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by vasummer
Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Topic: Can I prune a Weiglea shrub like this??
Replies: 1
Views: 243

Can I prune a Weiglea shrub like this??

I have two red Weiglia shrubs. They are about 10/12 years old now and some of the old wood is very gnarly and doesn't produce new stems well. I realize they like to have their oldest branches cut all the way down and then new stems take their place. Well, I confess. I got behind on pruning them. I h...
by vasummer
Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Voles and Moles
Topic: #2. Awful vole problem
Replies: 2
Views: 1572

Re: #2. Awful vole problem

Thanks for your reply, however, I'm not understanding some of the wording on how to use Soil Protector. Here's the sentence that's unclear to me: Set the root ball on the Soil Perfector and backfill completely surrounding the roots with 100% Espoma Soil Perfector. Can you reword this? I'm thinking y...
by vasummer
Sat Feb 25, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Voles and Moles
Topic: Voles take wood out of woodland
Replies: 2
Views: 1194

Re: Voles take wood out of woodland

I am having a problem with voles killing echinacea or Coneflower plants, peonies, salvia, and other perennial flowers. I'm at my wits end. They dig tunnels around some of my large shrubs too like Weiglia, soft touch holly, ornamental grasses, etc. I too have read about adding sharp gravel to plantin...
by vasummer
Sat Feb 25, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Voles and Moles
Topic: Killing Voles over Winter, from In The Garden
Replies: 3
Views: 1222

Re: Killing Voles over Winter, from In The Garden

Lori, Your instructions about the plywood, straw, and paper cups and rodent killer isn't explicit enough. I will write down how I understand Andre's instructions and will ask some questions. What goes down on the ground first? The straw? Then the cups are used. However, you said "lay" the cups down....
by vasummer
Sat Feb 25, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Voles and Moles
Topic: #2. Awful vole problem
Replies: 2
Views: 1572

#2. Awful vole problem

I'm reporting back from a previous post. I had read that trying kitty litter might work by pouring some into the vole holes. I tried it, but regrettably it didn't even make them flinch and more holes appeared throughout the summer. I spread the litter around the plants themselves too. Recently I rea...
by vasummer
Wed May 11, 2016 4:55 pm
Forum: Shrubs including Evergreens
Topic: This shrub is a puzzle.
Replies: 1
Views: 511

This shrub is a puzzle.

We moved a mature male Winterberry shrub called "Southern Gentleman" to a new area in our garden. The third year after planting, three out of the four stems of this clumped stemmed plant died. I believe it had to do with a very wet period we experienced. I thought the plant had died completely, but ...
by vasummer
Sat Apr 23, 2016 3:54 pm
Forum: Voles and Moles
Topic: Awful Vole Problem
Replies: 1
Views: 421

Awful Vole Problem

I found Andre's suggestion on how to get rid of voles in the winter on this forum and will try that later in the year. But this is spring and I have a big problem with these terrible critters. I am wondering what has worked for you? Right now I am trying soiled cat litter that I'm spreading where I ...
by vasummer
Thu Apr 30, 2015 3:47 pm
Forum: Shrubs including Evergreens
Topic: Which Azaleas to plant: Deciduous or Non-deciduous?
Replies: 2
Views: 712

Re: Which Azaleas to plant: Deciduous or Non-deciduous?

Lori, thanks much for the link and also the list of suggestions. I'm beginning to think that azaleas may not be the best plant for that area. I have found two hydrangeas that I'm considering, but am wondering about their ultimate size. Because the planting area is bordered by a sidewalk, I need to f...
by vasummer
Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:53 am
Forum: Selecting Trees & Shrubs - Recommendations
Topic: Shrubs for a North Facing Wall
Replies: 1
Views: 543

Shrubs for a North Facing Wall

I am looking for a smaller shrub for a north facing planting space. The area is in our back yard, is 5 feet deep and 14 feet long. It has a sidewalk on one side and a wall on the other. Rather like a capital D. As I explained in an earlier post, I'm considering azaleas, but find they have definite g...
by vasummer
Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: Selecting Trees & Shrubs - Recommendations
Topic: Which Azaleas to plant: Deciduous or Non-deciduous?
Replies: 1
Views: 307

Which Azaleas to plant: Deciduous or Non-deciduous?

I've been gardening for years, but never planted Azaleas. Now I have an opportunity to try them. I'm in Zone 7 sw of Charlottesville, VA. I know very little about these shrubs other than they prefer shade at least part of the day. I don't know whether the deciduous or non-deciduous are easier to gro...

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