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The best time of the year is when the plants or dormant or early spring when the foliage is just sprouting. Now saying that folks transplant them all the time with big clumps of dirt around the plants but not all will make it even if they are kept constantly moist
Look for little greenish worms. If that is the case it is cabbage looper and can be controlled with ‘Sevin’ or ‘Dipel'(organic). If that is not the case, it could be something like grasshoppers or some type of flying insect. In all cases I suspect ‘Sevin’ will help.
It will do great here. While our soils are a mix of sand and clay it has power enough to handle our soils just fine.
I generally use a low nitrogen fertilizer like 5-10-10 or 6-12-12 this time of the year on hydrangeas.
I do not know of any selections and they are hard to find. The are great for Alabama gardens since it is a native plant in parts of our state.
It is probably dogwood borer from what you describe. Ortho Rose and Shrub disease product is a homeowner product cleared to control dogwood borer. Apply according to label directions. If the trees are large, several applications will be needed in several seasons.
I think it is worth a try as you have nothing to lose, but rooting these is not easy. But, if you have had success in the past, then if the wood of the plant is not too big and old, you probably can root it the same way you did the others.
Well, you can do that as long as there is foliage below where you are cutting the ficus. Just remember that you can also do it in stages, which I like to do.
Need more information. Sun or shade, degree of slope, quality of soil, current state of erosion, are things I need to help you make a good decision. Also, see post on sun ground covers.
I could use some more details. Dense is Asian Jasmine and it hugs the ground, and once established it can be maintained with nylon-string trimmers. Almost all of the Junipers like full sun, and you can get them in a variety of sizes (heights). Many folks use these on slopes. Others include winter Jasmine, some of the new rose types that trail, prostrate loropetalum (Chinese Fringe),etc. A good description of the space you are considering, and the quality of the soil would help me be more specific.
It certainly can be cut back with a string trimmer, but using a mower if the crown is high will probably damage or kill the plant.
I think they should be fertilized each time they finish blooming. So, depending on the type you have, that would be two or three times a year.
Slug bait usually controls them, but if not I have had good luck pouring beer in shallow tops and putting them under the leaves, and it does the trick over time. But if you have a large infestation, you are going to have to refill the tops several times.
While I have never used this product, I checked with the Hanna Center at the Botanical Gardens, and they say it is an excellent product. Two things to remember, it lasts only a max of ten days and spraying open blooms can cause burn to the petals.
I checked with my friends with the Hanna Center and they agree that if it is just brittle or brown leaves, it is one of two things: the plants got dry and the lower leaves are where the damage is exhibited, or it is just a characterisitc of the plants, as many of the older types have this as a common characteristic.