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?
Hennepin County MN rodent tree girdle almost 5 years ago
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.
Ramsey County MN beens almost 5 years ago
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?
Ottawa County MI almost 5 years ago
I missed taking my 2013 RMD total of $1500. Is this $1500amount added to my 2014 RMD total?
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
Chisago County MN almost 5 years ago
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.
Jackie Sanders, Wannabe Gardener
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
La Plata County CO lawns and turf almost 5 years ago
can you provide a prevention spray program for peach tree care. Franklin county Ohio
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
Lake County OH entomology almost 5 years ago
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!
How do you prune an elm tree that possibly has Dutch elm disease?
Morrow County OR horticulture almost 5 years ago
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??
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.
Washington County OR horticulture almost 5 years ago
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.
What are recommended bermuda varieties for East Texas? What is the recommended seeding rate?
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.
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
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).
Dakota County MN seed starting almost 5 years ago
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?
Putnam County FL citrus almost 5 years ago
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?
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 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?
Hennepin County MN almost 5 years ago
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
Josephine County OR grapes almost 5 years ago
Is there a regulation regarding the placement of the brand on the animal in the state of Iowa
Cerro Gordo County IA almost 5 years ago
when can I start vegetable seeds indoors for a square foot garden?
Wright County MN almost 5 years ago
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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