Dave answers questions about grape arbors, coral bark maple trees, blue spruce trees, lawn care, and the pincushion plant.
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Hi! I am Dave Epstein and this is our V-log. This is where I answer some of our questions and I appreciate you sending in the questions. You can always e-mail me at email@example.com. So, let us get ready to it. Bill says, this past spring, he built an arbor over a deck ad he put some grapevines, hoping that they would climb up over the arbor. He wanted to know when to prune them and why have not they climb. Well, anytime you plant a brand new plant, the first couple of years, they tend to be slow. The best time to prune them is late winter. What you want to do is cut back the growth from the previous year, which will help to flash out new growth during the next year.
Justin has a coral bark maple and his is in a container. He wanted to know if that was okay. Well, Justin, it really depends on what sort of coral-bark maple is certainly a zone six and the problem is that on the winter, if you are in zone six, the outside of that container is going to be exposed to a lot of different temperatures. It could crack the container, the roots will freeze and re-thaw and that is really not good. So, in that particular variety of plant, you may want to put it directly into the ground or into the winter. If you like it in the pot, then you could pull it out of the ground and put it back on your deck during the course of the following year.
This next question comes from Laurie. Laurie, thank you very much for your question. You are asking about blue spruce and this is a new house you just moved into in the bottom branches of the spruce are dying and you want to know what is going on. One of the things that might be and this is what you want to look for is side spore and that is canker fungus. Look at the end of the dead branches for sticky white substance that infected tree actually produces this resonate sap in response to the infection by the canker fungus.
The next question is from Cathy. Cathy asks about her lawn. She as got a lot of mushrooms and you know it has been a very wet year across the northeast. It is not surprising you have mushrooms. They are usually in a vacation of something decaying underneath the line where the mushrooms are feeding on. Also, it tends to indicate that your soil is a bit acidic. So, you could apply a little bit of lime. But I really do not worry about them. They are not the best looking thing for some people but you know what, mow it a couple of times and the mushrooms will disappear.
And my last question is from Wendy and it has to with an indoor houseplant. She bought a pincushion plant. It is one of those great plants with those little orange flowers at the end of it. And the great ting about the pincushion plant is certainly the color. The problem is that you probably would not get them to re-bloom, so I tend to treat them as annuals. What she wants to know if she could get it to re-bloom.
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