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Hello, I'm hoping you can help me, I haven't been able to find anything...

Hello, I'm hoping you can help me, I haven't been able to find anything online. We planted red pine seedlings 3 years ago and they were doing fine, until last week we noticed many of the branches are bare as if eaten off. It looks like some king of white fungus. I've attached three photos of different trees. Thank you for your help. I really appreciate it.

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Mille Lacs County MN about 4 years ago

I bought this Little Lime dwarf limelight hydrangea 2 springs ago. It was...

I bought this Little Lime dwarf limelight hydrangea 2 springs ago. It was full of leaves and blooms at the nursery and throughout that summer. Last year and this year it has beyond-sparse leaves and then develops very sparse flowers. It mostly looks like sticks. It is planted in the front of my house with a northern exposure, so I know that it could use more light. But is there anything else? I took the photo today. Thanks for any insight.

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Anne Arundel County MD shrubs panicle hydrangea about 4 years ago

nonconforming structure

This issue has recently been brought forward, in regard to a nonconforming structure. A person wanted to know if they could put a second story on their nonconforming structure. Our Ordinance says: Under Schedule of Regulations: No structure shall be erected, nor shall an existing building be altered or enlarged unless it conforms with the minimum area and setback requirements and maximum building heights as established for each district of this Ordinance. Under Nonconforming Structures: No such nonconforming structure may be enlarged or altered in a way which increases its nonconformity, but any structure or portion thereof may be altered to decrease its nonconformity. I interpret this two ways, one they may be allowed to add a second story and two they would be enlarging a nonconforming structure and could not add a second story. What are your thoughts on this issue?

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Clare County MI about 4 years ago

farmers market/homemade jam

I want to sell my homemade spiced jams (Peach, strawberry, apple, orange, apricot, cranberry) at a local farmers market. After a lot of bureaucratic wasting of time, I am starting over with you. Can you tell me what I need to do in order to sell my jams without health department harassment? I understand that jams are unregulated and that safety isn't an issue.

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Warren County IA about 4 years ago

lawn repair

My front lawn is in VERY POOR shape and am looking for ways to "repair" it. My thought was to heavily power rake and aerate the lawn then reseeding. One note, my front yard is also home to my septic system and from my understanding is a "bed" type system with gravel and somewhat shallow (18" deep) laterals. My questions are: 1) How can I tell if thatch is a problem (the reason for power raking)? I have no idea of what to look for. 2) Will power raking and aerating provide a "good enough" base for the new grass seed? 3)Grass seed - what type? After doing my own research, I'm leaning towards a fescue blend. 4) Are any brands of grass seed better than others? Any information or help you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Pottawattamie County IA about 4 years ago

I had a soil test done at the U for my grass. The results said that half of...

I had a soil test done at the U for my grass. The results said that half of the total fertilizer needed should be applied late spring, and the other half late summer. I later read that the U had come up with new conclusions about the timing of applications which indicated not to fertilize in the spring and to only fertilize late August/early September and again in late October. I don't want to over fertilize, and I don't want a lawn that is high maintenance in regards to laying fertilizer down more than 3 or 4 times per year. I only want to make the minimum number of applications it will take to have a decent lawn. My questions are: 1) How many times per year should I fertilize. 2) What should my target dates for these applications be? 3) If late August/Early September is one of these dates, how do I lay down seed when I've always heard that late August/Early September is the best time to do so, and doing both at the same time is a no-no.

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Hennepin County MN about 4 years ago

When is the best time to put on crabgrass prevent. They used to say when the...

When is the best time to put on crabgrass prevent. They used to say when the lilacs bloom in early May. Now I hear a lot of garden stores saying to put it on NOW. Are they just trying to sell you 2 applications? Thanks, Gordon

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Hennepin County MN about 4 years ago

Neonicotinoids in the plants I buy from nurseries

Being a beekeeper, I plant bee-friendly shrubs and trees on my property. But, I worry about buying plants that have been treated with pesticides that will harm my bees.

I can see the reasoning behind spraying plants in a nursery or garden center -- nobody wants to buy plants that already have bugs on 'em. Consequently, I have NEVER seen an insect of any kind in a nursery or garden center.

Neonicotinoids seem like an ideal solution for the nursery because these pesticides make the entire plant toxic to the pests. However, there is some question about whether this class of pesticide is safe for honey bees. After all, bees consume products of the treated plant -- pollen and nectar. If the leaves and stems are toxic to insects, then surely the pollen and nectar are also toxic. Until this question is resolved to my satisfaction, I worry about having treated plants in my yard and neighborhood.

My local nursery wont/can't tell me whether their plants are treated with systemic pesticides such as neonicotinoids. So, the question is, how long is a tree or woody shrub potentially toxic to honey bees? Will the plant toxicity diminish with age or growth? How many years will it take?

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Iron County UT trees and shrubs bee health horticulture about 4 years ago

Too much Fertilizer

I had a soil test done that told me to apply .1 lb of 46-0-0 fertilizer to each new apple tree. I planted six, but the fertilizer I have is 21-0-0-24 granular, so I used half a cup per tree. Well, the area I dug up was only about 5 ft in diameter, so I think I may have over applied it. I did not however work it in. I just sprinkled it on top and watered. What is the likelihood that I'm going to kill these new bare root trees? Is there any way to mitigate the damage? By the way, my soil PH is 7.6, hence the use of ammonium sulfate.

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Wayne County MI about 4 years ago

Our ash trees

We have ash trees in our yard that may have the ash bore. They will need treatment. How do we get that done? what is recommended? Dupont was here today to check the trees that they will be removing and he commented that our Ash trees need to be treated. Could you help me with this problem??

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Allamakee County IA about 4 years ago

I bought All-in-One Rose & Flower Care by Bayer Advanced to combat black...

I bought All-in-One Rose & Flower Care by Bayer Advanced to combat black spot on my roses. My husband said he was told that that product was responsible for killing honey bees. Do you know anything about this? I do not want to harm the bees. Thank you for your response.

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Carroll County MD about 4 years ago

After 20 years, our asparagus patch is producing few and spindly shoots, so...

After 20 years, our asparagus patch is producing few and spindly shoots, so we want to replace it. It is now April 27. Is it too late to plant asparagus crowns this year? Thanks.

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Baltimore County MD vegetables asparagus new asparagus bed about 4 years ago

Which is the best zoysia grass

I have a lot of shade. Far too much for Bermuda to survive. I DO NOT like St. Augustine at all. Which is the best Zoysia Grass for high shade?

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Dallas County TX lawns and turf horticulture about 4 years ago

Tufts of grass in my lawn

There are numerous tufts of grass (weed?) growing all over my lawn . It is a slender dark green grass that grows in mounds It starts out very fine but then progresses to mounds 6-8 inches . Any idea how to get rid of it other than digging them out? The mound grows taller than my grass so I have all these mounds sticking up My lawn is mainly centipede / st Augustine mixed in .

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Lafayette Parish LA lawns and turf weed issues horticulture about 4 years ago

Poison Ivy?

There is a small plant that looks like poison ivy except the leaves are shaped smaller and are not red as it has grown. It also has a small bud. I have researched that poison ivy can produce white flowers but what I have seen looks more like a stalk of flowers and berries not a single bud.

Is this plant poison ivy?

I have included a photo of the plant. It is growing in my lambs ear patch.

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Collin County TX horticulture about 4 years ago

Live Oak Tree Trunk Holes

There are small horizontal lines of holes on the tree trunks of my live oak. It's about 17 years old. They have been there for a long time. The older lines have sealed over. The holes have continually moved up the tree as it has grown.

There were bugs biting the ankles of workers who were up in the trees trimming it. This is what made me think to inquire.

What are they, carpenter ants? How do I treat them?

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Collin County TX trees and shrubs horticulture about 4 years ago

My holly bushes look a little frazzeled from the harsh winter. Although they...

My holly bushes look a little frazzeled from the harsh winter. Although they were their most beautiful with berries this winter just tons and the robins had berries to eat in the snow. Can they be trimmed down from where they are burnt from the cold? And how much can be trimmed? I really don't want to lose them but it doesn't look good. Thank you for hearing my request.

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Champaign County OH about 4 years ago

Easy Personal Guide to Starting a Food Business

Hi, I am interested in starting a fermented food business in Staunton, Virginia. I nam likely to want to start small, making batches at home for direct sale or for sale at a Farmers Market. There are a lot of publications and guides offered on this site — so much so that it is overwhelming me a bit in terms of how and where to start, mostly as afar as what things I have to do to be in compliance with Virginia and federal at the home-based level. Do you all offer classes in this kind of thing — something basic and yet personal to help sort some of the big information out easily? Or do you offer consultations for new entrepreneurs? Best, Lindsay Curren

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Staunton VA about 4 years ago

unrelenting crabgrass - long (detailled) and short versions

LONG VERSION: When we bought our Hillsboro-area house 3+ years ago, we found our large back yard had a huge crabgrass problem. We tried chemical fixes, digging out clump after clump, and still ultimately lost our battle with crabgrass. Two summers ago, using a sod cutter, we removed all of the "grass", tilled under our large back yard, raked out endless amounts of web-like grass and other roots, brought in a ton of clean composted soil and reseeded. Last spring/summer we just filled bald spots, and battled sod web worm. We saw a few crabgrass clumps beginning but they were instantly removed. Now, spring has sprung.....along with an unholy amount of crabgrass in the yard again. There was/is a large construction project in our area, which could have contributed to the problem. But NOW what do I do about the crabgrass? I'd say roughly 1/3 of our large back yard is showing the taller, spikier version - I don't have the heart to inspect for the flush-to-the-ground version yet. It's too wet to dig it out (I'm trying), but I am so danged FRUSTRATED! The back yard project 2 summers ago was expensive (for us), not to mention the time investment. I don't think we could do it again. Does ANYONE have any suggestions what I can do? We've got a yard that we're very proud of now, including flower gardens, raised beds and three new cherry trees. FYI: I've sprayed beneficial nematodes (heterorhabditis bacteriophora) to try and control the sod worm this year, so I'd prefer, if possible, to keep the little guys alive. However, I'd happily conduct mass 'Tode-acide if it means a solution to ridding my lawn of the crabgrass infectation. HEELLLLLPPP! SHORT VERSION: 1. Had crabgrass, removed all grass, reseeded/relandscaped = 2 yrs ago. 2. Last summer, no crabgrass infestation. 3. This spring, crabgrass over about 1/3 of the lawn. 4. Can't start over again.......too much money, too much work. 5. HEEEELLLLLPPPPPPPP MEEEEEEEEEE, PLEEEEEZ!

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Washington County OR lawns and turf sustainable gardening and landscaping weed issues about 4 years ago

I planted little pine trees last year but this yesr they satrt turnin yellow...

I planted little pine trees last year but this yesr they satrt turnin yellow is there anithing that u can recomend me?

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Woodbury County IA trees and shrubs horticulture about 4 years ago

We have a large bare area below and beyond a maple tree that is devoid of...

We have a large bare area below and beyond a maple tree that is devoid of grass. The tree is about 30 years old. Is it going to be impossible to grow grass? I am having the tree trimmed to let in some light and mulching about 7 ft. out in circumference. Please advise.

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Ramsey County MN about 4 years ago

soil sample kit

What does Soil Sample ID refer to?

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Washtenaw County MI about 4 years ago

Root rot

How do I treat a bed for root rot that has infected a large fatsia after removing the plant? Can the soil be tested for the fungus?

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Multnomah County OR plant disease about 4 years ago

Neglected Lawn is Half Weed

We bought our house a few months ago and would like to have turf in the back. My back yard is about half weed, with the other half patchy bluegrass and some bare spots. Plus, there used to be a garden bed but this is now a bare spot that's being taken over by weeds and veggies.

Can this lawn be saved by killing weeds and overseeding, or do we have to start over with sod?

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Jefferson County CO lawns and turf about 4 years ago

Toxic Soil? HELP!

We need to have our soil tested for toxins. How/where/who do we need to get in touch with to have this done? Many thanks in advance.

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Montgomery County OH soil tests about 4 years ago

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