Blue Spruce disease

We have a 20 ft Blue Spruce that is Purplish than brown, seems to be dying from the bottom up, what can we do to save this tree? My neighbors blue spruce seem to be doing the same thing, I have probably 10 more blue spruce on my lot, should I be proactive and treat them. I put Bayer's for Tree disease treatment on it last fall.

Can I treat them effectively or should I hire a service to do so, and are their any service companies that you recommend? I live in Deer Creek Canyon in the foothills of Colorado. Thank you for your help.


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

Garden Bed Clean Up

I live in Metro Denver. Is it time to clean up the garden in anticipation of the the growing season, or do you think there is too much danger of hard cold still to come?
Thanks for your response in advance.


Jefferson County Colorado horticulture almost 6 years ago

st. augustine grass control

I have a Bermuda grass lawn in Houston, Texas. My neighbor has a St Augustine lawn - which has runners encroaching into my lawn. I have tried to control this by pulling the St Augustine runners, but am losing the battle. Is there a spray I can use to kill the St Aug runners without also killing my Bermuda grass?


Harris County Texas lawns and turf lawn management almost 6 years ago

A friend attended a lecture (in Columbia) by one of your master gardeners who...

A friend attended a lecture (in Columbia) by one of your master gardeners who supposedly advised against buying any boxwoods this year due to a disease. Can you tell me if this is true and what disease is affecting new boxwoods? What should I do to protect my existing boxwoods?


Howard County Maryland almost 6 years ago


I have a huge strawberry patch and have had for the past 7-8years. I has been producing less and less strawberries over the years. I heard that you have to dig them all up and start over. Is this true? I really don't won't to lose all those plant and waste all that money. What do you suggest>


Utah County Utah fruit strawberries berries horticulture almost 6 years ago

Pine tip moth 2013

We are in East mountain area: Sedillo and Meadow Road. When is the projected flight time of the pine tip moth for this year? We want to apply a systemic 2 to 3 weeks prior to moth flight.


Bernalillo County New Mexico insect management almost 6 years ago

Raspberry plants

we live in east mountains, Sedillo and Meadow rds. what is best for fertilizing and when?


Bernalillo County New Mexico fruits and vegetables soil and fertility issues horticulture almost 6 years ago

Deworming of cattle

How effective are deworming blocks? I have no cattle pen to run the cattle through a shoot for pour on and cannot get close enough to administer any orally. Spring is here and I would like to start as soon as possible. Also, would the beef still be considered organic when using a dewormer?


Wilkes County Georgia almost 6 years ago

Suggested Ground Covers for unused land

I have a lot in Bandon that was covered in gorse. I would like to plant a ground cover to choke the gorse out. But I don't want to bring in another noxious weed into the neighborhood. What should I plant? Suggestions that are eco friendly.


Coos County Oregon weed issues horticulture almost 6 years ago

Can someone please help me identify this plant? I'm assuming it's a weed...

Can someone please help me identify this plant? I'm assuming it's a weed because I didn't plant it and it seems to be very aggressive/invasive.



Franklin County Ohio almost 6 years ago

How to make my tifway 419 lawn more dense?

My lawn just does not seem dense enough. Can I overseed and with what seed do you recommend. My local Home Depot carries common blends that include Endeavor, Gazelle, Dynamic, Thermal Blue. What do you suggest? Full sun, drought conditions, average size residencial lawn.


Bexar County Texas lawns and turf bermuda grass almost 6 years ago

House Fire - Insulation between the logs of a Log Home

I had a house fire in my Log Home which is built with fiberglass insulation between the logs. The house had extensive smoke and water damage but the structure (minus 1/3 of the roof) is intact. The fire was 45 days ago with temps averaging slightly above and below freezing since the incident. Should the insulation be replaced?


Beltrami County Minnesota home energy almost 6 years ago

Is there a good home soil pH tester you reccomend?

Hi, I am a average gardener in the Willamette Valley and having bought my house from someone else and having found lime in their garage, I have no idea the pH of the soil in any given area of my yard. I have used the pH testers that use small capsules that you mix with water, but they are one use, and only test a small volume of soil. Is there a probe-type pH meter for under $50 that you would recommend for repeated yearly testing of multiple sites in my yard. While I am asking is there also a durable soil temperature probe you would recommend for both soil and compost piles? Thanks very much


Lane County Oregon soil and fertility issues soil ph soil testing almost 6 years ago

Plant Selections for Colorado

I recently moved to Longmont, Colorado from Springfield, Missouri. I realize there is a huge difference in climates and would like to make smart choices with selecting appropriate vegetables to grow in my yard. Can you give me any lists of recommended vegetables (or links to websites) and specific vegetable varieties which are proven by master gardeners to grow well out here? Also, do you have any lists for flowers which are either indigenous to this area or else well adapted to Colorado?

Thanks so much,


Boulder County Colorado gardening horticulture almost 6 years ago


We have removed top part of a lawn with lots of crabgrass. How do you get rid/kill the remaining roots so they will not grow? Roundup? Crossbow?


Jackson County Oregon lawns and turf weed issues almost 6 years ago

Cherry Weevil

Would applying Neem Oil as a ground soak before bud break help control Cherry Weevil?


Larimer County Colorado trees and shrubs insect issues horticulture almost 6 years ago

Where do I begin?

I am planting my first vegetable garden this summer at Northwind Community Garden. I want to grow around 5 types of veggies but hopefully some that are manageable for a beginner. I will also be growing a few herbs, which I have done before but only in pots. What veggies would you recommend for an easy garden plan and something I can maintain in terms of soil nutrition? I just need 5ish veggies that are very simple to grow in Michigan, perhaps ones that work well together in a plot.


Ingham County Michigan fruits and vegetables gardening almost 6 years ago

Cherry Tree Fruit Fly

When do I need to spray for Cherry tree fruit flies?


Yamhill County Oregon insect issues insects stone fruit fruit trees fruit fly horticulture almost 6 years ago


Hello: I live in the Poconos and for the past 20 or so years struggle to maintain a lawn (not me my husband) We have sandy soil in back and in front. We recently saw clover lawns and thought that may be a solution for us. Less maintenance, natural, etc. We are now seniors so we would enjoy low maintenance. We live in a somewhat shady area and partially sun. Thanks for any time. PS White Dutch clover and we do not use any pesticides whatsoever. Patricia Francis


Monroe County Pennsylvania lawns and turf horticulture almost 6 years ago

Lawn "tonic"?

This was posted on as well as being on several other sites. Is there any truth to it?
KUSA - 9NEWS Consumer Reporter Mark Koebrich looks at a simple formula that many call a "tonic" for a drought stressed lawn. A former Golf Course Groundskeeper who lives in Parker, Tim Heffron, found it while watching television years ago in Oklahoma. "I started using it about five years ago back in Oklahoma where it's 100 degrees every day, day in and day out," says Heffron.Heffron clearly has the best looking lawn in his neighborhood. He has no sprinkler system and only hand-waters his lawn sparingly. He does use small amounts of dry fertilizer as well.The tonic is best applied in the evening after you mow. You do not need to water it in as you're applying it with water and it's already going to the roots of your lawn.
We have no had no reports of the tonic being hazardous to your pet.
The "Lawn Tonic"

-One full can of regular pop (any kind-no diet soda)
-One full can of beer (no light beer)-1/2 Cup of Liquid dishwashing soap (do NOT use anti-bacterial dishwashing liquid)-1/2 cup of household ammonia-1/2 cup of mouthwash (any brand)-Pour into 10-gallon hose-end sprayer (other sizes will work too)-In high heat, apply every three weeksThe liquid soap is a wetting agent, helping the formula penetrate to the roots. The ammonia promotes growth and turns your lawn green, and the mouthwash does something you would never suspect mouthwash would do. It kills the bugs and grubs. NOTE: Do NOT use anti-bacterial dishwashing liquid in the mixture as it will kill off important microbes in the lawn and soil that help "digest" thatch."It essentially messes-up their re-productive cycles and keeps them out of your lawn and makes it look a lot better and leaves it minty fresh," laughs Heffron. And because it's applied with the hose sprayer, it's a direct shot to your sod. "When you don't have a lot of water and we're on watering restrictions, this is another way to get the nutrients to your lawn and keep it growing."(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


Archuleta County Colorado lawns and turf almost 6 years ago

Kill bamboo

We purchased a house and the previous owner had 2 sections of bamboo. We have trimmed it to the ground but was wonderring what chemical to use to,kill the rhizome? Thanks!


Dallas County Texas bamboo control almost 6 years ago

Russian Olive Removal

We have a mature (10" + diameter) Russian Olive on our property. The tree is singular, not aggressively spreading, but is located at the tail end of a septic leach field and within 150' of South Boulder Creek in Eldorado Springs.

Boulder Cnty strongly advises the removal of this species due to its invasive nature and water requirements. However, the tree is also stately and distinctive.

Does a mature, isolated Russian Olive still represent a threat to native habitat and consume excess groundwater? Or at some point, does an established tree use no less than a replacement species (perhaps, Maple/Locust/Willow.)

We'll be glad to remove if this species just doesn't fit with the climate norms and xeriscaped landscape, but would prefer to leave in place if not a significant issue.

Thanks, Evan


Boulder County Colorado trees and shrubs almost 6 years ago

lawn problem

Last year I began seeing small, conical or vertical holes in my lawn. They were accompanied by small dirt piles next to them. They have already begun to appear this spring. I have note observed any animals or insects that might be causing the problem. My law has become extremely rough and irregular and difficult to walk on. Can you give me an idea about the problem and a solution?


Salt Lake County Utah almost 6 years ago


There are so many weed killers out there that can be used to control weeds in the garden but how do I know what one is best and wont harm the plants I want to grow? I see some that are for broad leaf but a lot of the plants are broad leaf will they kill my vegetable plants? I am very confused when I look at the store. I just don't want to kill my plants too.


Berrien County Michigan weed management almost 6 years ago


Every year my zuchinni grows really great until about a few weeks after they are ready to pick and then a bug gets on them that is gray in color and looks like a stink bug. How can I get rid of that bug and not harm the plants?


Berrien County Michigan fruits and vegetables horticulture almost 6 years ago

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