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Dallas Morning News Column Archives 2017


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August 17, 2017
  • Dirt Doctor Recommended Products
August 10, 2017
  • Pride of Barbados for Texas Gardens
August 3, 2017
  • Ladybugs in Town
July 27, 2017
  • Chlorosis in Trees - The Rest of the Story
July 20, 2017
  • Good and Better Oaks for North Texas
July 13, 2017
  • Italian Cypress Solution
July 6, 2017
  • Organic Disease Control
June 29, 2017
  • Weed Control Doesn't Have to be Toxic
June 22, 2017
  • Tree Pruning - Sometimes Less is More
June 15, 2017
  • Good and Bad Trees
June 8, 2017
  • Making Compost is a Good Plan
June 1, 2017
  • Mexican Sycamore - Better than our Native Tree
May 25, 2017
  • What’s Wrong with Synthetic Fertilizers?
May 18, 2017
  • Entomosporium Leaf Spot of Photinia and Indian Hawthorn​
May 11, 2017
  • Turf Dying Out is Common Question
May 4, 2017 
  • Beneficial nematodes questions
  • Info about fatty acid products, Root flare photo
  • Dry molasses for ant problem
  • Exposing root flare on Burr Oak tree
  • Identify plant - Roadside Aster
  • Identify plant - Carolina Snailseed
April 27, 2017
  • Japanes maple advice
  • Identify disease - Scale or rust
  • Is it okay to mix organic products?
  • Identify plant - Mullein
  • Herbicide damage on apple tree, Stihl Backpack Sprayer 
  • Spraying beneficial nematodes
April 20, 2017
  • Identify insect - Scale
  • Garden got sprayed with 24D - Soil detox program
  • St. Augustine problems
  • Too few chilling hours effects on fruit and nut production
  • Bare spots in St. Augustine
April 13, 2017
  • Hydrogen peroxide formula
  • How to use beneficial nematodes from Arbico
  • Identify insect - Wooly bear moth
  • Monterrey Garden insect spray 
  • Identify plant - Spirea "Anthony Waterer"
  • Cleaning a new bird bath
  • Treating small grasshoppers in garden
April 6, 2017
  • Exposing root flares
  • Walkways for a school garden
  • Will nematodes help with chiggers?
  • Pest control for two acres
  • Tent caterpillar control options
  • Where to buy horticultural corn meal
  • Trimming yaupon holly
  • Is it too late for corn gluten meal?
March 30, 2017
  • Sapsucker damage
  • Identify insect - Moth eggs
  • Identify plant - Variegated thistle
  • How much hydrogen peroxide for nutgrass
  • Spraying Garrett Juice on lawn
  • Removing soil from root flare
  • Irish Spring soap for rodents
  • Soaking cornmeal in water and spraying
  • Cinder block raised garden report
  • Grass dying under tree
  • Collecting oak pollen for gardening
March 23, 2017
  • Comfrey in full sun
  • Italian cypress problems
  • Howard's chipper/shredder recommendation
  • Preventing and treating leaf rollers
  • Going organic in lawn questions
  • Fireblight or fungal disease on tree 
  • Mushrooms on tree indicate rot
  • Sapsucker holes on apricot tree
  • Oak flowers for mulch
March 16, 2017
  • First fertilization on new sod
  • Worx brand blower/mulcher
  • Using caliche under pebbles in walkway
  • Growing desert willow in Fort Worth
  • Soil ammendments for calcium
  • Strange growth on asparagus
  • When to trim/prune live oaks
  • Does lilac grow well in Texas?
  • Where to get mistflower in Austin
  • Moisture and smell from molasess covered with cardboard
  • Tree planting recommendations
March 9, 2017
  • April Organic Maintenance
  • Nandina damage questions
  • Glyphosate and youth sports
March 2, 2017
  • Pruning bouganvillea
  • Cankers on possumhaw holly
  • Squirrel control report
  • Chickens damaging Texas sage
  • Sapsucker holes on live oaks
  • Howard's position on Texas wild hog control
  • Essential oils for gardening
  • When to plant cool season vegetables
  • What type of molasses to use
February 23, 2017
  • Trees dying on property
  • How to clean a sprayer that had Roundup in it
  • New Library entry - Bar Harbor Juniper
  • Strawgrass over potatoes question
  • Texas Bug Book
  • Replacing Oleanders
February 16, 2017
  • Identify tree - Soapberry
  • Treating succulents after freeze
  • Shade trees for Dallas
  • Treating sooty mold on crape myrtles
  • Chinese pistachio with two trunks
  • Staking or stapling options for trees
  • Growing peppers advice
  • Book recommendation - Hidden Life of Trees
February 9, 2017
  • March Organic Maintenance
  • Caterpillar or sawfly damage on leaves
  • Texas Trees for privacy or shade
February 2, 2017
  • Bamboo control
  • Will garlic pepper tea harm African violets?
  • Will goji berries grow East of San Antonio?
  • Live oaks losing leaves
  • Identify substance - Slime mold
  • Honeysuckle in mulch
January 26, 2017
  • Aloe vera questions
  • Italian cypress problems - Sick Tree Treatment
  • Planting, care and maintenance for new pear trees
  • Garrett Juice questions - aeration, shelf-life and temperature
  • Best time to plant begonia varieties in East Texas
  • Is alpaca manure okay to use in the garden?
January 19, 2017
  • Weather damage to bay tree in Plano
  • Horizontal branch growth on ginkgo
  • Identify jelly-like substance on peach tree - Gummosis
  • When to transplant peonies
  • Tree Trunk Goop for splitting bark on red oak 
  • Identify plant - Spindletree
January 12, 2017 
  • February Organic Maintenance
  • Cleaning stones and bucket from compost tea
  • Removing tangled roots on 15 year old live oak
  • Will popcorn work like horticultural cornmeal?
January 5, 2017
  • Crazy ants coming
  • No such thing as bark blight
  • Which sprayer does Howard recommend?
  • Identify mushroom - fruiting body of tree fungus
  • Removal of yucca plant
  • Sandblasting for ants

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