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What kind of Caribbean spider is this?

About 3.5-4.5 inches in length with a light brown and orange body with a plain orange abdomen. Black-tipped legs (front legs {2 inches} longer than back legs {1.5 inches})

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St. Thomas County Virgin Islands of the U.S. over 4 years ago

Will my beautiful croton survive after my dog mauled it?

I had a beautiful croton planted on my patio. It was thriving, so I had to move it to a larger container. Over the weekend, my basset hound pulled the plant out of the new pot and chewed all the leaves off. All he left was the healthy root ball and a single leaf. I replanted the remaining root ball and put it where my dog can't reach it. Is there any chance this plant will return to its previous beautiful, healthy state?

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Travis County Texas companion animals horticulture over 4 years ago

more leaves than bloom

I have "twist-shout" hydrangea. It blooms less than last year with more vigorous stem and leaf growth instead. So it is taller but with less flowering. Not sure what is the reason.

Thank you very much for your insight.

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Hennepin County Minnesota trees and shrubs horticulture over 4 years ago

Canning salsa

I bought a pressure cooker/canner specifically to can my homemade salsas, tomato sauce etc. When I look at the published recipes for salsas though, all directions are for water baths. What is the reason for this? Is there a generic psi and processing time for salsas or tomato sauces? Thank you.

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Washington County Oregon home food preservation over 4 years ago

houttuynia

how to control and eliminate houttuynia

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Nassau County New York plants vines houttunyia plant removal plant control over 4 years ago

Day lilies

My day lilies have over run their area. I'm trying to get rid of most. When I dig the clumps up, do I need to get as many roots as possible? Will new plants start from the roots? Thanks for you help! Alice

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Jackson County Oregon horticulture over 4 years ago

daylilys

My day lily has a new shoot growing from the stem. What can I do with it? Is this a new plant? Can I put it in soil or in water to grow roots?

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Washington County Oregon propagation perennials horticulture over 4 years ago

Lace Flys

I seem to have lace fly evidence on the backside of the leaves on my azaleas, and rhododendrons in my yard. Little brown spots on the back of their leaves. My plants look sick. What should I do?

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Multnomah County Oregon insect issues horticulture over 4 years ago

I have Catalpa trees. I would like to know if I can use the seed pods on the...

I have Catalpa trees. I would like to know if I can use the seed pods on the trees to grow new trees. If so, how do I keep the seeds/pods over winter and best way top plant and germinate them? I realize this is probably a no brainer question but I've never tried this before.

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Isanti County Minnesota over 4 years ago

When should I divide peony plants?

Do I need to wait until the foliage of my peonies have been touched by frost before I split the plants?

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St. Louis County Minnesota peonies dividing perennials horticulture over 4 years ago

I am tired of weeding my corn patch at home. Is there a pre-emergent, maybe...

I am tired of weeding my corn patch at home. Is there a pre-emergent, maybe Preen, that I can put on the soil after tilling and before planting the seed corn? Preen works great in my veggie garden where I grow and use starter plants so I'm looking for the same kind of grass and weed control in my 1000 sq ft corn patch. I'll take any advice about how to control grass and weeds in my corn patch.

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Isanti County Minnesota over 4 years ago

Identify shrub

Can you tell me what this large shrub is? It's by the Engineering Bldg. on campus and it's coved with these fruits/

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Ingham County Michigan trees and shrubs over 4 years ago

Lime

When should I add lime to my garden soil?

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Washington County Oregon soil soil ph garden over 4 years ago

Concerns over sandy soil

A section of soil on my property is very sandy, which must have been amended to be this way by a prior owner (at least 6 years ago). I recently found this after digging up healthy grass/clover in the area. I am concerned the prior owners may have used sand not appropriate for gardens (salty? Other concerns??). pH is 7. How can I tell if I have a problem? Would any nutrient/salt imbalance have worked its way out by now? I want to plant garlic, so if the soil is ok, this is a great thing. If I need a soil test, what specific test is needed?

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Multnomah County Oregon soil and fertility issues horticulture over 4 years ago

Why are my apples always deformed?

Since I moved into my house 4 years ago, the apple tree on our property has not once produced good apples. It flowers normally in the spring and seems pretty healthy, but the apples never turn out. There are some holes in the leaves. See photos. What should I do?

Also, I just planted a honeycrisp apple tree this spring about 100 feet away. Will this affect my new tree?

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Anoka County Minnesota trees and shrubs fruits and vegetables apples horticulture over 4 years ago

I've had no success with cucumbers this year. Something I hadn't seen before...

I've had no success with cucumbers this year. Something I hadn't seen before happened to them: the leaves suddenly became very mottled looking, a sort of gray mosaic pattern developed in the leaves, then the plants just shriveled up and died. A few cucumbers tried to form but they never really filled out, only developed about halfway, and shriveled up down to the tip. I tried planting twice in different areas -- no success. Any idea what happened to these cucumbers? (By the way, I never saw any bugs on them.)

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Carroll County Maryland over 4 years ago

Reducing sugar in a brine

We recently canned brussel sprouts and the result was too sweet for our taste. Can we lower the amount of sugar in the recipe and still can safely?

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Cook County Illinois home food preservation food preparation over 4 years ago

subterrranean yellow jackets

How do I get rid of subterranean yellow jackets?

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Cherokee County Georgia over 4 years ago

What is best grass seed for my lawn

We spend much money trying to improve our lawn. We have a sunny area and the lawn is regularly seeded, fertilized and over seeded. This year parts of the lawn were destroyed by cicada wasps. The lawn looks sparse and in parts , look dead. It doesnt look very green and healthy. I think we have applied both tall fesque and Pennington water control seed as well as Merrifield Garden Center turf seed for sunny areas.I have been reading about newer brands (Seedland.com) which combine bluegrass and tall fesque. What do you advise?

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Fairfax County Virginia turf seed selection over 4 years ago

Hi there - can you help me to identify this plant? I have seen it in the...

Hi there - can you help me to identify this plant? I have seen it in the woods and now I have a plant that has volunteered in my flower bed. I am trying to figure out if I should pull it or encourage it. It has dainty white flowers just emerging on long thin non-rigid spikes. The site is clay soil, frequently wet, in part sun. Thanks! Cheers! Barbara

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Loudoun County Virginia plant id tovara virginiana polygonum virginiana over 4 years ago

How can I save an Oak Tree?

I have two large Oaks that are approximately 30 years old. One Oak has branches that are beginning to curl towards the earth. Each summer several more die. The other Oak is a 5 arm oak where one of the arms is sick. Each fall the leaves curl and turn brown within a week instead of turning colors with the rest of the tree. I had a holistic arborist look at it a couple years ago and he thought there was an insect that had borrowed in the bark. He treated the tree organically but the problem has persisted. Do you have any suggestions? Is there anyone in the Dallas area that can help me save these gorgeous trees?
Tami Neff 214-682-5682

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Dallas County Texas trees and shrubs horticulture over 4 years ago

Greetings. In preparation for colder weather, would birds prefer I clean out...

Greetings. In preparation for colder weather, would birds prefer I clean out bird houses now, or wait until spring? I don't know if the existing nest material is a deterrent or a positive. Thank you.

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Frederick County Maryland wildlife bird nests birdhouse cleaning over 4 years ago

Greetings. I have identified a small, sunny area in my yard where I will...

Greetings. I have identified a small, sunny area in my yard where I will plant vegetables next spring. Is it best to till and improve the soil this fall, or wait until spring? (don't know if tilling now will increase weeds)? Either way I do plan to put grass clippings and mulched leaves in the area over the next few months. Thank you.

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Frederick County Maryland vegetables starting a vegetable garden over 4 years ago

Greetings. I read an article recently that recommended applying corn gluten...

Greetings. I read an article recently that recommended applying corn gluten to lawns now, to cut down on weeds. (I'm unsure if it cut down on weeds already in the yard or weeds coming next year.) I purchased some corn gluten but the nursery staff said they thought it was best applied in the spring. What do you think? If you vote for spring, will storing the corn gluten in my garage over the winter have any effect on the product? Thank you.

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Frederick County Maryland lawns and turf corn gluten over 4 years ago

Greetings. I purchased several packs of fertilizer stakes in the spring,...

Greetings. I purchased several packs of fertilizer stakes in the spring, intending to put them in the ground in May, as I have done the last 2 years. I never got around to it. Is it beneficial or harmful to fertilize in the fall; should I wait until spring of 2014? These are the 6" stakes, sold in 10-packs at the large home improvement stores. I have 3 packs each for my evergreens and deciduous trees and shrubs. Thank you.

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Frederick County Maryland fertilizer fertilizing trees fertilizing shrubs over 4 years ago

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