The Garden Lady, October 29
Oct 30, 2016|
The Garden Lady airs every Saturday on WRKO from 12-2 p.m. Host C.L. Fornari covers a variety of gardening and landscaping topics, discusses her favorite plants and answers all of your gardening questions. Regular segments include "From Yard to Table," "Welcome to the Garden" and "Have I Got a Plant for You!"
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But. Welcome to the garden leaning on WRK oh joy the show like 6172666868. Well come into the garden. Lately I have the dark lady. Four and Ari. And it is my extreme pleasure just being with all of you every Saturday afternoon from twelve to two. Where we're talking about shrubs and trees landscapes and logs house plants flowers. Home grown. Vegetables. 6172666868. Is the number that you can call with your questions and we always start off the program. With welcome to the garden party when we explore. Just a little bit about what's happening with plants and gardening right now. And who are wanna bring up. A four letter word. And that is snow. Yes. It's getting colder out. And some places in aren't listening area actually had a few flakes the other day. So it is time to think about snow and there are several things that we need to consider. When it comes to preparing for winter and preparing our landscapes for winter. First of all we need to be realistic about where that snow is putt too went hit faults. Are right and if you have. Let's say a small round of talks would shrub on either side. Of your front and treat. And that you are going to be shoveling the snow away from that walkway there that front entry. Of course you are going to want to figure out a way not to smash those small round box would Bush's. Wind snow goes to either side of the walkway now. If you are shoveling you can be careful and not put it on the foxwoods. You've got somebody else doing the shoveling or. Even more extreme following for you. Those parks which are likely to get buried so perhaps they need little protection. Perhaps they need a sandwich board ply wood. GP. To keep this no offer them while still allowing some care handle light pink to about straps that are. In your foundation plantings. Particularly newer plants may not be quite history maybe they all snow. Need some protection particularly if your roof. Is has topics steeped picture. And you had problems in the past. With snow coming down off of there roof and on to the plants. I have barricaded foxwoods in my garden right underneath cheese and every year my husband gets into his head this needs to come off of part of the roof okay. I'm already past that because I think it's not safe for him to be up there but that's. Between you know. But. The problem is he always throws me this note down on top of that interrogated parks and four here. I don't know three years in a row it got smashed by snow and prime masters block. If this group has grading chapel and that's that was going down right here in this location. In need to make me a little TP arrangement to protect that poor partly because it's just can't go through the winter practice. So this is the time to start thinking about these things and whether. You know we need the protection on trips you know you might take the attitude that well that gets smashed its Ashton. Okay Al plant something else or clip back we'll see what happens. That's a perfectly. Legitimate response. But is good time to begin thinking currently so that you know whether you want to protect something or. Let's go to line one and talk with Marie Mara re welcome to the garden variety. Thank you for taking my call I have two questions. One is I have. Who you'd it would Yunnan. Two appeared in. Have been outside. Wondering if they supposed to be indoors. And the winter. Yes these are not plants that are going to make it here. In the northeast. Come through the winter. So if you do want to keep these you'll need to bring them into war this. Yeah do you have you have a place that's pretty. Bomb right that it needs a lot of flights these plants are out of south facing window or. A south or western they slider. I actually do I can say. There will be okay over there for the winter. I have the question is I have this year for the first time I planted. Roses in pot. Days he has this feel outside. I covered them few days ago I mean that in covets but. What should I do at this time I mean it in it for the winter I should say. What looked like whoever NASCAR. Maria let me let me ask you a couple of questions okay are these shrub roses. Or are they they treat form rose or are they paying hybrid tea you know. And I can't say I know that not. Roses. And then not. Tree. Looking I know which talks about immunization at them like it's so scary that's. An attack. It just grows in effect. Even those Home Depot. And they had a beautiful. Does that run. Well let me. Let's let me ask you another question them how large is that pot that the area. Who I would say about. Who wouldn't have seen. Too many happy. Maybe three feet across. Also there and big containers are you are would you be able to mold these. Not inside the house that you have an unheated chatter garage could summon. Tonight united yeah. Well if they're at two and a half feet across there and it really large container. Chances are they'll make it however. If it's a really really really cold winter. There you know they their roots might get so frosted at the game my girl. So if if you can't if there's no way to move them again. Yeah I guess your choice is there a place in your yard that you could dig a hole and and temporarily. Plant them. And in this temporarily yeah I I could do that I also fell out. Because as big trees. I covered them I was wondering if I could also cover asks these. I'm afraid I'm afraid if you cover them first of all it's going to keep them too damn. And a copper on these roses in February it's going to be electric green house you know it's gonna artificially. Keep them up. So. If you also the danger covering it covet them to currently. These are plants that are particularly prone to mice and falls eating their roots are eating the bark. And if the copper and protects them my simple as you make a nice little place there. My samples to over winter and the at a restaurant right side you know Adams thing. So I'll sell. I think. You know he's there he used shed leaves them as x.s and if you wanted to put some. You know later on in. Getting towards have you army act getting toward January are getting toward New Year's if you wanted to put a little. You know Haney on the top of the container or something like that is certainly could you wouldn't want to do it too early because the mouse situation. But the other possibility would be to take a shot well pop them out of the pots. Right now dig a hole in the ground put them in the ground. Right. And jobs and put some bark mulch or compost commodore kind of all around the base to protect a little bit. And let them over winter it that way and then in the spring move them back into the pot. Here's the thing Marie I containers get about twenty degrees colder than ground temperature. Because their open on you know all around the sides of the top. And because of the root systems of plants are more vulnerable. Now if these were shrub roses I'd say. Probably though they'll live because those are pretty hard plants. But if there hybrid teas maybe that there are a little bit more tender. And leaving them in the pot is going to be a little more problem. You know my father used to. You've been barrel and cover them up for the winter. Yeah and lasted for so many years. What you mean I have been growing at a barrel. And no fears of split and bells from you know covered them at all. OK silly silly to Barrow put it over the plan. And then covered it. Well you could try something like that certainly see the problem is that's going to cover the upper part of the plan. What I am saying is that it's the root system that is more. More vulnerable. So rugged in the top of the plan locked up EU tries certainly covering them protecting them like you do your shape. What do you that to those who think about it at the worst that'll happen is the plant will die. So obvious certainly could try that if you're going to leave them in the container. I even. Try to put dominate plays where it's like there was a wall. Etc. protect them you know what am I am up against the break Marie if you want you can hold on and we can come back to this after the break for right now I have to tell folks to stay tuned we are listening. Two W our case. Welcome back to the dark lady. I'm ill from our end it is my pleasure to be here with you on Saturday as number two minutes. Where we're talking about plants and gardening let's finish up with Marie who was on line one. Maria I I think you just basically need to decide you know you're you're you're either gonna pop them and buried them in the soil. Or Il well leave them in the container. And try and protect. Them the best you can maybe even by putting something around the outside of the pot. You know as well as the the plant themselves and see what happens. He just dumb that protection. It just want to make sure that it has some breathed ability. On the top so that the shrub doesn't get too hot once the sun starts warming things in February 10. Is that the same way of you would do perfect. Similar yes similar app for a fig tree initially we. We put some sort of fabric around outside cage may be even feel that cage with. K or leaves. And then and then on that topic you put a piece of plastic to keep the water out but you let. Sides be open to the air in terms of their spree the golf for Africa there you know you don't wrapped the whole thing in plastic. Just what the rose just with the rose don't put that on chew earliest they say. If you do it in early November you're likely to have mice in. And other little critters moved in and eat at the rose bushes while their over wintering in the air. And and I I speak from experience because that's happened to me. I appreciate your camaraderie you have a wonderful weekend. Yup there was a year that I first moved into our new house poison ivy acres. And I had a lot of rose bush is in pots. That I of course were not it was a great get in the ground because we moved in shortly after Thanksgiving. And so I had all these roses and group them all together and I put. In November all kinds of hanging around them to protect them. And Adam mice moved in and took up residence and aid to the roots of every single rose bush. And part of the round rose bush and so you know put dozens of rose bush is. Died as a result not only that the eight lately routes they hoster roots and they had had a great winter and I swear at that those mice. Has learned that purple cauliflower. Prevents you know his helps the immune system because they ate every single what my reckoning is probably never got the 6172666868. And I used that story frequently as as indications. Even with a great deal of gardening experience you're still certainly able to shoot ourselves in the foot. Am and I did that you know I have frequently to people don't put down the protection to currently. 'cause demise of what it might put them protection. And then moved in days. I had an email. Earlier today from Kathy who said I haven't called blue ranger which is nine to ten years all. Trees around the plant have grown so tall it gives very little son. Can I get up and move it it's a big solid mass and I think it will be hard to move him the man speak. When is the best time to hide change in New Hampshire. Well apparently. You certainly could do it now. I totally yours has lost his sleeves are not the most ranges. Are losing their at least fairly quickly now. And yes you can you can cut a hole and move it as one big clump or you can cut in half. Com. And I am assuming you mean cut that in half the bulk half if you cut the canes back half. At this point. You will have many many fewer hours and he called Lou is one of the factory inches. That already has its flower that's right now for next year. And what they you'd trip a little opted property is content to the ground you're making way. The flowers for next year so leave the canes as tall as possible rate cut them down in height. But if you want to cut the ball in half or even in birds or even in quarters. And transplant. You can certainly do that okay just don't cut the canes down. Nickel blue high stranger is one of the height ranges that. The ways that we pruned them is in May when you can clearly tell what made it to the winter and what didn't. And in May and he came and it doesn't have leaves on it gets cut off. Or any part of McCain that doesn't have leaves on it get cut off. And any canes. That has leaves our side screen bags in made gets left all right because those greens I attempted germ. Of the flower forthcoming summer. If you don't want to move that may cocoa partridge and now apparently. Q can move it in it all right and in that case move it in April and leave. The tall. Canes there. You can cut the route if you want at that point. Get it established in its new location. And at that point then wait for me wait for it to break Dorman C. To see how much. Of the hi gets covered doesn't get cut. In the warm winter the the brides you know you should have many bats and that plan and flowers on that plan. Credit depends on where in New Hampshire 26172666868. We have several lines open early in the program is always the best time to hear rule. I want to remind you that we have had some good rain over the past days that's a good thing over the past couple days. That's a wonderful thing but if you have plants that you put in to the landscape recently. Mark on your calendar next week Friday. That if it hasn't rained the equivalent. Of that nature frame. Right next Friday or Saturday to give that plan adequate so right sometimes when it gets cooler we forget that. Newly planted plants they ever root system the size of the pop. And those root systems are likely to dry up. If we don't want them once we usually that's politics once a week could soaking. Is ideal for these plants. And Chad just make a note on your calendar because sometimes. We stopped paying attention to the amount of rainfall as it gets cooler and it's important. Particularly. Up rule I would say. The through November through November or into December it's especially important. We're going to take a quick break here when we come back more of your call 6172666868. I'm see elf and Ari you're listening to the garden lady and this is the voice of Boston. WRK. Well. Well come back to the garden lady I'm CEO from Ari and I am here every Saturday from noon until two. Talking about landscapes and lines houseplants flowers. Homegrown vegetables shrubs and trees let's go to line one and speak with Tom. Tom welcome to the garden lady. I think you've gotten lazy but take my call it's incurable have them all local person on Baghdad and show. I really enjoy it. Well I think Q I'm glad you do to come out because I enjoy it too. My question is I have the I really. House plant which he replied it well three times its side is sold. And in this seventeen inch but now. And my wife and I am planning on going away. In match. Or vote well both or five weeks will be to mind. Yeah right now I want it is plant once a week. But again along a lot of you think. I would be right to leave that for votes for five weeks without watering. I think four or five weeks is stretching. It do you have anybody was checking on your house or any thing. Well I could have put. Yeah that's I think I mean if if if you're telling me you're going to be gone two to three weeks. I would say they used to put that plant in the bathtub. Closed the drain at the bathtub. Feel. The bottom of the bathtub with about half an inch of water so and water the plant well and then close the shower curtain. And you know it should be alright for that period of time but Florida five weeks that's pushing a little. So if if you really like this plant. EU might ask somebody to come in at least twice earlier on them and water well. Yeah. It is appreciate yet I don't know who's I just love the elicited rules like a weed and as beautiful. How was. Well I. You know I tell you when your card for that period of time it's always good to have somebody. Come in and lay eyeballs on year you know house anyway. Make sure that the water heater hasn't erupted and is flooding the basements are you know things like that. So finally I just ask somebody to come in every week or two. Look at your house slaughtered the plan. You know make sure everything is Coke this at second and and then you can you know I am a nice present or something when you come home. Good good size good I have one more question and I hit. I'm thinking of planting bulbs. Is that the only is that so they called. No. I. Lasted. PO I thought it was a clustered the only maybe it got it wrong you know. Like I read it and why almost like oh rose right. Below. That in light and enemies. Renault and kill see those aren't hurt me to laughs I don't know I don't know what. So I'll okay yeah getting him. You mighty fast. A duck. I did the right name and give me a call back okay. He added I register and view on and just OK sir appreciate your advice and good luck with. A program. Thank you so much time I appreciate your call. Let's go to line five and speak with Jennifer. Jennifer welcome to the garden lately. Thank you. My question is I don't and the grapefruit client did I stay at it from. If you see. It as a good would stop its about get to see how I. I cannot leave that out that I get I'm unlike the fourth floor except myself. It'll die if you leave it out in the winter Jennifer. OK you won't chance. It. Well live it live these these these plants there are only hard in the winter if you live in Florida. Okay. Right until something like that needs to be taken and. That's rates all citrus trees. There there's only one tree that they that call hardy orange but it's not even actually of Citrus Bowl site oranges tennis industry. All the true citrus plants that lemons oranges. Grapefruit at times. All of those are only hardy and has shown minor tent which is Florida. So I say. I'm a interfering I think he's really show. Oh you're welcome I'm glad you called. Let's go to lines three and speak with Caroline Caroline welcome to the garden variety. Thank you feel like Farrelly interior program. And I have to tell your story about a four cause that I did last winter. I have a huge pine tree like pine tree must be 4050 feet tall. And it gained many many many. Pine cone and I thought what am I going to do it some other than decorating unprofor's. I have a lot of freedom plants around my home that I grew from a mother planned and I love freedom. And I thought well why don't like cover. The plan after they died back and save them from the winter cold. In the springtime and I pulled back all the pine cones and every plant which did. I think I don't know your begun related but I'm just I believe if I Gardner I think it might have been the passage from the pint on. You know I don't think so first of all first of all. Pine cones the acidity and pine cones wouldn't. Kind of drip out on to C Adams that's number one number 20 (%expletive) sir actually fairly. Tolerant of acidic soil. So I have a feeling that the pine cones had nothing to do with it. I have a feeling that the C Adams died either because. You know of who we had such. There you know that we we have very little snow last year. And we had some very cold temperatures. Where and see you know when that and when there was no snow cover so that could've been and it. It could've been. If anything maybe. May be. The pine cones might have kept the area a little too damn I mean that Sheila I how can think of in that seat I'm really does not like wet feet in the winter you know. Like had a lot of wet feet indicated they they normally come back you're afraid. Slowly I have but I call it greenhouse genocide in my garage is just. Splintered windows to get done and I didn't have. A lot of cutting intrude in law and they'll they'll go back I'm sure of it I was so so heartbroken when I pulled away the tying content. We're trying to do such quit crying right amount. A well I don't know if you know the only package that that may be the kind could help keep them too damn them it would fitness it'd. Or or either that or maybe I did find evidence of an activity. No I did not. Okay because I was wondering if maybe. You know I am. I think our couldn't have been I didn't see any activity and I do a lot of might surround and. That was it may be polls vols used a pint columns as copper. My captured here on my MO. I cannot they would not all bowls yeah in general and and at the bottom of my back shares and say Iraq. Luckily I think so yeah animals around and see how and I thoroughly enjoy your program and I I don't enjoyed every Saturday. I'm glad you called you have a wonderful weekend. You know sometimes we don't figure out we we don't know why a plant dies we can sort of speculate end. And sometimes we never figured out. Let's go to line one is speak with Gloria. Gloria welcome to the cart lady. Think Leo I'm I have aid. Let men might have clean hands. This. An airline that have a lot it. It I had like one huge you know and that Iraq and coming up a lot of the wealthy C. I don't think you that there. Well you that you haven't in the house it needs to be indoors. And I would bring it if you haven't brought it and yet I would bring it to end soon and. Okay. One could lead to an sunny. That's probably want to put on its side is window you have. Water really deeply about once a week you know anything about citrus house plants Gloria. I I don't know what you can turn on your radio or getting some feedback and I am it's a little. Citrus sit too perfect citrus houseplants. First of all that I can even level of moisture in it. Not sloppy wet but they don't like to dry out in between works okay. So that's number one check on them but every five days if what's your heat is going on regularly they may need watering more frequently so that's the first thing. Secondly unlike other house plants that we kind of give a rest. In fertilization in the winter. Citrus indoors and outside. Need more constant level of fertilization. And so whether whether you're using a synthetic fertilizer or an organic food made an actress. Either one you want to apply it more regularly. That you otherwise would on houseplants you wanna continue to analyze that even in the wintertime. A earth to know about there elements in society is that can be prone to both spider my citrus brighter minds. And scale. So keep your eye on it if it starts to get sticky underneath that plan particularly sometime around February. It's either got the Citrus Heights or it's got scale. Oh okay. You would you it was either it if you think it's scaled a little bumps you would use something like horticultural oil or insecticide so. And maybe also wiping them off. And if it's them might she would use him might aside and there are organic might decide that are based on sesame oil available. I appreciate your call and joy that mayor Lemmon won at the pleasures. Of having plants indoors we're going to take just a quick break when we come back more of your calls to the garden lady. On the voice of Boston WR you know. Well come back into the garden lady. 6172666868. Is the number you can't call. To join me on the garden lady today. And we are hearing till 2 o'clock talking plants and gardening and flowers homegrown vegetables straps to breeze. I had an email from Arden who. About a Norfolk Island kind and it's gotten little larger cause outside every summer. And now it's seven feet tall and he's wondering can speak planted in the ground unfortunately. Not this is not a plant. That is hardy in the north east it can take. Our winter temperatures. That you could probably pull it in an unheated garage that was insulated didn't didn't go much below forty. And it would live. If it's outdoors that Norfolk Island pine is going to die so either need to find a way to put it incited. Or hurt. Six capacity to hit. That's probably there are for oak island pine there comes a time when it might have to shake apart because it's a big trees and usually they outgrow our homes. And even though they're still looking great let's go to line one and speak with didn't east and east welcome to the garden ladies. Hi I'm calling my cut it gave me he's at this summer and biscuits. What killed in rock. In. I am wondering night wondering if I should bring it inside. Put it. Planted outside or leave it in the pot and bury it with a pop. It was the first cut that had a bit despite. That some in action and by the wind gusts. Yes the and cinnamon crop that is a hearty biscuits so good this year. This is a heart plan. And unless you're calling me from. In northern Vermont he should be our earth age. Okay well yeah it's it's hardy to zone five and most of the listening area this year. Is. As a fibers on six so what what you should do is plant its plant in the ground. Planted in a place where it can get kind of wide disease I'll. Because most parity this gets them some of summer are shorter and and I am that your how tall. I statement Robert Gibbs I think it's one of the shorter ones. But they'd still go wide supplanted in a place where it can get four feet in diameter. And not be too crowded or be cracked cracked something else. And it all gun put it and put it in a place that's got full sun. And at what I would do a censure plan late in the season. I wouldn't cut the stocks back at the stocks still have leaves on them yeah. Okay so leave it pretty soon those leads are going to turn you know when falloff. You stocks there. Normally. In the future you couldn't cut hardy biscuits stocks down in early November with at a problem. But since this newly planted plan leaving the Starks there is going to do a couple of things. Number one at my helped catch a few leaves that are flying around which help protect the plant a little bit to its first winter. Number two it's going to mark the place where you habit. Because what you need to know is hardy hibiscus is very late entry departments. And all your other plants will have comma in me and you'll be thinking to yourself. It didn't make it to the winds are it's dead it's dead is dead it's not yet okay like Al out. Pretty much pressure you right now that it won't be dead. But they don't come up until a full month after most perennial plants they wait until it's nice and warm. Okay so so you know it's like the people who don't come back from Florida until the end of may early June that's the habits since the fact that. It's not going to come back from it's warm over wintering spot until it knows. That the temperature is going to be above fifty degrees. All right. I should I fertilizing it when I put it. Then if you wanted to mix in a little organic fertilizer or something like plan to hold or flour hone. So candidates they're for next year that's certainly sign. Don't give it any synthetic fertilizer and no you know no liquids are right right OK at this point because it's not going to be using the fertilizer. Now anyway. Right okay. You so much. You're welcome I appreciate your call. 6172666868. As the number you can call. I don't know if we have time to go to Cathy let's see if we can do it really really quickly. Let's go to line five and see if Kathy is a very quick question Kathy get a very quick court. I feel I have my AM. Ever analysts had brought them downstairs. But not in the cellar sudden mass kidnapping and the settling cut the lead off. Bring them in the cellar let that leaves and actually died back. And then on the leaves are wealth to that you cut him off all right. I can't believe the belief that will go. That's right go through and I want. It Atwater at what you bring them back. Wake them up again later in December or January got a lot of lot of the night at the leaves dive back we can't do you think and it was quick and we will be back with more of your close calls. After that break at the top of the hour you are listening to the curtain lady on the voice of Boston. WRK. I'll. Here. Okay. Com. I. But. Welcome to have started leaning on WRK oh joy the show like 6172666868. Well come June the second hour of Stuttgart maybe I'm CO RE apparently. I'm here with you every Saturday from twelve to two. We're talking about landscapes and lots flowers homegrown vegetables shrubs trees house plans. And we always start at the second hour with a question. And my question. Today is do you want a shrub with colorful foliage. That works well grows well in part chained. Where have I got a plan for you oh father gala in turn media blew chateau. AKA. The blue shadow. Rather elect. Why don't I love this plan. Well first of all father Gillis are native to the eastern US that's number one. Number two they do very well in part Che admitting that complete and shade. But part change that you quite well number three I'd love blue shadow because during this summer. The foliage is powder blue so you've got this blue foliage that contrasts with all the other. Green stuff in your shape carton. That's great. Number of or the plant has honey fragrant flowers. In late April into may for several weeks so nice bottle brush quite. Kind of creamy white. With that change of yellow flowers. And finally last but not least stunning. Fall color. In the fall this foliage has shades of not only the powder blue. But yellow and red. What's burning bush to shame and it does it in part shade colorful son. I love this plant father killer blue shadow. Does sucker a little bit so if you're putting it in your foundation planting. You might have to periodically cut some of those side shoots off so it doesn't go too wide but it doesn't spread rapidly. I'm really pretty plan that rose about four and a half to five feet tall. Check it out on my blog. At garden variety dot com I think you'll be as excited. About the blue shadow thought the killer as I am. Let's go right to line ones so that we can talk to Robert Robert welcome to the garden variety. EX. I can tell me I can't several elephant ears and I'd like this say the bulk to. The next year how would I do that. Yeah you can either. Are they and part two hour they in the ground. One at the mid ground any other aren't pot. You'll want to dig them up Robert com and you'll want to cut off the foliage. If there is pot you can just pull the pot right in to a garage. And unheated garage unique to keep these bombs in a place where it's not going to go much below forty degrees cocaine. I cannot freeze it freeze their cot. So. You can't take them out of the pot stick them out at the ground and kind of treat them like dude Dahlia troopers you. Cut off the foliage let them dry out under copper and across Europe covered porch for a little while now. And then wrapped them up in sheets of newspaper. Or pack them in a cardboard box with. Tripod weeks ago or right Pete smiles all around them something kind of holds. The moisture in a little bit but not wrapping them in plastic. You know not in a plastic bag compartment a paper bag or in a cardboard box. Or if you wanna leave the ones that are in the pots and pots and pull those cries that the tops died down. And just store them in the pot of soil that they were growing and for the summer. And then next summer kick them out take out of the pot to refresh the soil in and start outside again. Okay and it of the tank for the one of the ground. The one in the ground you have to dig out that's right and again you you need to keep it in a place where it's cool. So that it will be dormant. But where it doesn't go below forty degrees. Okay. I. Had circuit thank you. You're welcome. Let's go to Lyon three and park when asked Larry Larry welcome to the garden variety yeah. Larry what's happening. I have a problem with printed page. I. Hang up after a carry in my problems. I think this disease is this sixth grade. People like on the fox and I'd like to brutalize that. I'd like to prove that it's Julian talked about shape. Car so. RA is the great that you're seeing is that on the leaves. You know it tarnish dark. And this is it was on the leash so yes. That is what OK it's on the leaves the gray is on the leaves and on the stock says it's what you're seeing. Is there Graham the stocks or is kind of a greenish gray on the stocks. I think greenish gray bold. On the on the yeah that's probably like okay. So number one. On the stocks is probably like him and that's not a problem okay not a mold it's it is. A combination of an algae and and a fungus actually but it doesn't hurt to plant at all it's just hanging out there are is. Yes oh so you have to worry about alike. Now in terms of the Graham believes that could be powdery mildew. The good news is pretty soon the leaves well. Drop off of that plant anyway. Powdery mildew on print it it doesn't threaten its life it just makes it look a little bad at this time of year. So black. But now it doesn't hurt well sometimes that leaves turn black in response to freezing temperatures are right but again seize the powdery mill do that's a fungal situations that I wouldn't worry about it's more. Cosmetic. And no problem at this point. So. The two things that you can take action on and you can either do it. Now or you can do it in the spring. Is the fertilization and pruning fertilizer. I would use something like plants hone. On on on the hedge and it. I tend Canon camera. No it's it's got a little bit higher nitrogen that plant Tony it's an organic fertilizer. And I would if you're going to put it down now I use an organic fertilizer only if you if you what is that Chan Chan Chan. Are something similar which is a synthetic fertilizer I would wait until May okay. The beauty of using something organic Larry is that you can put it down any time from now until you know may. And it will be available when the plant needs it in the spring. Okay. And in terms of the pruning you can either cut it back an hour in the spring I think. If you couldn't wait until the spring in April that would probably be a good thing. I don't put it. Start anything that it's dead yes you can cut at any time you can do that now without a problem okay. One more question if I make. Over seating my lawn outbreak just relatively. Removed so a lot of did Kress. So. When it. And I agree she now lord to have to. I think you're a little late normally we say that first scene to get a good start it needs to be about sixty degrees. And when I'm looking at that. You'd long range forecast it's kind of in. You know some days are about sixty but some days are in the fifties. So I think you probably at this point if you don't have grass down yet I'd wait till the middle of April. Market market on your calendar on tax day April 15 time to receive the law at. You don't worry. Appreciate your call area. And their two kind of ideal times to see lions won it at the end of August early September. And one is right in the middle of April so and since. Since we're getting into November now I think the percentage play if you don't have grass seed are down. Is to wait until April to mid April around April 15. We're going to take a quick break when we come back more of your calls we've got several lines open that time to get through 617. 2666868. I'm CEO from Ari the garden lady on the voice of Boston's WRK. I'll. Well come back to the garden lady. The Alfred. To be talking with you. Plants gardening. Laden's shrubs trees and let's get right to the phones let's go to line one and speak with Paul Paul welcome to the garden lately. I'll try Julio. I'm well what's happening. I have a question of all I don't usually. You're talking about grassy my lawn. Of a new along in the act about three years old and navy are sixteen year old law on the spot. And I Harry yellow lab and I know you know uncle Marshall here at the email your Chicago law. And if I don't shared with the water in my clothes. Just to load it I'm gonna have purged. In the back in the lunch cheap it doesn't burn better in the doubt it's crazy so. That she does she go in the back at certain times of day. I'm not the only injury in the morning and later I eat you know Eric. Well I just I'm just wondering about but she doesn't go and and front or when she goes in the front it doesn't earned. That which are saying. He actually you don't look it doesn't it doesn't permit. It at the water's luring more. Well. It could be that it could be that that's right yard has maybe a little bit higher. Raped. Perennial rise for example I don't know what kind of alt line you've got but it could be. The mix of scene that was used in the front is a little bit tougher. It could be the reason I asked about the time of day she goes as it could be that the times that she's going in the back. Dig urine is more concentrated. In salts and so that's why it's burning. You know what I'm saying. And and ends there isn't too much you could do about that at the then you know throughout the water on it. Or or or Kenya trainer to go in an area that smoltz to is line or is that little late for that. Yeah. It's a little wage you know I really have I have a French thing yeah I don't really know they only much they have as they are my whole. Rush it's all it's all Roush Chernobyl on the pavement. Right of course so I didn't I thought I was doing the right dangerous with. With kitty what water to lowering bad. Oh yeah. Well the water damage that's the key thing is is. Deluding him as soon as it goes because what it is at the height nitrogen salts in the year and that are burning. You know and so if the line is either you know wet when she goes or if you immediately flush with water. That's going to help the most. Do you remember what kind of grass it used in the back. Or was it a massive sought. It would show lives. And I believe it was Kentucky bluegrass. Yeah I saw it already it. And and is the front yard with that a scene that line not a sharp line. I'm not sure there and I thought that I was ten years ago. My guess is my guess is that that's probably the difference my guess is that the Kentucky bluegrass of this god is a little more vulnerable. And in the front you've probably got them access to excuse and perennial rye may be with a little blue grass that's the most common. Grass seed mix and those grasses are a little tougher than the bluegrass guys. Always a pleasure is my second time calling so I was Asia. IRS out thing Q. I appreciate your call let's go to line five cents frequently. Hey it's I'm calling. And I have a question about it holly park this summer and my hobby talks started out blooming beautifully. And then later than him but turned it sort of micro light brown and it crumbled and fell off. That also noted some I believe it was yellow hard boat on the stand and it says that Italy. That was like. And down to the ground. Yeah that's that's rust it's called poly hark rest and unfortunately. Holly harks are prone to it. Now here's the thing first of all holly hawks are also fairly short lived plants. So may be that holly how quote come back next year maybe it won't. If it does come back next year you can slow the rest down by spring with an organic. Fungicide. The problem is you have to keep spraying. All summer under the leaves and the scam it's kind of a pain. If I were you I'd look for a perennial bits holes that you enjoy. That is prone to rest pit that. OK screwed it. Well when they I now. Really act our. I I love them to win. And and I'm particularly fond of them because my grandmother grew them in Colorado and I have such memories of being a child and playing in her garden. With holly park flowers. But I'm here in the northeast they're prone to College Park rust and there's no. Foolproof way to get rid of it and haven't gone forever so I I kind of look into some other plants. That that I'm glad to hear that at least now I know that could. It's probably a losing battle plans. Can I just ask you one more question. This year for the first time we noticed a lot of violence growing you know mom and our back line on that front been in the back. And it really was invasive cage over and I don't know is there anything that can be done to prevent that from happening next year. Not prevented other than keep keep your eyes open any time you see of a pilot anywhere in your property dig it out. Quickly. You have to use broadly plead colors in the law and dig them up when they come in the flower beds they're very. Problematic plants that you just have to keep on top of it. Now I know I'm afraid there's no easy. You know one product that you could put down and be done with -- pilots forever. OK well sit I have to keep my eyes opened to much I appreciate it Carol. There you go you know any time I see a pilot I dig it up immediately and I put it in the garbage I don't even put it in the compost. Let's go to line jury and talk with Jim. Jim welcome to the garden variety. Try I have a question regarding launch this law. I know at the front lawn does not achieve to get a push. Claude which it is more shaded. And very very gently washed I'd like to trigger a little bit so we only at our usual bosh chiller. It will only killer but it will get rid of it but I probably kept it all up. Well it is true that mosque killer kills at that mosque will come back and that's because moss must likes a few different things Jim. It lacks compact soil. And like shades and frequent moisture. And any one of those things will cause loss to flourish and if you've got more than one of those conditions. The moss really will take off and yes you can kill with a muscular but it will be back. If you don't address the shade. Or the compact soil where the moisture so air raiding the law and if it's a lie and getting grass growing. Well. That make up some trees maybe to help. With the shape situation. Watering. Deeply that less often you know only watering your lawn once a week instead of more frequently all of that will help. If you've got so much aid that Adam Moss grows data in the grass. I'd say to you why bother trying to grow to overhaul I'm not a. Well let's ask don't much double leg Barry Gordon because all law. Pretty. Yeah and and I mean if in shaped mosques is frankly the better plan for the job. It's green twelve months a year you don't have to Molly you don't have to fertilize it you know what do what are we fighting for. I suppose Shah I'm just to get it if I leave it alone a child and kill all the grouch but. Well if if the grass in need to keep the Democrats healthy back there need to make sure it's generated every couple of years. We need to fertilize regularly. Water deeply less often have the PH of your soil tested if it's too acidic you can climb it's not too acidic your fine. But so you want to try and and beef up the strength of the long run as much as possible. But. It but if it's an area with compact soil in shade. You know as I say the mosque might be the better plant there. All right well thank you very much help other Santiago and the lush that's. So you're welcome Erik thank. I appreciate when your folks are gracious when I tell you what you don't wanna hear (%expletive) We're going to be right back we'll talk with Bob Lisa and Kevin MC often are at the garden radio on W working now. Welcome back to. The garden lately its CEO and Ari the guy. And I'm here with you every Saturday from well to do it. Let's go right back to the phones since the two lines or Kevin is calling Kevin welcome to our lady. I really enjoy your show unstick my call. Well I got some other varieties from my house and there is quite call. And I am I was torn between I'd love to count them because especially in the doing great. It bit pain in the butt for Christmas lights on because it doesn't go pick. It like it goes back home. And I do it now for the current coalition to bring. I helping them do you mean cutting off the very tippy top two inches or do you mean. Cutting off a foot or two. Well is that gonna cut muscle for the bill. If you cut a foot or two they're gonna look butchered forever. And the real and the reason is harper Fridays don't greet up from old blood and so. So any part of it cut off a letter to any part of that Altman area that you're exposing. Will never get green. OK. And so they're likely to look. Well not only bear from certain perspectives and certain you know that not only that but when your cutting off a good portion of any. A truck like that and that kind of opens up. The plan to disease as well. If so you latitude sheared the top two inches off at this plant just kind of slow it down on top. That I would have no problem where I am afraid if you if you start cutting it back not only is it going to look. Audit it this isn't a plan like you or print it it comes back from that right now it doesn't. I spent two inches and as. Inches right I am happier blessing in. And you know when those Christmas lights are on you don't Wear at the top it is that you could run the Christmas lights up to a point six feet up and stout them. And when they're on at night nobody's gonna are right these are taller and. Like that's what I'm doing now with that. You see him in the daytime above goes out of car also two inches it is banks. Our I appreciate your call Kevin let's go to bop on line line. Welcome to the garden variety. Yes I thank you could take off. And I ever I'm almost a tree in my yet to decide in my driveway. And I hope you'll certainly the best of this China despite yeah northeast. In Oakland what the best thing I could do to try to detect that to the web to try to disturb the umbrage so I'm not getting hurt so that it'll come back again and springing. You know I'm not sure that there is much you can do to protect these plans. The truth of the matter is is these plants are kind of weak trees. And these are trees that I was saying to somebody earlier today these are trees that we plant for our own amusement because they have. Dr. Seuss like flowers right yeah but there are not plans that are. Long lived you know they're prone to various problems are prone to splitting their prone to winter kill. I lost I at a chocolate the most with with purple leaves and the great flowers. In my art in his succumbed last winter. And you know basically. Clue what a burlap. Putting a lap around they're renting. How tall is the plan now. You could certainly put a stakes with Burr lap around that are going to be a wind screens this year. The problem as you know next year is going to be tolerated that that your after that even taller than that so yeah there's a point when you're going to have to say. If it. Makes it it makes it and it hasn't it does you know our ads and nature of this tree is you know where. Were happy with that as long as they classes that get quite before I. And then other times they don't at the times that guy when there about you know. Twelve feet tolerant. And just starting to look good in in Mexico so. And a lot of it does depend on winter weather and no amount of burlap or any other sort of protection. Can shield the plant from. Let's say extremes of temperature in now. I think what killed mine last year Bob was not the fact that it. That's a coal. In February. It was the fact that it didn't so warm. Up until when it got cold February and that's harder on plants. Then if it gets steadily coldest days calls. So certainly you could put the some sort of Burr lap. Change around it. This year. That are now at once it gets to be you know 78 foot tall in and. It's six to eight feet wide. Going to be able to do that anyway. Great show. Only polling in the branches to doesn't help it. Now no in fact it actually tied them up at all what's going to happen is that and it's going to have a heavy snow it's gonna put stress on. All parts of the plant instead of oh Leon one part of the plan. To. I think you're more likely to do damage tying adapt and you are you know just leaving it alone and hoping for the best. So it if I mistake the pro apple away from the tree. That's what you would he need to do that's right yeah need to put Paul stakes around it so that you make you create kind of cage or you. And and and then wrapped in burlap around that states not on the plant itself is now. Yeah. Good luck with that I I I appreciate your desire to what helped this tree because I know they're fun trees you know I'm the most tree. It's a fun trio never forget the first time I saw one. When I visited my in laws at that time they were maybe in future lies in Long Island and they had one. And I was turning up just you know those puffy pink flowers. Are they can no other flour and so different it's a fun place. But it's not a strong play and it's not a long lived my hands though. We have to kind of plant those type of things. With that desire to enjoy them while they last and if they don't last forever they don't last forever at the same way we plan. Load elf indium flowers we enjoy them while they're there. And when it goes echo in okay. I want to tell you about a couple of events going on. Three events actually so if you need a pencil to write these things down to grab yourself a pencil first of all a fun program. At the Massachusetts horticultural society Massport. The gardens at elm bank in Wellesley. They are having on Thursday that tenth of November from 138 victory. Herbs for the holidays. The science of stuffing and beyond so this sounds like a lot of fun and doctor make Downey from tufts university and John Fort Lee who is the port director. That mess or there. Are going to do this program and are using herbs from mark Garten. And the beneficial uses herbs and flavor for the holidays. And tapped popping up some fresh herbs to take home for the holidays. Sounds like a fun program it's twelve dollars from members twenty dollars for non members. You can get information about herbs for the holidays. On the tenth of November. By going to mess court and me as this HO RT. Oh arch. Now a program on. Propagating plants from hardwood cuttings I can't many questions about hardwood cuttings. And it's it is a program called hard coding propagation. Four interest gardeners Saturday November 12 1 to 4 o'clock. And that's power he'll attend art. This is a program presented by Adam Wheeler he is the propagating and plant development manager at Broken Arrow tree. And that's a fun nursery she's gonna talk about. How to prop it plants how to take cuttings of woody plants. And that's you know going to be a great. Program for those of you who want to many war plants for free. So that it's Saturday November 12 1 o'clock to 4 o'clock. And a tower help botanic garden and you can get information about that at towers you know OBG. God ORG. And finally a great program called urban forests and natural history of trees. And people in the Americans city's gay. This is happening at. The Arnold arboretum. And this is a talk on Thursday December so early December 7 to 8:30 PM. At the arboretum general jones' spoken historians. And it journalist is going to take Q&A little tour of trees in cities. What roles they play in the cities. And a little bit about the history of trees and cities as well. Going in to plant explorers and visionaries scientists yours treatment sounds like a wonderful talk. And that is Thursday December 7 830. At the. Arnold arboretum and you can get information about going to the arboretum website which is arboretum. Dot Harvard. Dot edu. Great. We have such a wealth of great. Plan places in this area. And to take advantage of the programs. Offer we're going to take a break when we come back or call 617. 2666868. I'm at garden variety C Alf and are in this is WRK. Well. Welcome back to the garden lady. I'm CO NRA and we are here on Saturdays them twelve to. We've got several it to open the time to get through without winning 6172. 666868. All right let's see. I wanted to remind those you. Who are giving there lawnmowers. Put away. It it's all good idea to take the lawnmower in now all four servicing okay. Just because you can have them sharp and the ways you can count them. Pull the spark clerics replace air filter in now and then next spring it put in new oil. And you will be ready to go very. Often people. Just put the lawnmower away at this time your because you know we're retired we're done. We're done with the on done mauling don't wanna do it again put it in the shed finished. But of course so many people do that it that it's it's kind of a little. Wild and crazy curriculum or serviced in this spring. So my idea to take care of that now. When those people who surface these mowers have more time. And then he'll be certainly rated ago and while your at it. If you need your snow blowers hurt just as good time to do that now as well so that when the flakes start to fly. You will be ready for it. It is that time of year win although winter is not writer on the corner thank goodness. We have worked just you know still in a solid fall weather. Which is great. But also we can become prepared. For the winter. As well and town if you have planted and speaking of preparing for winter if you have planted and use tree. If you've got young trees. You might want to put a guard around the very base the bottom six foot foot and a half. Of that tree to protect it from both mice rabbits and polls during the winter malls but vols with them fees. Volts. And they will go for. The bark. Of young trees. And you couldn't lose the trees that way and I personally have a streaks that way where. I hadn't thought about it in the fall and then the next year. I took a look at that tree and they'd been grizzled by some little beast that chopped off all of our ground the base that's the plan. You can either use something like hardware cloth which is very fine. Wire right. Chicken wire it's a few layers of it so they can't get in air. Or you couldn't buy very simple. Plastic tree card at your local guard and center and that is. A spiral piece of plastic. That you couldn't just. Wrapped very quickly right around the base of the tree cut holes in it so it breeze but not such large holes. That any little critters can get through. Easy to put on usually they'll last for several years so you can take it off in the spring. Put it back on the next year wants to treat gets a little bit. Larger and older you can save that tree guards for another plan. So I could investment of time and immaterial whether it stay hardware cloth. Or the plastic streaker from their gardens that are either one is a Smart thing for a new leaf plant two trees. If you are. Transplanting. A trees still. Remembered that number one water in very well remember to keep that wandered. Through November. And into December if you can do that can't very importantly. Whenever you plant or trance plant a tree. You want to be able to see the root flare. Above the surface of the soil the root flares the place where the truck slopes outward. Into the top groups you'd never want to see deterrent to treat going straight down into the ground UNC that flew there. That goes right out into the surface of the soil. And it's particularly important for maple trees at sometimes. In the train's way and planting process. People inadvertently very trunks too deeply in them those trees can either not do well and silk. Forever and her. All are they can actually done over time. So pay attention to that if you are. It's going to be transplanting it tree sometime in the near future. And finally let's talk just for a quick minute now living Christmas trees. For those of you who have decided that you want to buy a living trees this year. This is a good time to dig a hole for it now. Put the soil from that hole. Either on a TARP or in a wheelbarrow and put it into your garage or shed where it's not going to freeze. And that way it once you have. Taken that tree back out of the house re acclimated to the out of doors. You will have a hole that you could put it in the hall and put that soil in. And presto the tree is good chip and protected. And you're not. Standing there scratching your head thinking or dig a hole in this frozen so. So plan ahead for living Christmas trees living Christmas trees can't be kept indoors the same length of time. That a cut tree is so if you're at the sort likes to put a tree up and early December and keep it up for three or four weeks living trees snapped field. A living tree is the kind of thing they want to bring in. You know few days before Christmas put it up decorated and then. Two days after Christmas kick back outside. And just let it spend a day or two in the garage between. So that it. He gets re acclimated to colder temperatures. I'm so glad you joined me today for talk about all manner of plants and cartons. I will be back with you next Saturday at noon here on the voice of Austin WRK. Okay. Bonus. Punt.