My lemon trees all have a white fungus on the underneath leaf They have not produce fruit in 2 years I see a very tiny insect around the tree Can the trees be saved or should they be removed This appears on the new growth I have cut branches but this does not seem to help


Harris County TX trees and shrubs horticulture over 4 years ago

pressure canning green beans

Is there a reason we have to cut our green beans to two inches (as per the ball book) to pressure can? We are hoping we can do bean spears and leave them long. Thanks, Amber


Marion County OR home food preservation over 4 years ago

pest on cat

I found tiny black bugs with clear wings on my cat. I've been seeing them around the house, and thought they were gnats. When I brushed him, I found the bugs and a lot of black "dots", which I assume are bug poop.These are definately not fleas. Do you have any ideas on what these are?


Peoria County IL insect issues urban integrated pest management companion animals over 4 years ago

Killing suckers from the remaining roots of a felled Ash

In the late fall of 2012 I had the very large remaining root system of an Ash tree pulled out. The root system we removed was about 3' across. This summer I have many significantly tall new suckers growing, perhaps ten in all, as tall as 6'. How can I kill off the remaining root system once and for all? The tree was removed in the first place because it was growing over my main sewer line. That was probably ten years ago. Then foolishly I allowed suckers grow 30' high from that old root system before realizing the roots were growing into the main drain below . Any advise would be much appreciated. It's like an alien that won't leave me alone!!


Arapahoe County CO trees and shrubs horticulture over 4 years ago

a strange looking bug

can you identify this bug or suggest what it might be.

It was flat and brown. It looked like a medium to dark brown dime with close tubular appendages all around it. Like fringe around a dime to make it a little larger than a quarter. I saw it in the corner of door molding and am not sure if I saw the whole thing. So, perhaps it was only half a dime with fringe on it. It moved very quicky when nudged with a toe. It looked nothing like a sow bug or millipede.


Hennepin County MN insect issues urban integrated pest management over 4 years ago

How do I keep squirrels from picking my ripe cherry tomatoes (gold) off the...

How do I keep squirrels from picking my ripe cherry tomatoes (gold) off the plant? The plant is very large (4-5 feet high and about 3 feet wide). Thank you!


Hennepin County MN over 4 years ago

Are the seeds mature ?

if a flowering plant goes to seed and the flowers never open say due to heat, are the seeds mature enough to plant /


Bexar County TX over 4 years ago

Birch tree losing all it's leaves

it's August -9 and almost all of our birch tree leaves have fallen? Help


Story County IA over 4 years ago

I have 2 hummingbird feeders which I fill with sugar water which are...

I have 2 hummingbird feeders which I fill with sugar water which are attracting more bees and apparently 'scaring'/keeping the birds away. We're thinking about putting something sweet (watermelon, cantaloupe) away from the feeders to attract the bees. Any suggestions? We love the hummingbirds and don't want to harm the bees.


Baltimore County MD wildlife hummingbirds hummingbird feeders over 4 years ago

Is Chipping Invasive Trees Safe?

Hello, I've been working towards clearing my property of the extensive number of invasive honeysuckle and buckthorn trees that seem to have taken over. If I cut off the roots, would it be safe to chip the branches in my chipper/shredder and then use that for mulching?


Washtenaw County MI over 4 years ago

Types of herbicides for lawns

What are common names for pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides for lawns and when is the best time to apply each type?


Crow Wing County MN lawns and turf horticulture over 4 years ago

Asian Beetle???

Do you know what kind of insect is in the attached picture. Is it the invasive Asian beetle? Does it cause harm? Thanks for your reply.



Centre County PA entomology insect identification over 4 years ago

Hi HGIC, #1. I have a ± 25 year old River Birch in back yard too close to...

Hi HGIC, #1. I have a ± 25 year old River Birch in back yard too close to decking and hot tub installed a few years ago. I love the bark; but the tree is a pain in the butt 3 seasons of the year. Constantly shedding leaves, seeds, etc. from early sping til late fall. But of course I love the bark. I research everything and wish I had seen something about this habit. I could have put it in another location further from the house. I hate the idea of cutting trees down: but I'm finally sick of it. I want to know if I could cut it high -20 feet or so? to get rid of greenery; but save the trunk. For how long should the trunk stay beautiful? Or will it only sprout again. Or could one treat-(paint) the trunk with something to make it last? If you say it can't be treated, I may cut high anyway and enjoy for a year or two. #2. Is it too late to trim back my Golden Mop False Cypress? I had intended to do it in late winter or early spring; but physical problems prevented me from getting to it. It was supposed to be a dwarf up to ± 3 feet; but it is over 4 and spreads too far. Plus one can't see the Crimson Barberry behind it. Another supposed dwarf. I now know that Barberry is invasive; but I love the color combo and the three are too large to dig up. And I have an old Blue Spruce about 10 behind that. Therefore I'm afraid of injuring the roots of the tree. I've trimmed the barberry late before and it doesn't seem to hurt; but I'm nervous about the cypress. THANKS


Baltimore County MD trees and shrubs birch removal golden mop false cypress over 4 years ago

I wanted to expand my offering of asclepias for Monarch butterflies and other...

I wanted to expand my offering of asclepias for Monarch butterflies and other pollinators and started 10 beautiful plants of A. incarnata (swamp milkweed) early this spring. However, throughout the growing year they have been savagely infested with oleander aphids, which have damaged flowerheads and made a general mess of things with their droppings. I've hosed them multiple times, but in a few days just as many are there. Since these are plants for pollinators, I cannot use insecticides on them. I'm thinking of moving them farther from our sidewalks and near-house gardens and let nature take its course, but I thought that first I would ask if there is a relatively simple remedy that gets rid of the thousands of aphids and won't harm other insects. I haven't found one online, so will look forward to your reply. Thank you. Bob Nixon, HoCo MG.###


Howard County MD aphids flower monarch butterflies oleander aphids over 4 years ago

Can you provide the names and contact info for any field tile contractors in...

Can you provide the names and contact info for any field tile contractors in the Delaware County area?


Delaware County OH over 4 years ago

Can you tell me why my burning bush plant is growing so slowly?

I planted a small burning bush (think it was a 1-gallon size) three years ago. It is still about the same size when I got it (about 18" high and only about 10" wide). I am trying to figure out what I can do to get it going or if I need to transplant to a better location. It is currently on the east side of my house, near the south corner. A lot of wind comes right through there in the winter and wonder if that is the issue. I don't have much planted near it as I wanted to give it room to grow, but I am tired of the area looking empty and this bush staying so tiny. Any advice would be appreciated.


Dakota County MN burning bush lrk over 4 years ago

certified kitchen

I like to make my home kitchen certied to make and sell food items, can you help me out? Thanks


Lancaster County PA over 4 years ago


I collected some seeds from apples which I bought from local store. these seeds are from PINK LADY apples. I managed to grow them in my veg patch and plant are now about 12 inches tall and quarter inch thick stem. I like the variety. Can I graft it using a bud from it on a fully grown apple to get fruit sooner? I live in United Kingdom near Manchester.


OUTSIDEUS apples over 4 years ago

SLM Signage

Do you have on your website signage templates and links to free posters for cafeteria?


Riverside County CA smarter lunchrooms movement over 4 years ago

Sick Aspen tree

Planted 5 years ago, nursery stock, probably 4" caliper. (now 6 - 7" caliper). The first 3 years the tree grew well and was very healthy. Last spring it did not leaf out, but clipping of branches showed green and that it was alive. The trunk bark looked fine. Rather than remove it, we gave it a chance to "bounce back". This year a few leaves appeared, but are very distorted. (dark green in color, thick, and oddly shaped) A lot of suckers have appeared around the base (we remove to help send more nutrients to tree). Some, but not all, of the suckers also have distorted leaves. The tree has more dead branches this year than last. The truck bark still appears healthy. See pictures attached. Thanks for any help in identifying what might be ailing this aspen.


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Summit County CO trees and shrubs disease issues horticulture over 4 years ago

Oak Leaves as flower bed mulch

This year I used all the Oak leaves from the two large trees in my front yard as mulch in the front flower beds. I didn't grind them up either.
They have lasted longer and are still thick, unlike my rear flower beds on which I used Pine bark mulch. Are the rear beds getting more nutrients?
Do the Oak leaves actually make my gumbo soil more acidic? I use a slow release fertilizer on both, plus a water soluble (Carl Poole) twice a month.


Nueces County TX horticulture over 4 years ago

Turf problem

/what product can I buy to get rid of the burmuda and bent grasses in my Kentucky blue grass lawn?


Macomb County MI lawns and turf bermuda grass over 4 years ago

Shrub trimming to save water

During drought conditions, e.g. CA, would it help to reduce the water consumed by shrubs and trees by trimming back some of their foliage? It would seem that with less green leaves to need and use water, the shrubs and trees could get by with less water. Thanks, Bill Taft, OSU-BSME-1960


Placer County CA horticulture over 4 years ago

Baltimore County put up a barrier wall at the back of my property. Due to the...

Baltimore County put up a barrier wall at the back of my property. Due to the wall the wind took out 17 of my trees. Another one is about to go. Is there anything you can do to help me with this problem? Thank you.


Baltimore County MD trees and shrubs tree decline certified arborists over 4 years ago

I have two Austrian Pine trees in my front yard. What I thought was...

I have two Austrian Pine trees in my front yard. What I thought was "winter kill" - premature browning of the needles seems to be something else. Is there a disease at work? If so, can it be treated? Thank you.


Ramsey County MN over 4 years ago

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