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Can you tell me what this crazy looking thing is? I brushed against it in the...

Can you tell me what this crazy looking thing is? I brushed against it in the garden and it's really burning my arm. It's on a Japanese maple. Ow!

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Baltimore Maryland insect identification almost 4 years ago

Identifying noxious weed & how to control it

Hello,
There is a picture of a noxious weed on your article: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/ptlk/2103.html (also attached here).
Can you identify which weed this is and how I can eradicate it?
Thanks,
Lisa
lisa.larsn@gmail.com

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Colorado weed issues horticulture almost 4 years ago

White fly

My lantana, rock roses and hibiscus are all suffering this year, they are full of tiny white flys and now what seems to be black mold spots on the hibiscus. What causes this and how do we get rid of them?

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Gonzales County Texas insect issues horticulture almost 4 years ago

selling local foods to schools, hospitals, etc

How can I connect with schools, hospitals or businesses to sell locally grown foods in my area? Thanks!

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Ohio community food systems local foods farm to school program local food systems community and regional food systems farm to hospital almost 4 years ago

Can you identify this plant? It has come up 3 years in a row in my north...

Can you identify this plant? It has come up 3 years in a row in my north woods garden near Brainerd. Initially it has small flowers and then develops a type of "bean" on top of the stem. I hope the pictures come through. Linda

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Crow Wing County Minnesota almost 4 years ago

Compost Bins

I am trying to start a compost bin at home, and I heard that you can easily make tumbling composters out of 55-gallon barrels. I bought some, but later found out they had been used to store formaldehyde. Could I let them air out for a few days, give them a good wash, and still use them?

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Larimer County Colorado composting horticulture almost 4 years ago

tomatoes

We think that birds are eating our tomatoes. We have grown tomatoes for years and have not had this problem before. They peck at them while they are turning color. What can we do?

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Linn County Iowa almost 4 years ago

After exiting my vehicle a few months ago, this black winged & horse...

After exiting my vehicle a few months ago, this black winged & horse headed looking insect landed on my vehicle. It looked almost comical to the point that I would have remembered an insect like this in the 20 years or so that I lived here. Is this a native insect of Minnesota? Sorry for the blurry picture, but I was trying my best to get a good picture of it.

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Scott County Minnesota insect identification almost 4 years ago

Register a ranch or farm?

How do we register a ranch or farm? What is the difference? how do we qualify for the Ag-tax valuation? How do we get tax-exempt status for our goats? What is exempt? What documentation is required? Can someone help us get the answers we need?

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Henderson County Texas farm management almost 4 years ago

Have a whitish gray moldy looking spot on just one of my 7 apple trees. Don't...

Have a whitish gray moldy looking spot on just one of my 7 apple trees. Don't see this in the list of spots on apple tree leaves. Can you please suggest a remedy?

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Anoka County Minnesota almost 4 years ago

I would like to plant two pine trees in the back of my small yard. I live in...

I would like to plant two pine trees in the back of my small yard. I live in Duluth (on the hill). The trees will be exposed to high winds. I want the trees to be reasonably fast growing and not extremely tall. I also do not want to plant trees that are not suited to the climate here or that will easily fall prey to diseases. Would you be able to help me with selection and provide me with the name of a responsible nursery that could help me plant trees and would give me correct guidance on their care?

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St. Louis County Minnesota almost 4 years ago

Identifying an unwanted bug

We remodeled, and my son's carpet and bed are new even though his bedding is not. But we do wash it very regularly. We have a cat that goes in and out and likes to lay in bed with my son. The cat is on flea and tick treatment. This morning my son was screaming that he had bugs in his bed. I ran down, and there were little dots all over the top of his comforter, mostly on the side the cat had been lying on. I didn't find any on my son.

We immediately took the cat out, and they were on him. I threw the comforter away and sterilized the rest of the bedding. Then we vacuumed the entire room and threw the bag away. I saved a few bugs in a bag to identify. Most were clear or pale white, and some were brown. All were very round with 6 legs. I could easily squish them with my finger, and they'd pop. They seem to contain blood. Under a microscope, they appear to be ticks. Upon inspecting the cat later, we didn't see any, but like I said, he is on flea and tick treatment. My son has had no bites.

We are wondering if they could be seed ticks or bed bugs? The cat could have easily walked through a batch of ticks, but we want to be certain that we are not dealing with bed bugs. The picture I took makes the bug appear red, but they are not. They look like little poppy seeds, but some are translucent.

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Sussex County Delaware insects bugs bed bugs indoor insects indoor bugs almost 4 years ago

Weeping Willow

My weeping willow has these sores , other than the sores the tree seems healthy. Can you tell me what this might be? Thank you.

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Marion County Oregon trees and shrubs almost 4 years ago

pine bark beetles

i recently lost two large pine trees very suddenly. bark peeled away, full of small holes and tiny brown beetles everywhere. are these pine bark beetles? many pines in north central johnson county are suddenly dying. is there anything my neighbor can do to save his pine trees?

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Johnson County Texas pine bark beetles almost 4 years ago

I bought some Blazing star in pots and planted them. I noticed the corms are...

I bought some Blazing star in pots and planted them. I noticed the corms are all on top of the soil in the pot. So, I planted them that way. However, my understanding is that usually the corms should be planted several inches or more underground. In the fall when the foliage dies, should I pull the corms apart and plant them more deeply?

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Anoka County Minnesota almost 4 years ago

Perennials

Hello there! I have very much enjoyed reading the Q&A websites regarding horticulture. I know little of flowers, so I am thankful for the expertise you share with the public!

I recently moved to the area after marrying a farmer...caring for his fields left little time to care for the yard! I have my work cut out for me :)

I do have a few questions...

1) I understand I can divide and transplant peonies right now. One of our peonies has black spots on leaves, like black spot on rose bushes. Should I kill off the plant? Try to cure it? Or transplant it (like I was going to do) and see if that cures it?

2) How do I kill off an overgrown and out-of-control patch of unwanted hydrangeas?

3) I understand I can divide and transplant irises right now. I have lots! I've been instructed to throw away the old part of the rhizome - not to transplant it. How will I identify what to transplant and what to discard?

4) How do I kill grass growing in my irises? Is it even necessary to kill it if I am transplanting some of them elsewhere?

5) Can I divide and transplant rhubarb right now or do I have to wait until spring?

Thank you very much for your assistance! You have no idea how helpful this service has been to me!

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Traill County North Dakota horticulture flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials almost 4 years ago

Packaging and Selling Sauces

There are sauces served at the restaurant that could be packaged and sold. What resources do you have that can help with this process?

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Multnomah County Oregon almost 4 years ago

Reseeding my yard

I live in the river bottoms in cottonwood hieghts. My yard is a disaster and I'm groin scrape it and tear it out. I want to bring in top soil and reseed. Do I plant in the fall or first of the spring. I do have a large dog who does a lot of running even in the winter.

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Salt Lake County Utah lawns and turf grass almost 4 years ago

I am trying to put in wildflower gardens in different areas of my yard...

I am trying to put in wildflower gardens in different areas of my yard because I heard it would be good for bees, butterflys, ect. I started out with a 5 by 8 foot patch in my front yard by the road because I do not want to put any of my edibles by exhaust. I turned the ground, seeded a trifle heavily (with seed bought this spring and that were marketed for this general area and sunlight discription), and watered for the first while, as I do with my regular garden. Very little flowers have come up and a whole ton of grass. I have been weeding the area to the exclusion of my veg garden where the plants have come up because the wildflower area is out front and the grass so outdoes the flowers that I am afraid the city will give us a warning for not mowing the area. I am a mother with young children and another on the way and do not have time for this amount of weeding. I would like to even expand the wildflower area if I can as I think the kids could still play in a yard with wildflowers (even if they are taller than mowed grass) and it is supposed to be so helpful. Do you have any suggestions for me that do not include chemicals? Thanks.

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Ramsey County Minnesota almost 4 years ago

I have 5 varieties of pears in my yard. The Parker pear is the only pear that...

I have 5 varieties of pears in my yard. The Parker pear is the only pear that gets monster size cracks on the surface of the fruit. It is precluded by black spots on the fruits. Some years the black spots are all that are there and I just cut off the skin and the flesh is fine. When the cracks are present also, the fruit is like a rock and falls off the tree. Probably fungus this year, so wet and cold this spring. What to do organically?

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Anoka County Minnesota almost 4 years ago

I found this plant growing in a dirt pile in my front yard. I have never seen...

I found this plant growing in a dirt pile in my front yard. I have never seen anything like this in Minnesota or Iowa. Can someone tell me what it is? I don't think it is native to here.

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Dakota County Minnesota weeds almost 4 years ago

Dead BATS

I found two Dead Bats on my lawn today. Do I need to have them checked out ? If so, where do I take them?

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Jackson County Oregon wildlife damage management almost 4 years ago

What is this "pond weed" and how do I kill it? We use the pond for...

What is this "pond weed" and how do I kill it? We use the pond for our drinking water, so I would like to have a treatment that would allow us to continue to do so. The pond is a new pond, only 2 1/2 years since first filled. The weeds started appearing the end of last summer, growing in about 5' of water(totally submerged). They have really increased since that time. I've used Aquashade since filling and try to keep it shaded to about 2 1/2' - 3'. Your reply would be appreciated. Thanks

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Fulton County Ohio pond management pond water quality almost 4 years ago

echinachea plant

can these flowers be invasive? they have taken over my garden and are about 5 feet tall..what is going on?

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Rockingham County New Hampshire horticulture almost 4 years ago

We are finding large black flying insect. About 1 to 1 1/2 ". Distinct...

We are finding large black flying insect. About 1 to 1 1/2 ". Distinct round head, two antlers, six legs. Distinct thorax area and distinct bulb body end. Black wings with blue metallic markings and gray tips. Nearly see-through wings at tips. Flies but not very fast, can be batted down easily, seem somewhat clumsy flying. Just started showing up two weeks ago and have since found 6 more in the house.

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Anoka County Minnesota almost 4 years ago

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