can you tell me what kind of ant this is and where it nests?

Can you tell us what kind of Ant this is and where it nests? We have encountered numerous of these in our kitchen and are attempting to get rid of them



Delaware County Pennsylvania insect identification over 4 years ago

Someone told me that onion bulbs can be planted now (in Harford county) for a...

Someone told me that onion bulbs can be planted now (in Harford county) for a late fall harvest. Is that correct? Thanks!


Harford County Maryland vegetables over 4 years ago

Mammoth Sunflowers

I've grown Mammoth Sunflowers every year for three years. The sunflowers are beautiful and strong and healthy. I grow lots of veggies where I grow my sunflowers and all the veggies do quite well but my sunflowers never have any seeds inside the shells. Just empty shells. What is causing this?



Benton County Oregon horticulture flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials over 4 years ago


Are Texas bluebonnets poisonous to livestock - cattle, horses, goats, etc?


Fulton County New York livestock over 4 years ago

pressure canner dial guage check

Where in/or near Parker Colorado can I get my pressure canner dial guage checked?


Douglas County Colorado pressure canner over 4 years ago

Basil plant being attacked!

I have a large container garden with 10 basil plants that have been thriving for several months until now. Today, I noticed that several of the plants have small, round, black dots on them and there are holes in many leaves. Also, one plant has been completely eaten up and has turned brown. What are these black spots and how do I get rid of them naturally, since my family eats this herb? Thanks for your help!



Outside United States fruits and vegetables insect issues herbs horticulture over 4 years ago

beetles in soil

My rose bushes were beetle ridden. I sprayed with Ortho Rose and flower insect killer along with several beetle catchers hoping to rid the problem; however, both were only semi effective. As I was weeding around the base of the bushes, beetles were burrowed in the soil. Please help as I have no clue what to do next to rid my soil of these pests, to literally get to the base of the problem. Thank you in advance.


Kent County Delaware insects pests beetles rose bushes over 4 years ago

Here is a photo of some skimmia that are struggling. There are others nearby...

Here is a photo of some skimmia that are struggling. There are others nearby that look OK, so far. Two of them have recently been replaced. There is an irrigation system running on either side of the plantings. Too much water causing the chlorosis?



Maryland shrubs skimmia over 4 years ago

Let me get to the point (continuation of carpenter ant problem). Please give...

Let me get to the point (continuation of carpenter ant problem). Please give me a list of commercially available products that are proven to be effective in ridding carpenter ants. These ants are climbing up the side of my house. I've tried pesticide companies but have not found any locally that are effective. My research tells me that at least one national company has had problems and there are numerous complaints. I decided I will do the job.


Stark County Ohio pesticides carpenter ants over 4 years ago

Soil Prep after new construction

We just built a house and the builder used "sandy loam" to fill. Fortunately, the dirt from our septic field was used first so we only have about 4 inches of loam until you hit native dirt. The loam used is pink (horrible from what I gather) and not the dark brown/fertile stuff. Our native dirt is clay. So Im thinking of tilling it to 8-12 inches and adding compost. The question: how much compost and what type?


Williamson County Texas soil over 4 years ago

Lawn dying in streaks

Our lawn in north houston is rapidly dying in streaks. The lawn mower may be
carrying the dease. One month ago it was healthy. What can I do to stop this?


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Harris County Texas lawns and turf over 4 years ago

My sick tree

Hi. We bought 2 weeping cherry trees this spring. One is in the back (East) of the house and the other is in the front. The one in the front is the one struggling. The leaves are curling but also looks like something is eating it as well. I could not see anything. I have attached some pictures. Help!


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Ottawa County Michigan over 4 years ago

red caterpillar?

I have a red caterpillar in Parker, CO. About 2 inches long with little black dots down the center of its back. No fur, no spikes. Any ideas?


Douglas County Colorado insects over 4 years ago

I planted my vegetable garden in May. Not all t he same time, but by the end...

I planted my vegetable garden in May. Not all t he same time, but by the end of May everything was planted. My beef steak tomatoes planted in a container have yielded approx. 6 tomatoes and the are not really anything coming out of the blossoms on the plant. What is going on? Someone suggested that the lack of bees this year in our area might be the reason. Is that possible? Please help.


Baltimore Maryland tomatoes vegetables over 4 years ago

OSU ceanothus field trials

What are the results of Neil Bell's OSU field trials of different ceanothus hybrids for PNW started in 2005?


King County Washington horticulture over 4 years ago

Autumn Blaze tree

Our 5 ½ year Autumn Blaze tree leaves began turning brown on the south side about two weeks ago. Within the last week, the south side is really brown. The tree is on the west side of the house. Both the middle and north side of the tree are still green. The brown leaves have not dropped off and are still soft to the touch. The tree did receive the hail damage of Lakewood two and three years ago but seemed to have come through that okay. The trunk is also turning brown on the south side within the last few days.We deep watered the tree about 10 days ago and poked holes around the tree to give it air. It has looked great for the last five summers although has not grown as much as its sister just to the north of her but does not look out of portion to that sister (just not as quite as tall.)Help! What can we do so we do not lose the tree.Thank you for your help!!Ron and Ann


Jefferson County Colorado trees and shrubs over 4 years ago

Small fruit trees and sprinkler system

I want to plant a few fruit trees in my front yard (yard is pretty big). There are a couple of underground sprinkler pipes that run along one edge of the yard. I don't want to dig up the pipes, but I don't use the system to water my lawn; it's basically dormant. Would the tree roots damage the pipes? I want to plant a dwarf sweet cherry, an Italian plum and a fig tree. May also look at paw paws for the other side of my yard, or potentially a dwarf apple. Thanks!


Benton County Oregon trees and shrubs irrigation and water management over 4 years ago

bull castration age

Is 17 months too old to castrate a bull we want to eventually send to be butchered? Castration was attempted earlier but was not successful. Baling twine was used, and the bull is now bloody. Instructions on proper techniques would be appreciated.


Bandera County Texas beef cattle over 4 years ago

I have 4 golden eunomoyus shrubs in my yard that have been here for at least...

I have 4 golden eunomoyus shrubs in my yard that have been here for at least 17 years. This year they look like they are starting to die and all of the leaves are falling off. The branches look like they are shedding their skin. What is causing this and what is the solution?


Carroll County Maryland over 4 years ago

Last year I wrote and asked about the proper time to put down granular grub...

Last year I wrote and asked about the proper time to put down granular grub killer because my lawn was devastated by grubs. In 2012 I put the grub granular killer down at the end of April. I was instructed to wait until the 4th of July. This year I put down the grub killer exactly on the 4th of July and I still have a major grub population. There are brown patches all over my yard. Is there anything more I can do about these grubs short of digging up my yard and killing them one-by-one? Also, do I need to apply grub killer more than once in Carroll County?


Carroll County Maryland over 4 years ago


I have a rose that belonged to my mother. It died,last year and I was going to pull up the dead root. I forget about it because of the drought. This year it came back and is about a foot high. But, it did not bloom. Will it ever bloom again?


Linn County Iowa over 4 years ago

Reseeding of disturbed ground in native grasses

When should I reseed with native grass seed mix ground I have disturbed over the summer? I have several acres of ground to revegetate located in Weld County.


Weld County Colorado rangelands over 4 years ago


Are moonflowers considered a noxious weed subject to fines?


Wasco County Oregon weed issues horticulture over 4 years ago

Inquiry about Large Leaf Linden

One half of our linden appears to be distressed. The West side of the linden appears normal. The east side of the linden appears distressed. Are you aware of any blights or conditions that may cause the tree to appear this way? Given the significant amount of rain we've received, we have not watered any of our plants. Attached are 3 pictures for you to view.
Thank you for you time.


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Oakland County Michigan trees and shrubs horticulture over 4 years ago

How to get pretty apples that are pesticide-free and bug-free

I hope you can help me, I have an apple tree that is heavy with fruit I have lived here for 15+ years and my grandfather had an apple orchard, however he sprayed terrible pesticides on his apples to get beautiful fruit. I would like to get pretty fruit that is pesticide free and bug free, In the past I took the apples and made breads and pies assuming the bugs wouldn't hurt anyone if cooked. (hopefully thats true) there were never anything big just canals and brown trails no bug visible. The type of tree is in question, it could be a crispin it is green now and will fade to yellow and sometimes have a blush. Late Sept Early Oct. I was hoping you could help to tell me what I can use to reduce at least the bugs and the variety.



Michigan over 4 years ago

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