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Throw-Down Thursday — Grumpy Answers Your Garden Questions

Welcome to Throw-Down Thursday, that sacred time we take each week to answer your most pressing gardening questions with honesty, sensitivity, insight, and — most important — the 1001% correctness you’ve come to expect. Let’s get right to it.

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Throw-Down Thursday — Grumpy’s Mailbag

Grumpy’s making a little change is order to provide you with even more timely¬†gardening info. Every Thursday, I will open my voluminous emailbag and answer vital gardening questions that are preying on people’s minds right now. Let’s get to it.¬†

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Are My Fried Plants Dead?

The longer this cold winter goes on, the more plants (particularly evergreens) take it on the chin. Many look brown and dead, like a grilled squirrel (yum!). So people keep asking me if they should they prune off the brown stuff now or wait to see if the plant recovers.

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Why Tree Leaves Fall Before It’s Fall

No one enjoys autumn more than Grumpy, but unless you live in Montana or on the Moon, fall ain’t supposed to be happening yet. So why are the leaves of your trees turning color and even dropping before September? Here are five possible reasons.

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What’s Wrong With My Crepe Myrtle? 4 Common Problems

Crepe myrtles are for the most part trouble-free. That’s why lazy slobs like Grumpy like them so much. But certain problems do crop up in summer that make you want to pull out the magnifying glass and burn some ants. Here are some of the most common problems and what to do about them.

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What Can I Transplant in Summer?

Plans change. Plants change. That shrub in the perfect spot 3 years ago is now in the worst spot you can imagine. So the question is: Will it kill it if you move it now? That depends on the plant.

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Why Are My Gardenia’s Leaves Turning Black?

When terrible things happen to your plants, who are you going to call? The all-knowing Grumpy, of course! Who else would know why your gardenia’s leaves are turning black and what you can to fix it?

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Can I Cover Tree Roots With Soil?

Question from Desperate Reader: I have a 40 year-old live oak with unsightly, exposed roots on the soil surface. We’re afraid someone may trip. Can we make a flower bed over the roots?

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Pruning Trumpet Honeysuckle

Question from Desperate Reader: Could you tell me how and when to prune an ‘Alabama Crimson’ trumpet honeysuckle? Right now, it is a tangled, huge mess, but I don’t want to ruin the spring bloom.

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Why Didn’t My Confederate Rose Bloom?

Question from Desperate Reader: I live in Texas and have had a Confederate rose for 5 years. The first three years, it bloomed beautifully. The last two years, we’ve had record heat and drought and it hasn’t bloomed at all. Should I blame the weather?

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