Three weeks ago I planted new shrubs (barberry) in my yard and we have had nothing but rain ever since. The ground is completely saturated and puddling. At first, my bushes were looking great, but now they are looking very bad. I read on a gardening site about poking holes with a pitchfork around the bushes to aerate the soil, which my husband did last night, but is there anything else I can do to save my bushes from too much water?
Consider placing a berm in your landscape to redirect water to another area and improve drainage. These article should also help:
I have two barberry scrubs and have had them for six years, I put peat moss in my soil every year and every second year I add black dirt and peat moss, last year we had an abundance of rain and they did okay. You could also try putting bark chips around them or some kind of mulch
Moved into house 12 months ago. Berberis shrub (barberry) in front garden had mildew. Cut it back in autumn, shooted well, but mildew is back. What to do? Type unknown, but common. No other mildew in garden.
In addition to cutting off the affected foliage, try treating the shrub with neem oil. It's an effective fungicide as well as pesticide. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm
Found a bush in the woods. It is much like a holly. It is very spiky, has small leaves shaped just like holly, which are also sticky like. However, it is loaded with small bright orange clusters of flowers right now. The bush is spindly and the bark is dark in color. It's about three feet high. I brought a small plant home that had grown off the main plant. Can you help me? I have looked at several holly plants but to no avail.
You may have come across a barberry shrub. In order to be certain, it would help to have a picture. You are welcome to post a picture of the shrub or email it to us so we can be of more help.
How and when do you prune berberis?
You should prune it either in late winter or directly after it flowers.
If it is just a shrub, you can just prune to shape. It has no real need to be pruned for health reason. Just remove any branches that are outside the shape you want with a sharp pair of shears. If it is a hedge, then prune to retain the proper hedge form.
I have 3 shrubs, one facing south planted 2 years ago and 2 facing east planted 1 year ago. I had hoped the insect infecting the older shrub wouldn't repeat again this season but it did and it also claimed the foliage on the 2 newer ones. My neighbor across the street has several beautiful thriving shrubs, mine look near death, what can I use to treat them with?
Are you certain it's a pest. Depending on the symptoms, it could be a fungus attacking the shrubs, which would also explain the spreading. Treat the plants with neem oil, which should take care of both pests and fungal issues. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm
There are a lot of red cedar trees around here which makes it almost impossible to grow most barberries.
Although I've not seen disease on barberry plants, given the proper conditions, almost any plant can be affected by pathogens. The following link provides information on rusts on barberry: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/plant_pest_info/barberry/
The cocoons are sticky & bug inside squishes red. They are all over the branches of barberry bushes and Japanese maple.
The "cocoons" are likely the bug itself. It sounds like you have either mealy bugs or wooly aphids. Here is more information about how to control both pests: