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Pretty ground cover? Probably a weed

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Q: I’m having an argument with my wife about a plant in our yard, and we hope you can help arbitrate. I’ve sent a photo of a plant that we found growing near some shrubs. Neither of us remember planting it. My wife thinks it’s pretty ground cover and that we should let it stay….

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High winds can be tough on trees

Friday, November 30th, 2018

Q. Can you tell me what kind of tree this is? They were planted near our community lake 25 years ago. K.M., Indianapolis A. This is a honey locust tree, known botanically as Gleditsia triacanthos. The species is native to the eastern US. It has large seed pods and trunks that are armed with wicked…

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Gardeners worn down; clearweed may be culprit

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Q: I have had a garden on our property for about 14 years. Naturally, we’ve always had to deal with weeds, but until last year they had been the usual crabgrass and other types that could be controlled if you kept ahead of them. But last year, some type of weed or ground cover has sprung…

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Pussy willow shrubs can thrive in well-drained soil

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Q: I am writing about a pussy willow tree I planted in my backyard in early August 2018. I have wanted one for some time and found one on sale at a discount department store. It didn’t have much info on what it takes to grow by ponds or lakes. So, if you could give…

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In the Grow Question and Answer – Blue spruce not a great choice for Hoosiers

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Q: We have 5.5 acres with several hundred white pines, 7 blue spruce, and 2 red pines. Several of the blue spruce are dying. Several years ago, two started dying from the bottom up. We put evergreen spikes around them, and after a year or so they came back to normal. Presently some of the…

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Gaping wounds likely a woodpecker’s work

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Q. I saw these holes in my tree and am wondering what they are from. This tree is the only one I have seen them on. – M.S., Chesterton A. The holes are likely from woodpecker injury, but the tree may have some other issues. Has the tree been in a state of decline for…

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In The Grow Question and Answer — Eastern Red Cedars Volunteer Way Too Often

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Q. I am wondering what you might know about the small “red cedar trees” that seem to be invading fencerows and highways, especially U.S. 31 north of Kokomo. I think a column from you would be worthwhile, since I can’t seem to get my neighbors to control the “pretty little trees,” which are much like Canadian…

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In The Grow Question and Answer — Common Winter Injury Symptoms We Saw this Spring

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

I have a yucca tree that is 5-6 years old. What was a small plant has become a mature tree. I transplanted my yucca to a larger pot last summer. There was a significant explosion in growth. If you look at the picture you can see the growth.

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Know When to Harvest Your Asparagus

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Q. I planted a new asparagus patch last year. I just have a few spears up so far. Do you think the cold weather injured the plants this winter? Is it OK to harvest these spears? Someone told me I shouldn’t harvest at all the first year. A. Asparagus is pretty cold hardy, so if the plants…

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