Byline: By PRISCILLA TOUHEY

Q: I’m starting to get a greyish white powder on my lilac bush’s leaves. Any idea what it might be and what to do about it?  —J.R. Easthampton A...

Turning into the maze of short streets and two-story homes lining an historic Northampton neighborhood, it would be easy to miss Linda Kopf’s...

Q: Years ago, my yard was full sun, but now the trees around my house have grown so tall I have part-shade to shade almost everywhere and I have to...

Q: I am concerned about that last frost hitting my newly planted vegetables. How can I protect them from potential frost, but not overheat them on...

Q: I want to ask what has caused die back on my rhododendrons? Some of them are 28 years old. I noticed yesterday that many rhodies in the area...

Q: I am planning on purchasing new perennials this year and keep reading more and more about native plants. What is a native plant and why should I...

Q: How do I keep rabbits from eating my plants? They really did a job on my Bachelor’s Button last year. —L. T. Granby A: Those rabbits are cute...

Q: I am new to dahlias and see their bulbs for sale in the nurseries now. What do I do to successfully plant them? —H. R. Westhampton A: Perfect...

Q:  How do I know when I am ready to transplant my vegetable seedlings to my garden outside? My early ones seem about ready. —C. H. NorthamptonA...

Q: I’ve heard it is good to have a soil test done before starting to garden in the spring. What is the purpose of a soil test and how would I do...

Ask a local master gardener about pruning

3/15/19

Q: All of a sudden it’s March and I realize I should probably be pruning something. What, in fact, should I be pruning? — J. C., HatfieldA: Your...

Q: I have a house on a wooded lot and was wondering what enabled the trees to bend and sway in the wind without breaking in last week’s wind storm?...

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