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I'm trying to identify a plant and figure out if it's desirable or more of a...

I'm trying to identify a plant and figure out if it's desirable or more of a weed. It has green leaves with a single red stripe (almost like a "V") across it. Please enlighten me - thanks!

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Minnesota about 7 hours ago

Hello, I attached pictures below. Our neighborhood had a lot of 30 foot...

Hello, I attached pictures below. Our neighborhood had a lot of 30 foot Autumn Blaze Red Maple trees planted in our yards. They came from a tree farm 2 miles down the road, they were planted with a 78" spade, most were mulched post planting, not all. Most were watered daily for a week and then every other day since. 1/2 of them were planted in May when no leaves had bloomed yet (as pictured one) and the other half were planted 3 weeks ago post bloom, of which they were all green leafed (while others were already red/brown) and are now already turning red/brown. Our question, is on all the trees, the leaves have turned red/brown, as if they have already gone into "fall" color. They all do have the gall mites, and quite extensively. But all have turned color on majority of the tree, there are a handful of the top branches that remain partial green. So what is wrong? or is this expected? Is this typical of a stressed tree from being so large and transplanted? Is this a strong indication it is going to die? Do they need to be fertilied, more/less watered? We contacted the tree farm, there only response was, they turn red from gall mites.... Looking for any more wisdom, as there are a significant number of these trees.

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Hennepin County Minnesota about 7 hours ago

What is eating and destroying my heritage raspberry plants? I never see...

What is eating and destroying my heritage raspberry plants? I never see anything on the leaves, just the holes. I attached a picture. Thank you.

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Wright County Minnesota about 9 hours ago

July too late to prune Weigela?

I forgot to prune my Wine and Roses weigela after flowering and they are blocking my view of my roses. Will I damage next years flowers if I prune now? It is July 6th. I live in southeast Michigan

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Macomb County Michigan about 12 hours ago

My uncle wanted me to ask what might be causing his front lawn to brown (see...

My uncle wanted me to ask what might be causing his front lawn to brown (see attached photo). He lives in White Bear Township. He says the turf browns in the center and has done so for years but he can't figure out why. Last year he had a tree removed and that patch, to the right of the center bush, is not brown. Do you know why his lawn is browning? Do you have any advice on things to do or look for? Thank you.

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Hennepin County Minnesota turf about 12 hours ago

Had several large alliums which are finished blooming. Should I cut there...

Had several large alliums which are finished blooming. Should I cut there down? What is in the little round pockets at the drying heads. Are these seeds?

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Stearns County Minnesota about 13 hours ago

Curling Bugleweed leaves

What would cause my Bugleweed leaves to curl up? Does not look like aphids or mites.

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El Paso County Colorado trees and shrubs about 13 hours ago

My Jap Lilac tree is not doing well, lraves are yellowing and dropping off...

My Jap Lilac tree is not doing well, lraves are yellowing and dropping off and some are changing like in the photo I've attached. Any suggestions ??????

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Hennepin County Minnesota lilac about 14 hours ago

slugs in the compost

I seem to have several families of slugs spending the summer in the compost bin. I don't want them to travel with the finished compost to my veggies. What do you suggest? Thanks

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Washington County Oregon horticulture compost about 14 hours ago

Purple spots on pickled asparagus

I pickled asparagus two years ago and just found a few jars. They have lavender purple spots on some stems. When I rubbed them, they smeared around almost like they were powdery or chalky. I don't think I used a pink salt, and there is no pink sediment. What caused this? Is it edible?

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Lane County Oregon food safety home food preservation about 14 hours ago

I planted two honey crisp apple trees this spring. Will they pollinate each...

I planted two honey crisp apple trees this spring. Will they pollinate each other or do I need to plant another type of apple tree for pollination?

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Wright County Minnesota apples about 14 hours ago

When is the best time to trim/prune dogwoods?

When is the best time to trim/prune dogwoods?

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Meeker County Minnesota about 14 hours ago

What is this vine and is it poisonous?

This vine is growing in my yard. Can you tell me what it is and if it is poisonous. I have searched the web and I can't find anything like it.

The leaves have three tips which are rounded. some of the leaves are as big as my hand, about 5-6" across.

Thank you for your help.

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Bandera County Texas horticulture plant identification about 14 hours ago

I have a Cockspur Hawthorne that has what looks like a bad case of either...

I have a Cockspur Hawthorne that has what looks like a bad case of either Cedar Hawthorne Rust or Cedar Quince Rust. It seems to be getting worse each year. Removing nearby Junipers is not an option. I'm leery of spraying a fungicide - especially if it would have to be done every year. Any advice? Should I just take out the Hawthorne? Many thanks.

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Hennepin County Minnesota about 15 hours ago

Flea and tick spray - safe for hatchlings?

For four years now the phoebes that rebuild their nest in our entryway have lost all of their hatchlings. They fall out and die, absolutely crawling with mites. Having read up on how these can infest our home the concern is growing. This year there is still a live hatchling in the nest, however the sibling has met the same fate, died in my hands as thousands of mites crawled across tissue after tissue, the only comfort I could offer being a dropper of water. If we can get up there on a ladder we will be putting up a barrier spray around the nest, but I'm wondering if it would be safe to put some diatomaceous earth into the nest and lightly spray the hatchling with the flea & tick spray as well. We very much want to see at least one of them live to adulthood and while we're up there we'd like to save it if there's a chance. If we do nothing I am pretty sure it will die like all the others. This fall we will be sanitizing the entire area again but it never seems to make a difference by the next year.

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Outside United States wildlife mites about 15 hours ago

My Autumn Blaze Maple tree is loosing leaves and looks bad. Lots of mulch at...

My Autumn Blaze Maple tree is loosing leaves and looks bad. Lots of mulch at the base and we have been getting rain pretty regularly for water. Please see the picture of a leaf. Any ideas? Thank you!

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Carver County Minnesota maple about 15 hours ago

germination and emergence problem with biochar

Hello, I planted potato with plantain peel biochar amendment. The control that has no biochar germinated between the 13th to 15th day of planting, while the biochar amended pots are yet to germinate even after the 23rd day of planting. I read from your blog that you have worked with biochar and potato. did you experience late germination problem?

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Outside United States horticulture potatoes soil amendments biochar about 15 hours ago

Greetings. I'm concerned about (the lack of) pollinators in my large Rain...

Greetings. I'm concerned about (the lack of) pollinators in my large Rain Garden. As of today July 6, 2015 I have I have yet to see any pollinating wasps. I saw one honeybee Saturday July 4, and did see one bumblebee the week before. I captured a photo of one Monarch butterfly and two Red Admirals last week. The lilac bushes bloomed profusely this year, yet few pollinators came. I had an overabundance of wild columbine. The polemonium were lush but only the very small bees and flies came. Now my monarda are gorgeous and growing double heads, my liatris is outstanding this year, my echinacea is looking great, as is my phlox, and the tradescantia is blooming every day. Still only very small bees and flies with no wasps and next to no butterflies. I'm not even seeing many grasshoppers or dragonflies! I have asclepias incarnata which is showing color now, verticillata which is budding, and three new tuberosa plants which (for now) have survived transplant from the nursery and are showing color. My Mom has an extensive perennial garden and she also is noticing a distinct absence in the pollinator populations, as have the people I know with hanging pots. Now maybe it was my imagination, but it felt like everything was late this year by two to three weeks. Mom's peonies bid not bloom until closer to mid-June rather than their usual Memorial Day blooming. I went through photos from 2014 and 2013 and by the end of June both years I had photos of larger bees and by mid-July I had photos of wasps. (The photo was taken June 26, 2014). So am I rushing things? Am I too impatient to see the pollinators? Or is something going on I have not yet heard about? If so, please direct me to articles pertaining thereunto. Sincerely, Wanda J. Kothlow

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Faribault County Minnesota pollinators about 15 hours ago

Do I need to take the course

Do I have to take the on line course before I start my cottage food business?

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Cheboygan County Michigan about 15 hours ago

San Marzano Tomatoes rotting on plant

Good morning, I noticed that quite a few of my San Marzano tomatoes seem to be rotting at the bottom. I'm wondering if I am watering them too much, as I am watering daily in this hot weather. I have other tomato varieties (Siletz, Esterina, and Indigo Blue (all grown from seed from Territorial Seed)) growing in the same conditions and they are fine. Do you know what is causing this and/or how to fix it?

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Washington County Oregon horticulture tomatoes blossom end rot about 16 hours ago

Yellowing grass

What causes this and what can I do to remedy this?

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Grundy County Iowa about 16 hours ago

To convert a sandy soil to a compact soil to retain wYer

My soil is very sandy & under a huge Maple tree. Please advise what I should do to make my soil more solid like, so that I don't lose all my nutrient. Thanks

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Oakland County Michigan about 16 hours ago

Checking for ash tree damage

Hello! I am wondering if the county comes out randomly to check for ash tree damage by borers .... We are a community of homes with many 10 year old ash trees.... Is this something that we can/should request ? Is there a fee? Thanks so much....

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Howard County Maryland tree eab ash tree invasive about 16 hours ago

Arborist could not figure out what is wrong with my Cedar Elm

I have a native Cedar Elm that appears to be dying. It's leaves are turning yellow, then brown. The Arborist ruled out a fungal problem and there is no evidence of borers. He could not see any evidence of Dutch Elm disease or root rot. He recommended that I send a sample to A&M.

Could you please tell me how I would send a sample to you? He had suggested that I cut off a 6" piece of branch with green leaves, a 6" piece from the same branch with yellow leaves and a 6" piece with brown leaves. Do I need to send it in a cold pack?

Do I also need to send pictures of the tree?

THANK YOU for any advice you can give me.

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Parker County Texas horticulture trees and shrubs disease issues plant health about 16 hours ago

problems with tomatoes and bean plants

My bush beans and pole beans began to grow great and then turned brown and died. my tomatoes began growing great and now the leaves are curled, particularly at the top of the plants. they did get some hail damage but the problems began before the hail hit. the tomatoes had the same problem last year but the bean problem is new. I have a raised bed and water it every 3rd day if it is not raining. I replanted the beans a few days ago. I want to know what I can do so I have a successful crop.

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Brown County South Dakota about 17 hours ago

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