Posted on: January 24, 2020 | Written By: Doug Oster |
Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody.
There are three ways to send in your questions:
(The questions may be lightly edited for grammar/clarity/etc.)
Connie: I love the winterberry that is in front of Phipps — a magnificent display of red in the dead of winter! I know there are different varieties, and I’m thinking of planting this in my yard. What advice can you give me about where to plant, how much room do they need, care, etc. I’m making plans to change some things in my backyard.
Doug: That’s quite a show in front of Phipps. Winterberry hollies prefer full sun, and you’ll need both male and female varieties. One male will pollinate five or so females. The males don’t make berries and can be planted out of the way (within 50 feet).
Kathy: I did something really stupid this week. My neighbor hired a company to cut down trees in his yard, and he chipped them into a dump truck. The workers told me the trees were healthy. I had the dump truck dump the chips into my front yard. There was about two cubic yards. I spread them along front of my yard along the house. I kept them about two feet from the house brick.
Doug: I actually wouldn’t worry that much about it, especially since the wood chips are two feet from the base of the house. Termites are drawn to a cool wet area, like the environment under the wood chips, but they would also be drawn to any other material used as mulch. Keep an eye out just in case, but for the most part, I think you’ll be OK.
Carol: Any ideas about what we can do to keep the neighbor’s zoysia grass from spreading into my mom’s yard?
Doug: That’s a tough one. If you can install an edging barrier six inches down and two inches above the ground, that would go a long way to stopping the awful invasive. Wish I had a better idea.