not place on significantly new top rated development (if any) from June via September. You could go them now via May well. Even while they usually are not escalating on top rated, the root technique will expand in the summer, so you should not neglect to give them some drinking water. If they are actually close to the mother plant, which is blooming, you can wait around right up until blooming is more than so you you should not interfere with flowering. It will get yet another yr or two until eventually the babies are large more than enough to start off to bloom on their possess.
Q Could you explain to me what this weed is that invades my liriope/mondo grass and how I can get rid of it? It appears very winter-hardy.
Mondo grass is not a genuine grass, and any broadleaf weed killer applied to the invading vine would hurt the mondo, also. (Exclusive to the Democrat-Gazette)
A By any likelihood do you have any crossvine or smilax vines in your garden? It seems to me like one of individuals. Regrettably, anything at all that would get rid of this broadleaf “weed” would also get rid of your mondo grass. Mondo grass is not a genuine grass and could be harmed by any broadleaf herbicide. Your only selection is to location spray with Roundup when the temperature warms up a little bit, or hand dig the weeds. Then let the mondo grass fill again in.
Q A single of my camellias was lined in buds previous year but just will not likely bloom. It is on the north side of the household and has excellent morning and afternoon shade. Tips? Also, is there an Arkansas-hardy dwarf mock orange that has the exact same blooms and scent as the conventional?
Camellia japonica sets flower buds at the finish of summer time for drop or winter season blooming, but the buds can be nipped by frost. (Exclusive to the Democrat-Gazette)
A You have a Camellia japonica, one of the afterwards-blooming types. All camellias established their flower buds at the stop of summer months for slide or winter blooming. This calendar year, with our rollercoaster climate, some buds have been opening sooner than they really should be, and a handful of flowers have been nipped with a frost. A person of mine typically does not bloom until finally late February to early March but has been trying to bloom considering that early January. I imagine you just have to have to be individual, and they will open in time. If your buds start out to exhibit shade and then flip a mushy brown, that is freeze destruction, which we hope will never take place. As to the mock orange (Philadelphus coronarius), they are all hardy in Arkansas. There are some newer types that have much larger, showier blooms, but at times the trade-off is fragrance. There are criteria as very well as dwarf types. I have heard explain to that Belle Etoile is specifically fragrant as very well as Innocence. Miniature Snowflake is a dwarf, fragrant, double-flowered selection. Go get a whiff at your regional nursery this spring to find a fragrance you like. Superior luck.
Retired following 38 years with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Services, Janet Carson ranks among Arkansas’ finest regarded horticulture specialists. Her blog site is at arkansasonline.com/planitjanet. Write to her at P.O. Box 2221, Minimal Rock, AR 72203 or electronic mail [email protected]