Blue Spruce

Should I rake up needles that pile up under our Spruce tree? Or should I leave it for mulch? I've heard that it is a fire concern to leave the needles that have fallen accumulate.

Please advise


Jefferson County Colorado trees and shrubs 6 days ago

need information about back yard food waste composting

Is there a master gardener who could speak with me about setting up a neighborhood project for food waste composting in back yards. I am looking for pamphlets, good design for non-expensive compost bins, etc. Thanks! Jeanne Thoreson, 504 21st St. NE Rochester


Olmsted County Minnesota 6 days ago

Winter care for almost dead Hydrangea Paniculata Little Lime

In September I noticed that my Hydrangea was nearly dead (probably because it was too close to a dryer vent). The inner canes were dying and the outer ones still had green leaves. I replanted it in a less arid spot and it seemed that the entire plant died. About 2-3 weeks ago, I noticed a few tiny leaves growing on the inner and outer canes, How should I prepare this plant for winter so it survives until next spring? Plant it in a pot and move to the unheated garage? Cover it with a styrofoam cone?


Kent County Michigan trees and shrubs 6 days ago

excessive phosphorous, magnesium and calcium

Our vegetable garden in Annapolis has had no real production the past 2 summers. I had the soil tested by the Univ. of Delaware. The results showed that we have an excessive amount of phosphorous, magnesium and calcium. What do we do to mitigate these? When should it be done? Thanks


Anne Arundel County Maryland soil test excessive nutrients 6 days ago

What is high altitude flour?

Is it just a bit harder than All Purpose flour? Does it have any leavening?


Arapahoe County Colorado 6 days ago

Pasture Testing

I would like to re-plant approximately 15 acres of pasture. But I need a soil test first. What kit should I order?


Allegan County Michigan soil testing 6 days ago

How to kill undesirable cottonwoods

How do I get rid of cottonwoods growing in a ditch beside my paved road? Tried Roundup on the freshly cut stump with no luck.


Larimer County Colorado trees and shrubs 6 days ago

can we use rabbit "poop" to make compost in our demo garden?

I am in charge of the compost process at our baltimore county demonstration garden. One of our new interns wants to donate several bags of rabbit poop for our compost. I want to make sure this is allowed because most of our finished compost will be used in the GIEI garden. Thanks


Baltimore County Maryland compost manure rabbit poop vegetable garden 6 days ago

Help identifying scat

I discovered this scat nearby my bird feeders. I live on a hill in the Ridges subdivision in Grand Junction, Colorado. The area is natural arid vegetation. Prickly pear cactus, grasses, rocky, dry. The scat is light in color, very dry (may have been there a few days). It contained seeds (not bird seed-natural local) but no obvious hair/bone fragments. There was mainly what appears to be plant/fiber material. It's the size of a medium dog's scat. There was not obvious scrape. It's not in a fenced area. I wore disposable gloves and double bagged it in plastic doggie bags before putting in the trash. I'm thinking I should bring my bird feeders in at night.


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Mesa County Colorado 6 days ago

My beautiful ZZ succumbed to last Saturday's cold snap

The foliage was 30" tall x 30" wide, about 30 stems. Every stem is now dark, shriveled, bent. Since the tuberous roots store water, must I assume the roots froze, and no renovation can save the plant?


Montgomery County Maryland freeze damage abiotic issues houseplant zz plant 6 days ago


Now that we're in November, is this a good time of the year to trim back lilac bushes and even the maple tree in our front yard?


Natrona County Wyoming 6 days ago

Seeding New Grass Seed

I read an article on seeding new grass seed on areas of a sparse lawn before the first snowfall, and that it would then begin growing in the spring. I'm wondering if the seed would blow away over the long winter. Or would it be better to wait until spring so with rains it would begin to grow before mowing season.


Brown County South Dakota 6 days ago

Campylobacter Bacteria

We have a lot of rabbits around our to home community. One resident reported her dog became sick with Campylobacter Bacteria. What causes this and how do we prevent it?

Thank you

Cindilou Peniston


Broomfield County Colorado 6 days ago

worms in hickory nuts

Hello All!
My family has a number of hickory nut trees on our property and we truly enjoy the nuts all year. However, those darn little worms (pecan weevils?) are in many of the nuts. Any tips for controlling these creatures would be appreciated.
Thanks to all! Susan


Kalamazoo County Michigan 6 days ago

Aspen Bark - Animal Striping?

I am new to Minnesota, I planted 6 aspens trees last year and something in this past week has stripped off the bark. Please see attached photos. Any ideas on what? Will the trees live? Any info/advice is appreciated. Regards, Fran Fox


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Olmsted County Minnesota squirrel damage aspen trees 6 days ago

Is this the dreaded...?

I was having coffee with a friend and suddenly this animal started running across the kitchen table we don't know where it came from and my concern is of course it it's a bedbug although it seems awfully big. We have had issues with them in the building before and I just want to make sure that it's not the same thing or if it is take care of it but it seems awfully big and long.



Oneida County New York 6 days ago

native grasses for yard cover

We're seeking native ornamental grasses that can help us avoid mowable lawn. What can you recommend, please?


Washington County Oregon native grasses 6 days ago

vinca alternative

I have an embankment to cover with soil holding groundcover and would like something like vinca but that does not have its invasive character. What can you recommend.


Washington County Oregon 6 days ago

leaves being pulled into holes



Washington County Oregon 6 days ago

food safety

I harvested kidney beans when the pods were dried. How can I be sure they are safe to use?


Moody County South Dakota 6 days ago

caterpillar on white oak

A large dead white oak was taken down on our church's property. I found a white caterpillar coming out under the bark on one section of the tree. Can you identify it?? I did manage to get a picture and will attach it. Thanks .



Anne Arundel County Maryland white oak pest insects tree long horned beetle larvae 6 days ago

Bug identification

I found this on my house yesterday. I have never seen one like this and I am looking to see if you know what it is?


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Hennepin County Minnesota insect identification 6 days ago

Gardening Question! Red Wethersfield Onion

Hi! I just bought a package of Red Wethersfield Onion Sets from our local Grange CO-OP. I live in Southern Oregon. In Talent. Can I get some planting tips? Thanks so much! -Gina


Jackson County Oregon horticulture 6 days ago

Noxious Weeds

I am trying to clear my property of Knapweed and Puncture vine, and I would like to ask if there are certain chemicals that would work better than others? Also I have a small lot so if there were smaller option that wasn't for a huge farm.


Jefferson County Oregon horticulture weed issues 6 days ago

Rust on serviceberry?

I've attached a photo of the front and back of a serviceberry leaf. I think this is a rust issue? But not 100% sure. Any help is greatly appreciated.


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Oakland County Michigan trees and shrubs 6 days ago

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