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Old 08-11-2006, 01:36 AM   #31
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black spots on rose leaves are some kind of fungus.

try making the rose more happy. does it get enough light and air? are the roots all cramped up? try mixing some special rose fertilizer into the soil for a better growth.

water on the soil, not on the leaves, and keep cutting off the leaves with spots on them and throw them away to prevent a further spread of the fungus.
thanks frieda - missed this the other day! I suspected it before but after your post, now I know the roses must be completely depressed.
I'll try some pampering
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Old 08-11-2006, 04:30 PM   #32
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so anyway jack, i was meaning to ask - what kind of gardens are you into? ornate ones, or the more natural type of thing.
just curious.
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Old 08-14-2006, 08:22 PM   #33
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I'm "into" as natural as you can fake it! I actually have two homes both in N.J. The north one on the Delaware River is a bit more formal because the garden area is pretty small. No grass - just a patio area in the back with lots of shade tolerant perennials and a little water feature for the white sound. My other property is in south Jersey a half block from the Delaware Bay where I have a lot of native plants and plant donations from friends and family. The weeds got a way from me this year in both gardens so I'm pretty bummed out. The heat sure put a damper on gardening this summer plus I've been away quite a bit for many various reasons. So this week is dedicated to weeding (dammit!)

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Old 08-19-2006, 12:44 AM   #34
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This is a great thread! I have a question about non-flowering shrubs. I don't know what they are, they are green And I have three. One is about 12 ft tall, and the former owner kept it nice and rounded. The other two are about 10 feet tall. They definitely need a trim, but I was wondering about cutting all of them down to about 4 feet. Would they survive that?
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Old 08-19-2006, 02:12 AM   #35
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So, I snooped back on your earlier messages and remembered that you bought the place late last fall. Are they green all year? Do they have needles; short, long, soft, ouchy?
Any way you can take a pix of them and post it? That always helps!

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Old 08-28-2006, 03:08 AM   #36
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Dear Jack.

Do you prefer planting a lawn in the spring or in the fall?

Any advice is appreciated!
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Old 08-28-2006, 03:31 AM   #37
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Hollyhocks have been given rabbit poo and pea straw.
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Old 08-29-2006, 01:48 AM   #38
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Dear Jack.

Do you prefer planting a lawn in the spring or in the fall?

Any advice is appreciated!

What part of the country - FFS - OK, where do you live? Are you seeding or putting sod down? How big is your yard? give me some info and I'll get back to you.
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Old 08-29-2006, 08:17 PM   #39
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Hollyhocks have been given rabbit poo and pea straw.

Rabbit pellets - that's a new one. at least is wasn't pee straw!
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Old 08-30-2006, 12:25 AM   #40
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Any advice for zone 10? After the tropical storm, i mean.
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Old 08-30-2006, 12:59 AM   #41
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So, I snooped back on your earlier messages and remembered that you bought the place late last fall. Are they green all year? Do they have needles; short, long, soft, ouchy?
Any way you can take a pix of them and post it? That always helps!

I will try to get a pic and post it. They don't have needles, and are fairly soft. They are green all year. The bushes hold their shape but they get the new growth, they look like they need a hair cut. Which I did (except on top of the 14 feet and 10 feet tall ones, our ladder is not tall enough). Thanks, me
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Old 08-30-2006, 01:53 AM   #42
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^^^ I'm guessing Arborvitae but will wait for some pix.
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Old 08-30-2006, 02:01 AM   #43
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Any advice for zone 10? After the tropical storm, i mean.

Other than move? I'm the last one to give advise on moving away from flooding. I've been evacuated from the Delaware River flooding three times in the last 3 years. Wait, sorry, you mean planting stuff. Are you referring to grass (and I mean sod) or other plants?
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Old 08-30-2006, 04:00 AM   #44
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zone 3

have tried sod
then seeded
then seeded again

I have to water this thing?

very small yard.

do you prefer sod or seed?

do you like the hay over it idea?

do you prefer to get it going in the fall, or get 'er done in the spring?

Thanks!
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Old 08-30-2006, 01:25 PM   #45
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Late summer/ early fall are the best times to seed the lawn. Sodding can be done almost any time. Have you ever had your soil tested? This is very important since you seem to be having trouble getting grass to survive. You should also maintain your soil at a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. If it's a small area, it would be quicker to sod it, but the sod should come from a local sod farm that has soil similar to yours.

You live in Zone 3 - are you in the US, Canada or elsewhere? In the US most counties have Agricultural Extension Offices where you can purchase soil test (inexpensive) kits. You take soil samples from your yard and mail them to the test lab. They analyze it and send a report to you outlining any problems and how you can improve your soil to grow grass. If this is not an option, see if you have any lawn companies in your area who do soil testing. Be warned, though, they may try to talk you into signing up for lawn services!

And yes, you do need to water!

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