DEar Neil: My Daily Daily does not bloom this year and its leaves are covered with these small pests. What are they and why does the flower not grow?
Answer: These are aphids. They are most common on daylilies at the beginning of the growing season. They are usually relatively harmless, but when they are in such numbers they will probably pull your plants down. Organic or non-organic pesticides can be controlled for any general purpose. You can also easily remove most of them by simply washing them with a strong stream of water. As the temperature rises, their population decreases.
Dear Nile: These plants came under the recently planted plum tree. I do not know what they are, but I think I can leave them there.
Answer: It looks like old garden soil has somehow been recycled. You have squash (cabbage) and many tomato plants growing under your plum tree. They compete for water and nutrients and grow your plum tree. If this was my garden, I would definitely get rid of them right away.
Dear Nile: What can we do to control Bure? It’s too bad, and last week’s recommended local controls did not work.
Answer: Laun Burweed is an annual perennial that grows in the fall, grows in the winter, and begins to suffer in the spring. When the temperature reaches 90 degrees Fahrenheit[90 ° C]the plants die, but the buds remain for some time after that. The best way to deal with the problem is to apply a broad weed killer in late fall, winter or early spring (early March). There is nothing that can be done away with. If you want to read a great article about it, Google lawn burweed Clemson University.
Dear Nile: I have heard some negative comments about buckeye plants. Do you recommend a booze planted some distance from my base like a talking bush?
Answer: As a Texas native with two Horticulture degrees from Ohio State, I am now being asked to comment on bucks. It’s weird. In fact, the true Aesculus glabra is not a particularly large landscape tree. Not recommended for general use even in Ohio. We have a Mexican buck in Texas. He is not a true buck, but a completely different genus (Ungnadia speciosa). It is an attractive little tree or large shrub in the growing season, starting with the pink flower buds in the spring. As a teenager, I worked with my dad while he was trying to take control of the Hill Land (although it was occasionally explored). And now I write about it. Depending on where you are and what your circumstances are, it may be a good choice. Probably better than the other buck.
Dear Nile: A.D. I have Palmetto, which lost most of its leaves in February 2021. I cut them off and made new growth, but that growth slowed down last winter. It is now releasing new leaves. Do I have to cut the old yellow stems?
Answer: If you are talking about the leaves (“stems”), trim the yellow ones completely. They do not contribute to the strength of the plant. It seems to work just fine. Now it is hot so you can use all the nitrogen grass fertilizer.
Dear Nile: I planted this red oak tree 12 years ago. He grew well and became very healthy. However, this year I noticed that a few small branches appear to have died near the surface. Should I get rid of them? I do not want to lose the tree.
Answer: Thanks for the great photos. I looked at all three. I believe this is a minor injury to the damaged branch and twigs. It may be burning with the scorpion, or it may be a small problem. I was watching closely and if they saw any evidence of its spread, a certified arborist would immediately look into the tree. Otherwise, next winter I will use a long-stemmed trunk to remove the dead branch. You need to be able to see what the problem is.
Dear Nile: The banana tree survived the winter of 2021, but did not return after this winter. The crown of the garden is rotten. Do I have to wait any longer?
Answer: If he has not returned, he will not leave. Probably a factor as to why they’re doing so poorly this past winter. Now is the time to buy another.
Dear Nile: These mushrooms are growing on my plumbago. I will take them out and they will return immediately. My husband thinks they are coming out of the ground. Are they harmful? What can I do to stop them? I don’t have any other pmpago in a separate pot.
Answer: You do not want me to write it, but it does make you an attractive invader. Your husband is right. They are saprophytic fungi, which means they live in an organic matter from soil decay. If you remove them, it will only fill the extra space. In addition to preventing water from entering the pot, they should not cause any harm to your plants. However, if you want to get rid of them, dusting off the sulfur alone may be the easiest way.