Q: I am trying to gather some information on planting a plum tree. This past summer, I took two healthy plum shoots from an heirloom plum tree on my uncle’s farm in West Virginia. I took them home with me to Tennessee and planted them in pots using a mixture of Miracle-Gro, manure and compost. What is the proper way to plant them outside?
Q: I was in your wine class last semester. I recall you talking a little bit about horticulture. My parents have some lilac bushes that need to be replaced because they are old and not in the best of shape. However, they do work well as a property line and snow barricade. What should they plant as replacements?
Q: This fall, I had three somewhat decrepit ash trees cut down. A friend with a chainsaw cut a cross section so I could count the rings. How far out do the countable rings go? Do I count the rings in the cambium layer and/or the bark?
Q: I have just discovered my jade plant is covered in what I think are brown scales. Can you please tell me how I can get rid of them? I seem to recall they are hard to control. Hope you have an easy fix!
Q: We have a sand cherry tree that had some winter damage a couple of years ago, so I removed the damaged parts. However, the bark is severely damaged, and we expect to take the rest of the tree down in the coming year or so.
Q: I purchased three white flower dogwoods. Two of the three died, but I took them back and had them replaced because there was a guarantee on them. The problem is that they grow for two to three months, but then the tree starts dropping leaves and the branches turn very brittle and die.
Q: My neighbor has a bare spot in her yard to the north of a large elm tree. I have watched it this summer and noticed that I have the same thing forming near my elm tree. She also is now getting a similar spot on the opposite side of her tree. Is it something to do with the tree roots? Any suggestions are welcome.
Q: Two years ago, we planted strawberries in our garden. They produced a lot of strawberries in year two and are pretty thick. Last year, they were not as thick, so we just wintered them by covering them with straw. What do I do to winter the plants this year?
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