wood chip mulch for flower garden

Is there any kind of wood chip that should be avoided?


Carlton County Minnesota wood chips 1 day ago

Whole blackberry preserves using paragon wax on top

I have some old glass top 1/2 pint jars. Cannot find the gaskets anymore that fit these jars. So I wanted to use paragon wax on top. Then put the glass lids on. I want to leave the seeds in the preserves. Do you have a recipe for this?


Linn County Oregon home food preservation food safety 1 day ago

Tiny stinky bugs

(Sorry if this is going through more than once. Can't tell if it's is going at all yet.) What are these tiny stinky bugs and is there a way to get rid of them without manufactured chemicals? They live in my flower bed, but are everywhere around it. It's south east facing. They are prolific the time of year, and come back every year. They may be responsible for eating my day lily leaves, among others (irises, etc.)


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Ramsey County Minnesota garden pests 1 day ago

Strange web engulfing tree branches and plants


I am noticing that there are some strange webs on some trees and also on some plants. Those on trees cause leaves to die where covered by the webs. On the ground, the webs also cause damage but they look differently. I am attaching a picture of a web removed from a tree. What kind of insects or worms are creating these webs and what should one do about it?
Do I need to do something about webs forming on plants?



Washington County Oregon tree health fall webworms webbing 1 day ago

Brown mushrooms

How do I get rid of these things, Saturday and Sunday I got 5 grocery bags full. In grass,plants, concrete blocks,everywhere Tried vinegar,soap and water,holes in the ground.At my wits end A


Linn County Iowa 1 day ago

Oklahoma Red Bud Problem

Have any idea about whats going on with my Oklahoma Red Bud? Had very green and luxuriant leaves and now looks sick.



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Larimer County Colorado trees and shrubs 1 day ago

Container Gardening-Berries

Is it possible to grow berries in Laramie County in containers (protected in the cold season)? What type of berries (strawberries, black, blue, raspberries)? Any other types of fruit? (Kiwi, lemon, tangerine)?


Laramie County Wyoming 1 day ago

Invasive bamboo

I moved into my house about 11/2 years ago in the winter. last summer the bamboo started coming up everywhere from my neighbors house My neighbor claims she bought her house with no knowledge of the bamboo or nature of bamboo I paid to have it dug up and removed last year in her yard and mine. Of course the bamboo returned this spring and it is growing everywhere in other neighbors yards and under my house pulling away a concrete porch etc my neighbor doesn’t want to use any poisons etc I am at a loss. Does anyone have any advice or experience to share with me?


Multnomah County Oregon 1 day ago

Is this a Brown Recluse Spider

Hello, a client sent in these photos. If possible could you let us know if it is a brown recluse spider. Unfortunately the client was not interested in getting too close until she smashed it so the pics may not be that great. She does have a distant one on the move. Basically she want to make sure it was NOT a brown recluse.


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Clare County Michigan 1 day ago

What is wrong with this zucchini plant?

Our client brought in a zucchini leaf from his plant that is dying. The leaves are drying up and have a powdery coating on the back side. He has a total of 4 plants and so far just the one is effected. Any idea as to what it could be? Thanks in advance.


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Alpena County Michigan 1 day ago

Yellow Jackets

Do yellow jackets ever make paper nests above ground?


Larimer County Colorado 1 day ago

Poison or Not (Sumac)

Could you please tell me if this is Poison Sumac? If it is not, could you please identify it for me? I have been researching it and cannot find enough facts to make a clear decision. These plants are growning plentifully on the bank of a brackish part of the Potomac River, in Tidwells, Virginia. They are about 3 feet high (bank was cleared last year). There are no "hairs" or "velvety" texture as with the Staghorn. I understand there is a hybrid called a "Smooth Sumac". I need to be sure if this is a poisonous plant because I want to clear the bank. I would like to know for sure. The leaflets are not "stemmed" they're attached at the base, the underside is a tiny bit lighter in color, and they are jagged. The stems are very reddish-pink and actually pretty. I see no berries or flowers or evidence that there were some there. Please let me know if you have any questions. I would like to be convinced enough to bite it! Thank you so much for your help. Jane Whitcomb


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Westmoreland County Virginia plant identification 1 day ago

Identify a new weed

Please identify a weed that is proliferating where I removed wild multi flora rose and autumn olive. It grows over 6 ft high


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Howard County Maryland plant identification 1 day ago

Sporobolus heterolepsis care

Greetings Masters ~

I recently planted a full-sun, parking lot corner with Sporobolus that were a good and healthy size (1 gal); several were blooming. The post-plant bed was spread with Leafgro and then topped with organic mulch They were hand-watered in but also the bed is on an irrigation system.

I'm nervous about dethatching at the right time since this is it's first season. Worried that if I take it back too early it won't survive (I read conflicting information about it). Is it best for me to wait for new growth beforehand? I'm wondering if the crown needs winter protection and therefore I should avoid doing it in December, January or even February...

Many thanks!



Baltimore County Maryland groundcovers ornamental grasses plant care 1 day ago

Maple tree shoveled leaf with black coloring drop

Suddenly our mature maple tree is losing leaves heavily. The levels are shriveled with black, gray color Please what is the problem and can it be treated.


Montgomery County Maryland trees and shrubs maple diseases brown leaves 1 day ago

My wife and I live in UA - we have an older home and a brick chimney on the...

My wife and I live in UA - we have an older home and a brick chimney on the west side. Except for winter, we don't keep the hearth open by plaicing a wood cover that blocks off the hearth. We hear during the day and mostly evening the sounds of crickets (or could it be cicada?)/ I have asked several persons at a nursery and Lowe's etc. and they have no good answer except to put molasses ordust with Sevin. I am hoping there is a better option where I can open the top of the wood cover and spray the appropriate chemical. Can you help me? Thank you very much.


Henry County Ohio crickets 1 day ago

Trees/large shrubs rapid browning

We had 12"+ rain in Shady Side in July. In the last 3 weeks - 2 redbuds have died and a very old juniper. Pictures attached. The redbuds, one of which was puny, may have suffered from root suffocation from water as it is wet there. The juniper is in a well drained sunny spot. So maybe fungus? I'm figuring all of these are goners, likely. Agree? Are you hearing similar reports from other East Coast/midAtlantic folks? Thank you.


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Anne Arundel County Maryland trees shrubs 1 day ago

Woodland "weed" - or friendly?

This plant is growing aggressively in a portion of the woodlands where we are trying to control invasives.
Is it a friend or foe?

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Baltimore County Maryland plant identification wildflowers and native plants 1 day ago

Lawn and soil

Our house in the Two Rivers development in Odenton was built 3 years ago. We found out that the site is a former quarry. The clay that they used to fill in the quarry is horrible. It is a challenge to dig the soil in order to plant things and then get them to grow. Because the clay is so dense, it holds water, so plants that don’t like wet feet are not going to make it here. Sod for the lawn was laid right on top of this clay and is struggling. Right now, the developer is in the process of digging around the foundation of the house down to drain tiles and will be water proofing the foundation along with adding soil that will drain and not push against the foundation. In the process of doing this, there is a muddy path (road) where heavy equipment has rolled over. Parts of the lawn will be resodded. We read about a product Aerify Plus that can be sprayed on the clay to break it up. It sounds like it might be something that would help, but we would like to know if the Extension Service has an opinion about this product. Also, what recommendations would you have in order to establish a lawn that will grow. New sod will be laid. Anything we can do to the soil before this? Also, any recommendations as to how to go about remedying the rest of lawn—it is in bad shape.


Anne Arundel County Maryland lawns and turf lawn renovation 1 day ago

Aspen are becoming thin

Is there a way to identify a disease or pest that is killing our aspen trees? Established trees have wilting leaves just on one branch at a time, then the branch dies. They are getting supplemental water with a sprinkler system, so I don’t think it’s a watering problem.


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Custer County Colorado trees and shrubs 1 day ago

Black Locust Trees, pests or perfectly acceptable:

What does the arboretum suggest regarding planting black locust trees?


Ramsey County Minnesota 1 day ago

Soil testing

Hello, Do you do detailed soil analysis? I am frustrated that the amount of work I put into growing tomato seedlings, composting, etc is not paying off because the plants die very early. Bill Slobotski


Ramsey County Minnesota 1 day ago

Oak Tree - top turning brown

Over the past 2-3 weeks, my oak tree has begun to brown. Full branches at the top are turning. Is it dying? Is it oak wilt? Is there anything that can be done to save it? Where should I start? Please see pictures. Thank you!


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Calvert County Maryland trees disease issues 2 days ago

How to remove lawn ivy

Hi, our yard has been overtaken by lawn ivy, which I’ve also seen being called creeping Charlie and gill o’er the ground—I’ve been pulling it in a big monthly weed, but it comes back very quickly and seemingly more aggressively. I’ve read that it can be killed by applying a mix of dish detergent, white vinegar, and water, but I wanted to be sure that’s safe for everything else! I’d appreciate suggestions for eliminating or at least reducing the ground ivy in a safe way. Many thanks, Jill


Prince George's County Maryland lawns and turf creeping charlie ground ivy 2 days ago

Fusarium wilt in the cole plants-perhaps

I have this in my cole plants. Started in the cabbage. My question is what do I do now? I have tried a fungicide -organic. Pretty much useless as it this is not really listed on the label despite assurances from the company. There is something called Mycospot that is supposed to but that was not available here. I would have had to order it. So, taking these all out of the garden and throwing them away now even tho there are kale and cauliflower coming should be done? Do I put anything in the soil this fall or spring to prevent it popping up again? I really can't find any in depth information on how to manage this from year to year now. I don't think it will freeze off over winter in the soil but can't really find any info about that. I did have another MG confirm my diagnosis. So, help. I know this is a hot weather issue which I have but I did get these cabbage plants from the greenhouse and know they use anti fungal soil to start their seeds. I planted the kale and broccoli and cauliflower myself. It stared from the cabbages. Any help you can give me would be much appreciated. Thanks. I am sorry I don't have a photo. What other fungus could be involved. Verticillium wilt? Leaves yellowed and curled one at a time then finally 2 rotted(I let that happen to see). Broccoli and cauliflower leaves are turning brown and dying off, Kale is turning yellow. Not so unusual with hot weather and it is dry. We rely on rain but now are watering once a week from our pond. This happened before pond water was introduced fyi.


Beltrami County Minnesota cabbage fusarium wilt 2 days ago

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