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From bud set to bloom is 6-8 weeks. So the later you pinch them back the later they bloom. Most years we do not have frost before early November, so it just depends when you want them to bloom as to when you do your last pinch. Plan on 10-12 weeks after pinching before blooms show color.
While 2,4,D will not kill Centipede and St Augustine it may injure it. So it is up to you,but if dormant it will have less chance of injury.
You know I have had them in my yard and sever winters they were killed back. Saying that, the quick freeze we had recently where the temperature was down to 18 degrees really is very damaging to plants like loquat that are at there upper limits of their hardiness. If you do decide to plant I would make sure it is in a protected location
I do not have a link but if you call the Friends office of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, I am sure they could connect you with the Camellia Society. Their number is 205-414-3950.
Blue Ageratum, Cardinal Flower, Joe-Py-Weed, Butterfly Weed, Black-eyed Susan, Fall Asters, Coneflower, Goldenrod, Bee-balm, and Summer Phlox. All of these are tough perennials.
Now if you want a mix of shrubs, perennials and small trees, here is my list. Native azaleas, Native deciduous hollies, Butterfly weed, Black-eyed Susan, Carolina Silverbell, Serviceberry, Summer Phlox, beautyberry, Mt. Laurel, and Oakleaf Hydrangea.
Here are some of my favorites that are easy to grow- Goldstrum coneflower (summer flrs), Mexican Sage (fall flrs),sweet Williams(spring multicolor flrs),dianthus also called pinks (late spring multicolor flrs),lantana(summer multicolor flrs),asters(fall mulitcolors) plus many others
There is not much that will give you total control. Of course heavy mulch will help and the only product I would suggest is PREEN. Get the type specific to your needs. Available at most big garden centers. I think the application time is early spring but follow the instructions carefully.
I bet it is armadillos. Mothballs and Cheyenne peppers both are reported to deter them. Thankfully I have never had them in my garden.
Crazy weather year!
I am having some unique issues this year too. Keep the faith, we all might have a great fall garden
Both apples and peaches in our area are tough to grow at home because they need to be on a regular pesticide program to produce good fruit. As for your area check with your local county extension agent for specifics on what you need to do to have successful peaches and apples in your area
First, are the heavily mulched with pinestraw and are the junipers planted pretty dense. Now of course turf laid as sod around the rocks would work if they are in full sun which I assume they are since Shore Juniper thrives in sun. Another ground cover Asian Jasmine that if planted four to six inches apart and mulched heavily with pinestraw might do the trick. Also you might terrace the area to help with your slope.
Never had a scale problem with it so I don’t do anything but prune as needed
Hard to find in local nurseries. Try Plant Delights. They have a web site.
You got troubles and the dead areas should be cut out immediately. Also purchase Bayer 3-in-1 pesticide. Lowes, Home Depot and Walmart all carry this product and apply according to label directions and hope we can control it before it spreads to other parts of the plant