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How many years for the roots of a 20-25 yr Maple to break down?

I had a 20-25 yr old rotting sugar maple tree taken down and the stump ground out, nine years ago. I rototilled the soil, added about 18 yards of black dirt to the 20x50 yard, and laid down new sod (it sank where the tree was). I now want to put in a Shantung maple, as close as I can to the original location. Please tell me if I can use the same spot. If not, how far away? Thank you!

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Ramsey County MN 3 days ago

Planting ideas for around a tree

Hi:) I'm new to MN, and would like some help. I have a small bed (odd shaped, maybe 4' x 10'?) that goes around a large tree by the street. It doesn't have plants in it now, but does have this cedar mulch covering it. I would like your help in determining a variety of flowers (not shrubs) that I can plant in there that will provide different flowering things from spring through the fall---all year. A few things I would like to include would be: daffodils, narcissus and tulips to bloom in the spring (when do they need to be planted?), brown-eyed susans, zinnias. I have Problem bunnies, so nothing they like (they ate my cornflowers all up last year). I'd like this to be a focal point, with plants of contrasting colors, textures and shapes, as you drive by. (I read this,, and like the idea!) There aren't any low branches, but this is a huge tree and doesn't let much light down there. I have checked, and most of the bed goes down a decent amount and is good soil. The area directly around the tree trunk does have some roots, so maybe a few things that can tolerate shallow planting? A mixture of perennials and annuals is OK in this bed. Do you have some ideas for things that fit the bill that grow well here in this Rochester area that don't require a lot of care??? Much thanks! Georgia (Let me know if you need a pic)

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Olmsted County MN perennials planting under trees 3 days ago

Can you identify this animal from its poo/droppings/scat?

A larger mammal is doing its business in our raised bed gardens this spring (4 times so far) ... there are no plantings in our gardens yet. Can you identify the animal and tell me what I can do to deter the animal and increase safety of my garden produce?

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Denver County CO wildlife damage management 3 days ago

identification of thyme for flag stone spaces on patio

Hi, In between the flagstones on my patio I have a couple varieties of creeping thyme...the one that I really like is very short, close to the ground, compact, keeps weeds out, ... the other type is taller, more bushy, makes the ground heave...weeds encroach... i am about to take out a bunch of the bigger stuff because it is dead. I would like to replace it with the more compact version but i don't know what it is called to order it.. and i can't tell from the photos on the web. I know I can divide up what i have already but would rather get some seeds...or plants... I have not been able to find the more compact version in the various garden centers i have looked for it...they always have the other variety, ( i think it is called mother of thyme, but not sure) I am attaching a photo with the two types next to each other...neither variety is completely green yet so maybe hard to tell from the foto.. Do you know what the small variety is called? Thanks Do you know what the smaller variety is called?

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Wright County MN thyme 3 days ago

Fir tree problem

I have two fir trees who are loosing needles on the inside and some lower limbs. They have good upper limbs and needles, and have produced pine cones up top and some on lower limbs. I also notice the trunk bark is splitting. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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Washington County OR 3 days ago

Can only seem to grow moss in our backyard

Hello, We live next to deep woods and have trouble growing a lawn. We've replaced the sod and overseed but have had little success. There is minimal sunshine in yard and the soil is often moist. Moss seems to thrive. I've heard acidic soil can inibit sod/seed growth, should we have the soil pH level checked or give up on on grass?

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Oakland County MI lawns and turf alternative lawn shade tolerant turf grass 3 days ago

Plant identification

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Iowa County IA 3 days ago

infested backyard

I was going to put the mulch in my backyard and found some places had been infested (by ants or termites). Attached is a picture. Should I kill them before applying mulch? Thanks.


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Baltimore County MD mulch ant activity soil 3 days ago

Giant Sequoia saplings

I have three one year old Giant Sequoia trees that I have grown from seeds that I bought online. My intention is to plant them outside when they are 3 years old on some land I own in Ireland. They seem to be thriving but I am wondering should I re-pot them into something larger? Also, should I use a specialised soil? At the moment they are in ordinary potting/peat based compost. Kind regards, John

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OUTSIDEUS 3 days ago

Oh No! Not Asparagus!

I just found a pocket gopher hole in my beloved asparagus patch. I've read that poison is the most effective treatment, but wonder if it will affect the safety of the asparagus. What do you say?

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Hubbard County MN 3 days ago

River birch bark damage

Hi there, One of my children decided to do some, um, experiments on our river birch tree and now I'm concerned over damage. He hammered into one of the trunks a piece of metal tubing to try and "tap" the tree - this metal tube is now profusely dripping. He cut away about a four-inch square of bark down to the bare wood and the tree is literally weeping from this spot. Anything I can do to repair the damage? I'm a bit heartsick ... Thanks in advance.

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Ramsey County MN 3 days ago

Greenhouse temperatures

I have a greenhouse 10x12, I am putting tomato plants and other vegetables and flower from seeds that I have started. what should be the night time temperature and the day time temperature be in the green house. I do have a heater and fan.

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Cass County MN greenhouse production 3 days ago

AMERICAN CHESTNUT TREES

I RESIDE IN AITKIN,MN, AND I'D LIKE TO PLANT SEVERAL CHESTNUT TREES. I'D LIKE TO ACQUIRE 4' TO 6' TREES. WHERE CAN I PURCHASE TREES OF THIS SIZE AND NATURE? I'M SURE THAT THE AMERICAN CHESTNUT WILL THRIVE AND PRODUCE IN MY LOCALE. I WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO PLANT THESE TREES THIS SPRING YET. LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR REPLY. DON L. BAYSINGER

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Aitkin County MN chestnut trees 3 days ago

Pine Bugs

I had a large pine tree removed from yard this past summer. When we brought some of the dried wood into the house to burn black elongated bugs hatched when it warmed. I saw more hatch out of the pieces as it warmed this spring outside. I removed the pieces from inside the house & sprayed them with insect killer but not sure what to do with the much larger pile of cut wood still sitting in my front yard. Luckily I did not mix it with my other wood pile and possibly contaminate it. You can see holes where these bugs have burrowed in & apparently laid eggs I assume when it was alive. Will they continue to live in this wood as it dries in the front yard? If so what do I do about it? Perhaps cover it with plastic & fumigate it?

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El Paso County CO trees and shrubs 3 days ago

Can you identify this vine,

I have a type of vine growing in several places near my new home that I cannot identify. Attached is a photo of a clipping from a young vine, so the leaves are small. I don't know how large the leaves will eventually be. Can you help me identify the vine?

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Montgomery County MD plant identification vines 3 days ago

Wisteria Tree

Where can I buy a Wisteria Three (Sesbania Grandiflore)? I alternate selection is a Rose Acacia tht I can't find either. Thank you.

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Washington County MN 3 days ago

hosta seedlings-- when to plant in garden

I planted hosta seeds about the middle of February and the seedlings are about 1 1/2" tall. the seedlings are under a growth light. When should i transplant them to garden soil? Please give me some insight for transplanting the hosta seedlings I also have a question for planting elephant ear bulbs. The bulbs that I bought did not have directions for planting. The bulbs are showing an"apex"--is this pointed growth to be pointed upwards --or is this root growth? Thank you for your help Dave

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Anoka County MN 3 days ago

Becoming a Master Gardener!

What are the steps to becoming a Master Gardener if interested? Thanks!

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Baltimore County MD master gardener program 3 days ago

tiny bugs

I have these tiny bugs that look like tiny ants that appear in Spring on my bathroom vanity. I can't determine where they are coming from. My thought after research sounds like a Psocids. I try to keep it dry etc. I have tried soda etc. If this might be the case, is there any remedy?

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Larimer County CO 3 days ago

Bites

Back story I have been getting bit at night, for several nights, I assumed bed bugs but have searched many times and see no sign, a coworker suggested chiggers, but I have not been in any high grass or anything. Some of the bites are blistering. What is it!?

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Tarrant County TX 3 days ago

Gorgeous blooming trees and bushes

This passed week here in the Twin Cites, I have seen many blooming trees, and bushes, mostly white in color, but also in pink. I call them magnolias. Is this correct? If not, what are they called.

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Ramsey County MN horticulture plant identification 3 days ago

What is this tree and what is its purpose to ecosystem

Just looking to see if we should leave them or remove for a compost pile

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Emmet County MI trees and shrubs 3 days ago

Mole/vole devices

Are solar powered mole/vole devices effective in our soils

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El Paso County CO 3 days ago

Compost and Sand.

A friend suggested that I put a thick layer of sand over my compost to help the acceration of the compost therein.

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Lancaster County PA 3 days ago

Straw and Compost.

I removed a substantial amount of wet straw from my strawberry patch. My I safely put it into my compost piles. I fear mold. And do not want to pay to have the bags of straw hauled away.

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Lancaster County PA 3 days ago

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