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Cedar Shakes

I have a cedar shake roof and am told I need to periodically treat it. I keep hearing about copper napthenate. Should I apply it and if I do at what concentration. Basically what should I use(if anything) on my roof. Thank-you Glen Butherus

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Linn County OR wood products over 4 years ago

Migration

Why do millar/moths migrate to the mountains? How, when and why do they end up at lower elevations before heading for the high country?

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WY insect issues over 4 years ago

Life cycle

Do millar/moths start out in a cacoon like butterflies?

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WY insect issues over 4 years ago

What should I do with this guy??

Hello there, my kids and I found this guy crawling swiftly across my back patio this afternoon. An image search on google have me the idea that it might be a Lime Hawk Moth caterpillar. I am attaching a photo. What should we do with it? It would be fun to watch it make a chrysalis and turn into a moth! Please advise, thanks!

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Multnomah County OR insect issues horticulture over 4 years ago

Please help me identify this plant

This plant is growing in a relatively small, dry area between some large planter pots. I left it because I thought it was catmint, or some sort of oregano, but the leaves don't match. It has a tiny white flower with a yellow center, and there are little green berry clusters growing on it now.

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Snohomish County WA plant identification horticulture over 4 years ago

What are these insects

They started eating one of my tomatoes this morning and now it is almost bear of leaves I think when they are done with this one they will move on to the next one. Can you tell me what they are and how to kill them. They are off white to green flying insects. I can't find their picture any where on the internet

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Hudspeth County TX integrated pest management entomology insect identification over 4 years ago

pea weevils

I am located in the Willamette Valley, just east of Salem, in grass seed country. I have been growing peas for 5 years only. No neighbors grow peas. Last year the peas I let mature for seeds were full of Pea Weevils. This year I grew peas again and they are quite infested with Pea Weevils. IF I do not grow peas for the next two years, will I have broken the cycle and be free of the weevils in the future?

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Linn County OR insect issues vegetable gardening horticulture over 4 years ago

what should be trimmed from a tomato plant to promote tomato growth?

what should be trimmed from a tomato plant to promote tomato growth?

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Hennepin County MN tomatoes over 4 years ago

Invasives

Why does the Earthkind Plant Selector include non-native invasives? It seems like that is the exact opposite of being kind to the earth.

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Dallas County TX earth-kind horticulture over 4 years ago

Mushroom Compost

I've been using mushroom compost for several years. This year many of my plant in a north facing bed are cholorotic. These include hydrangeas, peonies, lilly of the valley and a heritage rose bush. Could this be caused by the mushroom compost? What should I do? Earlier in the season we added some ironite thinking that would correct the problem.

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Wayne County OH compost over 4 years ago

My apple tree took a big hit over winter. Had pruned late fall including...

My apple tree took a big hit over winter. Had pruned late fall including topping Y at about 2 inch dia. About 75% of branches dead, remaining have leafage but minimal. There are a couple new sucker type branches on the main trunk. The tree receives substantial leaching nutrients from an elevated veg garden within 15'. I have put in tree spike fertilizer around the dripline and about a cupful of ammonium sulphate spread under. This is a non bearing year and uncertain of the variety but is medium size fruit. Anything else that I can do to save the tree?....doubt it will survive another winter.

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Crow Wing County MN over 4 years ago

I have a problem with my Muskmelon, plants have all died and fruit ripened...

I have a problem with my Muskmelon, plants have all died and fruit ripened premature and taste bad. plants started to die in the middle and expanded outwards. melons look like a disease hit them, look really sick. I planted 4 varietys and they all are doomed, a couple have the powdery mildew sign but others are as I described, I have over 100 plants and all are effected. watermelons nearby are ok.(royal star)The first year I planted roadside hybred muskmelon and they did awesome, second year was like this year, terrible. What can I do?

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Wright County MN trees and shrubs horticulture over 4 years ago

Chinkapin Oak

We recently moved to College Station and want to replace the tree in our front yard with a fairly large chinkapin oak. Can you recommend some nurseries/tree farms in the area where I may find some for sale?

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Brazos County TX trees and shrubs horticulture over 4 years ago

canning V8 Juice, no recipe

Hello, I followed The National Center for Home Food Preservation's PDF about pressure canning "V8 like" juice. I did quarts, 10 lbs and 15 minutes. I did not follow their recipe, though. I would expect that I had more than the recommended amount of other veges per pounds of tomatoes. I do not add lemon juice or citric acid. Is this safe?

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Marion County IA over 4 years ago

We have a row of 10 lilac bushes along the side of our yard. In the past, we...

We have a row of 10 lilac bushes along the side of our yard. In the past, we have trimmed them back right after the flowers have died, usually late May/early June. We didn't get around to doing it this spring and they really need to be trimmed, they are almost 20 ft tall. Can we trim them this fall? We plan to cut them way down, maybe even halfway or should we wait until next spring? Thank you!

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Dakota County MN over 4 years ago

preserving pickles

When I make pickled cucumbers, I boil my brine which contains, water, apple cider vinegar and salt. Then I pour this hot brine into the jar with fresh pickled cucumbers. My question to you is, once I have poured the brine into the jar with the pickles, can I leave the jar on a shelf and then eat it, or do I have to refrigerate it because I did not pressure cook it?

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Marion County OR food safety home food preservation over 4 years ago

Hello, in my perennial garden I have two unknown plants, which I think are...

Hello, in my perennial garden I have two unknown plants, which I think are weeds, however I let them grow as I do not know what they are. THey are now probably over 9' tall, have a green stalk similar to corn thickness, very large leaves and what appear to bee soon to bloom. I am concerned this will go to seed and create a large future problem. Can you identify from the pictures please?

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Ramsey County MN over 4 years ago

I landscaped two summers ago around a large Autumn Blaze maple. Plants on the...

I landscaped two summers ago around a large Autumn Blaze maple. Plants on the design plan were astilbe, bellflowers, and coral bells. The area is well mulched. The coral bells are the only plants hanging in yet, and they have not really grown much. Is this a tree that takes up a lot of water? The area is quite shady due to the size of the tree. Any suggestions for plantings would be appreciated.

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Washington County MN over 4 years ago

A couple days ago we found black droppings in some kitchen drawers. They are...

A couple days ago we found black droppings in some kitchen drawers. They are very small--largest about 3/16"--seem too small for mice. Also no other "mouse signs" like chewed boxes or mouse urine odor. They are not in food cupboards, just drawers with silverware, kitchen utensils, and lids for plastic storage containers. I cleaned out the drawers when I found them and the next day they were there again. I set a regular mouse trap and a sticky trap last nite--didn't catch anything. My husband thinks it's an insect. We don't have roaches in Swift Co., do we? Do you have any idea what these invaders might be? If not, do you know whom we could call that might know? We're baffled! Thank you!

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Swift County MN insect issues over 4 years ago

Can you please identify this insect on my eggplant (please ignore the flea...

Can you please identify this insect on my eggplant (please ignore the flea beetle damage) I've uploaded a photo. Thanks!

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Dorchester County MD insect identification weevil or bug nymph over 4 years ago

Maintaining existing native trees along creek bank

In the common area of Park Bridge, Plano. along Seminary Drive the trees along the creeks have suffered damage from storms. Broken branches and near-dead trees have "spouted" questionable new-growth. Is there someone who could survey the situation and what would the charge be?

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Collin County TX over 4 years ago

why is pine thinning and/or Dying?

Spruce tree starting to look thin and discolored. Why would it be dying from the bottom up?

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Minnehaha County SD trees and shrubs horticulture over 4 years ago

Should you fertilize daylilies in the fall and if so what kind of fertilizer...

Should you fertilize daylilies in the fall and if so what kind of fertilizer is best? My daylilies were planted a year ago. Thank you for the information. John Gerster

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Washington County MN over 4 years ago

sprays used on onion crops

I am chemically sensitive. I am curious how many applications of herbicides and other chemicals is typically needed for a field of onions. Do they require quite a few applications each year? Or do they generally require less than potatoes or wheat?

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Walla Walla County WA soil and fertility issues pesticide safety over 4 years ago

We have a particularly pretty maple tree in our front yard that has black...

We have a particularly pretty maple tree in our front yard that has black mold on the trunk. I have been reading up on the subject but wondered if you had any comments, advice, or anything I should know before I start calling around for help. We have Scotts lawn service caring for our lawn. They were the first to comment on the mold. thank you. ftparish@comcast.net

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Calvert County MD over 4 years ago

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