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Hortiscope: Hackberry tree growing too close to house

Q: I have a hackberry tree that has started to grow in the middle of a rose bush. The ground is dry, hard caliche. For the past three years, we have suffered through a drought.

INFORUM, 07/06/2012

Hortiscope: Selectively cut raspberry canes

Q: All the tall canes in my raspberry patch died this spring. I think it was because of the mild winter and then a late freeze. All of them now are growing from the bottom. Each of the plants has three or four canes. Should I thin them out? I live in south-central South Dakota. The patch is quite thick because I don’t have them growing in a row. Will I get a crop this year?

INFORUM, 06/29/2012

Hortiscope: Pot-bound plant contradiction explained

Q: You have a very interesting website. I read in one of your answers that a hibiscus plant won’t bloom until it’s root-bound. In another answer, you said to put it in a bigger pot so it doesn’t get root-bound.

INFORUM, 06/22/2012

Hortiscope: Peony may be planted too deep

Q: I have a white peony plant that looks healthy and produces loads of blooms. The blooms open to very large flowers. Unfortunately, all the flowers have a brown edging on each petal. Except for the brown edges, the flowers look healthy. This has been going on for about four years. Should I get rid of this plant?

INFORUM, 06/08/2012

Hortiscope: Use wire fence around shrubs

Q: Our two ninebark shrubs have been eaten to the ground this spring by rabbits (we think). Can they be saved?

INFORUM, 06/01/2012

Air Museum event raises $101,000 for addition

FARGO – The Fargo Air Museum’s fifth annual Celebrity Dinner & Auction raised $101,000 for the new Beck Education Wing addition.

INFORUM, 05/27/2012

Hortiscope: New sod should eliminate clover

Q: I’m doing some different landscaping and maintenance jobs in my hometown. I’m wondering about how to get rid of white clover in lawns other than using Roundup. I know Speedzone works, but is there any cultural way to eradicate it, such as lightly tilling and then planting grass seed? Would that work or would the clover grow back quickly?

INFORUM, 05/25/2012

Hortiscope: Cut diseased branches to control canker

Q: We have a 25- to 30-foot spruce tree that has some dead or dying lower branches. At the point where the limbs connect to the trunk, there is considerable white sap oozing out.

INFORUM, 05/18/2012

Hortiscope: Soil sample test can reveal tips for growing

Q: I would like to have my soil tested for recommendations on how to improve it. How do I find you? How much soil should I bring? Also, my pear trees are blooming, but there don’t seem to be any bugs around to help with pollination. What should I do?

INFORUM, 05/11/2012

Hortiscope: Tomatoes are favorites, but also fussy

Q: I have been reading your columns and enjoy them very much. I am wondering if you can help me with a problem that I have been having with my tomato plants for the past four years. I buy them through a reputable garden center in Minot, so I know they are not diseased plants. I am having trouble with them drying up.

INFORUM, 05/04/2012

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