Frequently Asked Questions

Question:
I planted several pine trees this spring. How long should I continue to water the trees?
Answer:

The roots of trees continue to grow until the ground freezes.  If the weather is dry, continue to water the newly planted trees until the soil freezes in winter.  
 

Question:
There are small, round holes in many of the acorns on the ground. What made the holes?
Answer:

The small, round holes on the sides of the acorns were likely caused by the larvae of the acorn weevil.  

The adult acorn weevil is a brown beetle about 3/8 inch in length and has a long, thin snout.  Adult females lay their eggs...

Question:
What is a good storage site for spring-flowering bulbs?
Answer:

Tulip, daffodil, hyacinth, and other spring-flowering bulbs usually begin arriving in garden centers and other retail businesses in late August.  Spring-flowering bulbs purchased in late summer should be stored in a cool, dry place (such as...

Question:
Is late summer/early fall a good time to plant trees?
Answer:

Mid-August through September is an excellent time to plant pine, spruce, and other evergreens.  (Evergreens planted in late October or November may not have adequate time to become established before the onset of winter and could be subject...

Question:
My sweet potatoes have become dry and stringy. What caused this?
Answer:

It’s likely the sweet potatoes were not cured and stored properly.  After harvest, sweet potatoes should be cured for 7 to 10 days at a temperature of 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit and relative humidity of 80 to 90 percent.  (These...

Question:
How do I germinate butterfly weed seeds?
Answer:

Harvest the seed pods of butterfly weed when the pods begin to split.  Seeds can be sown directly outdoors in late fall or started indoors.  

When sowing seeds outdoors, work up the soil in a protected location in early to mid-...

Question:
What is the best way to store left-over flower and vegetable seeds?
Answer:

If stored properly, the seeds of many vegetables and flowers will remain viable (alive) for 2 to 3 years.  Ideal storage conditions are cool and dry.  It’s generally best to keep the seeds in their original packets.  Fold over the...

Question:
How should I prepare my garden tools for winter?
Answer:

Proper care of garden tools and equipment prolongs their lifetime, prevents costly repairs, and improves their performance.  In fall, remove caked-on soil from shovels, spades, hoes, and rakes with a wire brush or stiff putty knife. ...

Question:
What is the proper way to store pumpkins?
Answer:

After harvesting the pumpkins, cure them at a temperature of 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit and 80 percent relative humidity for 10 days.  Curing helps to harden their skins and heal any cuts and scratches.  

After curing, store...

Question:
Which lawn care practices enhance the absorption of broadleaf herbicides?
Answer:

To insure adequate leaf surface and herbicide absorption, don’t mow the lawn 2 to 3 days before treatment.  After treatment, allow 3 to 4 days to pass before mowing.  This allows sufficient time for the broadleaf weeds to absorb the...

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