Dawn Redwoood Tree in Michigan

I currently have a dawn redwood tree planted by the city on my lawn between my front sidewalk and the street. The tree is about 40 feet tall and is growing rapidly. i am located in Novi Michigan which is about 30 miles NW of Detroit. There are several of the tree roots that have grow above the grass level of my lawn. I would like to remove these surface roots and replant with sod. Will removing two or three surface roots ( roots above ground are <10 ft long each) Damage the tree?
If I can remove the surface roots, what is the best way to do it?


Oakland County MI trees and shrubs horticulture almost 6 years ago

Invasion of Spanish Bluebells

My flowerbeds have been taken over by a bulb plant that I have identified as Hyacinthoides Hispanica (Spanish Bluebell). Over the past 5 years, as they started to become a nuisance, I would dig them up, bulb and all and throw them away. It was a lot of work, but I thought if I did this every year, they'd stop coming up. But I realized this year that the more I dig them up, the more they come back, and they're really taking over. Yesterday, by searching the internet, I finally was able to identify them and learned to my horror that they are aggressive and almost impossible to get rid of because they spread by seed as well as very deep bulbs that you never really get all of. I plan to spray them with something deadly. I'm thinking of a 50-50 solution of Formula 409 household cleaner and water, or vinegar, something that will kill the whole plant. Things like Roundup won't work because the leaves spread out flat all over the ground. I need a wide spray that will cover all the leaves. To keep my other plants out of the line of fire, I will just cut off the bluebells from around them. Can you suggest a concoction that I can make or a commercial product that I can use? I try to be an organic gardener, but this time I will use whatever works. Thank you in advance, June, North Portland resident, Email:


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Multnomah County OR weed issues pesticides invasive weeds almost 6 years ago

Aspen leaking sap and bulbous areas

Hello. I live in Denver, and have several young (< 5yr) aspen trees. Each year, we've noticed bulbous areas on the branches (see pic), and are wondering what this is. This year (now) we noticed a red sap leaking from some of the branches / trunks (see pic). My google search showed "canker" or some sort of bird or insect could be boring. Please advise. Should we remove these aspens? It would be a shame, but I'm concerned about a disease spreading to other trees such as pear, maple, and autumn purple ash. Thanks in advance!



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Arapahoe County CO trees and shrubs almost 6 years ago

Something Eating my Carrots

At end of '12 when picking my carrots & beets, something was eating carrots & beets from the bottom up, leaving just a 1/2 mm thick surface of the veggie [empty inside]. No obvious mole or vole hole seen. Question: How to avoid this year? Put chicken wire a foot deep under them? Any danger from veggies absorbing minerals released from the chicken wire? Any other ideas?


Kitsap County WA wildlife damage management fruits and vegetables almost 6 years ago

Pre-emergent herbicide

Arvada, Colo., when should a pre-emergent be applied for maximum results? 4/14/2013


Jefferson County CO lawns and turf weeds almost 6 years ago

When to plant Blue Grass Seed?

Late last Fall I dug over several bare spots in my lawn and planted Scotts Blue Grass Seed. I watered daily for four weeks. None of the seed germinated. Was the ground temperature too cold perhaps? How warm should the nights be in Fort Collins, CO this Spring before I re-seed these areas?
Thanks, Ray Haithwaite


Larimer County CO lawns and turf almost 6 years ago

i'm from fla. and want to plant veggies and herbs in emmet county(alanson)...

i'm from fla. and want to plant veggies and herbs in emmet county(alanson) where can i get help on everything connected with this?


Emmet County MI fruits and vegetables gardening horticulture almost 6 years ago

Gardening with Fiber

They tout this fiber from the digester here in Tillamook as the greatest thing since sliced bread, but give no specifics. Is it used as a planting medium, soil enricher, amender, or something else? After I put it in the garden, do I plant right into it or mix it in, or should I add it over the row after I plant? If so, how thick should I spread it? I'm so confused.


Tillamook County OR soil compost soil amendments dairy manure digester and digestion almost 6 years ago

Waist high gardens

I'd like to build a waist high garden bed for my father do you know we're I could get building plans and related info. ?


Johnson County IA almost 6 years ago

I recently started collecting our family's food scraps - ALL fruit and...

I recently started collecting our family's food scraps - ALL fruit and veggies - we are recently vegan. I have several bags of scraps and am looking for the best way to compost them. I have two gardens and buried several bags of scraps in them, but am ready to plant the gardens now and I read its not wise to plant directly on top of the scraps until they are decomposed. I've also read that to compost effectively you have to mix both green and brown matter. We have no leaves to use as brown and using food, there has to be a lid to avoid animals getting to it (I have one of the county's large round bins but there is no lid and it is too large). I would like to have several smaller bins going consecutively - fill one go to the next so I have compost at different stages. I have a few plastic bins 3'x2'x1' that used to store toys that we could use, but they may be too small? I have looked online but haven't seen anything that works for us and would love some suggestions. Any information, suggestions, etc would be much appreciated!


Montgomery County MD composting brown matter composting bins composting bin lids almost 6 years ago

Honey Locust

We have a honey locust in our back yard that has been boxed in with RR ties about 20" high. I would like to reduce the elevation of of dirt around the tree to about 6" high with the same RR ties. The tree is probably 30 years old and seems very healthy, just had it trimmed last Fall. Will reducing the elevation of dirt around the trunk of the tree hurt the tree?


Arapahoe County CO trees and shrubs horticulture almost 6 years ago

Drought Tolerant Planting for LEED for Homes

Greetings from Boulder:
We are completing work on a small, 140-year-old home in Boulder where we have applied for LEED for Homes Platinum Status. We sure could use help in planting the property (a very small lot - maybe 1,800 square feet needs to be planted) with drought tolerant trees, bushes, plants, ground cover and turf. We have the veggie garden going already with lettuce, spinach, kale, chard, so we are good there.
Can you point me to any information listing Colorado drought tolerant plants, especially that which will help us maintain our LEED Platinum status?
Thank you,


Boulder County CO sustainable gardening and landscaping almost 6 years ago

Mulch Bed

Hi there... I'm having a hard time keeping arborvitae's alive and need to get my soil tested. They are located in a bed that I have a couple inches of black mulch. Can I still do a soil sample with you guys if I rake the mulch and sphagnum peat out of the bed and then dig down 8 inches or so?


Macomb County MI almost 6 years ago

Chicken problem

I am having lot of problems with my chickens. They have gotten in the habit of eating the eggs. I have tried separating them, but I then I will find another one doing the same thing. I feed oyster shell and 20 percent protein laying crumble and let them free-range. I don't know how to stop this problem. Someone told me to feed bone meal, but I don't know where I can find it. Can we still eat the eggs if the hens are fed bone meal?


Kinney County TX poultry almost 6 years ago

Windward chewing fescue, (tested as Pick FRC A-93)

Where can I buy or get some of this seed? Windward, (tested as Pick FRC A-93) is an elite new variety of chewings fescue developed at the Pickseed research facility. Windward was thoroughly tested in the 1999-2002 fine fescue NTEP turf trial with excellent results. Thanks! Roy Goodlaxson, Email: Altoona Iowa


Polk County IA trees and shrubs lawns and turf horticulture almost 6 years ago

Planting a front planter and shade garden

I have two areas in the house I'm buying that I'd like to plant a garden in. The house we're buying is on the edge between Medford and Central Point. One area is a planter in the front of the house between the porch, house side and a walkway. The area is in morning sun and then shaded for the afternoon/evening. It's about 3' by 10'. I'm looking for plant options that are indigenous to the area or well adapted so they don't require a huge amount of work. Also, if they stayed under about 4 foot high that would be best. Maybe something with some color? The other area is under a pine tree and so if shaded for most of the day. Will anything local or easy to grow work under there? The area is about 12' in diameter. Any suggestions for plants to look into would be fantastic. Thanks!


Jackson County OR landscape design gardening horticulture almost 6 years ago

grubs, control of

In one area of my yard, roughly 10'x10', plants keep dying. I have found white grubs in that area. If this could be the cause, what is the cure? elimination of?


Pima County AZ insect issues horticulture almost 6 years ago

Evergreen Trees

I have two mature Austrian Pines in each corner of my backyard in Arvada, Co. This year, the leader branch on the top of each tree has turned brown and the needles and falling off. The rest of the tree appears to be healthy. Any idea what may be causing this?


Jefferson County CO trees and shrubs almost 6 years ago

unknown swaying plant

Hi Folks, I found this vid on line with not explaination or reason for it's behavior. Can someons down there tell me what the heck it is??? Thanks


Multnomah County OR horticulture almost 6 years ago

Pink/yellow clump on live oak seedling roots?

I pulled up a lot of live oak seedlings out of my yard today, and on many of them were these popcorn-shaped yellow, pink, and orange clumps. They're generally very firm and I found them more in one part of the yard than another. Each little clump was about the size of a marble or larger. I've attached a photo of them. Are they problematic, or just part of normal growth? Thanks for your help!



Bexar County TX trees and shrubs horticulture almost 6 years ago

response to my question about where can I buy a Douglas Pear tree

I received an answer to my earlier question about where can I buy a Douglas Pear tree. I checked a lot of stores in the Pennsylvania area for this tree which was supposedly grown at Russells Nursery in Oregon . None of the many stores in Pennsylvania that we checked with had any of these trees so we called the nursery directly and they said they don't grow fruit trees. I am back to square one. Gurneys use to sell them years back but don't anymore. This tree really does produce a lot of fruit. So, do you have any other source that you can think of that would sell this Douglas Pear tree.


Columbia County PA horticulture almost 6 years ago

What can I grow in 4-6 hours of direct sunlight?

I'm building my first veg garden but unfortunately I don't have any space on my property that is exposed to 6-8 hours of direct sunlight. I'm struggling to find clear info on what I can and cant' grow. I'd be fine with smaller yields if that was the only down side. Please help.


Washington County OR fruits and vegetables home gardening horticulture almost 6 years ago

looking for tree seedlings

Hi-wasn't sure if Penn State happens to sell pine tree seedlings? I live beside the highway and have been trying to get trees to grow on bank to block highway and maybe get some wildlife back that use to be in my yard and beside. if anyone can direct me somewhere I would be so Thankful!!!!!


Blair County PA pine trees horticulture almost 6 years ago

Heat-shocking foods

What's this about heat-shocking fruits and vegetables? Who invented? What is ISU's stance? I see some problems! I'm Sharon Edmonds, an Answer Line Home Economist in the 90's. And why did I write a big article on food irradiation for a newspaper some ten years ago??!! Thanks!


Minnehaha County SD almost 6 years ago

Dwarf conifer recommendations

I have a location in my yard in Colorado that is fairly protected, but gets afternoon sun. I would like to plant a dwarf evergreen there, but the dwarf alberta spruce and dwarf norway spruce I tried there have suffered severe winter burn, even with regular watering during dry spells.
Is there a dwarf conifer (4' - 7' tall) that would be better suited to that spot, perhaps with a deeper root system to tolerate dry winter periods?
Thank you very much.


Larimer County CO trees and shrubs almost 6 years ago

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