Replacement suggestions and apple tree care
We just moved into a house with an existing "garden"...in the loosest sense of the word. Basically, it looks as though the builder placed a bunch of shrubs and perennials around the house 8 years ago and no one has touched them since. There are black-eyed susans in scattered globs down the side of the house and a single blob of daylilies, as well as a random bright pink-and-white oriental lily. What bothers me most is that someone planted a bunch of hosta across the front of the house in full sun. They seem to be doing all right, but as could be expected, the foliage is washed out and they bloom little. I am wondering what would be a good replacement for these poor, suffering souls. The soil here is mostly dry and sandy, although the area where the hostas are seems to have been filled in with garden soil and does hold a bit of moisture. AS I said, the area is full-sun, and we live in zone 5. We also have an apple tree in the front yard. Having worked in a pesticide-alternatives research lab, I am pretty familiar with apple tree diseases and insects and I can tell you, this poor tree has them all! Blight, curculio, everything. Now, since I worked in a pesticide-ALTERNATIVES lab, all I know is that if I hang a pheromone trap in the tree, I'll catch the offending bugs, hopefully before they get to the tree itself, but what kinds of treatments, etc. should I be looking to use on the tree in order to keep it healthier, next year? Thanks!