using TX sage/cenizo as a hedge; best way?

I purchased a TX sage (mealy) from a sale by the Native Plant club. I have a front hedge with that shrub that is an evergreen and boring. I live in Houston; the soil is deep black and sometimes difficult to dig into. I want to use the sage as an anchor in a TX native plant garden to draw butterflies and birds and good bugs. What is the best way to prepare the soil for a good start?


Harris County Texas trees and shrubs landscape design horticulture over 4 years ago

We have several large breed dog and after years of trying we are ready to...

We have several large breed dog and after years of trying we are ready to give up on our back yard grass. Short of re-sodding the entire yard I can't think of anything that will hold up to the wear and tear it receives. We've tried various lawn repair products, we've tried "rotating" the usage and it is almost a barren wasteland. When it rains it is terrible. We've thought of installing an in ground feces eliminator, but we're unsure of the effect on the environment. Any insight into lawn care ideas we can use are greatly appreciated


Baltimore Maryland lawns and turf dog damaged grass over 4 years ago

Honey bee hives

When we bought our property in DRW the owners left several small wooden hives behind. I am expanding my garden to include more flowers to attract pollinators this year but I am wondering if I should go hang these hives on the property somewhere and if so, where is the best location to attract honey bees? We have 10 acres and lots of wooded areas nearby as well as a large field. Thanks! April


Deschutes County Oregon bees horticulture over 4 years ago

soil testing

Does the testing with the "Home lawn & Garden Soil Test Mailer" include testing for heavy metals or other contaminants that we need to be concerned with for home vegetable gardening, especially root vegetables? If not, is there testing available for this and how would I get that done?


Oakland County Michigan over 4 years ago

Want to create microclimate several zones higher

Do you believe it's possible to create a micro climate around a zone 6 or 7 tree, such as a White Mulberry to make it a viable choice for zone 4? I have several high end solar tubes, and was thinking about using them to heat the area around the plant. Am I crazy? Kind Regards, John


Jackson County Minnesota trees and shrubs usda plant hardiness zone horticulture over 4 years ago

Food Pyramid

I am looking for resources to utilize in a den meeting for cub scouts. I am an assistant den leader and looking for information on the new food guide pyramid as well as any supplemental materials related to talking about proper diet. I would need 15 handouts of each handout. Are you able to help me? I need this information as soon as possible and can provide a mailing address if needed.


Linn County Iowa over 4 years ago

Pear stony pit virus

Can anyone tell me the scientific name of the pear stony pit virus?


Outside United States fruit trees pears pear trees horticulture over 4 years ago

Nursery Grower's bulletin for growing shade trees in buckets (10-15 gal)

Is there a bulletin for growing shade trees in buckets? At first, we don't want to invest in a pot-in-pot infrastructure, so we want to put the containers on weed-mat and stand them back up when they blow over. I have grown shade trees for a living and would like to start with 6-8' whips as bare-root liners.


Jefferson County Kentucky trees and shrubs over 4 years ago

Squash Dying Suddenly

I have raised gardens that I've been using now for the last 18 years, I add new organic material to the soil every year and use a rototiller to prepare the soil. For the last couple of years my squash plants die suddenly. When you check them at night they look wonderful and you wake up the next day they look as if weed killer was sprayed on them. I live in Sachse, TX but my dad lives in Murphy, TX and has the same problem. It is not a bug as we are both familiar with the borer and know what to look for. This is happening with several varieties of squash (Zucchini, Acorn, Butternut, and Yellow). The problem does not effect tomatoes, cucumbers, or various varieties of peppers. I don't have anything growing now or I would take a picture for you. Any suggestions?


Collin County Texas over 4 years ago

I have what appear to be baby flies on the ground around my potted rose...

I have what appear to be baby flies on the ground around my potted rose plant. Can you tell me what they are and how to get rid of them? Thank you Sharyn Wagner


Santa Clara County California insect issues horticulture flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials over 4 years ago

bull kelp in veg. garden

I live in Gold Beach and can gather bull kelp fronds on the beach. Can these be used in my raised beds? and to what amount? Thank you, Ruth


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

Snow drifts on shady area of lawn

I have an area of my lawn that is shaded and the snow drifts stay on the grass all winter. It appears that this area of the lawn is damaged each spring. Should I rake these drifts off to the sunny side of my lawn to let the grass get some "air" where these drifts sit, and also puts the moisture on the areas that are in full sun?


Arapahoe County Colorado lawns and turf turfgrass diseases over 4 years ago

If my income falls below $15,800 in 2014, how will my ACA benefits be affected?

I live in Illinois, which has expanded Medicaid for individuals with incomes under $15,800.00. I have acquired a policy under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with an anticipated MAGI of $40,000, so I receive a subsidy. I fear I may have to take a lower-paying job later in the year, or may be out of work and find that I have fallen below the $15,800 income level when it comes time to file 2014 taxes. What happens to the subsidies and insurance and insurance benefits that I have already received during 2014 if that happens?


Madison County Illinois personal finance over 4 years ago

Nandina toxic to birds?

On Jan. 22, 2014, an article appeared in the Beaverton Leader section of the Oregonian concerning the potential toxicity of nandina (Heavenly Bamboo) berries. It was written by Jennifer Nelson, an outreach specialist at the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District. She referred to a recent press release from OSU Extension wildlife specialist, Dana Sanchez, outlining the danger of birds ingesting the berries and being poisoned by cyanide and other alkaloids which produce "highly toxic hydrogen cyanide" causing sudden death. Nandina is wide spread and pervasive in our area. Are studies underway about this issue? Why has there been no other information made public?


Washington County Oregon wildlife over 4 years ago

Mark Holden, Land Agent/Realtor

Hello, I am in search for a Forester for consultation with a client of mine, regarding a Silverculture project (Planted Pine). The project in north central Pasco County, Florida. Any names, numbers or suggestions ? Thank you in advance, for any assistance. Mark Holden



Pasco County Florida forestry silviculture pine trees consulting forester over 4 years ago


I have a volunteer apple tree that needs to be moved. How do I transplant it successfully?


Jackson County Oregon trees and shrubs horticulture over 4 years ago

what type of spider is this?

An old teacher of mine found this in his hotpress, he lives in Northern Ireland, it's completely exotic for us to see this in our own homes.



Outside United States spiders tarantula over 4 years ago

alcohol internal combustion

I am working on a project where there would be a need for an alcohol burning internal combustion engine , for example I think a weedeater type engine would suffice. It would have to be extremely durable and would see extended use in 3rd or 4th world scenerios or whatever you call them. The exhaust would be used for pressure as that would be much simpler than an attached air compressor. Emissions are important but with alcohol I believe they would be few enough to be workable.This engine would have to be extremely durable and would have to have all maintenance parts easily replaceable by people with absolutely no mechanical skills or knowledge. I do not know if it is possible but is what I need is an engine that is small that never breaks that runs on alcohol that can be made in any environment and I need it to be able to be able to run under variable exhaust back pressure , increasing load without failing. No backpressure load to increasing load , exhaust as an air compressor without failing. There could be a pressure cut off/out as pressure will not have to be high. This engine would be used to produce volume and then pressure. Compare it to blowing up an empty balloon and then expanding it and maintaining pressure while there is a small bleedoff on the balloon somewhat near the engine`s exhaust/compression capacity. Once again , ideally , this engine would run off of alcohol or fuel produced locally. This is an intregal part of an ambitious project that may make a very good college project. I am also considering using the heat and cool of the day as an added source of pressure but that would just add to the complexity of something that needs entire simplicity. Yes , I have considered a hand pump , which would work but be labor and wear intensive hence my seeking a motorized alternative.


Custer County Montana bioengineering engine over 4 years ago

No more grass

What is the best way to kill or eliminate lawn without having to dig it up by hand?


Hood River County Oregon lawns and turf horticulture over 4 years ago

Baby Face seeds

24 Jan 2014 Dear Co Agent Goshen, In the Sandhills of Wyoming and Nebraska and probably in many other grasslands, there appears a Baby Face. Well not a face of a baby of any particular species of vertebrate, but a little plant seed we called a 'Baby Face'. Probably these seeds are best found in the fall after they have matured and fallen to the ground. It was great fun to see who could collect the most Baby Faces. But that was long ago. I wonder what happened to those collections. The seeds are a tiny flat disc about the size of BB or 1/8th inch in diameter or 3 millimeters if you prefer. The rim of the seed seems to be raised sharply [slightly]. The height of the seed is probably ΒΌ of the diameter. The color is of course, PINK. I fault myself in not observing the source of these little seeds. Perhaps the name is fairly 'local.' But I'll now make up for my inattention, and try to learn more about this little bit of nature. Certainly I solicit your support to help me learn more of the name and life cycle of these little guys. I'll share with my friends and relations, whatever I learn. THANKS, Alan A. Keimig


Arapahoe County Colorado over 4 years ago

Honey Bees in our proch columns

We are a church located in SE Portland. Honey bees have moved into our porch columns and we are not sure what to do or whom to call.


Multnomah County Oregon over 4 years ago

On-farm slaughter

What is the Michigan stance regarding on-farm slaughter by somebody purchasing livestock from a farm? For example somebody purchasing a goat and wanting to slaughter observing Halal processes and wanting to do the slaughter themselves.


Michigan small meat processors goats over 4 years ago

eta,theta,jefferson filbert

the european hazelnut trees i listed above how cold hardy are they? will they take freezing temps and not die ? mostly the caskins i am talking about or flowers.Because i know they bloom in the winter.I read online and talked to people and they say the flowers when dormant can take mins 20 and not die and mins 10 to 15 and not die when in full bloom ? My zone is 6 St.louis mo 63111, zone 6 temps are 0 to mins 10. this year was the first year in many yrs we got to mins 6 temps and in summer we are hot and humid.I was looking to buy these european filberts for nut production in my yard thanks Mark


St. Louis County Missouri trees and shrubs horticulture over 4 years ago

On farm butchering

Are there laws against letting someone buy a goat or sheep and letting them butcher it on your propety for there own consumption?


Montcalm County Michigan small meat processors over 4 years ago

Apple trees

My son bought a house last fall and I am going to buy him 2 apple trees for his yard. It is between the Halared, Honeycrisp and the Sweet sixteen. Will they pollinate each other or not because I heard they were flowering group 4 self sterile trees. if so what do I need? How far apart should they be planted and should I get dwarf tree, I don't want it to get real tall so it is hard for him to pick the apples. any information will be helpfull. Do I keep in mind the type of root system? He lives in Breckenridge MN, so I think he has to have a zone 3 or 4 tree? Thanks for your time Brad Snyder


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

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