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2008-02-09 09:00:00

By Richard Nunnally, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Feb. 9--Prune Scotch broom right after it blooms Q:Please provide me with information on the proper fertilization and pruning for what I call Scotch broom. I don't know the proper name for it. Our bushes are about 5 feet high and 4 feet across. The blooms on this bush are a rusty orange and run the entire length of the stem. My fear is that a heavy snow will break the stem. Answer: Scotch broom, or Cytisus scoparius, is a good example of a...

2007-09-15 06:00:55

By Richard Nunnally, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Sep. 15--Q:I grow tomatoes every year and find those big green worms on them. Some have white lumps on their backs. I've heard they are some kind of eggs. Is that true? If so, are they harmful? Answer: The worms you're seeing are tomato hornworms. They are common and enjoy eating the leaves of tomato plants. The white lumps are the egg cases for a parasitic wasp. This wasp stings the worm and deposits its eggs on the worm's back. As the...

2007-09-13 03:00:12

By RICHARD NUNNALLY Q. In late August I treated my lawn with Roundup to kill the crabgrass and wiregrass so I can plant fescue. It apparently did a good job because everything is turning straw brown. A friend at work said I should till up the yard before I plant new seed, but that seems drastic to me. Do you think I need to till it or would running an aerator over it be good enough? A. I think tilling is too drastic, also. If your existing top soil grew a good crop of weedy grasses, it...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.