About Amy's Answers

Amy is not afraid to get her hands dirty. As a self-taught gardener, she takes on her fair share of landscaping projects, picking up a ton of knowledge as she goes. If you have a plant care or landscaping question you’ve been too afraid to ask, you’re in the right place!


I want to keep my First Edition Purple Magic Crapemyrtle as small as possible- how can I achieve this?

I want to keep my First Edition Purple Magic Crapemyrtle as small as possible- how can I achieve this?
Great question! The mature size of a crapemyrtle can depend on how cold or warm the winter temperatures are, and the early spring weather.

I have an Autumn Revolution that is now in mostly shade. I want to move it to a sunny spot, will it be successful?

It will definitely be happier in the sun!

HOW CAN I GET RID OF DANDELIONS WITHOUT USING WEED KILLER?

Aside from digging them up? My experience with trying to kill dandelions with weed killers hasn’t been that great.

I WOULD LIKE TO TRAIN MY SUMMER CASCADE WISTERIA INTO A TREE. CAN IT BE DONE?

I WOULD LIKE TO TRAIN MY SUMMER CASCADE WISTERIA INTO A TREE. CAN IT BE DONE?
Thanks for the question! With time, wisteria will eventually grow a large trunk.

Do you have a home recipe for plant pest, vegetables and flowers?

Actually, I do! I really try to avoid using lots of chemicals.

How can I keep Rabbits and Deer from eating my vegetable garden?

Have you tried rabbit fencing? It really does work.

Do fig trees need a lot of sun?

Figs have beautiful leaves, don't they?

How do you keep weeds out of the garden?

How do you feel about digging up weeds? That’s one way.

Can I split Easy Elegance Roses?

Can I split Easy Elegance Roses?
I’m really glad you like your Easy Elegance Roses and want more!

Do I need to protect my Sweet Cherry Pie tree from Deer?

Do I need to protect my Sweet Cherry Pie tree from Deer?
That would be a really good idea! Deer and rabbits seem to know which plants are favorites and those are the ones they go after.

My Yard is being ruined by Chipmunks. How do I get rid of them?

Oh, chipmunks are such destructive little creatures!

I'm a new gardener, where do I begin?

I'm a new gardener, where do I begin?
Don’t worry about being new to gardening! We are all learning as we go.

How do I prune my thyrallis?

I love sunny, yellow flowers!

Can I plant an Azalea in a container?

That’s a great question and a little bit tricky to answer! Azaleas would definitely be best in the ground year round.

How do I remove invasive plants?

Getting rid of unwanted plants can definitely be a challenge. You might start with your local extension office for plant identification and some options for handling.

How do I landscape the slope in my yard to prevent erosion?

This is such a great landscaping question, and one you can have some fun with!

How can I garden on a budget?

First, start with your soil. It’s always a good idea to add some compost when planting.

How do I get my hydrangeas to change colors?

How do I get my hydrangeas to change colors?
Some hydrangea flowers will change colors.

Do I need to cover my plants in early spring?

Do I need to cover my plants in early spring?
The highs and lows of Spring weather can be hard on plants. Whether or not to cover the plant, depends on how far along the new leaves are.

Where do I even begin?

Where do I even begin?
Not sure where to start? Need some inspiration for your yard? I've got you covered!

How much should I water my shrubs?

How much should I water my shrubs?
Young root systems can easily dry out while they are just getting established, so pay close attention!

Can I plant First Editions in a container?

Can I plant First Editions in a container?
Containers aren’t reserved for just annuals. Watch as Ryan, our gardening expert, shows how to make a big statement with your favorite shrub.  

How do I successfully transplant my plants?

For starters, fall and early spring are the best seasons for transplanting. This way, you can avoid the summer's heat when your plants are extra vulnerable.

How do I use fertilizer in my garden?

What’s the old saying? Spring forward, fall back? The same applies here.

How do I know if my plant needs fertilizing?

Good question! There are so many reasons a plant can look like it’s lacking nutrients.

How to Split Perennials

Splitting perennials, like hostas, is super simple! It’s best done in the springtime right after the plant emerges from the ground.

How do I prune my rose bush?

How do I prune my rose bush?
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