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Ed Hume cannot answer all of the garden questions he receives, but questions of general interest will be answered here every month.  Email your questions to HumeSeeds@aol.com.  Please note: we do not accept attachments.

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Grass for Dog Areas

I have 3 Great Danes and they really tear up the grass. Is there a grass seed that is tough and deep rooted that will help withstand the rough and tumble play of the dogs? If you can recommend something I would really appreciate it.

I talked to a turf specialist about this vary subject just a couple of years ago and he recommended 'Bent' grass, as it is an evergreen grass that grows year round. The problem is that it requires low cutting and is subject to a few more problems then the regular type lawn grasses.


Jasmine Winter Woes

I live in Portland, Oregon and planted a beautiful hearty looking Jasmine plant in my front yard last August. It looked great until about November, then some leaves started turning brown and shriveling up. Now we have had the bad January ice storm and it really looks like it is in bad shape. Some of the shoots are completely brown and some are still green but the leaves are sick looking. Is there any hope that this plant will survive? What can I do?

It depends upon the species and variety. Scrape the stems with your fingernail, if the cambium layer just below the bark is still green then the plant is alive at that point. If not, still don't give up, as the root still could be alive. I would keep my fingers-crossed as the chances are really questionable for most varieties.


Propagating English Laurel

How does one go about propagating from an existing English Laurel hedge to create another one, in another area of the yard?

New plants can be started from cuttings. Take the cuttings in late April or early May. The cuttings should be about 8 to 10 inches long. Take the cuttings from established tip growth. On our website check out my article 'Taking Cuttings'.


Crane Flies Indoors

We've recently been invaded by crane flies - indoors. I've "removed" four within a period of a week. I've not observed more than one at a time but suspect ... well, if you see one there's probably a good reason - another. What should i look for as a possible breeding site? Again, this is indoors.

I would think their breeding site might be in houseplant soil? Unless, they are coming indoors, when you are coming and going. However, this is not the time of the year for them to be in the adult stage outdoors. I'd look for a breeding site!

See Also:  European Crane Fly

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