For The Answer
By Calvin R. Finch, PhD, SAWS Water Resources Director, and Horticulturist
Week of February 18, 2008
A. Both are excellent shade trees and they have several
similar characteristics. Both are
evergreen and both species are good xeriscape plants. The
Q. I like Brussels sprouts but mine now have aphids. I try to rinse them off but it does not work well and it grosses me out. There has to be an easier way to eliminate the aphids after I harvest them?
A. My Brussels sprouts also have aphids now. I put them in a pre-soak of salt water after harvest. The aphids die and float to the surface and are relatively easy to pour off. Don’t be so squeamish, the aphids will not hurt you and are just a high protein form of Brussels sprouts (or whatever else they are feeding on) anyway. Control aphids on the plant with insecticidal soap.
Q. We planted daffodils and tulips last year and I expected them to be up by now. Is there still a chance?
A. Most daffodils and tulips
do not naturalize in South and
Q. We have Bermuda grass. My lawn is nice and green, but the grass does not look like Bermuda grass. It is too lush.
A. The grass you see is probably rescue grass, or annual blue grass. Both are considered winter weeds even though they look nice if you keep them mowed.
Q. There are still no American goldfinches at our feeders. This is the second year in a row. Is there a chance they will still come?
A. Probably not. The last two years have not been the best years for American goldfinches in our area. Maybe next year.