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You asked. Our experts answered. Here's our library of SoCal Garden Clinic entries. Submit your own question to home@latimes.com with "Garden Clinic" in the subject line. Because of the volume of mail we receive, we can respond only to select questions.

  • Train your tree: Why figs are a good choice to espalier

    Train your tree: Why figs are a good choice to espalier

    Pat Morgan of Westlake Village wrote to the SoCal Garden Clinic to ask: My fig tree was started from a cutting three years ago and was recently transplanted to our atrium. It has been in a container in the same place for over a year. How should I create an espalier frame for it? For an answer we...

  • How to keep gazanias blooming?

    How to keep gazanias blooming?

    Question from reader Vince Capati of Torrance: I love the color and variety of gazanias, and they seem to work well in our climate as long as they're not over-watered. However, I have trouble keeping them in bloom. I would love any advice on how to keep these plants flowering and from looking like...

  • Nutgrass: Three experts' solutions to one of the worst weeds

    Nutgrass: Three experts' solutions to one of the worst weeds

    Dear SoCal Garden Clinic, My garden, as well as many of my neighbors', is overrun by nutgrass. I have tried the product recommended by a local garden store, with not good results. It is expensive, and I tried it two times, but the nutgrass grew back with a vengeance. I also tried digging up the...

  • Why do my orange trees have no fruit? Blame pruning, watering

    Why do my orange trees have no fruit? Blame pruning, watering

    I have two orange trees that were planted 12 years ago. They bore beautiful fruit until four years ago, when my gardener pruned them rather severely. Since that pruning, no more fruit at all. But the trees appear healthy -- very green, with few yellowing leaves. Please advise as to how we can get...

  • The lowdown on dymondia and three other lawn alternatives

    The lowdown on dymondia and three other lawn alternatives

    Do you have any suggestions for drought-tolerant, kid-friendly ground cover? We've read that dymondia works well to fill in space between pavers but haven't found any talk of how well this plant works as a grass substitute, spread across a yard. Can our kids walk barefoot? Will the dymondia attract...

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