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I got a 3 year old minature apple tree- (maybe 2-3" diameter at the...

I got a 3 year old minature apple tree- (maybe 2-3" diameter at the base). We taped it up to what we thought was a safe height. With all the snow, the rabbits were able to eat the bark around the entire tree up about 6 inches. 3 feet is still in tack covered in snow. Is there anything we can do to save this tree while it is still in the dormant stage?

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Hennepin County MN rodent tree girdle almost 5 years ago

We have not grown speckled butter beans in Minnesota, but, really want to...

We have not grown speckled butter beans in Minnesota, but, really want to try. We have been unable to locate the seed to plan, do you have a suggested access we could try. This is for a small family garden in the backyard.

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Ramsey County MN beens almost 5 years ago

Penalty associated with medicare

My wife and I are both 60 years old, my wife is on social security disability (not SSI)and enrolled in medicare for which we pay 100.00 per month I am uninsured with no employer plan available, our income is aprox. 38000./yr. As far as I have been able to determine an individual policy for myself will cost 155.(6000. deductable) to 300./month, if I include my wife for a 2 person policy I can get a better plan for little to no premium cost to us. Is there provision to account for the $100 premium we already pay? For the individual policy I have to include her income (15500/yr) as if I were a one person household which puts me into a higher premium bracket than I would pay if we were to get a policy to cover both of us. The way its set up we should drop the medicare and get a policy to cover a 2 person household, we could get better coverage with a very affordable premium, however since she is eligible for medicare that is not an option. Is there any way to include her premium into our overall monthly premium cost or are we being inadvertently penalized for our situation?

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Ottawa County MI almost 5 years ago

Missed taking my RMD for 2013

I missed taking my 2013 RMD total of $1500. Is this $1500amount added to my 2014 RMD total?

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Hamilton County OH personal finance retirement planning roth ira from rmd rmd almost 5 years ago

Hello, this past winter the needles are brown on an eastern hemlock in my...

Hello, this past winter the needles are brown on an eastern hemlock in my front yard. There is a little green on some of the lower branches. My question is will the brown needles be replaced with new needles? This is the first time that this has happen to this tree. It is about 8 years old. Thanks, Armen

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Chisago County MN almost 5 years ago

How to loosen clay soil for drainage and plantings

Will gypsum loosen my clay soil in Houston (urban) yard. I want to plant flowers, trees and vegetables. I am composting and making up some raised beds but digging to install trees or shrubs in the St. Augustine lawn is a major problem. Is shale better than gypsum and if so, where can I buy it? Do you have a better option that doesn't require physical strength? I am a senior with a bad back.

Thank you.
Jackie Sanders, Wannabe Gardener

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Harris County TX soil and fertility issues gardening horticulture almost 5 years ago

Best Grass for a lawn in SW Colorado

Hi,We moved to La Plata County, CO last summer. We live south of Durango ("on the Mesa"), we have approximately 1.5 acres we're trying to use as a lawn. Currently, the lawn has patches of grass, weeds and bare dirt. The previous owners did little to no watering (and presumably no fertilization or over seeding) of the lawn. I'm trying to develop a strategy to establish a healthy, kid friendly lawn. How do I start?Thanks,Doug

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La Plata County CO lawns and turf almost 5 years ago

can you provide a prevention spray program for peach tree care. Franklin...

can you provide a prevention spray program for peach tree care. Franklin county Ohio

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Franklin County OH pesticides peach trees we have an almost 5 years ago

Hi, This year, I actually gathered up the ladybugs that entered our home in...

Hi, This year, I actually gathered up the ladybugs that entered our home in late fall and have kept them alive in a small former aquarium. My question: how warm does it have to be to release them outdoors. They're becoming more active with increased daylight but should I wait until it's no longer below freezing. It'll be 50 on Tuesday but the nights are still below freezing. Thank you for any feedback you might have. Sincerely, Tori

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Lake County OH entomology almost 5 years ago

Sitka Spruce Companion Plants

I live in an apartment with a patio and a very small yard that's dominated by a mature Sitka spruce--and a six-foot fence that allows little sunlight in its shadow. The soil around the spruce feels loose and flaky, because it's dominated by all the spruce bark and needles that gather at the roots of the tree. As a result, my tiny yard mostly looks like a patch of dirt.

I want to know what perennials may grow well around the roots of the spruce. Last April I planted deer fern and sword fern from starts, and red lupine from seed. The lupine sprouted by late May, but none of the many sprouts grew taller than a few inches. The sword fern dried out quickly, despite regular watering. The deer fern did moderately well.

Thank you for any tips or ideas you can provide me!

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Multnomah County OR horticulture flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials almost 5 years ago

dutch elm disease

How do you prune an elm tree that possibly has Dutch elm disease?

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Morrow County OR horticulture almost 5 years ago

I hade a spider on me today, was trying to identifie it, It was gray in...

I hade a spider on me today, was trying to identifie it, It was gray in color, not quite as large as a quarter looked like it had bumps over it, legs seemed short, I WAS SETING ON THE COUCH, HRRE HE WAS DURING THE DAY??

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Boone County IA insect issues spiders almost 5 years ago

Ranaculus Problems

We have a problem with Ranaculus in our flower beds. Could you please give advise on getting rid of these. It's getting overwhelming. Thank you for your help.

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Washington County OR horticulture almost 5 years ago

Two years ago, we had our white flowering dogwood tree trimmed and pruned...

Two years ago, we had our white flowering dogwood tree trimmed and pruned back about two feet. It was quite "leafy", but did not bloom last spring. I have always understood that dogwood trees "set" their buds in the fall, but our tree does not seen to have many buds. It also has some green "algae" or moss on the trunk and part of the branches. Is the tree healthy, and should I feed it in early spring? Thanks you so much for your help.

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Baltimore County MD trees and shrubs pruning dogwoods almost 5 years ago

Bermuda grass for pasture grazing

What are recommended bermuda varieties for East Texas? What is the recommended seeding rate?

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Cass County TX pastures and grazing pastures and forages almost 5 years ago

Peach Tree Disease

Last year, my peach tree suffered from a disease that turned all the peaches brown and wilted them. There was also a lot of sticky sap coming out of the tree along the branches. Is this brown rot, bacterial canker, or something else and can it be treated? I have another peach tree nearby which I planted last year and I don't want to get infected.

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Bucks County PA tree health peaches fruit trees peach trees almost 5 years ago

Fertilizing blueberries

I understand that I should begin fertilizing my blueberry bushes tomorrow (St. Patrick's Day) w/ aluminum sulfate. Do I water it into the roots or let it set on top of the ground? How much should I use? The bushes are about 5' high. Some are 6' and some are only 4' high.

Why do my daphne bushes die after about 10 years? Do they get old? How can I stop them from dying? One was about 10 feet across and 4 feet high and it just died with no warning last year.

Thanks a bunch (of daphne)! Kathy

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Washington County OR trees and shrubs blueberries horticulture almost 5 years ago

I am new to Minnesota and its long winter, so I am baffled about when to...

I am new to Minnesota and its long winter, so I am baffled about when to start seeding transplants. The forecast is looking grim for March and seems much to cold, even just to put transplants outside during the day. So do I just wait until mid-April to start tomatoes/peppers, etc.? Will the season turn on a dime and give tomatoes enough time to make it? I am used to starting tomatoes--and lots more--in Feb/March as I'm from Olympia, WA (zone 8).

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Dakota County MN seed starting almost 5 years ago

Fruit falling off

I have a navel orange tree and also a red grapefruit tree. After they bloom most of the fruit drops off. Last year I had no grapefruit and only 2 oranges. It's like the fruit doesn't set. Any ideas what may be the cause?

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Putnam County FL citrus almost 5 years ago

Time to spread lime?

When is the best time to spread lime on my grass? Should it be done before or after fertilizer, or can it be dome at the same time?

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Westmoreland County PA lawns and turf almost 5 years ago

It looks like my lilac bush has been chewed up by rabbits this winter. It has...

It looks like my lilac bush has been chewed up by rabbits this winter. It has never happened before so I don't worry about covering the base. What can I do now to help the lilac stay alive? It is right outside my bedroom window and I love to smell the flowers! Any suggestions?

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Hennepin County MN almost 5 years ago

Grape Pruning

Is it too late to prune my grapes being it is mid March? I didn't have a chance and it is huge - about 7 years mature and I live in Grants Pass, OR. Thank you

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Josephine County OR grapes almost 5 years ago

Branding cattle

Is there a regulation regarding the placement of the brand on the animal in the state of Iowa

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Cerro Gordo County IA almost 5 years ago

when can I start vegetable seeds indoors for a square foot garden?

when can I start vegetable seeds indoors for a square foot garden?

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Wright County MN almost 5 years ago

pine trees

My neighbor has about 25 pinetrees many of which overhang my house. Is there a inexpensive way to get rid of them so I can go to them with a solution to the problem instead of with a court order to remove them.

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Cherokee County GA trees and shrubs weed issues almost 5 years ago

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