Rhubarb Rust?

While clearing out a side garden to prepare for spring, my husband and I found what we think are two rhubarb plants growing out of a pile of dead leaves. It appears one has rust spots, and the other has a partially dead crown. Since the plants were not properly prepared for winter, we aren't sure how much is frost damage, and how much is plant disease. Also, we are not sure how old the plants are. Does the larger need to be divided early spring, wait until winter, or is it still younger (Is there perhaps a size in inches when we should divide it?)?


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Adams County Colorado fruits and vegetables over 4 years ago

Squirrels are eating my bark

Ive noticed this winter that the squirrels are eating the bark on the branches of my trees. How is this going to effect the trees' health and what can I do to stop this activity? Do I need to remove the affected branches?


Teller County Colorado wildlife damage management over 4 years ago

cover crops

I've read quite a bit about cover crops lately, but still don't know which one would be best for Eastern Adams county in a small area of my vegetable garden. Can you recommend one or more for summer growth and also for winter growth? And where would I get such a small amount of seed?
Thank you for your response.


Adams County Colorado cover crops over 4 years ago

dahlia tuber oddity

The "bumps" on these tubers were present when they were dug last fall. They were wintered indoors. They do not appear to have larva. They don't scrape off. The flowers did not appear to be compromised and there were the usual number of flowers during the bloom season. The tubers were disposed of, just in case, so they won't be returned to the soil.



Marion County Oregon dahlias horticulture flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials over 4 years ago

Bayer Tree and Shrub Protect and Feed

Last spring the little caterpillars that attacked Charles Co. almost decimated my dwarf Japanese maple and river birch. Do you remember what they were? Do you remember the month that they attacked? I want to apply the Bayer tree and shrub protect and feed because it offers systemic protection from those caterpillars, but am not sure when I should apply it.


Charles County Maryland trees and shrubs japanese maples maple trees canker worms river birch bayer tree and shrub over 4 years ago

Cotton Burr Compost

I am planning on starting a container garden. It has been recommended that I use Cotton Burr Compost. I have found information that says there could be left over pesticides, etc. in it. Is that something I should consider?


Lavaca County Texas compost container gardening horticulture over 4 years ago

Hello Master Gardeners! I am a medical student living in a medical school...

Hello Master Gardeners! I am a medical student living in a medical school fraternity at the Minneapolis end of UMN Twin Cities. I started a house garden last year and used mainly miracle grow potting soil in many pots around the balcony to grow our vegetables, but I am interested in moving to something more sustainable. I would like to build a raised bed garden out front so that future years can easily till a small plot and grow their own healthy eats. I am wondering if there is a way to purchase or receive soil through the University for such a project. I want to make sure that the soil is not just imported topsoil from the rainforest, but instead a locally sourced and compost enriched batch (especially if it's just a drive to Saint Paul). If the University doesn't have a compost/soil program, would you have suggestions for how I could procure some good soil? Thank you! Lucas


Hennepin County Minnesota over 4 years ago

Clearing debris around new growth

Plants are peaking out from last year's leaf and mulch - trying to get sunlight so they can get growing. Is it ok to cut back old growth on ornamental grasses and clear debris around perennials - or will they be harmed with upcoming spring temperature dips and possible spring storms?


Denver County Colorado flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials over 4 years ago

Best field grass for my area?

We have 1/3 of an acre backyard that has been filled with weeds the past two summers. It's mostly sunny, at a slope, and hardly has any grass. We are wanting to plant field grass of some sorts and are wanting to know what would be best for out area? We are in the 80917 zip code in the Village Seven area of Colorado Springs. Any tips or help are appreciated.


El Paso County Colorado lawns and turf over 4 years ago

why is creeping charlie considered a weed? What result if left unchecked?

why is creeping charlie considered a weed? What result if left unchecked?


Hennepin County Minnesota weeds creeping charlie horticulture over 4 years ago

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