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The residue you describe is probably a spittle bug but they are probably not the biggest cause for your troubles. My first guess is that it is a flying insect or grasshoppers. Dusting the plants with sevin is oftentimes an effective control. If this does not work I will need to see a picture ofthe plant and a picture of the gummy mass you are talking about.
Well, a friend of mine, just today said he had to cut two down over the weekend. Dogwoods have several problems but the most common is a dogwood borer which is generally enters the trunk and will kill the tree eventually if not removed. Also there is a petal blight that affects the blossoms and will eventually kill the tree. And finally if they are too wet over a period of time or too dry especially going into winter this can hurt them enough to eventually kill them.
I would haul it off.Sweetgum is not a good tree to grind and use for mulch and if you want to use it for mulch it will need to age before applying.
Here are a few in various sizes. All types of Magnolias like moist to wet soil. A great shrub is Clethra and for a great perennial try Siberian iris. Hydrangeas like well drained soil with some degree of moisture. As for a ground cover I think liriope is hard to kill. If you could be more specific of what you want perhaps I could produce a list for you to choose.
Of course you can use the “leaves” to season things but the general rule is when the fennel bulb gets the size of a tennis ball it is ready for harvest. Probably it will be mid to late summer this year. As for the cauliflower, beets, etc depending on the heat I will plant sometime in September around the 15th when the nights begin to be cooler.
I think they would be fine but I would make sure they get some winter protection to keep the pots from becoming totally frozen- john
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I did mine about a week ago as I think the bloom buds are showing and all the alive wood has foliage on it now.
Wrinkled and off color, too. In either case, I think fertilization is one key to getting the leaves healthy again. Use a product like 15-0-15 or similar formulation and water in well. Since it is relatively young, 1/3 cup sprinkled around the roots should be enough now, then repeat the application again before a rain in June.
My first guess is that it is in too much shade. They like almost full to full sun to bloom. Like many of our marginal hardy shrubs that we think of as hardy the 9 degrees did a lot of cold damage this past winter. Just keep removing dead branches but also look at the base of the plant and see if the bark is split. If that is the case you might loose all the old branches but it should come back from the roots.
Most sources say they are fine in full sun but in my experience not full sun all day. I perfer to grow them where they get a bit of flitered shade in the hottest part of a summer day.
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Old camellias have some characteristics that generally leave them with lower limbs bare or dead and are removed. Apparently, yours has grown tall, and from the several different posts I assume you want to cut it back to stimulate new growth on the lower part of the trunk. First, you can radically prune it now if you desire, but I would do it over several years instead of all at once. New growth on the lower limbs will require bright sunlight. So in year one, I would remove enough limbs below the desired height to encourage lower trunk or stem growth. Then in year two, I would take the rest of the plant down. Do this after flowering and make sure the new lower limbs get plenty of sunlight. Also in spring I would, in this case, fertilize it with a high nitrogen numbered fertilizer to stimulate foliage growth. Look for something with a high first number similar to 12-6-6 or 10-5-5. Remember this is going to take years to produce a beautiful looking plant.
A fall application of a pre-emergence should give good control but since it is spring you can direct spray a pre-emergence herbicide containing 2,4-D. Since it seeds and they germinate quickly repeated applications my be necessary to control permanently for this growing season.
Cut your roses back now. As for the ants, any good ant killer should work and not kill the plant.