Monthly Archives: April 2006

Pear alternate bearing years

Q. I have two Japanese pear trees, don’t know the particular variety, but they have borne fruit over past years in abundance. However, last year I only find, that together, they only bore four pears.  Are others having the same … Continue reading

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Growing Prunus caroliniana ‘Bright and Tight’

Q. How tall will Prunus Caroliniana ‘bright and tight’ grow?  Will these shrubs grow as vigorously in a wine barrel container? Jamie Jameson – Monterey, CA A. The Carolina Laurel Cherry is an evergreen tree/shrub that is native to the … Continue reading

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Impervious Mulch Layer

Q. Our back yard is landscaped with mostly rhodies, azaleas, Japanese maples and a variety of other acid loving plants.  The whole area is covered with bark.  The problem is that water seems to have a hard time penetrating the … Continue reading

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Shredded Fir Trees for Mulch

Q. We recently purchased a chipper/shredder and have disposed of many branches from fir trees this way.  I noticed that leaving it in a pile, it gets very hot and turns to like ash within a week, in the center … Continue reading

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Protecting and Growing Bonsai

Q. I would like to create some artificial “Growth zones” for some bonsai trees. I would like to create a zone 7. How would I go about doing this and what kinds of artificial lights would I need? Charley Stran … Continue reading

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