Q: When do I need to trim my crape myrtles? I see a lot of them being trimmed now and some are taking a lot off and others not so much. How much do I trim and when? A: Now is a good time to do cosmetic trimming to shape up the plant and remove damaged limbs or those growing in inconvenient places. For example, if a branch is in the… Continue reading
Q: Some of my trees are putting on leaves and buds. Will a frost or freeze damage my trees or kill them? A: There is very little that you can do when we have freezing temperatures. Some of the trees and shrubs have begun to bud out as a result of the unseasonably warm temperatures. Small things can be covered. The trees should be fine.… Continue reading
Q: I have several Live Oak trees that have begun to get in my way when I try to mow around them; the lower limbs keep hitting me in the face. I have been told to trim them in the hottest part of the summer or in winter. Which is the best time to trim the limbs and not be concerned about Oak Wilt?A: It depends on which “expert” you… Continue reading
Q: My boxwood hedge has a funny color to it, is something wrong and what do I need to do? A: Boxwood, particularly Japanese Boxwood will change colors in cold, but will return to normal color in spring. The last growth of the season is sometimes freeze burned which is not a problem. Simply cut it off before or as the new growth begins.… Continue reading
Q: We have 30 dwarf yaupons in our front and back gardens and 7 of them have turned yellow. They have been in the ground for about 10 years and the roots may be affected by our caliche limestone based soil. What treatments can be done and when?
A: First let me warn you that even with treatment, the hollies may never completely green up. Once the roots begin growing… Continue reading