Is there any treatment for the bud fly?
a maple back of our house leaves are curling up and turning black. when it was windy one day hundreds of these leaves were all over our driveway. You can see hundreds more on the tree. What is causing this. I called NDSU here in Fargo, No. Dak. and they didn't know what caused it, was looking into it.
I foolishly planted several packets of flowers in my bed and now I can't identify all of them. This particular plant and its leaf are foreign to me. Please identify it.
Prince George's County MD plant identification over 4 years ago
I planted two varieties of sweet bell pepper plants in an Earthbox. The plants are showing signs of significant problems, but I'm not sure what the problem is or what to do about it. The misshapen leaves have some brown, crispy spots and edges. I see new leaves growing, but I am noticing that those, too, are starting to show brown spots. Before I transplanted my nursery-purchased seedlings, I found some aphids that I picked off and sprayed off with a strong shot of water. I don't see aphids on the bell pepper plants anymore, but I wonder if the aphids left a disease. Also, when I was transplanting the young plants, I made one mistake in setting up the box which might have resulted in fertilizer salts or even undissolved fertilizer from last year affecting the plants. Having done research online, I am also wondering if the problem could be something like bacterial spot. Do you have any more focused ideas on what the problem might be and what to do about it (treat the plants, pull them out, throw away the potting mix in the Earthbox, and start over, etc.)? Thank you for your help.
Hi there, we need help with getting rid of the ants that are causing large mound areas in our grass lawn. There are a large number (more than 10) of these areas in our grass. Each area looks like granules of dirt among the grass blades, but when you look closely you see ants. Some of the areas are starting to become soft and yield when you walk on them, a couple have started to cave in. Over the years we have infrequently had maybe one or two of these areas in our yard, but this year there are many of them, and they are large. Help, what can we do? Many thanks!!!
Hennepin County MN over 4 years ago
This is the 4th year for my top hat blueberry bushes, they previously produced a lot of berries now this year seem dead. I gave them holly tone as usual and they are in large pots. Not sure if I should have pruned them or if something is going on in the area. Please help
Hi, I'm pretty sure sure this is beech bark disease, but it seems to have overtaken the tree in just a couple of years. The tree is well over 20 years old, in a shady wooded area next to an old maple and old persimmons. It looks very healthy, if you go by the number of green leaves and branches it has, but large areas of the trunk and the base of branches are involved, from near the ground up into the crown, at least 30 feet up. I'm concerned about it being weakened and am planning to have it removed, but I wanted to get a second opinion in case it can be saved. Thanks.
I have a 3 year old persimmon tree in the yard. Today I noticed a lace like substance over 2 or 3 of the branches. When I examined further, I discovered hundreds of "wormies" moving around under the silk. I have removed the branches. Trying to grow organically. Do you have any idea what these are and how I should take care of the tree? I also have bees so definitely do not want to use chemicals.
The power company is threatening to remove our Colorado Spruce trees that are near a transmission line. Would we be foolish to cut off the tops to satisfy their concerns? Richard
Ramsey County MN over 4 years ago
I have a red poppy that I planted spring 2013. It has been slow growing but reasonably happy. It is in a sunny perennial bed among iris, peonies, rudbeckia and a hydrangea that the deer have beheaded. This year, 2 blooms came up on the poppy, however the outer part of the bloom got brown and died before it opened up to reveal the flower. I opened it up manually and the flower looked like it had developed but was all shriveled up and mushy. I'm finding that the same thing is happening to my rose bush blooms. The roses and the poppies are in completely different flower beds at opposite ends of the yard so whatever it is, I don't think they infected each other. None of my other perennials are affected. Any ideas?
Does the Emerald Triumph Viburnum produce edible berries?
OUTSIDEUS trees and shrubs over 4 years ago
My infant gets a bump about the size of the soft tip of your finger on his head that goes away when in the sitting position. We had it checked when he was 2 months old and were told it was probably a cephalohematoma and would go away. It has not gone away and in fact I feel that it possibly is slightly bigger. Not sure if that's because our little guy is getting bigger. Because the bump seems to be a liquid and goes away when sitting, I try not to worry so much. The bump is located on the left side of his head, not in the front fontonelle. It almost seems like his skull might have a small hole in it where fluid is escaping. I am not asking this for a diagnosis but I am wondering if anyone has ever seen anything like this on other infants? Any feedback would be appreciated.
hi, is it possible to purchase any bugs beneficial to the garden from U of M? i live in hyattsville and am part of an organic community garden. if not from U of M would it be possible to suggest some local breeders of the good bugs?
Prince George's County MD beneficial insects over 4 years ago
Have tried growing fava beans this year. While I saw many many flowers seems they did not produce as much as one would expect. Is there anything one can do to improve pollination or is this just the way they grow?
A neighbor was spraying her yard and had some chemical left. I thought it was Roundup because that's what I use. I sprayed around my blueberries (this was a month or two ago). Now I've discovered it was Weed-B-Gone, and I'm wondering if I can eat the fruit this year...or ever again.
Trees w/ leaves generally show rapid root growth in Aug/Sept.
When do juniper bushes show the most rapid root growth?
I have a Cleveland Pear in my yard about 8 years old. There are numerous dead branches in it this year. Almost looks like a locust year. Is there anything going on that you are aware of?
Hi, I live in Texas (Allen - near Dallas Ftworth). I think I have 2 silver maple in front (facing north). They were part of the house we bought. I am sure they are maples not sure if they are Silver Maples (is there a way to tell). They are gorgeous during Spring/ Summer and Fall. I would like to care for them appropriately. Can you advice what I can do to make sure they are in good shape for years to come. If I were to guess their age based on the age of the house, I would say 7 years. Also I live in a water restriction area and can not have my sprinklers on every week. Only 2 weeks once I can operate the sprinklers. Considering Silver Maples are not native to Texas and Texas is under Drought right now - Do you think I need to water them manually or do something to make sure they will survive. They are gorgeous pride of my front yard. Love their shade. I hear horror stories of how they can destroy the foundations. They are about 10 ft away from the foundation and yes they have roots which show up (at ground level) and their shade barely lets any grass grow (try as much as we can). Based on the picture do you think its been pruned appropriately or I have to do something. Sorry abt the many questions in one. Appreciate the help. Your Q&A on Silver maples is really good - Learnt a lot.
Collin County TX over 4 years ago
Hello, About 8 years ago I planted a Whitespire Birch in my backyard. It was a clump of 4, about a 10 gallon pot (maybe larger, it was quite heavy). Within a few years one of the branches of the clump died off. I cut it off at the base. The leaves on the remaining three were VERY small. Within another year of so, 2 more died off. This year, the last one finally gave up. I have numerous suckers coming up that get pretty hardy/large but they don't seem to make it through the winter. I now have a dead tree with growing suckers. I assume that this is a lost cause? I am willing to dig this up and grow something else. My question is, can I grow something with a similar white bark-look? Maybe a Quaking Aspen, or will that not thrive either? I have this dead tree in a flower garden now and I am willing to re-arrange the flower garden to put the new tree on the opposite side of where the dead tree is now so it won't interfere with the stump I will have ground out. The area can get quite damp in spring after the snow melt and after a heavy rain. My soil is partially clay with areas of sand. My husband and I went to the Arboretum recently to look at trees that would interest us and we do really like the white bark varieties. Some of the River Birch looked like brown bark when they got older and I'm not sure if we want to go that way. The variety that looks like the bark is "shedding" kinda looks unkempt to us. The other trees we have in the backyard are Ash, Maple, Crabapple and some pine trees. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks! Jill W.
Hennepin County MN over 4 years ago
Hi, I send you Guys a picture in the E-mail, I 'm having trouble with fruit trees becoming infected with little holes all over the bark, I'm wonder if you have any idea what it is? Thank you.
Clayton County IA over 4 years ago
A peony plant that has been a prolific bloomer in past years only has one bud this year. Another bush near by is doing well. Any idea why there is a lack of buds? The foliage looks great.
Sherburne County MN over 4 years ago
Tomato plants have yellowing on the lower leaves, with some grey spots. The leaves are getting yellow on up gradually. There are no visible bugs, used an organic insect spray when yellowing was noticed. Use a automatic watering method a sprayer about 4 + inches above ground.
I cannot see it, but something, something small, NOT Rabbits, is eating my Sweet Basil, and ONLY my Sweet Basil. Help!
Greetings, I have read most bulletins from Penn State, Cornell, and other notable agricultural research centers regarding mouse control and elimination. The prime recommendation from all sources is to exclude critters by sealing the building, eliminate building surroundings that are inviting, and eliminate food and water from the buildings. I have a cabin and a barn in Bristol, NY that I have sealed as much as is practical, and I have excluded all food and water sources, but I have a mouse problem in my cabin attic, and I cannot keep mice from nesting in my machinery stored in the barn. They love to build nests in the air cleaners of my power equipment. I do place traps in my cabin attic and continue to get a couple of mice each and every week. The fiberglass insulation in the attic seems to be a perfect nesting environment. Since I have eliminated food and I have sealed the buildings the best I can, my main question is: Are there any repellants that research has shown to be effective for discouraging mice? I find it hard to believe that with all of the damage that mice can do to property, food and fiber, that there is not research and results that are at least partially successful to repel these little devils. Please advise. If there is a researcher that I could speak to regarding my problem, I would appreciate the opportunity to do so or participate in a field study. Thank you, Chuck Least Webster, NY
English box brush in ground 5 years. One did same condition last Spring and was dug up. the second is going the same (started with 4 brushes). Sun in AM north side house. 2 boxes planted each side of pouch stairs. One on each side still in good condition . No evidence of voles. Leaves not curling , just turning yellow. photo attached.
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