Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked gardening questions.


There are three different types of clematis. The key to pruning your clematis is knowing what type you have.

My pear tree is dying. Certain branches and their leaves are turning black and appear to be dead, yet the leaves remain attached to the branch. How do I find out what is affecting this tree? Will this disease spread to apples and grapes?

We just moved into a new home and I would like to have a soil test done before planting shrubs and trees. Where do I get a soil test?


Mushroom compost can contain levels of soluble salts that can damage seedlings and salt-sensitive plants such as rhododendrons, azaleas, and blueberries, to name a few.

To find out about the Master Gardener program in your county, simply call your county extension office, and they should be able to help you.

Some municipalities have regulations about composting. Therefore, checking with your particular town before installing a composting system is a good idea.