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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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Cranefly Damage

How do you prevent cranefly damage.   What method ?   What time of year ?

Most specialists suggest that you treat the lawn with  'Delta Eight' by Bonide in early spring (Mid March to early April) when the grayish worms are active. (Timing may vary a little, depending on spring weather.)

See Also:  Controlling Crane Flies  European Crane Fly

Front Side Out

On today's episode, Ed was planting heather. He made the comment to be sure to plant the front of the plant facing the front. My question is how do you tell the front of a plant from the back?

If you look closely, you will find that almost every plant has one side that is fuller (bushier) where the foliage tends to face forward. This is due in part to spacing of the plants in the nursery and also has to do with sun exposure. (The foliage tends to grow better in the direction of the most light exposure.)

Lilies and Deer

In all my research on "plants deer typically avoid I see no mention of my beloved lily bulbs. Before I invest in some for our new home here I wonder if you have had any experience.

According to my sources, deer will eat lilies. I must tell you that in our garden at the ocean, the deer did not touch the lilies, they completely passed them by. (They did, however, have many other plants to feast on!)

See Also:  Plants that Deer Do Not Like

Corn Stalks in the Garden

Can I remove the corn stalks from my patch? Some of them did not develop ears.

Yes, by all means compost them or till them back into the soil, so they will decompose in the soil over-winter, and become compost humus. If you leave them, they will continue to deplete the soil of additional nutrients.

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