Gardening Q&A

Plant Q & A

Q. I have dead-looking areas in my lawn. They are mostly in the sunniest part. What do you think is causing it? Most years the lawn is green all summer.

A. If it is brown areas in the hottest part of the lawn it is usually caused by a lack of water or chinch bugs. To check if it is a lack of water, do some hand watering on test areas. Soak it generously every other day for a week. If it is just a water situation, you should see some response to the extra water. If there is no response to the water, treat the area for chinch bugs with a soil insecticide.

Q. In addition to snapdragons, what other flowers will survive and bloom in the winter?

A. Consider stocks, sweet peas, dianthus, calendula, petunias and alyssum for sunny gardens. In the shade use cyclamen and primula.

Q. What vegetables can we plant by seed in the winter garden?

A. English peas, lettuce, mustard, turnips, radishes, rutabagas, carrots and beets. Use transplants for onions and spinach and the cabbage-related vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, Swiss chard and collards.

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