On my urban property, I have a 40+' blue spuce trees. For the last several years underneath the tree we have seen a falcon feasting on a pigeon. More than OK for me. My question: is it at all possible to purchase falcons somewhere. I would release one or two on my property to keep the pigeons as well as other pests at bay.


Denver County Colorado 6 days ago

I'm facing a land management decision on our farm which would benefit from...

I'm facing a land management decision on our farm which would benefit from your advice. Long story short, we have 14 acres of poor soil that has been in corn/soybeans, which our local farmers do not want to cash rent anymore. My long-term plan is to, within the next 5 years, enroll it in CRP/plant it in one of their prairie practices. I'm told that the CRP program is currently at its national acreage cap and it may be awhile before new enrollment applications are accepted. In the meantime, my concern is keeping this acreage in commercial agriculture and thus maintaining our property's eligibility for CAUV taxation. We are looking at planting these acres in hay, to be sprayed and replaced with prairie forbs/grasses within a few years. My concerns are: 1) Choosing a hay seed mix that will not introduce problem non-native grasses that would create a long-term competition problem for the future prairie natives; and 2) Choosing a hay mix that, while it's in the field, will itself create maximum desirable habitat for grassland birds (especially meadowlarks and sparrows) and any plant stragglers that persist will contribute positively to our future prairie. I understand that most commonly-used hay species around here (grasses and legumes) are both cool season and non-native. Can you offer some thoughts or recommendations? Sincerely, Larry Smith


Richland County Ohio 6 days ago

Gardening pot drainage issues

Have a dense shady area that is best suited for pots. Issue is little I've tried allows enough drainage for an area that becomes very wet for one reason or another. I've tried adding sand, pea gravel at the bottom, and non disintegrating packing peanuts (doesn't work too bad, but can get pricey). I've even gone to the extent of covering them each time it rains. I prefer keeping the pots as light weight as possible. Any suggestions would greatly appreciated. Thank you.


Anoka County Minnesota 6 days ago


Blueberry growing In your blueberry growing guidelines, it's mentioned to plant 2 cultivars for better fruit production. Does it matter if the cultivars are both early, both mid, or both late season? In trying to learn best methods for growing blueberries, I've read both that two different seasons give you berries over a longer period. But also read that two cultivars of the same season gives more flowers opening at the same time, so better opportunity for more pollination.


Minnesota 6 days ago

Do I need to start seeds inside?

I was planning on planting veggies in the ground and herbs in a box but I was wondering if I had to start the seeds inside. I have nowhere in the house that gets a lot of sun - sadly, and wasn't sure if it was a requirement - I get they will start better - but do I have to do it? Would it be a waste to go out in mid April and mid May to plant seeds in the ground? I am in Champlin so I have sand.


Hennepin County Minnesota horticulture seed starting 6 days ago

Choice of Replacement Tree

Hi folks, we have a number of trees on our property in the South Hills (Blanton Heights area) that have died or are dying - conifers and elms. We want to replace some of them with a varietal that will do better in the soil and predicted climate change. The areas get good sun in the afternoon, have plenty of space (would not be buried in the midst of other trees), the soil is that nasty hard clay. There is a slight to moderate slope to each of these areas. We are at 1100 ft so we do get snow and ice periodically and have lost major parts of trees (and whole trees) due to those recently. Some of the trees would be near (within 8 ft) our driveway and the rural road that runs by our house. Would dogwoods be OK in this environment? And Oak (and if so what varieties). Anyway - would appreciate any ideas you can give here. Thanks!!


Lane County Oregon 6 days ago

Well Water Testing

How can I get my well water tested?


Lane County Oregon 6 days ago


I cut 4 branches from my pine tree 18 months ago. This winter in December I noticed Sap coming from the notches left after the cuts. What could be the cause and what possible treatments are their



Prince George's County Maryland pine tree excessive sap 6 days ago

noxious weed or invasive?

Is common morning glory Ipomoea purpurea a noxious weed or invasive? I have looked at many of the charts of USDA, etc, including the one from HGIC (by the way, love the ease at getting around the new site) but an still not sure which this morning glory is. Looks like it's invasive in Arizona and Arkansas? Can we not plant it at all? or rip it out whenever we see it? Seems like some times under controlled situations, it can serve a purpose?


Montgomery County Maryland invasives ipomoea purpurea 6 days ago

What animal would do this?

We are a bit baffled in my neighborhood what animal did this to our tree in backyard on Saturday night. We thought to big and high to be a deer, we obviously don't have moose lol, bears are not up and about I would imagine....? thoughts



Baltimore County Maryland wildlife possible deer squirrels 6 days ago

crabgrass killer

Crabgrass has established itself on a small corners of my lawn. What is the best pre-emergent crabgrass killer for the Salisbury, Md. area? Is pre-emergent the best way to start the killing process followed by a post-emergent killer? The area is only about 15 by 30 feet but is very persistent. Thanks.


Wicomico County Maryland lawn crabgrass 6 days ago

Plastic Mulch confusion

Hello, I read a lot that plastic mulch is very good. On the other hand I learned plants root need Oxygen. Plastic does not let air to get to the soil and usually irrigation is done under the plastic so how does this work?


Montgomery County Maryland plastic mulch weeds 6 days ago

Seeds from catalogs vs. Home and Garden Centers & Home Depot

I have received quite a few seed catalogs in the last month and I'm wondering - besides the larger selection, what is the difference between the seeds I could buy from the catalog and the seeds I could by at Home & Garden Centers like Homestead Gardens?


Prince George's County Maryland seeds 6 days ago

Old Azaleas

My azaleas are over 45 years old and this was the first year that they didn’t look healthy. Less leaves & flowers and now lichen growing all over. Is this there life expectancy or is there something I can do to help them?


Rockland County New York azaleas 6 days ago

Insect Investation on Japanese Maple

I noticed small white specks on the bark of my Mikawa Yatsubusa Japanese Maple and need help with identification and treatment. Thank You.


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Harford County Maryland scale insects insect or spider id trees japanese maple scale pest insects and mites 6 days ago

growing daikon radish

Hi. One of my gardens is in a 100 year flood plain. While it rarely floods the field does not drain well. I'm working to compost it and would like to plant something that will help aerate the soil for other crops. I'm attaching the soil test. Do you think daikon radishes would work?



Frederick County Maryland cover crops vegetables plant care daikon radishes flood plain 6 days ago

Dwarf fruit trees

I have a small yard but would love to have several kinds of fruit trees. Are dwarf fruit trees a good option? Also would a dwarf honey crisp tree self pollinate? Does it pollinate with other fruit trees? Which trees are self pollinating and which are not? What is your opinion of dwarf plum, peach, pear or cherry trees in Minnesota? What should I plan on space wise for each tree? I am no longer young and would have trouble picking fruit from a full size tree so, besides yard space, this is probably my best option. Thank you


Hennepin County Minnesota fruit trees 7 days ago




El Paso County Colorado 7 days ago

Somethings killing my tree

I recently noticed damage to the trunk of a tree in my front yard. I’m pretty aware of change to our plants so I don’t think this took long. The tree appears to be rotting and the bark is falling off. I noticed some ants and was even bitten a few times but didn’t see a large number of them. Please help! We already lost a tree from Hurricane Matthew. I don’t want to lose another!


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Chatham County Georgia trees and shrubs 7 days ago

What kind of spider is this

It bit my daughter


Duval County Florida 7 days ago

Which trees to plant?

New to Maryland, but grew up with a family peach and apple orchard out west. Looking to plant 4-5 trees in northern Baltimore county--which varieties should I plant and where should I buy them? I've read the suggested resources on this site (very well written), but what would the experts recommend for personal use? I have a couple of acres and a nice sloping hill that faces north and needs a few trees on it. Also, we like to can our fruit and share with neighbors/community.


Baltimore County Maryland fruit fruit trees selecting fruit tree varieties sources for fruit trees plant care 7 days ago

Vaccinium membranaceum grafting

From what I have read of Vaccinium membranaceum, it can be a tricky plant to cultivate from seeds, or cuttings. I was wanting to experiment with various grafting of V membranaceum to rootstocks but have no idea how to determine compatible rootstocks to graft to. Do you have any suggestions where to start?? Thank you for your time. The lippke's


Lane County Oregon horticulture huckleberry 7 days ago

old grape vine

Transplant an existing old grape vine. How much of the root system do we need to dig up?


Clackamas County Oregon 7 days ago

Mirro 22 qt canner new spinning jiggler

There are no official instructions for how this is supposed to work. Online, people who have called the company say they were told that the canner should vent 3 or 4 times per minute--which seems to me would mean that the pressure is rising and falling. On the other hand, there are youtube videos of these canners under pressure with the jiggler continuously spinning gently. I tried that with only water in it and it is incredibly difficult to achieve. Last weekend I canned 22 pints of tuna in it with the spinner venting about every 20-25 seconds. Also, during my testing this morning, it started venting rusty water drops.I am concerned about the safety of this canner. Do you know anything about it? Thanks for any light you can shed on this! Laura Kreft North Bend, OR


Coos County Oregon home food preservation food safety 7 days ago

since yesterday I have been bombarded with tiny flying bugs. they seem to...

since yesterday I have been bombarded with tiny flying bugs. they seem to gravitate to food. I keep my house very clean. To me they look like baby flies. I have seen them in all areas of the house but mostly in the kitchen countertops and windows. any idea?


Lucas County Ohio 7 days ago

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