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Caught in a bind? How to kill this obnoxious weed

By Rachel Sauer

A distinction should be made between noxious and obnoxious weeds. Noxious weeds are the non-native species, the invasive, aggressive weeds that bully native plants, threaten ecosystems and demand immediate and decisive eradication. Obnoxious ...


Homegrown: Lilac bushes

By Dennis Hill

For the past 2 years our lilac bushes have failed to bloom. Last year not even a bud. This year a few of the bushes got buds and only two little flowers opened up. I would like some blossoms next year. What can I do?? — Thanks, ...


Homegrown: Shasta daisies

By Dennis Hill

Two years ago, I put out 97 Shasta daisies along my drive. The first year I lost about 30, replaced them and last winter lost all of the replacements, including some of the established plants. The bed is bordered on the south by a three-rail ...


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End of the world, or not, there will be canned jam

By Rachel Sauer

I read a lot of novels about the end of the world. I’m not sure why, because I wallow in a paranoid funk for days afterward, but these books have their uses. After I read “Lucifer’s Hammer” the first time, I bought a ...


Homegrown: Petunias, rose shrubs

By Dennis Hill

I have some petunias that I kept indoors over the winter. They have developed a cream-colored, almost sandy-feeling substance on them. What is it and what should I do? — Michelle I’m not sure what’s going on with your ...


Homegrown: Globe willow cracks

By Dennis Hill

I have noticed a large crack running most of the way down the trunk of our globe willow. It became very obvious when the wind was blowing and a large portion of the trunk was moving. Can this tree be treated and saved?  — Thanks, ...


Homegrown: Desert landscaping, prickly pear cactus

By Dennis Hill

I have desert landscaping, mostly river rock, with several small cactus gardens. My question is what product can I use for weeds in the cactus that will kill weeds only and not hurt the cactus? — Thank you, Shirley I’m afraid I ...


Homegrown: Feral cats

By Dennis Hill

I live between two or three people who feed and water feral cats. We are in a rural area, so the cats have lots of hiding places and seem to prefer under my front porch. I have a small flower garden plot where I lose almost every plant I put ...


Homegrown: Squash bugs

By Dennis Hill

Each year I plant summer squash and the bugs get at least one or two plants in spite of my spraying and dusting. Please give me some ideas how to control them better. — Dick What I’ve found to be the most effective approach to ...


Homegrown: Efficient sprinklers, aspen trees

By Dennis Hill

I have the largest water bill in the summer and need some help. Can you tell me which type of sprinkler is the most water efficient and does the best job? A lot of what I am reading about mentions that pulsating ones are good (like the parks ...


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