Jeff Rugg / Gardening

The Greener View: Attracting Birds

Q: I have tried to attract hummingbirds and orioles by putting out special bird feeders only to have them ignored. A friend of mine wants bluebirds, but her houses remain empty. What can we do to attract more birds to our yards?

A: Animals need ...

The Greener View: Tree Questions

Q: I planted several 8-foot trees in the spring. I have had one of those water bags around the trunks to slowly add water. I have filled them regularly. When do the trees not need them anymore? Do I need to use them again next year?

A: The ...

The Greener View: Rhubarb and Tomatoes

Q: Something is eating holes in my rhubarb leaves. The leaves turn yellow and spindly. I thought that the leaf portion of a rhubarb plant was poisonous. What can be done for my plants?

A: The poison in a rhubarb leaf is oxalic acid and is a ...

The Greener View: Allelopathy

Question: We were told that our walnut tree may be the cause of the slow growth of the tomatoes in our vegetable garden. The tree is about 50 feet away and there used to be others in the yard, but they are now gone. Could the walnut tree really be...

The Greener View: Trumpet Creeper Vines

Question: I have a trumpet vine that is approximately 4 years old. It likes to creep and has crept over most of my garden to the point where it has rooted and more plants are coming up. It is on an arbor and does grow up the arbor but seems to ...