prepare soil for grass seed

I have a long needle pine tree that I use to through cut branch from other trees and dead fall.I have clean them up and would like to plant grass seed under some of it. what would I have to do to the soil. The tree is 35 to 40 years old or so. there is grass that is filling in from the edges as we have been clean up


Hennepin County MN planting grass seed 4 days ago

storing winter vegetables

I have potatoes, onions, winter squash, and sweet potatoes that need to be stored for the winter. I know i should not store onions and potatoes close to each other, but what about the others? thanks


Benton County OR food storage 4 days ago

okra bugs in SC

Can you identify the bugs.



MD insect id vegetable possible scentless plant bug 4 days ago

Winterizing Clematis

How do I prepare my clematis for winter? I planted it pot to ground when it was on several inches tall. It has thrived on a trellis to 15 feet but has never bloomed. I would like it to do well next Spring. Thank you.


Marion County OR clematis 4 days ago

What's wrong with my peach plum tree?

Thank you!



Linn County OR 4 days ago


could someone help me to id this spider?



Washington County OR spiders spider identification household pests 4 days ago

Black spots on maple leaves topside

Our maple trees have black spots on them, first year it's happened. Are they an issue? Send me an email address & I will send photo. Thank you



Hennepin County MN 4 days ago

My redbud tree is loosing bark and looks sick

Can I spray my red bud tree with fungicide to help it?


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Oakland County MI trees and shrubs 4 days ago

Is this a brown recluse?

My neighbor Barbara Christopher found this spider. Is it poisonous? Is it a brown recluse?



Washington County OR spider identification brown recluse 4 days ago

Growth on Ornamental cherry tree

I just noticed a growth on the ornamental cherry in our front yard. I don't know how to identify it. Should we be worried about it? It's not the standard Japanese cherry, but the cherry with the darker pink puffy blossoms that blooms a couple of weeks later - Kwanzan (?) Thank you!!



Montgomery County MD fungus identification trees and shrubs 4 days ago

Autumn Blaze vs Matador

We are planting a maple tree 20 feet from our in ground pool. I prefer the height of the autumn blaze as I would like the tree eventually be be visible from our third floor picture window, but will 20 feet from the pool be far enough? From what I've read online, the matador has a smaller canopy/root system. The tree will be in full sun.


Washington County MN maple trees 4 days ago

What are these exactly and how big will they get?

Hello University of Maryland. My name is Katie and I live in Baltimore County. I recently moved into a house where a beautiful squash and pumpkin vine has started growing in our front yard. I would like to know what kind of pumpkin or squash this is exactly and how can we pick the pumpkins and squash. Some of the leaves have died and some of them are starting to become brown and wilt. What should we do to keep them healthy until harvest? I've attached some pictures of various stages of the vine's life. These were all taken today, September 21st. There are more pics if you need more information. Thanks for your help!


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Baltimore County MD cross pollination plant id mystery squash pumpkin gourd vegetable 4 days ago

weed identification

If I send a pix of weed in my yard I cannot identify using any on-line sites.


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Dakota County MN plant identification clearweed 4 days ago

otto luyken cherry laurel

I bought three new otto luyken cherry laurels that were about three feet high in mid august. I planted them in a row and within 2 days, the middle one had holes through most of the leaves and some of the leaves were completely gone. It looked like only a few of the leaves were affected on the other two plants. I called the nursery where I bought them and they said to put a fungicide on them. We followed the directions and after a month, the middle plant looks worse with even more leaves gone. I have attached three pictures to this email. The plants on the side remain the same with a few damaged leaves. The plants are in part shade with sun in the afternoon. They were planted in a newly built flower bed with new soil placed by the landscaper. The only other thing we placed underneath the plants was black mulch. Please let me know what you think. The nursery has now told us to put an insecticide on the plant or buy new plants. Thank you,


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Howard County MD shrub cherry laurel problems cherry shot hole 4 days ago

Red Pine dying

We have a large number of Red Pine tree's in our neighborhood, zip code 49712 ( boyne City )and they are dying. This is happening with most of them in various stages. Is there a common disease and is this treatable . It does not seem the be affecting other types of pine trees in the neighborhood . Just the Red Pines. They are very large and old , trunk size from 1 - 2 feet in diameter. They are quite tall.


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Emmet County MI 4 days ago

brown zoysia grass

Hello, I believe that I have a fungus spreading in my Zoysia. I have applied a fungicide but am not sure it is helping. How long or what signs should I look for to see if it has helped stop the fungus from spreading.


Baltimore MD lawn zoysia browning at wrong time lawns and turf 4 days ago

Compost Testing

Hi I am a Novi High School student and I am doing a project regarding the effect of compost versus fertilizer on sunflower height. For my analysis I wanted to measure the N-P-K ratio of my compost. I was wondering if that is something that you would be able to test?


Oakland County MI compost testing compost 4 days ago

European Hornets on River Birch

My river birch is covered with European Hornets. Unfortunately, we cannot find their nest. It seems like they are eating the bark on the tree. Do you have any recommendations on how to treat this? Will they kill the tree? Any help is appreciated. Thank you.


Montgomery County MD trees and shrubs insect issues european hornets 4 days ago

I have an ash tree in the back yard of a home I just purchased. It is...

I have an ash tree in the back yard of a home I just purchased. It is approximately 33" around at chest height. In my previous home I was paying $250 a year for each ash tree...I understand from the Internet (always correct) that I can self treat this tree. Is that correct? And if so is there a brochure or website that explains the process? Thanks


Hamilton County OH 4 days ago

Please help - Is this a bed bug?!?

I have been getting bug bites the last couple of months but assumed mosquitos. Found this in our master bath sink at 5am and am wondering if we have bes bugs. I'm totally freaking out because I have a 3 year old a newborn.


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Isabella County MI 4 days ago

Home Canning questions

Hello! I have a few questions about home canning safety... 1. If a recipe calls for sugar, is it safe to leave the sugar out of the recipe or substitute a different type of sweetener? Is sugar added to these recipes for taste or for safety? If it is added for safety, is it safety against botulism or simply spoilage that may be detected when the jar is opened? In other words, I'm trying to find out if I play with the sweetener in a recipe, am I increasing my chance of botulism poisoning? 2. Is it safe to can using honey instead of sugar? 3. When it comes to making jam or spreads, because I am working with high acid fruits and berries, is it safe to simply make my own recipe that I like and then can it? 4. Are elderberries acidic enough to use the boiling water bath canning method? Is it safe to simply can the elderberry juice with no other added ingredients? There are recipes for elderberry syrup with honey and spices. Is it safe to can these syrups? 5. I am fairly petrified about botulism poisoning. How do I know if a book, blog, website, or recipe is safe? Thanks for your help! Laura Newton


Multnomah County OR home food preservation food safety 4 days ago

Going rate

What is the going rate for rental farm acreage in Lebanon, PA



PA 4 days ago

brown area on arbovitae

Two arborvitae trees were planted by a landscaper at the end of June this year. About two week later an area turned brown at the tips of the branches. (see photo). the other areas of the tree are green. The branches behind the tips are green. Should we do anything or just wait to see what happens? Also, what about fertilizer. We have been watering consistently except for one week that we were away..



Howard County MD trees and shrubs evergreens 4 days ago

Large wasps coming into house at night, attracted to light. Never saw so large of a wasp or bee.

Hi, I do not know where these large wasps or bees are coming from. The do not seem aggressive. Over the past 3 nights I have needed to kill at least 5 to 7 a night. The light attracts them in the kitchen. So they hang by the door and fly in when they can. Thanks.


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Carroll County MD insect id european hornets 4 days ago

lifting bulbs

what time of year should U lift flower bulbs for the winter in MN ??


Benton County MN 4 days ago

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