Monthly Archives: June 2006

Plants to stabilize a steep bank

Q. I live in Lakewood in a large, beautiful gated condominium community of 65 single story duplexes. It was built in a vacated gravel pit. On three sides of the development, we have steep banks sloping down to our units … Continue reading

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Helloborus Orientalis longevity

Q. In last week’s TNT you discussed Helleborus argutifolius. You mentioned that it will probably die after 5 or 6 years. I this the case with all Helleborus? I have recently purchased a Helleborus Orientalis Mrs Betty Ranicar. A. I … Continue reading

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Wisteria on Trees

Q. I have a wisteria that is climbing up and around and around a large fir tree.  Will it damage my fir tree? Pat Stougard – Vashon Island, WA A. Wisteria are considered a problem when growing over or on woody … Continue reading

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apple tree light or heavy year

Q. In the paper this morning, you mentioned thin the apple trees in the light or heavy year.  How can one tell which year it is?  We have 2 apple trees grown on wires.  They need trimming but should I … Continue reading

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Hellebores argutifolius lifespan

Q. Hi Peter, I have what I believe is a Hellebores argutifolius that has done surprisingly well for the last few years in a hot, dry area next to a cedar tree. It has clusters of yellow-green flowers and sawtoothed … Continue reading

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