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Donna Mack

I am a Master Gardener through the University of Illinois Extension.I can answer questions about pest control, especially voles, rabbits, chipmunks and slugs, and have done so on Dave's Garden Watchdog under the name DonnaMack since 2002. I have a lot of expertise with ornamental grasses, hardy roses and old garden roses, minor bulbs such as ornigothalem, chionodoxa and allium as well as most types of lilies. I lived in a conservaton community and have great familiarity with native plants. I am knowledgeable about organic methods and I grow perennials, annuals and vegetables from seed.

Tom Alonzo

I have been a gardener for 20 years with perennials both growing from seed and from nurseries. I went through the Master Gardener Program from Kansas State University Cooperative Extension Service and I answered questions on the Hotline a few years ago for the Wyandotte County Kansas Extension Service. I have also lived in the Florida, California, Hawaii, Arizona, Texas, Kansas and Missouri and am experienced with a variety of climates, soils and weather conditions.

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2017-01-24 Growing plants under mature trees:

Hi Jack,  Thanx for the follow up.  I see no reason why you can't use potted plants underneath the tree.  Just make sure the pots are large enough to accommodate the root system of the azaleas.  You will

2017-01-20 white spots/Bougainvillea:

Hi Mary,  Thanx for your question.  These spots look like they could be caused by some kind of deficiency in nutrient or it could be something going on with the roots.  Is the area free draining?  Damp

2016-11-21 Growing plants under mature trees:

Hi Jack,  I'm sorry I missed your question.  There are many plants that do well underneath trees as long as you keep them watered during times of drought.  I have hosta, columbine, lungwort, sedum, hardy

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