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About cjkast

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  1. Thanks for the info. My strategy was to dig up what perennials I can an plant in a container large enough for the root ball after giving it a "wash" to clear away what can be seen of any bindweed roots in the treasured plants and pitch the rest of the plants. This will be a long annual project to maintain the integrity of what part of the garden is not infested at this point. How can I protect the part of the garden that is not showing any shoots as of yet?
  2. Have an old garden that is being overrun with bindweed. After reading several articles, I am hesitant to "paint glycophosphate on the leaves" method to preserve the mature perennials. Other than removing all the plants, does anyone have further recommendations/experience in clearing this frustrating weed?
  3. Need salt-resistant plants for sunny, mostly dry area with minimal (old) watering system; soil has great drainage but next to sidewalk. Prefer year-round evergreens, but not sure if there is any varieties that can survive salt; currently area has few overgrown viburnum that need to be removed and replaced with 3-4 ft high slow-growing specimens - is there such a plant? Ground cover would/could be placed additionally in area. Open for recommendations for Michigan friendly plants.
  4. Seeking advise for salt resistant plants to be placed next to building near salted sidewalk - any reccomendations?
  5. Getting anxious about how to protect my tree after last year's frost damage. Any ideas other than burlap covering to protect from possible frost damage again?
  6. So sorry to hear that you have an unwelcome guest under your deck, who will remain most likely until the spring thaw. We had a similar incident in the late fall when our dog could not get enough 'deck time'. My husband was smart enough to investigate and low an behold a ground hog had attempted to settle in under our deck - under the erosion control black tarp. So with his thinking hat on he diligently flooded the parameter of the hole daily with a jet spray from the garden hose from above between the wood planks - no easy task with water back splash. The first few days did not yield any success, but when he added a small amount of bleached water to the hole, the rodent appeared within the hour, and to my husband surprise, the critter had the nerve to look back at his home over it's shoulder as if to say "what happened?" as it waddled away all wet. No more ground hog and the dog no longer spends hours trying to get under our deck to find out what is going on. My suggestion is to await for the spring thaw and with the first sign of activity, get out the garden hose and attempt to flood the main hole if possible. I look forward to keeping my many perennials safe from this most diligent critter.
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