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Butterfly Garden with a Deer Problem

Our community is working to establish a butterfly friendly garden. Unfortunately, we have an existing deer herd that's defoliating asters, sunflowers, etc.
A resident master gardener recommends using Irish Spring soap bars to deter the deer.
However, we do not want to discourage the butterflies.
Q) Is there a better alternative to this method?
Q) If so, what do you recommend?
Thank you!

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Stafford County Virginia over 4 years ago

Testing for heavy metals

Where can I take a soil sample at MSU to test for heavy metals, specifically arsenic and mercury? I am farming in the city of Lansing, and am leasing several lots, one of which has not yet been tested for heavy metals. The woodland near the arable untested lot has high levels of arsenic, I have been told.

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Ingham County Michigan over 4 years ago

Hello: For 2 or three years my cabbage plants have turned yellow and died...

Hello: For 2 or three years my cabbage plants have turned yellow and died just about the time they start to form a head.From the pictures at www.extension.umn.edu ,I think it might be fusarium wilt. Do you think that might be it,or something else? If so,do you know what I might do about it? My email address is rfansler455@gmail.com Thank you. Roger Fansler,3040N.,500E., Marion,IN 46952

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Grant County Indiana over 4 years ago

Chrysanthemum Robinson Red

I have seedlings of Burpee Chrysanthemum Robinson Red, the package says heirloom (amazon sells the same seed packet that I planted - http://www.amazon.com/Burpee-Flower-Chrysanthemum-Robinson-Heirloom/dp/B006X566Q8). I cannot find more info on this plant.. I want to know if it is the synonymous with mammoth red daisy - though the height is larger for mammoth (which is available at the burpee online site as a potted plant - http://www.burpee.com/perennials/chrysanthemums/garden-mum-mammoth-daisy-red-prod002463.html). In the same vein, when I use search term mammoth mum, I get a pdf, which offers a yellow mum that is very similar to the yellow quill I got last year. Is the yellow quill the improved version, or did they eventually gave it a fancier name?

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Ramsey County Minnesota over 4 years ago

Hello, my raspberry patch has several problems going on right now. The leaves...

Hello, my raspberry patch has several problems going on right now. The leaves are getting eaten, I have found green worms with black heads, curled up gray leaves and something like spur blight..with the small new branches folding over in half. Some do have the dark purple ring through the stem. I also am going to send a soil sample in this week. A couple of years ago I took out all the lawn in my back yard and built a garden for which I had dirt brought in several times. The last batch of dirt brought in was very sandy and also it developed a green algae type color to it when it was wet. I will attach several photos of different issues, I can get more of any you might need. Last week I used a organic 3 in 1 called organicide. It seemed to work a little on the blight but I still have lots of bugs. Including what looks like a lady bug, but I think it had only one spot on each wing. I will have to send additional photos when you reply to me. I can't seem to load more than one at a time. Thanks for your help, again. Shelly

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Koochiching County Minnesota over 4 years ago

planted row of tabasco pepper plants ,next day all leaves from all plants...

planted row of tabasco pepper plants ,next day all leaves from all plants were gone only stem left.It was a row of six plants.

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Jefferson County Texas over 4 years ago

county shoot

Where on the website do I go to register for county shoot?

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Douglas County Colorado 4-h and youth over 4 years ago

Caterpillar Infestation

It seems we are experiencing the worst caterpillar infestation I have ever seen. Several of my fruit trees are stripped bare of leaves. Is there anything I can do ?

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Columbia County Oregon horticulture over 4 years ago

Help with a live oak

My live oak has numerous bored holes encircling the trunk about every 3 feet. What could cause this and how should I treat it? Thanks lots.

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Polk County Texas trees and shrubs horticulture over 4 years ago

One of my 4 green ash trees is starting to drop leaves....not seriously so...

One of my 4 green ash trees is starting to drop leaves....not seriously so far. However, most of the remaining leaves have yellow spots as shown in the photo. Leaves on the ground are bright yellow and have brown spots. I'm unable to upload more than a single photo. Do recognize this disease? Can it be treated? If so, with what?This is a young tree ~15-20' tall and can be easily sprayed with fungicide or other remedy.

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Kent County Maryland trees and shrubs ash over 4 years ago

I have 4 green ash trees; one is shedding leaves. Most of the leaves have...

I have 4 green ash trees; one is shedding leaves. Most of the leaves have spots as shown in the attached photo. When the leaves drop they turn bright yellow and the spots turn brown. Is this something that can be treated? If so, then with what? A fungicide? Insecticide? The leaf loss seems evenly distributed around the tree; topmost branches seem no harder hit th

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Kent County Maryland trees and shrubs ash over 4 years ago

Milkweed Seeds

In the recent Sunday edition of the Statesman Journal, I read the article on planting various flowers to support and encourage bees and butterflies. Milkweed was mentioned for attracting monarchs and I would like to know where I would be able to purchase seeds for these plants. It would be lovely to see monarchs floating about! (Hope that you have read Barbara Kingsolver's "Flight Behavior"!) I have a great variety of different flowering plants, including Russian sage, and it truly is a bee magnet! Thank you for any information, Greta

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Marion County Oregon insects butterflies horticulture over 4 years ago

What is the problem with my ornamental Beech and Hawthorne trees. Leaf buds...

What is the problem with my ornamental Beech and Hawthorne trees. Leaf buds are not opening and the few that do leaves are deformed. Have some webbing on them but not like tent catepillar. I think you can see it in the attached photo. All I can find are some very small spiders that are light reddish brown. I have sprayed with Triacide as I don't know what I've got! No change and the single string webs continue.

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St. Croix County Wisconsin trees and shrubs horticulture over 4 years ago

An hour ago I had none of these caterpillars in my back yard, and suddenly...

An hour ago I had none of these caterpillars in my back yard, and suddenly they are everywhere, crawling all over. I'm attaching a couple of photos to see if you can identify them and if they are harmful in any way. They were not here last year, but that was the first year we lived in Minnesota, so I don't know about before that. They are about 1 1/2 inches long. Thank you! Rita

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Hennepin County Minnesota over 4 years ago

I am trying to find plants that will grow on our boulevard. When I dig, the...

I am trying to find plants that will grow on our boulevard. When I dig, the soil is thick/heavy/clay-like. I think it is a challenging area because the plows dump all the snow and salt there all winter. I would like to create some kind of plant barrier from traffic since there is no parking lane (just short, nothing super tall). I was hoping to have a row of peonies, but every year some don't make it through the winter. Can you suggest a way for me to condition the soil so peonies will grow better? This area gets a good amount of sun. Thanks!

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Ramsey County Minnesota peonies over 4 years ago

ichneumon wasp

One stung me. How do I know if eggs were injected? IF they were, will I be ok? Should I seek medical attention?

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Sarpy County Nebraska human health insect issues over 4 years ago

Spotty Grass

Hello. I've posted some questions a few weeks ago about what type of fertilizer to use and when to use and also how I go about getting my grass to grow more and get thicker. I've fertilized(Scotts Weed and Feed) once in the early spring and again about 2-3 weeks ago. Also I found larva about 2 inches underneath the sod(Kentucky blue grass) and so I used Bayer grub control about two weeks ago. So, I bought some granules and used the spreader to go over that. My grass is not brown maybe because of the hot temperatures we've had these last few days. In addition, my grass seems to getting larger problem areas. I just want to get it back green, thick and healthy. Any suggestions right now. Take a look at the pictures. The first picture is grass that is close to the parameters of the house but the farther out the lawn is going towards the sidewalk, it's brown, brittle and very spotty. What are some steps to get it back looking healthy? Thanks.

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Genesee County Michigan lawns and turf over 4 years ago

I left some vegetable soup out on the counter for 4 hours. It contained green...

I left some vegetable soup out on the counter for 4 hours. It contained green veggies, beans, pasta, and was cooked in chicken broth. Do I need to pitch it?

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Summit County Ohio food safety over 4 years ago

Is rhubarb edible after weed killer has been dropped (accidentally) on it?...

Is rhubarb edible after weed killer has been dropped (accidentally) on it? Some background...this happened about 4 weeks ago, and my son insists he brushed as much as he could off the leaves. We've had extensive rain since then, but there is only one dandelion by my rhubarb so I think that this was effective poison. What should I do?

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Sherburne County Minnesota over 4 years ago

Hello; I have a flowering crab apple tree that was purchased last year. The...

Hello; I have a flowering crab apple tree that was purchased last year. The tree flowered and grew nicely last year. There was a wonderful scent to the flowers. This year came around and there are NO leaves at all that recurred on this tree. However, on the trunk there is one small branch about 5" long where there are leaves. Therefore, I believe the plant is still alive. Can you tell me what to do??? Thank you.

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Anoka County Minnesota crabapple trees over 4 years ago

Gardening on Dog Runs

I moved into my house 10 1/2 years ago and have never had a dog. However, I know the side of my house was used as a dog run prior to that. Is it safe to plant garden vegetables there?

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Marion County Oregon horticulture over 4 years ago

dying maple tree

Hello,
We have a young (15-20ft) tree in our front yard which appears to be dying. The bark of the trunk is drying up and peeling off, and leaves on a couple of branches are yellowing. Is has not gone al the way around the trunk yet. There appear to be three or four 1/8 inch sized holes bored in the trunk in a straight ascending line. Is there anything we can do to save this tree that you are aware of? We have not had a problem with this tree before.
Thank you.

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Monroe County Michigan trees and shrubs over 4 years ago

Baking Soda damaged (killed?) my lawn

This is kind of a strange question, but here goes. I take my large dog swimming in lakes and streams often in the summer, and this always leads to a very stinky dog the following days. I have been told it is due to organic matter from the water decomposing, etc. At any rate, I cannot give him a bath every time he swims, as this is bad for his skin. I found what I thought would be a solution, and tried to apply baking soda to his coat after it dried. I knew it would be messy, so I did it in the back yard without even thinking it might damage the lawn. The next day (only about 12 hours later) there were large (6 foot plus) patches of yellow dead or dying grass! Some areas in the center of the patches were actually black! This was 2 days ago. My question is: do you think the grass will recover? The center portions of the patches don't show any signs of remaining green blades, but there seem to be a few green blades mixed in the outer areas. I used to hose to immediately try to dilute the baking soda as soon as I discovered the damage. I went online and found out it is common for people in Florida to use baking soda on their lawns to control crabgrass in St. Augustine grass, and that evidently does not hurt that species. The Kentucky bluegrass and fescues of my yard do not seem to have such tolerance!

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Linn County Iowa over 4 years ago

rust on flowering currants

Hello, I moved some flowering currants from a spot in my yard that had some rust issues (the source of the rust was a flowering quince that I have since cut down). The new spot is sunnier and breezier, and when the plant leafed out, there wasn't any rust, but now, as of about a month ago there is. There are some white fruiting currants nearby that are unaffected right now, but I'm worried about the future. Should I try an aggressive organic spraying regime? Or just removed the two plants? I wouldn't be heartbroken if they had to go, but I'd like to figure out what to do before they drop their leaves and spread rust everywhere. Thank You, Leslie

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Multnomah County Oregon horticulture over 4 years ago

Economy Pest control recently sprayed the exterior of my home with the...

Economy Pest control recently sprayed the exterior of my home with the pesticide Suspend. The active ingredient is Delmetrin. They sprayed my herb garden by mistake. I am growing sage, basil, parsley, rosemary, and several vegetable plants including cucumbers, zucchini and artichoke. The vegetables are in the flower stage. Can you tell me if the herbs are edible or need to be removed? Are the flowering vegetables ok once the vegetable grows? Do I need to remove the soil and replace with fresh soil before I replant if that is necessary?

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Anne Arundel County Maryland pesticides pesticides and edible safety over 4 years ago

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