deer resistant? I have a choice of
planting bluebonnet seeds now or planting plants (4" pots) now. Which will result in the better plant? I assume the plants will die back, but will
the roots be stronger when they are come up in the spring?
Answer:They are somewhat
deer resistant but not deer proof. It
depends on how hungry your deer are. I
recommend that you plant the bluebonnet seeds, as deer are very adept at
finding newly installed plants and will most certainly give them a try. Bluebonnet plants do not die back in the
winter.They remain as small rosettes
and then they growing to their mature size in the early spring.
Question:Are yellow jacket’s
beneficial?I have some that insist on
making a home and I don't want to kill them if they are beneficial.
Answer:I assume you are
talking about the paper wasps that build their nests under the house eaves or
other protected areas which is where they lay their eggs. An egg is laid in each of these cells and
before it is sealed off, the wasps fill it with insects and spiders that they
collect as food for the larva when it hatches.The wasps are quite beneficial and will usually ignore you if you ignore
them. If the wasps are in an area where
you are constantly upsetting them with your comings and goings, you can kill
them with a solution of soapy water that you spray on them (after dark is the
Question:I have Bermudagrass,
Tiff-419, in my yard for about five years and have never been happy with it. I want to switch to St. Augustinegrass due to having
a lot of shady areas. I was wondering
what you thought about "Palmetto," or is there another hybrid you would
recommend? Also, can you plant St.
Augustinegrass over the Bermudagrass?
Answer:The St. Augustinegrass
that is best suited for this area is Floratam.Unless you are willing to have a hybrid lawn of St.
Augustine and Bermuda, you must kill the Bermudagrass before you
put in the St. Augustine
sod. This can be done with one of the
glyphosate herbicides.Spray the herbicide
on the Bermudagrass to kill it, and then rake out all of the dead material. Leave it alone for a couple of weeks and then respray
any Bermudagrass that you didn't get the first time.Then you can lay the sod. I recommend that you wait until next spring to
Question:Our large sage has
developed white "lumps" or scale on numerous branches. Some branches
have actually turned black and appear dead.Is there any way to help this beautiful shrub? Should we cut it back? We don't want to lose it.
Answer:If in fact, your
Texas Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens)
has scale insects, the best treatment is to spray it with one of the horticultural
oils mixed with an insecticide containing acephate. The oil will suffocate the adult scale and the
acephate will kill any crawling nymphs. If
you mash some of those lumps and 'blood and guts' comes out, they are insects
and most likely scale. There is a possibility
that they are mealy bugs but the above treatment would kill them also.
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