Margaret in Kingston, Ont., asks: I have just read an article on hydrangeas, saying that some hydrangeas flower on the old wood? Eureka! Is pruning mine back each spring the reason why the bush has luscious green growth, but no flowers? In spring there are dead-looking buds on the branches from which flowering growth comes, but should I then be protecting the bush in the … [Read more...] about When and how to prune hydrangeas?
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Daniela in Bracebridge, Ont., asks: How do I permanently get rid of the hundreds of maple saplings (about 2 to 3 inches tall) that grew naturally from dropped keys? We recently purchased this house, and the backyard has suffered some neglect. Beckie’s reply: It sounds like the maple keys have germinated in bare soil. If that’s the case, just mow over them a few times; that … [Read more...] about How to remove maple saplings?
Carol in Moose Jaw, SK., asks: How do I eliminate slugs? Beckie’s reply: An efficient way to eliminate slugs is to manually remove them from your plants. It’s a yucky job, but effective. Some people swear by shallow bowls of beer sunk into the soil (the rim of the bowl needs to be at ground level or slightly above). The hops or yeast lures slugs into the beer, where they … [Read more...] about How to eliminate slugs?
Stephen in Brantford, Ont., asks: What is the quickest way to eliminate periwinkle? Beckie’s reply: One option would be to solarize the area where the periwinkle (Vinca minor) is growing. This is a viable option if no other plants you want to save are in the area, and the area isn’t too large. Solarization involves cutting back all growth to ground level and then … [Read more...] about What is the quickest way to eliminate periwinkle?
Question from Margaret in Kingston, Ontario: I have some crocus clumps that need to be split and divided. Do I do that now or wait until fall planting time? Beckie’s reply: Experts recommend moving crocus (and other spring-blooming bulbs) just after the foliage dies back. Carefully lift the bulbs to avoid puncturing them, and replant them at the same depth they were growing … [Read more...] about When do I split crocus clumps?