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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 26, 2011

Q. Need Very Large, Inexpensive Planter

I want to plant two large sized holly trees in two planters that will be hidden. I am searching for planters online that are not expensive (no one will see the planters!) but are really large to hold a big tree.  What size?

Answered by
roseman on
March 26, 2011
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I used to be able to go by constructions sites and pick up lumber they were getting rid of, then build some pretty large planters. I had some cost in what I bought to stain the lumber with for the large planters and the screws and nails but that was not that much really. Check the overall growth expected for your Holly trees and what the base typically ends up being. Then the planter size should be two feet bigger all around.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 31, 2011

Q. Transplanting Hollies

I have six hollies that I had to transplant last spring due to them getting so big in the area I had them in. I moved them to an area with soil that contained a lot of rocks. I did use Miracle Grow for trees and shrubs and cow manure to transplant with. The shrubs have not grown any but are starting to turn in color to a yellow white, and one has developed black-speckled spots on it. Help. . . what do I need to do to save these shrubs?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 1, 2011
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I would try pruning them back some. When moving plants, you prune the roots. The plant can't support the plant above the ground. I suspect that the roots are just not able to support the large plants above, so the plants should be pruned.

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Anonymous on
March 31, 2011

Q. Holly Bushes Turning Yellow

We have several large holly bushes surrounding our patio. We feed birds in this area (4 feeders of different kinds). The birds (sparrows, mockingbirds, titmice, etc. ) use the hollies for cover and nesting. Several of the plants (the ones closest to the feeders) have many leaves that are turning yellow – to the point where it is heavily noticeable). Could the bird feces and urine be causing this? If that’s not it, what could it be? The drainage is good in the area, and the plants have been fine for over six years.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 1, 2011
Certified Expert
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It is possible that the nitrogen from the bird droppings is causing this. I would recommend having the soil tested at your local extension service. They will be able to confirm the nitrogen levels. This article will help too:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/understanding-nitrogen-requirements-for-plants.htm

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Anonymous on
April 1, 2011

Q. Holly Tree

I have a question about one of our holly trees. It looks like it is dying. The leaves are a lighter shade of green, have spots, are curled and dropping off, and the berries are reddish brown. The leaves seemed to have stopped dropping off. The other holly trees are ok. We live in West Central Illinois by the Mississippi River. I have looked on the Internet for what’s wrong and how to treat the tree with little luck.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 2, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 2, 2011

Q. Pruning Holly

Can you prune holly back to a 3′ trunk with no branches? Will it leaf out again?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 3, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 2, 2011

Q. Leaf Burn on Holly Bushes

I have mature holly bushes at least 14 years old on the side of my house. After snow this winter, three of them have many black leaves all over. New growth is coming up, but the old black leaves are hanging on. What might I treat this with?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 3, 2011
Certified Expert
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I would remove the black leaves, unless the black is caused by a sooty film and the leaves themselves are not black. Then I would treat for sooty mold. This article will help if it is sooty mold:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/how-to-get-rid-of-sooty-mold.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 6, 2011

Q. Leaves Have Holes

Our holly bush looks like it’s been eaten by pests. It is bearing white flowers.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 7, 2011
Certified Expert
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There are several pests it could be. Can you send a picture of the damage? We can better identify if we see the damage. This article will help to:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/diseases-of-holly-bushes-pests-and-diseases-damaging-holly-bushes.htm

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