hydrangea

Mulching shrubs

Question: I read your June 2nd article about weed barriers in your vegetable garden. Can I do the same thing in an area that I have hydrangeas growing? Would I use the newspaper layer and the same options for on top of the newspaper? I love my hydrangeas but am constantly weeding around them all summer long, even though I hand pull I get new weeds all the time!

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Bee and flowers

Managing pests

Question: How can I manage unwanted bugs in my garden without harming beneficial pollinators? – M. K.

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Weeding

Keeping weeds under control

Question: I’m a relatively new vegetable gardener. Last summer the weeds were so bad I thought about giving up. Do you have any suggestions on how to keep down the weeds in my garden? B.F.

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Daffodils

Planting Daffodils

Question: I planted daffodils at least twelve years ago. They bloomed beautifully for two years. Since then, nothing but greens. To my amazement, they have bloomed this spring! Why is that? L.P.

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Lawn

Lawn Dethatching & Fertilization

Question: Do you believe spring power raking/thatching is good for the lawn. I had it done last year in the spring and had problems with weeds afterwards. What about fertilizers? Are some brands better than others? C.M.

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Sugar maple tree

Planting bare root trees and shrubs

Question: I ordered some trees and shrubs through the tree program run by the Planning & Development division of the county, and I believe they will be bare root stock. Can you offer any tips on how to plant bare root trees and shrubs? N. W.

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soil test bag

Adding Wood Ash to Gardens

Question: Hello, I have a question for you. I have a good amount of ash from a wood burner fireplace; would wood ash be good for my garden? I have a small section that is to be tilled up this spring and was thinking of putting some on top before I do so. Thanks. J.T.

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Phenology

Question: At a recent program on emerald ash borer, the speaker made the claim that adult emerald ash borers emerge when the black locust trees bloom. I found this quite interesting and was wondering if there are other unique occurrences similar to this. K.K.

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