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"Cover the crowns with 2-3 inches of soil immediately after planting to...

"Cover the crowns with 2-3 inches of soil immediately after planting to keep them from drying out, and then continue to add soil as the shoots emerge, until eventually the furrow is filled by the end of the first growing season." The asparagus I planted spring of 2013 is doing great except I did not do the above. The ferns are around 3 feet high now. Can I start to slowly cover the trench over the growing season with about 4 to 6 inches of soil manure mixture? Or can I just go the whole 4 to 6 inches now? thanks

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Stearns County MN over 4 years ago

I live in Connecticut and I'm interested in planting a "Joy Tree"...

I live in Connecticut and I'm interested in planting a "Joy Tree" or Magnolia champaca, Michelia champaca. Is our climate too cold for this type of tree? We already have several magnolia's on our property and this one sounds interesting.

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New Haven County CT trees and shrubs horticulture over 4 years ago

Stokes Aster Photo 2

Photo 2 from Senior Center

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Cherokee County GA over 4 years ago

Demo Garden Stokes Aster

This Stokes Aster in our demo garden at the senior center is gnarled and misshaped (see photo). Any ideas what it could be? Thanks, Marti Etchells

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Cherokee County GA over 4 years ago

wounded Birch tree

A horse chewed on the bark of a birch tree. I am not sure how deep it is or if it is griddled. What should the owner do for the tree?

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Emmet County MI trees and shrubs over 4 years ago

One huge branch of B&N oxwood dying

Hi, my very old and large boxwood has a main branch that seems to be dying. We are tempted to cut it off but it's about a third of the whole plant & right next to our front door. Any suggestions? At first we thought the foliage was burned from the winter, now seems much worse than that. Thank you!

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Chester County PA trees and shrubs boxwood over 4 years ago

Silver Leaf Maple Trees

Our Silver Leaf Maple trees have these (eggs?) on the top part of the leaf. We also see that part of the trees, mostly at the top, have dead branches left with no leaves.
Any suggestion on what to do??

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Pipestone County MN trees and shrubs horticulture over 4 years ago

Tree Not Leafing Out

Hello, I have a harwood maple tree about 15 feet tall in my yard. It has barely leafed out this Spring after the severe Winter, just a few branches and the leaves are sprouting directly from the larger branches, nothing on the small branchs at all. Tree shows green underneath the bark. Should I cut it down and start over or give it some time and TLC?

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Poweshiek County IA over 4 years ago

Where can I get a soil sample tested for verticilium wilt? Do you have an...

Where can I get a soil sample tested for verticilium wilt? Do you have an idea of the cost of the test?

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Olmsted County MN soil testing verticillium wilt over 4 years ago

painting

can you put laytex solid stain over laytex paint

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OUTSIDEUS home ownership engineering new home design and construction healthy homes over 4 years ago

I have a 25 yr old fringe tree that didn't bloom last year and had very few...

I have a 25 yr old fringe tree that didn't bloom last year and had very few leaves compared to previous years. This year it has two leaves on one twig. I know it's a late bloomer but I'm afraid it's dead. My husband planted a mulberry tree nearby a few years back and I'm convinced it's the reason the fringe tree is dying/dead. Could this be the reason or is 25 years an average life span for a fringe tree?

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Ramsey County MN over 4 years ago

urban crow roost noise

We have an increase of crows in our neighborhood. Hundreds in the trees and they are very loud and disruptive to sleeping and sanity. What can we mere mortals do?? Thanks from a sleep deprived resident in NE Salem.

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Marion County OR birds human-wildlife issues over 4 years ago

I have 5 big Maple trees in my yard...I was out looking at them yesterday and...

I have 5 big Maple trees in my yard...I was out looking at them yesterday and found that the leaves were fallen off the trees...I checked out the leaves and it kooks like the have been burnt and curled uo...in the trees the leaves edges look burnt every leave on the tree has this happening...so I call People in Norton, Ohio and asked them if there was black leaves on their trees and they come back with a answer yes....If this keeps up I see the trees being leafless in a month...could you tell me what is going on??

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Portage County OH trees and shrubs maple trees over 4 years ago

Corn Pests

whats eating my corn

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Houston County TX corn integrated pest management fruits and vegetables insect issues horticulture over 4 years ago

Strawberry syrup

Where can I find a recipe to make home canned strawberry syrup? Please disregard this question, I just found the answer on your site. Thank you.

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Douglas County OR home food preservation over 4 years ago

If a septic system is the original from 1969 should a homeowner or buyer even...

If a septic system is the original from 1969 should a homeowner or buyer even bother with an inspection or just assume the system needs to be replaced?

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Howard County MD over 4 years ago

Ladybugs

We have a honey locust tree in our yard that is infested with aphids. I was planning on buying ladybugs to help, but heard that "ladybugs that you can purchase for your garden are trapped in the wild, and ... can carry parasites and diseases that will infect ladybugs native to your area". Is this a concern or do you think it's a fine solution for aphid control? Thanks!

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Multnomah County OR ipm over 4 years ago

termite inspection worthwhile?

I've been told by a termite treatment company that inspectors can't see behind walls and therefore their inspections are worthless. The same company recommended treating our house proactively, which will last 7-10 years, they say. This seems extreme, since we don't have termites (that I know of).

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Delaware County PA urban integrated pest management termites over 4 years ago

NW Denver Aspen tree, residential

A neighbor asked me about this, but I cannot answer. Her 30 foot singular trunk aspen "Y"'s about 4 feet above grade, and while the south side of the Y is green and healthy in appearance, the north side of the Y produces catkins but the leaves are shriveling, still green, and look as if dying. She has typical suckering of 20 + aspens localized in an area 20x10 feet. These young trees look healthy, no catkins.

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Denver County CO trees and shrubs over 4 years ago

After the bad winter we had, my hydrangeas have no growth on the old wood....

After the bad winter we had, my hydrangeas have no growth on the old wood. They are growing from the ground instead. What happened? Should I cut off all of the old wood? Thanks.

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Howard County MD shrubs hydrangea over 4 years ago

Should I spray my peach tree and if so, what should I use?

Should I spray my peach tree and if so, what should I use?

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Harford County MD fruit peach over 4 years ago

Crab Apple Pollinators

This is the third time that I have contacted you with a question. Sorry if I am being a pest. I purchased and planted a Winesap Apple before I learned that it is a poor pollinator due to its triploid genotype. I understand that I need a crabapple to pollinate the Winesap. I have not been able to find the suggested crab apples in my area. Of the 5 varieties I have found (Sargent, Velvet Pillar, Spring Snow, Prairie Fire and Coral Burst), Sargent seems to have the best match (white flowers) although I don't know about the timing of flowering match. Winesap is Flowering Group #3 and Sargent is April to May. I could not find info on how these two pieces of information line up. Am I OK with purchasing the Sargent Crab Apple? Also, I read somewhere that Winesaps require two other varieties for pollination. Is this something that I need to incorporate?

Thank you - you have been very helpful

Tim Radley

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Arapahoe County CO trees and shrubs fruit trees apple trees over 4 years ago

Is this lambs ear or commom mullein or something else? Right now it is about...

Is this lambs ear or commom mullein or something else? Right now it is about a foot tall. I tried using tools to identify weeds, but I did not find an answer. The leaves are soft and a little fuzzy, but my dad said not fuzzy enough for lamb's ear.

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Ramsey County MN over 4 years ago

Barberry shrubs diseases

My roseglow barberry bush and japonese barberry are being rapidly defoliated by some insect which I have not been able to see even on close examination. Do you have any idea as to what it might be, and any advice on treatment? Thank you

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Cerro Gordo County IA over 4 years ago

What species of crabapples attract birds every year hold their fruit and are...

What species of crabapples attract birds every year hold their fruit and are disease resistent

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Baltimore MD trees and shrubs crabapple over 4 years ago

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