Colorado Sprins

Can I grow Buffalo Grass in the Colorado Springs area?


El Paso County Colorado turf and grass horticulture almost 5 years ago

Licensing or certification in bucks county

Do I need certification or licensing to apply herbicides, fertilizers or outdoor pesticides in Bucks county? If so what do I have to do?


Bucks County Pennsylvania pesticide certification almost 5 years ago

water usage outside the home on a property with a well

I am purchasing a home that was built in 1982. the water on the property comes from a well. I am under the understanding that you cant use any water outside the home if your well was made after 1972. How do you water any plants or animals ? am I not allowed to have a lawn ? is there a permit that I can get to allow outside water usage?


El Paso County Colorado water almost 5 years ago


We have what are called " odorous ants". We are constantly fighting a battle to keep them out of our upstairs and downstairs bathrooms as well as the kitchen. We have a pest company that we must call to come out at least once every week or every other week. We are not the only ones in our neighborhood to have this problem. Besides what a pest control company can do is there anything else that you can suggest trying.


Wake County North Carolina ipm ants almost 5 years ago

Clay soil

How do I turn clay soil into good garden soil?


Clackamas County Oregon soil horticulture almost 5 years ago

Soil erosion prevention sand dune

Our house sits atop a sand dune near New buffalo. We would like to plant something in the front of the house to prevent soil erosion. We are under a canopy of trees and do not get much sun. We were thinking of planting a ground cover such as vinca. I'm not sure this would be best option. Would appreciate if you could recommend something most suitable. We would like to plant something native to the area. Thank you


Berrien County Michigan almost 5 years ago

Deep root fertilization for Ailanthus altissima

My 30+ year-old Ailanthus has been ailing from drought the last 2 summers. I've lived here 21 years, & it used to be lush & thick w/ a wide canopy--2 stories high. It has had a few dead limbs here & there during this time, but, as I say, it's really been suffering lately. It's in my back yard where I water & fertilize my grass, but I know that's not enough. 1-1/2 yrs ago I had professionals prune it & cut off dead limbs--yet last spring there were additional dead limbs. It has about 1/2 the canopy it had 21 years ago. The professionals said it could benefit from deep root fertilization. I'm researching how to do it myself: Yard Butler Deep Root Irrigator vs. Ross Heavy Duty Tree & Shrub Root Feeder, etc. (I see that it can suffer from verticillium wilt, but I haven't been inspecting its leaves & the tree isn't yet leafed to inspect now.) I can figure out most of it, but I've had no success online or at a well-respected local gardening emporium in determining the optimal fertilizer. Could you kindly make a recommendation as to fertilizer, &, if you have other suggestions for my project, I'd appreciate it as well. Many thanks.


Denver County Colorado trees and shrubs soil and fertility issues horticulture almost 5 years ago


Most of my garlic popped out of the ground over winter and is dead. Is it too late to put more in? The few garlic plants that are growing now is about 2" above ground. Would an animal have done it or is the area I planted it in too soft. My soil is soft enough that I must stake my larger plants or they would fall over.


Butler County Pennsylvania garlic horticulture almost 5 years ago

Thorny Bush in Northeast Connecticut

We have a slope area that has always had a problem with plant that was once identified as (?). It's a very thorny and tough plant similar to a rose bush. I've found that burning is the only dependable means of eradication. Any tips for green solutions?


Tolland County Connecticut weed issues horticulture almost 5 years ago

Dawn Redwoood Tree in Michigan

I currently have a dawn redwood tree planted by the city on my lawn between my front sidewalk and the street. The tree is about 40 feet tall and is growing rapidly. i am located in Novi Michigan which is about 30 miles NW of Detroit. There are several of the tree roots that have grow above the grass level of my lawn. I would like to remove these surface roots and replant with sod. Will removing two or three surface roots ( roots above ground are <10 ft long each) Damage the tree?
If I can remove the surface roots, what is the best way to do it?


Oakland County Michigan trees and shrubs horticulture almost 5 years ago

Invasion of Spanish Bluebells

My flowerbeds have been taken over by a bulb plant that I have identified as Hyacinthoides Hispanica (Spanish Bluebell). Over the past 5 years, as they started to become a nuisance, I would dig them up, bulb and all and throw them away. It was a lot of work, but I thought if I did this every year, they'd stop coming up. But I realized this year that the more I dig them up, the more they come back, and they're really taking over. Yesterday, by searching the internet, I finally was able to identify them and learned to my horror that they are aggressive and almost impossible to get rid of because they spread by seed as well as very deep bulbs that you never really get all of. I plan to spray them with something deadly. I'm thinking of a 50-50 solution of Formula 409 household cleaner and water, or vinegar, something that will kill the whole plant. Things like Roundup won't work because the leaves spread out flat all over the ground. I need a wide spray that will cover all the leaves. To keep my other plants out of the line of fire, I will just cut off the bluebells from around them. Can you suggest a concoction that I can make or a commercial product that I can use? I try to be an organic gardener, but this time I will use whatever works. Thank you in advance, June, North Portland resident, Email:


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Multnomah County Oregon weed issues pesticides invasive weeds almost 5 years ago

Aspen leaking sap and bulbous areas

Hello. I live in Denver, and have several young (< 5yr) aspen trees. Each year, we've noticed bulbous areas on the branches (see pic), and are wondering what this is. This year (now) we noticed a red sap leaking from some of the branches / trunks (see pic). My google search showed "canker" or some sort of bird or insect could be boring. Please advise. Should we remove these aspens? It would be a shame, but I'm concerned about a disease spreading to other trees such as pear, maple, and autumn purple ash. Thanks in advance!



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Arapahoe County Colorado trees and shrubs almost 5 years ago

Something Eating my Carrots

At end of '12 when picking my carrots & beets, something was eating carrots & beets from the bottom up, leaving just a 1/2 mm thick surface of the veggie [empty inside]. No obvious mole or vole hole seen. Question: How to avoid this year? Put chicken wire a foot deep under them? Any danger from veggies absorbing minerals released from the chicken wire? Any other ideas?


Kitsap County Washington wildlife damage management fruits and vegetables almost 5 years ago

Pre-emergent herbicide

Arvada, Colo., when should a pre-emergent be applied for maximum results? 4/14/2013


Jefferson County Colorado lawns and turf weeds almost 5 years ago

When to plant Blue Grass Seed?

Late last Fall I dug over several bare spots in my lawn and planted Scotts Blue Grass Seed. I watered daily for four weeks. None of the seed germinated. Was the ground temperature too cold perhaps? How warm should the nights be in Fort Collins, CO this Spring before I re-seed these areas?
Thanks, Ray Haithwaite


Larimer County Colorado lawns and turf almost 5 years ago

i'm from fla. and want to plant veggies and herbs in emmet county(alanson)...

i'm from fla. and want to plant veggies and herbs in emmet county(alanson) where can i get help on everything connected with this?


Emmet County Michigan fruits and vegetables gardening horticulture almost 5 years ago

Gardening with Fiber

They tout this fiber from the digester here in Tillamook as the greatest thing since sliced bread, but give no specifics. Is it used as a planting medium, soil enricher, amender, or something else? After I put it in the garden, do I plant right into it or mix it in, or should I add it over the row after I plant? If so, how thick should I spread it? I'm so confused.


Tillamook County Oregon soil compost soil amendments dairy manure digester and digestion almost 5 years ago

Waist high gardens

I'd like to build a waist high garden bed for my father do you know we're I could get building plans and related info. ?


Johnson County Iowa almost 5 years ago

I recently started collecting our family's food scraps - ALL fruit and...

I recently started collecting our family's food scraps - ALL fruit and veggies - we are recently vegan. I have several bags of scraps and am looking for the best way to compost them. I have two gardens and buried several bags of scraps in them, but am ready to plant the gardens now and I read its not wise to plant directly on top of the scraps until they are decomposed. I've also read that to compost effectively you have to mix both green and brown matter. We have no leaves to use as brown and using food, there has to be a lid to avoid animals getting to it (I have one of the county's large round bins but there is no lid and it is too large). I would like to have several smaller bins going consecutively - fill one go to the next so I have compost at different stages. I have a few plastic bins 3'x2'x1' that used to store toys that we could use, but they may be too small? I have looked online but haven't seen anything that works for us and would love some suggestions. Any information, suggestions, etc would be much appreciated!


Montgomery County Maryland composting brown matter composting bins composting bin lids almost 5 years ago

Honey Locust

We have a honey locust in our back yard that has been boxed in with RR ties about 20" high. I would like to reduce the elevation of of dirt around the tree to about 6" high with the same RR ties. The tree is probably 30 years old and seems very healthy, just had it trimmed last Fall. Will reducing the elevation of dirt around the trunk of the tree hurt the tree?


Arapahoe County Colorado trees and shrubs horticulture almost 5 years ago

Drought Tolerant Planting for LEED for Homes

Greetings from Boulder:
We are completing work on a small, 140-year-old home in Boulder where we have applied for LEED for Homes Platinum Status. We sure could use help in planting the property (a very small lot - maybe 1,800 square feet needs to be planted) with drought tolerant trees, bushes, plants, ground cover and turf. We have the veggie garden going already with lettuce, spinach, kale, chard, so we are good there.
Can you point me to any information listing Colorado drought tolerant plants, especially that which will help us maintain our LEED Platinum status?
Thank you,


Boulder County Colorado sustainable gardening and landscaping almost 5 years ago

Mulch Bed

Hi there... I'm having a hard time keeping arborvitae's alive and need to get my soil tested. They are located in a bed that I have a couple inches of black mulch. Can I still do a soil sample with you guys if I rake the mulch and sphagnum peat out of the bed and then dig down 8 inches or so?


Macomb County Michigan almost 5 years ago

Chicken problem

I am having lot of problems with my chickens. They have gotten in the habit of eating the eggs. I have tried separating them, but I then I will find another one doing the same thing. I feed oyster shell and 20 percent protein laying crumble and let them free-range. I don't know how to stop this problem. Someone told me to feed bone meal, but I don't know where I can find it. Can we still eat the eggs if the hens are fed bone meal?


Kinney County Texas poultry almost 5 years ago

Windward chewing fescue, (tested as Pick FRC A-93)

Where can I buy or get some of this seed? Windward, (tested as Pick FRC A-93) is an elite new variety of chewings fescue developed at the Pickseed research facility. Windward was thoroughly tested in the 1999-2002 fine fescue NTEP turf trial with excellent results. Thanks! Roy Goodlaxson, Email: Altoona Iowa


Polk County Iowa trees and shrubs lawns and turf horticulture almost 5 years ago

Planting a front planter and shade garden

I have two areas in the house I'm buying that I'd like to plant a garden in. The house we're buying is on the edge between Medford and Central Point. One area is a planter in the front of the house between the porch, house side and a walkway. The area is in morning sun and then shaded for the afternoon/evening. It's about 3' by 10'. I'm looking for plant options that are indigenous to the area or well adapted so they don't require a huge amount of work. Also, if they stayed under about 4 foot high that would be best. Maybe something with some color? The other area is under a pine tree and so if shaded for most of the day. Will anything local or easy to grow work under there? The area is about 12' in diameter. Any suggestions for plants to look into would be fantastic. Thanks!


Jackson County Oregon landscape design gardening horticulture almost 5 years ago

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