composting with pine needles

Is composting with white pine needles a good idea?


Jackson County MI compost over 4 years ago

Is this bush a Mountain Laurel or some type of Poison ivy/oak, sumac,etc....

Is this bush a Mountain Laurel or some type of Poison ivy/oak, sumac,etc. bush? Thank you for your help.



Frederick County MD shrubs plant id over 4 years ago

Canning in 2 oz. jars

My daughter and I canned 300 2 oz. jars of blackberry jam for wedding favors. We used hexagon shaped jars with screw on lids. They don't seem to be sealing, but it's hard to tell because the lids are so small. We also canned 4 pints in regular canning jars and they sealed fine. (We heard the the "pop"). Is there anything we can do? Would the jam be safe if it was kept refrigerated? The wedding is June 29th. We canned these May 25th. This was a lot of work and we're sick to think it's all wasted. HELP!


Clackamas County OR home food preservation over 4 years ago

spray for purslane

What is the most effective spray for purslane, also what works best for kochia?


Larimer County CO weed issues weeds horticulture over 4 years ago

Rabbits vs the garden

We've put a rabbit-proof fence around the garden to a height of 20" (and did bury it 6" as well). Is this high enough, or will a motivated rabbit jump over once plants grow inside. We have lots and lots of rabbits in our subdivision of Windsor so need to take it seriously.


Larimer County CO wildlife damage management over 4 years ago

Can you identify this

Recently cut down this tree/large shrub. It spreads profusely by runners and is taking over my garden and lawn. Can you tell me what it is and how I can kill off the tree and existing runners? Thank you.


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Crow Wing County MN trees and shrubs weed issues horticulture over 4 years ago

Pink Dogwood

I have a 20 yr. old dogwood that has this disease, see attached. It also gets black spots on it's leaves they curl and drop early. What can I do to help this tree ? It's had this for three yrs. Last fall I truly thought the tree would not come back this year. After reading on your site about dogwoods " PINK" and the drought we had last year and me not watering it I thought it was gone. This spring it did not Bloom probably because it was under such stress, disease , drought. The tree is located just east of the house and 40 feet south of the woods. Note: there is a Flowering Crab- Apple tree 20 ft. away that gets black spots on it's leaves and they also drop VERY EARLY but it does not have that white growth on it' s branches. Please help me with these two trees. AL, Monroe Mi. Note: I feed the dogwood in early spring with Holly- Tone.


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Monroe County MI trees and shrubs disease issues horticulture over 4 years ago


i have a huge peony that droops so much the flowers are hanging in the dirt. if i cut it back will it bloom again?


Multnomah County OR horticulture over 4 years ago

Brown leaves on chestnut tree

Many of the leaves on all of the 3 chestnut trees (which are just leafing out) on or near our property have turned brown and brittle. Our spring has been quite dry and at times very hot, but we did receive c. 1 inch on rain 4 days ago. We also had excessively cold weather over this Memorial Day weekend, and a frost last night. Could the trees simply be suffering from frost damage? There are other young leaves in the same group of leaves which are a young shiny green, looking quite healthy.


Luzerne County PA trees and shrubs master gardener horticulture over 4 years ago

canning marinated mushrooms

How long should I process marinated button mushrooms 1/2 pint, hot pack at 1,500 ft?


Deschutes County OR home food preservation over 4 years ago

Soil moisture probes

Am interested in something more sophisticated than the usual $8.99 product or the finger. Would welcome comments, suggestions, discussion of available technologies.


Denver County CO soil moisture probe over 4 years ago

crab apple trunk rotting?

I think our crab apple tree might have something wrong with the trunk. Looks like it might be rotting? We got it trimmed a few years back and otherwise looks incredibly healthy. Do these pictures tell you anything?


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Arapahoe County CO trees and shrubs disease issues over 4 years ago

Rabbit Control

I have rabbits in my back yard and they destroying my grassby eating it downto to roots. What can I do. Is there any way to get rid of them. They are not afraid of people and seem bored by my cat.
Lynne Wright


Arapahoe County CO wildlife damage management over 4 years ago

growing holly bushes

If my soil has a ph of 7.4 will it be possible to grow holly bushes?


Oakland County MI holly ilex over 4 years ago

Spontaneous sex reversal

We had 4 hens; one of whom had a leaner body & was dominant, laying the biggest eggs tho she was the same type as one of the others. The dominant hen died and within months the other of the same type grew long feathers around her neck & tail making her look like a rooster. She was at least 3 years old when she did this. Why would this happen?


El Dorado County CA over 4 years ago

Renters Destroyed Lawn

I moved back into my house I had rented out after an 18 month tour in Afghanistan. I am very pridefull of my beautiful yard. They had 3 large dogs that werent authorized on the lease and dug up the back as well as no weed control and my back yard was full of various short and tall weeds where there werent massive holes. I have put 48 hours into moving rocks, planting grass and fertilizing ans pulling weeds constantly. The fron yard is an embarrassment to myself and street. There were so many dandilions that when i pulled then my front yard looked like a dog with severe mange. I followed all procedures on your website for overseeding front lawn and tore up back yard and seeded. This all took place last year and I am attempting it again, but looks like same situation again. PLEASE HELP. I could have payed a crew to resod but I planted this yard by hand 6 years ago an was best on the block now looks like a cancer. Any advice would be appreciated. Very Respectfully, Jay


El Paso County CO lawns and turf over 4 years ago

Too Much Exercise?

My POA mare is 11 years old, measures 13.3 hands and weighs 769 lbs. The vet suggested that she needs to lose some weight. My pony is a driving pony; typically, I have time to drive her once a week.
In order to provide exercise, I free lunge her for roughly 20 minutes each morning. Lunging consists of walk and trot. This exercise routine is each morning, 6 days a week (the 7th day is driving).
It has been suggested that this is way too much exercise for the pony, specifically, the pony needs a day to rest. May I have your opinion? Do you have any suggestions for an exercise program? There are no health issues with the mare.
Thank you in advance for your expertise!



Monroe County NY over 4 years ago

Colorado Manzanita

Are Colorado Manzanita and Massachusetts Manzanita one and the same plant? I know Pancho Manzanita is taller than Colorado.


Jefferson County CO trees and shrubs over 4 years ago

Red oak leaves are turning brown

Planted red oak 1 yr ago. About 20 feet tall now. Just noticed brown on edges of leaves. I think it is not dry, but unsure what the issue is. I auto water about 10 inutes ech day.


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Ellis County TX trees and shrubs home landscapes plant health oak trees over 4 years ago

Citrus tree problems

Mexican Lime: Leaves (new and old) are all turning yellow/pale green with dark green veins. Is this a mineral deficiency? Over watering? Over fertilizing? Also, all the small fruits have dropped off. Planted in the ground with clay soil. Fertilized with citrus fertilizer. (See picture)

Satsuma: Young tree was growing well, also in the ground with clay soil, fertilized with citrus fertilizer, but suddenly all of the new growth at the tips is stunted and twisted. (See picture)



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Harris County TX over 4 years ago

purning ash trees in colorado

When should I purne my askh tree in denver colorado?


Jefferson County CO trees and shrubs over 4 years ago

Should I water my lawn?

Should I water my lawn?


Prince George's County MD over 4 years ago

Killing white yarrow from a flowerbed

I have white yarrow growing in a flowerbed with many of perennials. I have pulled the yarrow but it always finds a way to come back. I want to make sure that I don't kill the other plants as I try to kill off the yarrow.

Is there an herbicide that could be sprayed or painted on with a brush to attack the yarrow and not hurt the other plants.

Thanks so much! Angie


Arapahoe County CO weeds over 4 years ago

Fungus and what to do about it

We have these bulges growing on some of our small pine trees. We think it is a fungus. There is an orange powder "spores".

What do we do? Can the tree be saved or should it be cut down to prevent spreading?


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Benewah County ID trees and shrubs fungus horticulture over 4 years ago

Which level of P and K are right for a lawn?

My lawn test resulted in this Under the "personalized recommendations section" it is suggested to apply each 2.3 lb. P and K but at the same time it says that both are adequate and no more is needed. I'm a little bit confused with this recommendation and I'm not sure what to do. In addition, it is not mentioned if I need to apply iron. I have patched some areas in my yard and the new grass is pale green. Is that a signal that iron is required?


Washtenaw County MI lawns and turf over 4 years ago

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