Laurie Meyerpeter

Ask the Master Gardener: It’s alive! Raise the spirit of Halloween with plants

Question: I’m a Halloween freak. It’s my favorite holiday. Do you have any weird plant suggestions that would help create a surreal atmosphere? Answer: A personal favorite is ...

Ask the Master Gardeners: Large pots are best choice to contain running bamboo

Question: I have a black bamboo that is too large for the pot. How and when should I divide it? Answer: Black bamboo is a running bamboo so it is wise to grow it in a container o ...

Ask the Master Gardeners: Bare-root plants are best choice for winter growing

Question: I am interested in growing food in my garden. Can I plant anything in the winter? Answer: There are many food plants that you can plant now but there are a few precautio ...

Ask the Master Gardeners: Crape myrtle blossom colors can depend on sun exposure

Question: I bought a red crape myrtle two years ago and this year when it bloomed the blossoms aren’t red, they’re deep pink. I wanted the red variety that I see planted in my ...

Ask the Master Gardeners: Placement and proper watering important to keep Japanese maples healthy through heat of summer

Question: I just bought a Japanese maple from a nursery. The nursery said it is a sun-tolerant variety but when I planted it in my yard last July, in an area that gets full sun, it ...

Ask the Master Gardeners: Drought possible culprit for early leaf color change

Question: Why did one of my trees turn color early this year? Answer: Trees turn color for a variety of reasons. As the days shorten, they go through a number of stages leading to ...

Ask the Master Gardeners: Fall beats spring as best time to plant

Question: Why is fall the best time to plant? Answer: Field tests of fall-planted shrubs versus those planted in the spring show that the fall planted have significantly more grow ...

Ask the Master Gardeners: Insufficient water is likely the problem behind Japanese maple ‘sunburned leaves’

Q: My Japanese maple is getting sunburned. The leaf edges are turning brown. How can I prevent this? A: Although frequently dubbed “sunburned leaves,” dry leaves on Japanese m ...