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xx Ornamental Plum

June 09, 2010, 07:06:43 pm by manicmower
I have an Ornamental Purple Plum tree that is about 8 yrs old.  This past winter we sustained a ton of tree damage in my area.  Due to some rather minor damage to my trees, I had them lightly topped out.  The Purple Plum had only to top taken off along with a few broken branches.  The tree got quite a few tiny leaves on it this spring, it didn't flower, and all the leaves have dried up and nothing is coming on.  WHAT HAPPENED?  Is it dead?

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xx Dog urine burns on lawn

June 02, 2010, 09:00:38 pm by manicmower
I have five small dogs and I'm struggling with pee burns on the lawn.  I will reseed the areas, but is there anything else I can do to help protect my lawn.  Maybe some way to neutralize the urine?

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question planting on a hideous hill

April 17, 2010, 01:52:17 pm by fordbecker
I have a hill with a steep grade in my front yard down to the street.  It was planted with mounding weed type things that after 5 years I have finally ALMOST eradicated.  It gets LOTS of sun on the largest side - about 30' long - what can I plant that won't take over the world but naturalize and look better than everyone's suggestion of juniper - boring? :o]  Live on the upper eastern shore of maryland - not really sandy where I am at - good ole' maryland clay

thanks for any suggestions
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xx Lawn problem

October 07, 2009, 07:25:10 am by manicmower
I live in SW Pa.  I have a large bare area under a shade tree in my backyard.  It is worse this year than ever.  It usually becomes bare by mid to late Fall.  This year, it stayed bare from Spring on.  I seeded early this Spring, but we got a freak freeze and snow that killed the seed.

I was going to do a Fall planting, but now I face the leaves falling and smothering my new seed or growth.  If I wait for all the leaves to fall, I risk getting close to a heavy frost.  The area is about 10 x 10.  I have five dogs (all small) and can't have them in the muddy area during wet weather.

Is there a way to do a Fall planting, or should I wait and try another Spring plant?  I have put garden fencing around the area to keep the dogs out of the mud and off of any seeding I might do.

Any thoughts?
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xx Bleeding heart

May 15, 2008, 08:24:54 am by manicmower
I live in SW Pa.  I am planning to put in a Bleeding Heart.  My yard ranges from some faily nice soil to solid clay.  I have a bit of everything going on in my yard. Three different roses are doing well, Peony, Iris, Coneflower, Clematis, Astible, Lily, Azalea, Hosta, Shasta and Painted Daisy ......  All doing well.   Does anyone know if it is worth the investment to try this plant?

The first thing I read said, "average, medium and well-darined soil",  but at the end of the article said "well-drained soil is essential".  The spot is sheltered, yet sunny.  Any thoughts?
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