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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 9, 2012

Q. Airborne Sticky Film

My screen porch and deck are five years old. The horizontal surfaces (deck, table tops, plants, railings and furniture) are covered with a sticky film. With water and scrubbing it comes off but reappears within two weeks. Is it some kind of pollen? The change to the landscape nearby is that the privets are above the deck rail.

Answered by
Nikki on
August 10, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

It sounds like the privets may be dripping honeydew, which is caused by a pest, like aphids or a similar sap-sucking insect. You can treat the trees with neem oil to get rid of the pests and then you shouldn't have any more issues with the sticky honeydew left behind.

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Anonymous on
November 30, 2014

Q. potted privet discoloration and leaf loss

Planted 100 potted hedges 3 months ago per instructions and enclosed with wind barrier at windy side. Leaves have turned to yellow, purple and brown. Also losing a lot of leaves. I sprayed with Blight Fungicide 4 weeks ago as suggested by friend and not sure if this has any effect. Plants were 2 to 3 feet tall when planted. I planted same amount 2 years ago at opposite side of garden and they are beautiful. Planted golden and green, every second one.

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
December 2, 2014
A.

Privet, or ligustrum, are generally disease and pest free, but they are troubled by a type of fungal infection called cercospora. This is difficult to treat because not all fungicides work against it. This article has more information: http://www.clemson.edu/public/regulatory/plant_industry/pest_nursery_programs/plant_prob_clinic/fact_sheet_folder/cercospora_leaf.html
When something is wrong with your plants, the best thing you can do is to find out exactly what the problem is, and use the specific treatment for that problem. Take some samples of the affected leaves to whatever expert source is available - extension service in the US,
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/what-is-extension-service.htm
master gardeners in the UK, Canada, and Australia. http://mastergardeners.org.uk/get-involved/find-your-nearest-master-gardener/
You can also always locate some experts by contacting the nearest botanical garden or university agriculture dept.

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Asked by
angello on
April 11, 2015
Southern California, Temecula

Q. How far from the house should I plant a Texas privet?

I want to plant a privet on each side of my garage – how far away from the house should I plant? I also want to plant privet along a block wall that is 8 feet long with house on one side. How far from the wall should I plant and how many will fit – 2 or 3?

Answered by
shelley on
April 11, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

The texas privet (or japanese privet) is a fast-growing evergreen shrub that can grow 10 feet high and 5 to 6 feet wide. I did some research and it is recommended that large shrubs (8-12 feet tall) be planted 4-6 feet apart. Shrubs should be planted at least half the distance of their mature spread from your home’s foundation. Since the privet can grow up to 6 feet wide then you are looking at a distance of 3 feet away, but probably a little bit more if you need to take into account the drip edge of your roof.

For more information on privet shrubs, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/ligustrum/growing-ligustrum-shrubs.htm

Sources:
https://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/2002/3-22-2002/hedges.html

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Asked by
Waltuog on
August 10, 2016
La Grange, NC

Q. What is this?

We just moved to a new house and I recognize most of the shrubs, but this one has me stumped. With temperatures so high and heat indexes being 105-115, the leaves have curled some from that and lack of water. I so hope you can still recognize what this is.

Answered by
Alisma on
August 11, 2016
Certified Expert
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I am not sure. It looks like it might be a privet, but there are a lot of similar-looking shrubs, at least until they flower. What is your location?

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 12, 2017

Q. shrubs

How to care for a privet hedge?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
March 13, 2017
Certified Expert
Asked by
Anonymous on
February 21, 2018

Q. optimum planting time

What is the best time to plant California privet bushes in zone 7, i.e., after the last freeze date or does that not matter?

Thank you,

J.M. Anderson

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
February 22, 2018
Certified Expert
A.

The last freeze date is not so important- the ground temperature is more important. After it's warmed up to about 40 degrees, you can plant. Late freezes will most likely not damage the plant if it's still dormant.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 3, 2018

Q. spring pruning privet

How do I prune tall, rangy privet to become a dense privacy shield?

Answered by
MichiganDot on
May 3, 2018
A.

There are 2 basic techniques. 1. is to cut the entire shrub to the ground but this has to be done while it is still dormant. 2. is to remove 1/3 of the oldest branches to the ground yearly. Remove branches that grow in toward the center to open the shrub up to more sunshine. This allows leaves to form on the lower branches and for new shoots to be strong. Don't remove that 50% of the plants leaves.

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