Drainage ditch hell!

I have a 120' by 15' drainage ditch to maintain, water comes through at a tremendous rate at times, I am in Rockford, IL some is in shade but most is in sun. I need some kind of seed mix that can survive in wet conditions.


Winnebago County Illinois 1 day ago

spruce trees dying?

I have several spruce tress that are losing needles on some branches. They are only about 40 years old. Is there anything I can do to help save them. One totally died.


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Baltimore County Maryland trees and shrubs trees blue spruce 1 day ago

Maple Chlorosis

Is there any theories as to why I am seeing so many maple trees that are chlorotic this year?


Otter Tail County Minnesota maple trees horticulture chlorosis 1 day ago

mice in the house and no cat

I usually see 1 or 2 mice a year, but this summer I saw one adult mouse, and then a baby mouse, What should I look for in hiring an exterminator or are there some ways I keep the population down? Thanks Pat


Baltimore Maryland wildlife mice 1 day ago

Zelkova bark rupture and pest

6 inches from the base of this Zelkova serrata 'Green Vase' we found the bark peeled back which was soft and fragile and exposed the sore underneath. Under the decaying bark was the caterpillar in the photo, which is no longer than an inch in length. Please help identify the issue and if we should follow up with any control methods. Are the two related?


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Baltimore County Maryland trees and shrubs trees insect issues 1 day ago

Asian hornet

I have an Asian hornet nest in my yard located in my well pump. They are just like the pictures posted and sound like a hummingbird they are so big. I am concerned for my 13yr old who while mowing spotted several coming out when he mowed past the pump. I moved the cap and can see several holes going into the ground and observed one coming out. Please can someone advise how to get rid of them. Thank you


Charles County Maryland insect issues 1 day ago

Pee Gee Hydrangea tree suddenly dropped it's leaves and looks dead

What may have caused this? The other 3 trees in the line are fine. They are at least 10 years established. There is dogwood and a diablo ninebark planted behind the row of trees.


Hennepin County Minnesota 1 day ago

Interested in creating a native landscape solution for home in Maple Grove

I have read the article Queen of the forgotten bees and see the opportunity to change from the green grass approach to a natural one such as depicted in this story. I would like to contact persons who could evaluate our property and suggest a plan. Is it possible to be connected with Mary Jane Smetanka to get her advice on how to proceed? Is there an upcoming event I could attend to explore this approach? What resources are available. I'm tired of trying to maintain beautiful green grass.


Hennepin County Minnesota horticulture landscaping 1 day ago


Your Agent responded to my earlier question as to what I can do about BLACK DEFORMED BACKS OF TOMATOES by saying they lack calcium and that I should add a handful of ground limestone to the immediate area of the planting. My question is where do I get the ground limestone ? Note: I have been planting the tomatoes in 5 gallon buckets, with several 1/4 inch round holes around their bottoms for drainage, and filled with a half & half mixture of Miracle Grow potting soil and good local top soil. I do keep them very adequately watered.


Washington County Maryland fruits and vegetables vegetables tomatoes blossom end rot 1 day ago


what is the best practice to eliminate groundhogs in my backyard. they're beneath a sizable equipment shed. Coyote urine, borax and bleach repels them but they're back as soon as the odor wears off. Can I borrow/rent/buy Havahart wildlife traps and release the critters to a naturally-wooded area? In my years of work with the public in Farm Co-op sales dept I'd sold hundreds of these type traps to homeowners. I guess the crux of my inquiry assumes all safeguards and advisories are regarded as well as the animal's well-being but my daughter and grand daughter's hard work in their home vegetable garden has just gone down the drain. Are the traps still legal? PS they are NOT leg traps and do no harm to the animals being. Thanks.


Baltimore County Maryland wildlife 1 day ago

Birch tree

A friend has a mature birch tree that is losing a lot of leaves. They are wondering what is causing it and what they can do to kill whatever is eating it or parasitizing it.


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Osceola County Michigan 1 day ago


Is this thistle considered a beneficial wildflower in MN or an invasive species?



Minnesota weeds horticulture thistle 1 day ago

Dog Training

My co-worker told me about your dog training for kids, Kennel Club. I would love to sign my daughter up. She is 12 years old and we live in Santa Clara. What is the right way to start this.


Lane County Oregon 1 day ago

Strawberry plants / ants

Was gifted with 14 beautiful ever blooming strawberry plants - have heard you cannot plant close to where peppers/tomatoes are/have been. What time frame could I plant in garden? There are peppers and tomatoes in the sunniest spot - I have a 20x20 raised garden - the front wall is where most of the sunlight hits - can I extend out another 2', possibly line with landscape material, and fill with composted soil/sand mix and be OK? Really would like to get them out of their individual pots. Secondly, what can I apply to garden to get rid of thousands little black ants? They're everywhere!!



Wicomico County Maryland fruits and vegetables insect issues 2 days ago

Lemon Trees in PA ?

Hello! How well, if at all, would a lemon tree due, in SW - Westmoreland County, PA ? Container vs ground ? Thank you, so much, in advance !


Westmoreland County Pennsylvania 2 days ago

trying to identify this wasp

Can you please tell us what kind of was this is?



Harford County Maryland insect or spider id 2 days ago

Rhody leaves yellowing

In re-landscaping we put two Anna Krusche rhodys on one side of a deciduous tree and two Christmas Cheer on the other. I have both species elsewhere in the yard. After two years of doing well, the Christmas Cheer now have yellowing leaves...obviously a problem. The soil all around is the same why just these two? They have drip the other 10 Rhodies. They all get a foliage fertilizer from a professional service. Any suggestions...and Thank you !


Washington County Oregon 2 days ago

What kind of spider is this?

My sister-in-law found this in her bathtub.



Los Angeles County California 2 days ago

Is this poison ivy?

Hi Master Gardener, I would like to ask you how can I identify poison ivy. I found this at the garden, and not sure if if is poisons or not. If it's poison ivy, what are the precautions I need to consider in order to remove it. Thanks for your comments



Northampton County Pennsylvania 2 days ago

Maple trees dying

I have 3 Sugar Maple trees dying and 2 died this spring, Spring die off trees started to leaf out but did not make it all the way, 3 that look like they are dying have very thin foliage, leaves are light green many with brown edges. Can I save these 3 trees, can I prevent what ever it is from spreading to my other maples. Thank you Jim


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Ingham County Michigan maple dieback verticillium wilt 2 days ago

Hawthorn distressed?

My young Hawthorn (about 5') seems to be thriving save for the strange growths seen in the accompanying photo. In advance, my great appreciation for any advise you can offer. Regards. Jack ps I submitted this question to Ask an Expert earlier. If Ask a Master Gardener is a separate link I think it belongs more properly here.



Philadelphia County Pennsylvania 2 days ago

Sumac tree?

Are these trees in the photo sumac trees. They are growing on my neighbor's side of the fence. They are really a nuisance as I am pulling sprouts of these up constantly. My neighbor does not do any upkeep to his yard. He cut them down once but they just came back. Thanks in advance Jerry



Anne Arundel County Maryland trees and shrubs 2 days ago

Hawthorn distressed?

My young Hawthorn (about 5') seems to be thriving save for the strange growths seen in the accompanying photo. In advance, my great appreciation for any advise you can offer. Regards. Jack



Philadelphia County Pennsylvania trees and shrubs 2 days ago

Wilting tomato plants

We have 8 tomato plants, 4'-5' in height and all wilt to various degrees. All have yellow/brown leaves which we cut off as they occur and we have taken off wilted branches when they do not bounce back. There is no visible mold or white power on the stalks. In the morning they look quite good, by afternoon in the heat and sun most branches are wilted (a few have bottom branches that don't). Except for the rain which we can't control they are not over watered and they never get bone dry. We have tried a copper fungicide and Fung-onil with little to no change. We would appreciate your thoughts and ideas.


Anoka County Minnesota 2 days ago

Fruit tree leaf spots

See picture. Sprayed trees in bloom, several times after. Remedy for now, future years? Other issue: yiny tick infestation- 1st block of Najoles Rd north of Benfield Blvd among blackberry bushes lining road. Who could spray? Thanks


Maryland leaf spots fruit tree ticks 2 days ago

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