I have a bad infestation.
Is it at some temperature or moisture content?
I planted a sun crisp apple tree 4 years ago in full sun. It has been quite copious in its fruit production. This past late winter I fertilized it with fruit tree spikes for the first time. In the spring, I followed pruning instructions prior to flowering and then, later, thinned the fruit so that there was only one per cluster. I was left with 70 apples. However, all but one fruit either:1)dropped; or 2) failed to thrive and appeared small and misshapen.
I planted a chinese pear tree 4 years ago in full/partial sun. In its second spring, it produced a dozen fruit. Before they could ripen, the squirrels at them all. In its third year, it produced only flowers and no fruit. This spring it did not produce any flowers or fruit. This past late winter I fertilized it with 2 fruit tree fertilizer spikes. Over the years I have been pruning it per instructions in my fruit tree book. Any ideas on what I can do to help it fruit next spring?
District of Columbia County DC fruit about 5 years ago
I recently had a tree service cut up several dead trees and trim dead limbs. I asked about seven mature ash trees on my property. They said that none of the trees appear to be infected yet, and they advised me that there is now a treatment (an injection?) that can save these trees. I'd like your opinion on whether this treatment, or any treatment, is effective; if it's permanent or temporary; if it's a one-time treatment or required on a regular basis; and if you can recommend a tree service in the Xenia area that is reliable for this service. Ron Thompson
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Pottawattamie County IA about 5 years ago
My lawn is approximately 40% zoysia. The zoysia is doing ok however crabgrass has inundated the non-zoysia areas. This spring I am intending to apply a pre-emergent just before green up and again 6 weeks later. Next May can I insert plugs directly into soil or must I first remove old crabgrass? Is there anything I can do this fall? Thanks
I live in East Texas and looking for Freefall Pansies, any idea where I can find this variety? Assume this variety will do extremely well in our climate. Any ideas on locations or point me in the right direction to find them would be greatly appreciated.
I have what I think is a 40-50-year-old Atlantic white cedar with twin trunks. Since last year the branches on one side have been browning and all are now brown. The other side seems unaffected. My question is: Should I remove the whole tree,or hope that the trunk that seems fine will fill out? It is about 40 ft. tall and may have been affected by our earthquake or by our trimming of many descending bottom branches about the same time....
Thank you--Cathy Wintermyer
I think you used to have a Quick Link to organic Info and heaps of good info. Now it seems to have got lost. Could it come back?
I have a tall fescue lawn I cut it at the lowest setting on my lawn mower, i spend days removing all the thatch. I rent a machine and core aerated the lawn, then top dressed with a combination ot soil and soil nutrients, can not remember the exactly what it was, but I know it was the correct product for the reseeding and soil improvement.Then, I overseeded the lawn, with a very high quality mix of 3 types of tall l fescue , raked in, and used a starter fertilizer. it has been around 3 1/2 there weeks and there is excellent growth in some area and almost none in other. cane I apply a little more top soil and some additional seed at this time or is it to late, I thought about putting down more seed in the spring, however that is when I was going to try and kill of the weeds that I have.in the spring, which would prohibit me for overseeding or filling bare spots in the spring. I would appreciate you recommendation and how to proceed with the areas that are still bare I watered the lawn everyday day twice a day for the first week, and the in the morning everyday since. I plan to continue to water it daily in case they are some slow germination spots. My lawn was in better condition than almost anyone else in the area, except for the areas I accidentally killed while trying to get control of the weeds. My current lawn is only eight years old, when I bought the house the entire lawn was all weeds, like strawberry patch. I had it all killed and professional hydoseeded, I have read that with tall fescue, it is necessary to overseed at least ever two years? Thank you for any recomendations on how to work with the remaining bare spots and how to maintain the lawn in the future
I work for a homeowner's association and I need to find a general guide for the life-span of ornamental shrubbery. We have several owners that have allowed their shrubs to get huge, and we need a general guide regarding which ones can be cut back (and survive), and which need to be replaced. My argument is that some shrubs aren't meant to last over 10 years (without getting huge), and that after a point they must be replaced. Can you give me some direction?
I've read the information on your site but still have a question/concern. I purchased tomatoes from a local farm that were infected with late harvest blight (according to farmer). They assured me they were safe to use. I cut off all infected parts then cooked them down for several hours before putting into jars and freezing. Question: did long cooking time prior to freezing eliminate the risk or does cooking make no difference in safety of product.....not willing to sicken my family....greatly appreciate any help.
I'm experiencing an unusually heavy infestation of bot flies that are laying eggs on my horses. I've tried removing the eggs in the usually recommended ways, but none seem to really work. I've ordered "Ovitrol Plus" spray to attempt to "kill" the eggs, but it's yet to arrive. Does anyone have suggestions as to how to deal with this problem?
Poweshiek County IA about 5 years ago
I'm having problems with squirrels in my pecan trees, eating my pecans throwing down the ones aren't ready yet, I had a friend recommended that I contact y'all. looking for a solution that would be safe for the squirrels and for my trees.
if you please could contact me when you get a chance.
Should perennials be fertilized in the fall or should we wait until spring?
Bugs in house - oblong, grey you see no legs only small feelers. come in around dampness they say, but have a lot again and they are larger than usual.
something i have delt with for several years. size 1/3 to 1/2 inch thank you
Sherburne County MN about 5 years ago
We live in the Minnesota oak savannah (sand!!!) and have about a half acre that was just torn up for a new septic system that needs to be repaired. We have put down 3" of black dirt, but don't know what to plant there as the area is very shady. We can't afford to water a lawn that big, so we are wondering if there is another ground cover besides grass that we can SEED that would be OK for DRY SHADE. Any ideas? Thanks!!
I have what I guess is a young cottonwood tree growing on my property. I was wondering if you could confirm that it is cottonwood and also tell me what the black growths are at the end of the branches (See Photo)? The black growths are hard and break apart. I read that there are male and female trees and only the females produce the cotton. How do you tell them apart?
Sherburne County MN about 5 years ago
I have a large and mature red oak in my front yard in an older suburb of Detroit, entwined with ivy, and (this year 2013) apparently a victim of both the oak twig pruner and the gall wasp. I mean there have been numerous fallen twigs [pruner larvae] all summer; and not most, but many, of these fallen twigs have the "fuzzy balls", gall. At least the fallen twigs seem more numerous this year.
Otherwise the tree, best I can tell, is healthy. But do these two pests, occurring simultaneously, mean my tree is in a dangerous decline? Stressed in other way?
Oakland County MI trees and shrubs about 5 years ago
I found a couple of Pea Pods on the ground with this precision excision! I'm amazed at how exacting the cuts are just at the same angle and the pea was perfectly extracted without much further disturbance to the pod. Just hoping you would know what insect (I'm assuming) does this!
Thanks so much for your insight.
My grandchild is in the foster care system and his parents are in jail. I would like for him to live with me. I have been getting the runaround from the state of Texas. Is there help for me to gain custody?
Can you identify this weed for me? We are seeing lots of it this year in corn fields.
Carver County MN about 5 years ago
Hi, I have a huge(transplanted) blue hydrangea plant. The first year it bloomed normally, as I recall, but then the next two years the blooms are only half opening on 90% of the plant with only a few that are fully blooming. The plant itself looks healthy. Is it a soil imbalance? The pictures are from the same plant. Do you have any suggestions?
I have three hop plants that were planted in May. They are beautiful and have produced an amazing amount of hops for the first year. I need to move the plants to a new location. The current owner of the plot wants them gone now. My gut tells me I need to wait until end of October. If I can't negotiate with them to let me wait, will the plants survive a transplant now? I assume we would cut the plants down to maybe three feet?
Washington County OR horticulture about 5 years ago
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