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When is the best time to trim a pine tree and how should it be done. My pine...

When is the best time to trim a pine tree and how should it be done. My pine tree has a branch that is hanging over into my neighbors yard. Thank you for your help. Linda Fenton e-mail address: tweetbird04@msn.com

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Sherburne County Minnesota over 4 years ago

2014 psyllids

Are you getting any reports of tomato pysllids this year?

Sure looks like I have some on my tomatoes.

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Arapahoe County Colorado fruits and vegetables over 4 years ago

Bare Root Trees in Boulder County?

Is it OK to buy and plant bare root trees in the Boulder area?

If so, where can a person buy bare root trees? Respected online sources?

Thanks!

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Boulder County Colorado trees and shrubs over 4 years ago

What's "Bugging" me?

My backyard garden is overrun this year by a bug that I first noticed on my raspberries. Some of the leaves had a little cluster of eggs. They hatch into a little red bug with 4 legs & 2 antenna's. As an adult they have brownish wings with a red body, but you really dont see the red until they take flight. As adults i see them seemingly sucking the juice from the ripe berry. It looks like they mate on the ground, connecting front to back & back to front, reminding me of a train with 2 engines. Usually one goes forwards while pulling the other one backwards. I have killed 50 or 60 and haven't noticed a stink or a smell. Any idea's?

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Lane County Oregon insect issues over 4 years ago

Dolomedes in Colorado?

Hello--At the Denver Botanic Gardens recently, there was an enormous (3"-4") spider on a rock next to a small pond. This was the largest spider my husband and I had ever seen in Colorado. We were with our friend who is a UK entomologist; a colleague of his identified this as a female Dolomedes tenebrosus, Dark Fishing Spider. Are these often found in this state?

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Denver County Colorado spiders over 4 years ago

What kind of bug is this? I am the garden maintenance head at the mn science...

What kind of bug is this? I am the garden maintenance head at the mn science museum. This bug was found all over in the garden

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Dakota County Minnesota bugs insect identification horticulture over 4 years ago

Kaffir lime pest

I just bought my kaffir lime tree which is about 2.5 feet tall. It looks quite healthy except it has leaf miners I don't know what to do with it. I use organic insecticide, which doesn't seems to help. On top of that yesterday I saw some kind of insect eggs ( attached picture) that I don't know what kind of insect it is. Could u please help me determine the kind of insect so that ican find a way to treat it. Thank u

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Santa Rosa County Florida citrus fruit trees lime tree horticulture over 4 years ago

What is this?

Found on the lip of a large pot that has a tropical plan in it. There are several tropical plants that I've purchased this season near it... a double hibiscus, a "fan fern" and a reddish purplish rounded broadleaf plan I don't know the name(s) of. It's hard/firm on the outer side, bumpy. I haven't tried to squish it... I've never seen anything like it in Iowa.

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Linn County Iowa insect identification horticulture over 4 years ago

Hi. Question on strawberries. Could be Cyclamen Mites but these are new...

Hi. Question on strawberries. Could be Cyclamen Mites but these are new plants from Spring 2013. Also could be Tarnished plant bug...but I am thinking virus based on both reduced plant growth; distorted leaves and fruit; and very little to no growth. Also, any fruit is bitter. Diagnosis help is great but thinking they are too far gone...so remediation is next step. Removal and then burn? I have attached seven (7) images. Thanks in advance. Mike

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Blue Earth County Minnesota over 4 years ago

I planted a river birch cluster this spring. Four trunks about 6 feet high....

I planted a river birch cluster this spring. Four trunks about 6 feet high. The lower leaves recently began to turn yellow and bottom leaves are falling off. More leaves are turning yellow. I don't see insects. What could it be? I am south of Hudson-not sure of the county

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St. Croix County Wisconsin trees and shrubs river birch horticulture over 4 years ago

Is this a weed, they have taken over my wooded hill. Any suggestions as how...

Is this a weed, they have taken over my wooded hill. Any suggestions as how to get rid of them? Thanks

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Ramsey County Minnesota weed id over 4 years ago

spanish lavender

does it need to be pruned? If so when and how?

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Washington County Oregon horticulture over 4 years ago

Can you help us determine what is wrong with our cucumbers and tell us what...

Can you help us determine what is wrong with our cucumbers and tell us what we need to do to save them? We have (2) burpless plants and (4) plants for pickles. They are next to each other and we had the same problem last year. Lots of flowers but not much fruit. Looks like something is eating some of them too, although we have not seen any bugs. Pictures are attached (3); more are available if needed. Thanks for your help Annette and Steve Funari South Washington County

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Washington County Minnesota cucumbers over 4 years ago

My Philodendron is getting these water droplet looking spots on the leaves....

My Philodendron is getting these water droplet looking spots on the leaves. They eventually resemble blister like spots. Last week I removed the entire leaf.For several days I thought perhaps something had dripped on the leaves.They look like dried sticky spots. Otherwise I thought the plant was growing fine. What should I do to fix this? This photo was taken after a rain. I can send another if requested. This is typically a house plant, but may occasionally be placed on the porch.

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Allegheny County Pennsylvania horticulture over 4 years ago

Tree Stump Removal Naturally

What is the best way to break down a tree stump naturally, organically and quickly?

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Washtenaw County Michigan over 4 years ago

Gnawed patch of maple tree limb

We have a mature maple tree in our yard that is approximately 20 years old. It provides great shade and we have never had any problem with it until now. There is a rectangular patch missing in an area of the bark on one limb that appears like it has been gnawed away. Could some sort of animal have done this? It is only one branch, quite high up in the tree and this branch does not hang over the fence line onto neighboring yards so I don't think it is human-caused. We continue to see smaller branches, twigs and leaves on the ground beneath this area. At first we thought it was storm damage, considering all the rain we have had (this has been ongoing since spring). But it is only one side of the tree, and just this one branch. All the other trees, bushes and flowers in the yard are fine and undisturbed. I am attaching some photos of the entire tree and a closeup of the affected branch for your best guess. Thank you.

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Douglas County Colorado trees and shrubs over 4 years ago

tomato plants

I have had a garden for the last 25 years and have never had this problem. All my tomato plants are starting to die. First I thought it was due to cold and wet. But now it has been warm and they are worse. So then I sprayed with some soapy water, thinking it was some little bugs. I trimmed off the bad leaves, buy every day they keep getting worse. I also had problems this year with my cucumber and zucchini plants, but I think they are alright now. I rotate the garden every year and my peas and onions are perfectly fine with no problems. Thank you Lisa Knoll
701 471 0798

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Burleigh County North Dakota fruits and vegetables tomatoes growing tomatoes horticulture over 4 years ago

Western edge of woods non-invasive plants

What plants would you suggest for the edge of a woods that is growing above a retaining wall? We'd like to back up the tree growth about twelve feet from the top edge of the retaining wall and plant other low growing plants there. Condos are at the base of the retaining wall. Our aim is to prevent aging trees from falling on the condos in the event of a windstorm. We realize that this is something that must be continuously monitored; we can't let the woods creep in. The woods is on the western side of the condos. We'd appreciate suggestions of non-invasive, possibly flowering plants.

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Kalamazoo County Michigan trees and shrubs flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials over 4 years ago

Leyland Cyprus tree is becoming brown

Hello, My Leyland Cyprus tree which was growing fine far last 4 years, is becoming brown . Please let me know what should I do now Thanks. Prakash

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Howard County Maryland trees and shrubs trees for energy conservation bagworms leyland cypress browning over 4 years ago

What causes poor fruit set or crumbly berries on my raspberries?

What causes poor fruit set or crumbly berries on my raspberries?

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Sheboygan County Wisconsin fruits and berries raspberries over 4 years ago

Bug Identification

Can you help me identify the really tiny bugs in our house. I've killed several dozen and they squish easily. They do not fly and under a magnifying glass I can see antenna.

They are around the pantry, but also the front window approximately 12 feet away with no trail of them in between. I have yet to find any in flour or other food products.

I put down borax, but it doesn't seem to hinder them. How do I get rid of them?

I can come in to the Clark Co. WA office with some if the picture isn't enough to identify.






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Clark County Washington bugs over 4 years ago

My approximately 20 year old fig tree appears to have died over the winter....

My approximately 20 year old fig tree appears to have died over the winter. It has produced an abundance of figs since about the 2nd or 3rd year it was planted, even though over the past 17 years nothing much has been done to it. It was healthy and productive last year. This spring there was nothing, except a couple of small shoots near the base. Total rest of tree has not bloomed at all - still looks like it does during the wintertime. Doesn't appear to have anything I recognize as a fungus. Only thing is in fall I had TruGreen out to spray a large juniper bush nearby that had bagworms on it & it sprayed azalea bushes, too. Came back in spring to spray fertilizer. Fig tree is down hill from bushes. Could this have affected it? What can be done to save it?

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Prince George's County Maryland fruit fig over 4 years ago

Tansy Ragwort

I'm wondering if I can purchase Cinnabar Moth's or the larvae to release on my property to rid it of Tansy. I've read this works well. We've tried pulling It. But it seems to be getting worse each year. We have horses and I worry about them maybe eating it. We live in Elmira, OR.

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Lane County Oregon over 4 years ago

Is it too late in the season to plant asparagus crowns and have them produce...

Is it too late in the season to plant asparagus crowns and have them produce spears next year? Either way is their a particular kind you would recommend to grow in Hennepin county's climate? Thanks, Bill Johnson Bloomington, MN wcjohnso@tcq.net

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Hennepin County Minnesota asparagus over 4 years ago

Blueberry disease

I have a disease which resembles "Scorch" on my blueberry bushes. Is a service available to diagnose the disease?

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Clark County Washington over 4 years ago

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