Posts Tagged ‘ Questions & answers ’

Help this reader: What’s a good perennial for sun?

August 11, 2015
black-eyed Susans in Amherst

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here’s a question from a reader: “I’m considering removing my Stella de Oro daylilies (I have seven in a very sunny location) since they are no longer rewarding me with blooms. They are a great deal of work and not much reward. “Wondering what perennial you would recommend for full...
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Help a reader: How can you keep squirrels from eating your tomatoes?

June 29, 2015
squirrel eating on roof

by Connie Oswald Stofko A reader sent me this question that I can’t answer, but I hope one of my readers can. If you have suggestions, please leave a comment below. Does anyone have suggestions for deterring squirrels? Every year my friendly neighborhood squirrel gets in my garden eats my tomatoes. He even actually...
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Help a reader: Is it safe to use concrete reinforcing wire around tomatoes?

May 26, 2015
yarn around tomato cage in Buffalo NY area

by Connie Oswald Stofko A reader sent me this gardening question that I can’t answer, but I hope one of my readers can. Can we use concrete reinforcing wire in our gardens? If you can answer his question, please leave a comment below. Here’s the whole question: Hi Connie.  I have a question for you...
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Can you help this reader with a lawn problem?

May 12, 2015
lawn problem from Martha Neri of Williamsville NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko A reader came to me with a gardening question. Do you have any suggestions on how she can resolve her problem? If so, please leave a comment. Here’s her question: I have an area of my lawn that has had moss, bare spots and grayish/brown grass for several years. It...
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Question: What happened to the color on the hydrangea tree blossoms?

October 14, 2014
Question: What happened to the color on the hydrangea tree blossoms?

Here’s a question from a reader: Hi!  I have another hydrangea tree question. My H. Paniculata Limelight is now three years old. The first two years I had large blooms that started out slightly green, changed to a bright white, then turned pink. (See the bright white blooms here.) This year there were many...
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Help a reader: Can you prolong the bloom of a spiderwort?

July 22, 2014
Help a reader: Can you prolong the bloom of a spiderwort?

by Connie Oswald Stofko I received this question from a reader: I have several spiderwort (transcandentia) in a variety of colors. I love the plants, however, their bloom only lasts until late afternoon, then they close up. Is there anything I can do to extend their bloom time or is this just typical of...
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Help a reader: Is there a trick to using soaker hoses?

June 17, 2014
Help a reader: Is there a trick to using soaker hoses?

by Connie Oswald Stofko I received this question from a reader: Is there some trick to using soaking hoses? The round black ones that are slightly smaller around than a regular hose are the ones I bought and they are made by Swan so that’s usually a good brand. I have a 100-foot perennial...
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Help a reader: What is this awful plant?

April 22, 2014
Help a reader: What is this awful plant?

by Connie Oswald Stofko   A reader sent me this question: “I have what I assume is a weed every year in one garden bed. I cannot get rid of it no matter what I try. It is green leafed and grows on a stem that snakes under ground. The stem is reddish purple...
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Is it too late to plant perennials in Western New York?

November 12, 2013
Is it too late to plant perennials in Western New York?

I got this question from a reader: I bought some perennials that I didn’t get a chance to plant: leopard’s bane, hardy aster, cone flowers and Munstead lavender.   It has already frosted once I believe. Is it to late too plant outside? If so, can I store them indoors in the same containers...
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Question: How should a Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ tree be pruned?

October 22, 2013
Question: How should a Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ tree be pruned?

Here’s a question from a reader: I bought a Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ tree in the fall of 2012. I pruned it a tiny bit as my goal is to have it grow taller. They say to prune it in late fall or late winter. This year I had a ton of big, heavy blooms,...
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