Hi we have 15 approximately 20 foot arborvide trees in our yard that look like cedar trees. 7 have died in a row on the eastern side. I have watered the the same amount - any ideas on any spray or chemical I could use to save the remaining trees?
Hennepin County MN over 4 years ago
I want to prune live limbs on a silver maple tree in March and April. Is pruning at this time of the year going to harm the tree?
I have a 'yellow plum' plum tree that is at least 30 years old. A couple of years ago, I found termites had eaten into the lower part of the trunk. I cut out that part & there is dirt packed in it. I didn't know whether to take the dirt out. Should I? The tree has lost a lot of it's limbs, but new ones sprout every year. Also lichen is forming on the limbs, what do I treat that with? I live in Ohatchee, Alabama
Can you help me with a date to begin my lawn treatment for bill bugs this spring? Is there a report of the bug activity available so I can put the chemical on the lawn at the proper time? I'm in Nyssa. I plan to use Sevin granules. Is there a better chemical you'd recommend? Thanks, Sandra
Is there an evergreen groundcover that will work in a large area to stop erosion from a steeply sloped hillside? The hill can get saturated with moisture in rainy weather or with spring runoff, but we also don't want to have to water it in dry weather. It's bordering a woodsy area so it gets mostly shade with a little sun. Since its a large area, an inexpensive and fast-growing plant is preferred. If there is no evergreen groundcover suitable for our zone, do you have a few perennial suggestions?
Hennepin County MN over 4 years ago
please advice me where can I find the above?
OUTSIDEUS horticulture over 4 years ago
I not sure if my Elm tree is dead or alive it loss its leaves starting in July and the surrounding ground is strange it is like walking on moss and smoochy around my yard where roots are.I own my home for 36 years I love my tree
I have recently removed overgrown Junipers , including the stumps. I would like to eventually plant flowering shrubs in the same location. What do I need to add to the soil to make it "plant friendly" ? How long do I need to wait before planting? I am a novice gardener, so layman's terms are appreciated. Thank you.
M. Myers, Aurora Colorado.
Arapahoe County CO sustainable gardening and landscaping over 4 years ago
I have a canna in container bloomed beautifully last summer when cold came brought container inside and let it go dormant. When can I start watering the plant to ready it for outside when warm is here. I live in zone 5. Thank u Bonnie O'Shea
I have bindweed in a terraced flower garden, and, hard as I try to get rid of it, the more it grows. Using herbicide is a problem as it kills the flowers as well. Is there any means to eradicate this?
Larimer County CO weeds over 4 years ago
I am trying to establish a natural looking privacy shield from a sidewalk. I would like evergreens with limited growth height (6' - 8' max) and live in the mountains (Aspen, Zone 4). Can you help with some hearty ideas? Thanks, Cheryl
Pitkin County CO trees and shrubs over 4 years ago
I have a 13 year old tulip poplar which last year started showing signs of verticillium wilt (as diagnosed by local master gardeners). Online I read that ammonium sulfate could be helpful, but I can't find any to buy in small quantities. Do you know where? Or have another suggestion to help tree? Thanks!! Mary
Ottawa County MI over 4 years ago
It took about 10 years for our sodded lawn to die out on the South side of our home where shade is very heavy due to much foliage. Have a section that is about 8' X 30 in the area that we use to get to the back yard. Have tried many different seeding methods, but after a bit of success, the up-coming grass gave up. At your Extension gathering in Woodbury this morning, I was told to ask you about a solution ......like maybe ''Fine Fescue'' or some other solution. Thanks in advance. Tom Anderson
Hennepin County MN over 4 years ago
I read the article by Steve Jacobs and was wondering if he or anyone else knows what is going on with the yellow jackets and red lily leaf beetle larva. It appears to me that the bees are stinging the larva. I have watched this several times last summer but don't know what I a watching. Any ideas. I am hoping the yellow jackets are on my side.
Is there somewhere that I can buy poison hemlock moths? The site in question is a damp site which is bordered by ditches. Hemlock thrives here, and while we can dig it out, it can continue to spread along the ditch into the property, and has a large seed bank in the soil.
Jefferson County CO weeds over 4 years ago
Why do dwarf alberta spruce trees turn brown on one side, and what can be done to rectify the problem??
El Paso County CO trees and shrubs over 4 years ago
Can I burn my trimmings of the bush/tree bauhinias orchid trees? I gave been removing excess and have to dispose of it but do not really compost and hate to throw away. It seems to me it would be useful for kindling or small fires we use to teach fire safety to scouts. Is it nontoxic/safe for this use?
We live in Eagle River, WI. Over the last year we noticed that our pine trees are dying, losing all of their bark. This is getting concerning and alarming. What could be causing this? They are not located in the same area on our property.
I have what I think are a bunch of honey bees hanging around my pond. They have hurt anything but they scare our youngsters. What can I do to get rid of them?
El Paso County CO bees over 4 years ago
Expert A while back I requested some information about a Buildings Footprint, below is your response: “Our zoning Ordinance says if you tear down your home which is on a non conforming lot you may rebuild it in the existing footprint. I know a person who has a house on a non conforming lot that has been added on so many times it is almost shaped like an h. The square footage would be equivalent to a 30 x 30 house. Would it be possible for them to build a 30 x 30 structure in the same area without a variance? Here's the response to your question: This depends on the language and construction of the ordinance. If the language says in the existing footprint it would allow rebuilding of the existing footprint or less. If the language indicates within the area encompassed by footprint, it could allow the structure to possibly be larger than the original. The language is key and if it is not clear it would require an interpretation. “ I’m trying to clean up our Ordinance and make some areas easier for people. We have several lakes in our Township and many of them are occupied part time. Many of the residences started out as one room cabins and through the years have been added onto. I am not trying to change the fact our Ordinance was written to protect the nature of the area. I’m just trying to make it a little easier for people to improve their residence without overcrowding. Our Zoning Ordinance has no definition for Building Footprint. It does say twice: Where complying with section 1512 is not possible because of lot size, the replacement dwelling must be installed in the previous dwelling footprint. I have enclosed a diagram which depicts one of our current residences. Diagram 1 shows the existing structure of 980 square feet. Diagram 2 shows an example of a proposed structure of 960 square feet (30 X 32). Diagram 3 shows the existing structure with the proposed structure super imposed on the existing structures footprint area. In your answer you say (If the language indicates within the area encompassed by footprint, it could allow the structure to possibly be larger than the original.) Since there is currently no definition of a Building Footprint in our Zoning Ordinance I intend to suggest a definition to the Planning Commission for their consideration. My question is would it be possible to define Building Footprint such that it allows for something like my diagram. (Building Footprint: area encompassed by the Footprint as long as the area is no larger in square footage than the original structure and is set in the general area of the existing footprint. I realize I would have to get an opinion from our Twp. Attorney but I would value your opinion so as to know where I stand. Roger Carey
My pink oleander shrub (8'tall) sustained a great deal of freeze damage this winter. Do I prune it back or leave it alone? Also I have 2 bradford pear trees that are 12 yrs. old and have never bloomed. What could be the problem? I live in West Texas East of Midland.
How can I subscribe to the TPM/IPM Report?
Monmouth County NJ over 4 years ago
This may be a silly question. But I know you cannot very well save seeds from hybrid vegetable plants because the seed may produce something entirely different from the parent. But if you cannot save seeds from hybrid plants, then where do the ample supply of seeds for hybrid plants come from?
I had a 48 inch diameter 100+ year old elm tree removed and stump ground in Oct 2013. I need to plant grass seed or sod in the future. I have been advised to wait a year until this coming fall before doing that. I need advice on how to prepare the site and when. Thank you, Carol Franzen
I have a serious problem with tiny household ants inundating several parts of my home; kitchens, baths, bedrooms. I have tried ant traps, and local sprays, but they are only temporary solutions. What is best way to rid my home of these pests, and to prevent their reappearance.
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