Dallas Morning News - July 14, 2016
Q. Good afternoon Mr. Garrett I really enjoy your weekly newsletters and really need help identifying this flowering shrub that is currently flowering around the North Austin area. It is really attracting some red admiral butterflies to the area. F. C. Austin, TX
A. Beautiful plant and seems to be a great pollinator plant. The flowers look like white Gregg's mistflower but the leaves don't. I'll copy Barney Lipscomb at BRIT and his staff seem to think this is cultivated privet - possibly Ligustrum quihoui or L. sinense.
Q. Can you tell me where I may purchase white mistflower? I have blue mistflowers... really pretty. I'd like to add white for contrast. Can you tell me where I can purchase Hardy Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos) plants or seeds? There are a few volunteers in my landscape........beautiful. I'd like to add more. Can you tell me where I can purchase a Desert Willow? I would assume that, if available, the fall
Q. Hi how often should I use Garrett Juice as a foliar spray on figs, roses and flowers? S. S.
Q. I have knockout roses and compact green cloud Texas sage around my pool. I have not been able to prune these plants for 2 seasons and they have gotten larger than needed. Can I prune them back at this time and if so, how much should I prune them. W. B. Forney, TX
Q. Have you found a way to control or eradicate nut grass from my organic garden beds? By the way, I've started using Garrett Juice which is great! W. B. Flint, TX
Q. I have these “eggs” all over the gutters and eaves of my house. What are they? G. O.
Q. I have recently bought a couple desert rose (Adeniums), one about three years old and the other under one year. I was wondering what type and how often I should fertilize. On most sites it recommends like a 10-10- 10 but I want to stay organic. I plan on trying to Bonsai the younger one. W. H. Corpus Christi, TX
Q. What is the natural way to control brown patch in St Augustine grass? Others have recommended removing 2" of soil and applying toxic fungicides. R.G. Dallas, TX
Q. How can I stop mockingbirds from eating my Roma tomatoes and bell peppers as soon as they start to change color on the vines. I have put chicken wire around in the past and don't want to do that again. B. K. Heartland, TX
Q. I have 2 golden delicious apple trees and the leaves are wilting and on one of them I found a tiny web with a very tiny bug in it. These are very young trees. And do I need to fertilize them? I planted them over a year ago. F. W. Lindale, TX
Q. I have something that looks like fungi growing on top of my mulch. It can be any color from off-white to almost orange. It appears sporadically and in different areas. What is it, and how can I get rid of it? M. S.
Q. On your research page about corn gluten meal for weed and feed, I found two links that seem to be at odds. One seems to say to use corn gluten feed, not corn gluten meal. Which is it, or am I just reading the article completely wrong? I appreciate your answer and taking time to read this question. A. S. Denton, TX