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  1. Airborne Sticky Film
  2. potted privet discoloration and leaf loss
  3. How far from the house should I plant a Texas privet?
  4. What is this?
  5. shrubs
  6. optimum planting time
Asked by Anonymous on August 9, 2012
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.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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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Asked by Anonymous on November 30, 2014
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.

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theficuswrangler

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
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?

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shelley
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
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.

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Alisma
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
Shrubs

How to care for a privet hedge?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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Asked by Anonymous on February 21, 2018
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

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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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