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Peeling Bark

My crabapple tree's bark is peeling off and the tree appears to be dying. There are only about 3 branches with foliage. Is there anything I can do to save it?

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Douglas County Colorado trees and shrubs disease issues horticulture almost 6 years ago

I have several knockout rose bushes that have been in the earth for 4 years....

I have several knockout rose bushes that have been in the earth for 4 years. Blooming beautiful until recently they are very sad looking. I treated them earlier this year for beetles however now they have stopped blooming, showing signs of black spot and now have tiny holes in the leaves. They've been feed with earth tone and sprayed for bugs. What would you suggest to keep these plants healthy? Also do they rest between blooming times or with stress. I see these planted all over the county along intersections and they beautiful.

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Washington County Maryland almost 6 years ago

I found about 25 gold eggs on top of a tomato leaf. Is that bad or good? They...

I found about 25 gold eggs on top of a tomato leaf. Is that bad or good? They are only on one leaf and are shiny gold, not yellow.

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Jackson County Indiana tomatoes vegetables cpb almost 6 years ago

how do I sign up for the HGIC gardening newsletter? I can't find a sign up...

how do I sign up for the HGIC gardening newsletter? I can't find a sign up button on this site

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Loudoun County Virginia maryland home and garden e-newsletter almost 6 years ago

How to kill bamboo

I want to remove a large patch of bamboo in a shady part of my back yard. I cut down all bamboo to the ground. Now I need to deal with the roots. I would like to kill the roots, but using a "green" method where I won't use glyphosate or other chemicals that are harmful to the planet. I've read on the internet that some peole recommend using a high nitrogen fertilizer & cover with plastic sheeting to basically cook the roots thereby killing the bamboo. Another resource told me that constant cutting back of the bamboo over a couple of years would also kill the roots due to lack of photosynthesis. Do you have any suggestions on how to kill the bamboo without using harmful chemicals?

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Delaware almost 6 years ago

I have a tree, Cornus Florida "Cherokee Brave" That had tiny red...

I have a tree, Cornus Florida "Cherokee Brave" That had tiny red spots on the leaves [see picture]. What is this? Does this tree, just purchased, have a serious problem? What to do?

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Howard County Maryland trees and shrubs dogwoods leaf spots almost 6 years ago

I have a tree, approximately 10'-12' tall, I am not sure of the species. the...

I have a tree, approximately 10'-12' tall, I am not sure of the species. the tree was doing very well up until two months ago when spots developed on all of the leaves, front and back and a thick orange growth formed completely around some of the branches and it is causing the branch upstream from the growth to twist against the normal growth pattern and they are starting to wither. What is this and can the tree be saved? I have included three cell phone pics. Thank you for your time.

  • Name, age and/or size of plant - three to four years old
  • When was the problem was first noted - Spring 2013
  • What part of the plant is affected? Leaves and branches
  • Have symptoms progressed or changed? Yes, it is getting worse, destroying the new growth.
  • Growing conditions (full sun, part shade, shade, windy, salt spray, etc.) - Full sun.
  • Soil problems (compacted soil, construction activity, poor drainage) - Soil can be damp because it is in the low part of the yard. It is not swampy and does drain fairly well.
  • Pesticide and fertilizer applications - none


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Baltimore Maryland trees and shrubs ash rust almost 6 years ago

Voles or ?

My yard is perforated with holes; no mounds that I associate with moles. Some "gopher-like" tunneling is evident but experts assure me there are no gophers in this area (about two blocks from the ocean). Flower bulbs and roots seem to have disappeared. I think I have voles and want to know how to control them. A battery operated vibrator seems to attract rather than repel. A repellent product spread over the area has had no effect.

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Clatsop County Oregon lawns and turf almost 6 years ago

Outdoor "gnats"

We have a lake cottage at Lake Ponderosa near Montezuma. Nearly every evening as the sun sets, we have an oubreak of "gnats" that makes it extremely unpleasant to be outside. They tend to hang around under the overhang of the house mostly on the south and west sides but are also attracted to our black car. We have a redwood deck and have wood chip mulch along the house as well as bushes. We have used some fogging products that provide temporary relief. It is often so bad we cannot be outside and are desparate for a solution. Thank you.

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Poweshiek County Iowa integrated pest management almost 6 years ago

I have fall asters that were just starting to sprout nicely but suddenly they...

I have fall asters that were just starting to sprout nicely but suddenly they turned burned & withered. We've had a few warm days, low 80's & lots of rain. Is this a disease or what?

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Baltimore County Maryland flower asters almost 6 years ago

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