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What can I do about clover in my lawn?

Jack from Ottumwa, IA Thanks for your question on getting rid of clover in your lawn. Clover can become a real problem in the lawn if left unchecked.  Unfortunately, clover has to be controlled after it shows up in the lawn and is actively growing.  Earl May Garden Centers carry granular and liquid broadleaf weed [...]

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What’s causing bumps all over my lawn?

Betty from ? Thanks for your question on bumps in your lawn. A bumpy, rough and uneven lawn is difficult to walk on, and hard to mow. There are several factors that are responsible for bumpy lawns: Your lawn may be a little thin which makes the bumps more noticeable.  In a thick, dense lawn, [...]

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When is the best time to move Rhubarb plants?

Denise from Johnston, IA. Thanks for your question about moving rhubarb. Rhubarb is most successfully transplanted early in the spring before any growth has started.  The plants can also be transplanted at other times but it will be more difficult.  The next best time is in the early fall, followed by summer being the most [...]

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How to avoid or control tomato blight.

Ken R from Ankeny, Iowa Thanks for your question about controlling tomato blight. To most consumers, tomato blight refers to a number of specific diseases that can attack tomato plants. These diseases are usually soil-borne, meaning they survive as spores in the soil and then make their way to the leaves of the plant during [...]

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I would like to start an asparagus patch.

Michael from Ames, Iowa. Thanks for your question about growing asparagus. Asparagus is available in several forms at your local Earl May Garden Center: Two varieties of asparagus seed packets - Jersey Knight & Mary Washington. One variety of asparagus roots - Jersey King.  Each package contains seven roots.  Generally, these are available at the [...]

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Bagworms on my blue spruce.

Russ from Thurman, Iowa. Thanks for your question about getting rid of the bagworms on your blue spruce. Bagworm caterpillars live their entire life inside their protective case (bag) and can become a serious problem for your evergreen if left uncontrolled. You can control bagworms in basically two ways: If the entire evergreen is reachable [...]

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How to get rid of spider mites on my house plant?

Julie from Remsen, IA Thanks for your question on getting rid of spider mites on your house plant.  Winter is the time of year when folks start to notice spider mite damage on indoor house plants.  In the winter, our indoor air is dryer and our plants aren't as actively growing as they would be [...]

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How do I kill the roots of large bushes I just cut down?

Stephanie from Altoona, Iowa, Thanks for your question.  Luckily, there is a great product for killing roots and sprouts of trees, bushes and vines, it's called Stump-Out Stump & Vine Killer.  This product provides control of undesirable woody vines, plants, and broadleaf weeds around the home.  You simply brush the liquid on a fresh cut [...]

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How do I care for my newly planted buckthorn, lilac and ornamental grass?

Tyler from Ankeny, Iowa, Thanks for your question.  Caring for your new plants is especially important the first year.  Since your plants were placed in the ground in September, you will want to follow these steps to ensure their future: Water - Check your plants water needs a couple times a week.  We recommend that [...]

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My peony bush leaves are white, what’s wrong with them?

Michelle from West Des Moines, Iowa, Thanks for your question.  This time of year some peony bushes get infected by a fungus commonly called powdery mildew.  The disease will not normally kill your peony bush in one season, but could if left uncontrolled for several years.  Powdery mildew is more prevalent in shady areas and when plants are closely [...]

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