Question: I replaced some wood siding outside our house last year, and now I've found rust stains coming from some of the nail holes on the paint. What can I do to get rid of them?
A: "You're going to have to repaint the area, but first you'll have to take the surface rust off, with sandpaper or a wire brush," says Paul McCarter of Mr. Paint in Huntington Beach. "Then spot-prime the nailheads with a quick-drying oil base primer. Use a spray can primer, since using a brush to do it may be a little time-consuming. You can squirt those spots, let it dry for about two hours, then lightly touch up the spots."
Q: We have a beautiful bougainvillea that climbs around the fence in our front yard. Since becoming dormant in the winter, it hasn't bounced back with flowers and leaves. I've scratched the surface of the trunk, and it seems green underneath. Is there anything I can do to bring it back?
A: "It could have been affected by the cold weather we had this winter," says Ted Mayeda of M & M Nursery in Orange. "It may have been set back so far that it's just taking it a long time to come back. Check your watering pattern too, since this is also a sign of overwatering. Bougainvillea are hot weather plants, and they don't have a great need for water, especially when they're dormant. Wait until it starts leafing before fertilizing as well. Just give it more time."