otto luyken cherry laurel

I bought three new otto luyken cherry laurels that were about three feet high in mid august. I planted them in a row and within 2 days, the middle one had holes through most of the leaves and some of the leaves were completely gone. It looked like only a few of the leaves were affected on the other two plants. I called the nursery where I bought them and they said to put a fungicide on them. We followed the directions and after a month, the middle plant looks worse with even more leaves gone. I have attached three pictures to this email. The plants on the side remain the same with a few damaged leaves. The plants are in part shade with sun in the afternoon. They were planted in a newly built flower bed with new soil placed by the landscaper. The only other thing we placed underneath the plants was black mulch. Please let me know what you think. The nursery has now told us to put an insecticide on the plant or buy new plants. Thank you,


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Howard County MD shrub cherry laurel problems cherry shot hole 1 day ago

Red Pine dying

We have a large number of Red Pine tree's in our neighborhood, zip code 49712 ( boyne City )and they are dying. This is happening with most of them in various stages. Is there a common disease and is this treatable . It does not seem the be affecting other types of pine trees in the neighborhood . Just the Red Pines. They are very large and old , trunk size from 1 - 2 feet in diameter. They are quite tall.


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Emmet County MI 1 day ago

brown zoysia grass

Hello, I believe that I have a fungus spreading in my Zoysia. I have applied a fungicide but am not sure it is helping. How long or what signs should I look for to see if it has helped stop the fungus from spreading.


Baltimore MD lawn zoysia browning at wrong time 1 day ago

Compost Testing

Hi I am a Novi High School student and I am doing a project regarding the effect of compost versus fertilizer on sunflower height. For my analysis I wanted to measure the N-P-K ratio of my compost. I was wondering if that is something that you would be able to test?


Oakland County MI compost testing compost 1 day ago

European Hornets on River Birch

My river birch is covered with European Hornets. Unfortunately, we cannot find their nest. It seems like they are eating the bark on the tree. Do you have any recommendations on how to treat this? Will they kill the tree? Any help is appreciated. Thank you.


Montgomery County MD trees and shrubs insect issues european hornets 1 day ago

I have an ash tree in the back yard of a home I just purchased. It is...

I have an ash tree in the back yard of a home I just purchased. It is approximately 33" around at chest height. In my previous home I was paying $250 a year for each ash tree...I understand from the Internet (always correct) that I can self treat this tree. Is that correct? And if so is there a brochure or website that explains the process? Thanks


Hamilton County OH 1 day ago

Please help - Is this a bed bug?!?

I have been getting bug bites the last couple of months but assumed mosquitos. Found this in our master bath sink at 5am and am wondering if we have bes bugs. I'm totally freaking out because I have a 3 year old a newborn.


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Isabella County MI 1 day ago

Home Canning questions

Hello! I have a few questions about home canning safety... 1. If a recipe calls for sugar, is it safe to leave the sugar out of the recipe or substitute a different type of sweetener? Is sugar added to these recipes for taste or for safety? If it is added for safety, is it safety against botulism or simply spoilage that may be detected when the jar is opened? In other words, I'm trying to find out if I play with the sweetener in a recipe, am I increasing my chance of botulism poisoning? 2. Is it safe to can using honey instead of sugar? 3. When it comes to making jam or spreads, because I am working with high acid fruits and berries, is it safe to simply make my own recipe that I like and then can it? 4. Are elderberries acidic enough to use the boiling water bath canning method? Is it safe to simply can the elderberry juice with no other added ingredients? There are recipes for elderberry syrup with honey and spices. Is it safe to can these syrups? 5. I am fairly petrified about botulism poisoning. How do I know if a book, blog, website, or recipe is safe? Thanks for your help! Laura Newton


Multnomah County OR home food preservation food safety 1 day ago

Going rate

What is the going rate for rental farm acreage in Lebanon, PA



PA 1 day ago

brown area on arbovitae

Two arborvitae trees were planted by a landscaper at the end of June this year. About two week later an area turned brown at the tips of the branches. (see photo). the other areas of the tree are green. The branches behind the tips are green. Should we do anything or just wait to see what happens? Also, what about fertilizer. We have been watering consistently except for one week that we were away..



Howard County MD trees and shrubs evergreens 1 day ago

Large wasps coming into house at night, attracted to light. Never saw so large of a wasp or bee.

Hi, I do not know where these large wasps or bees are coming from. The do not seem aggressive. Over the past 3 nights I have needed to kill at least 5 to 7 a night. The light attracts them in the kitchen. So they hang by the door and fly in when they can. Thanks.


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Carroll County MD insect id european hornets 1 day ago

lifting bulbs

what time of year should U lift flower bulbs for the winter in MN ??


Benton County MN 1 day ago

Bug id

This bug is in house what is it and how do I get rid of



Hennepin County MN 1 day ago

salinty testing

Does your soil test for the amount of salts in the soil as well?


Ottawa County MI 1 day ago

What the heck is this bug - I found 4 dead ones in basement

Please help! I am freaking out because I found about 4 dead ones of these in my basement. I think it may be a cockroach or a ground beetle. My house is about 115 years old and has a small damp basement in which I run a dehumidifier constantly. I have only seen these bugs dead along the one wall in the basement that is close to the drain and I have not seen them on the main floor of the house. Please help before I loose my marbles. Thank You! Candace Nelson


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Ramsey County MN insect identification 1 day ago

Unknown conifer?

The little sproutling conifer (?) popped up in my yard this spring. It seems happy enough in semi-shade, but I wonder whether I could move it elsewhere, as its one-time location was in a planting box close to our house foundation. The two photos show its overall aspect and size [the container is a gallon-sized pot] and the character of its foliage. I'd like to know its identity, growth habits, mature size expectation,etc., in the event it can be transplanted to a more suitable location. Many thanks for your assistance.


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Montgomery County MD tree eastern red cedar 1 day ago

Hornets eating bath on Ash trees

I have large hornets eating the bark off my 3 Ash trees this year. Only on the branches, not the trunk. No nests. Never seen this before. They aren't phased by hornet spray. What should I do? I'm in zip code 21087. Sorry the pictures are fuzzy. Thanks


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Baltimore County MD ash tree european hornet 1 day ago


Can I pick up and move my hollyhocks now? If I do this should I cut the plant down a little before I move it?


Cass County MN hollyhocks 1 day ago

Cutting Garden

Hello, What is a cutting garden and what is it good for? Where are they located? A person's back yard, etc? Thank you


Hennepin County MN 1 day ago

Issues with oaks - 2 different trees, 2 different problems

These are (bur?) oaks I grew from acorns gathered in D.C. They were transplanted from pots a year ago to our yard in Tilghman Island. Over the summer, they developed two different problems. 1. One has deformed looking bark - that started out normal-looking but has gotten oddly ridged on its branches and trunk -- (although the newest growth looks normal). 2. The second tree has white moldy-looking stuff on its leaves. Looking for info on the problems and on possible solutions? Thank you!


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DC tree bur oak corky growth of bur oak powdery mildew on oak 1 day ago

spring flower bulbs

I have some tulip, daffodil and crocus bulbs. When should I plant them? I live in Southern Maryland. Thanks.


Charles County MD bulbs tulip daffodils 1 day ago

Micro-Sized insects

I don't know anything about bugs, insects, and pests. Recently, I have been having a problem with some form of insect on and around me. They are barely visible to the naked eye. I have been able to use a good phone camera to get some images. Would something this small be an insect, or a micro-organism and where would I get help getting rid of them? Dr said they were not lice, scabies, or other usual human parasite, but treated with Nix anyway. It didn't help. Looking for guidance on where I can find help


Josephine County OR 1 day ago

What kind of snake is this?

There was a baby snake under my ashtray outside this morning, what kind of snake is it?


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Ulster County NY storeria dekayi dekayi northern brown snake 1 day ago

Plants that like moist soil in spring

I am planting a smallish rain garden. What shrubs do well with wet spring and dry summer soil?


Multnomah County OR 1 day ago

No sugar pickled beets

I just bwb canned pickled beet slices with a ratio of 1:1:1/8 cup vinegar:water:pickling salt ( because it is what I remember doing last year but maybe it was different...and I don't like to add sugar) and realized while it was processing that I didn't check. Am I going to need to store these in the refrigerator?


Multnomah County OR home food preservation food safety 1 day ago

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