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Star of Bethlehem plant

I have just spent 5 hours digging this plant out of my garden. In some areas I had to lift another whole plant such as roses, blue fescue, and heuchera toget the bulb out. Even though I threw some of the plant on a quarter inch screen but some tiny bulbs still fell through. I tried RoundUp on my mostly organic yard, but they just lapped it up and smiled. I know that even though I pick up the least bulb that I see, they'll be back. I'm to the point of putting some of the 4" plastic edging around plants to keep them from being choked. Can you offer any suggestions?

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Hood River County Oregon weed issues horticulture almost 6 years ago

Raising Turkeys with Chickens

Is blackhead disease a problem in Colorado? I would like to put a divider in the coop between the chickens and turkeys and have separate runs for them, maybe letting them free-range during the day together. I do not have roosters. We live above 8,500 feet, near Conifer.

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Jefferson County Colorado poultry almost 6 years ago

I seem to have an infestation of small worms that look like bag worms but no...

I seem to have an infestation of small worms that look like bag worms but no bags. They are eating the new leaves on the trees and you can't get in the house without having them all over you. There are thousands of them covering railings, the siding on the house, outdoor furniture etc. What can be done about them?

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Charles County Maryland trees and shrubs cankerworms almost 6 years ago

I found several small round WELL sealed bottles of vinegar that were given to...

I found several small round WELL sealed bottles of vinegar that were given to me as a gift in a cupboard. They must be at least 20 years old if not older.
They have lemons or olives, onions red peppers etc. in them and except for the fruit and veggies looking a little ragged, they seem OK. I have not opened them but I was wondering if they are still safe to use or should I dispose of them.

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Fulton County Ohio almost 6 years ago

I had a garden planted about 15 years ago with a berm. The garden company...

I had a garden planted about 15 years ago with a berm. The garden company used sludge for the berm. Is it safe to plant cooking herbs here?

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Montgomery County Maryland almost 6 years ago

Composting

Would Walnut tree branches and leaves work well in a compost for a garden?

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Davis County Utah almost 6 years ago

Tree Identification for a Backyard Tree of New House

I'm wondering if someone might be able to help me identify a tree in the backyard of the house to which I just moved. I've tried a few tree ID guides online & cannot come up with anything. I sent pictures to someone I know who used to do landscaping & he's stumped as well. The most noteworthy thing about the tree is the MASS of dried brown almost wormy-looking things that are dropping from it now. I guess that's some kind of pollen delivery system? I'm attaching a picture. I have several others I can also send. Any help identifying is definitely appreciated.

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Anne Arundel County Maryland almost 6 years ago

How many carpenter bees live together. i have killed at least seventy five.

How many carpenter bees live together. i have killed at least seventy five.

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Fayette County Kentucky insects carpenter bees almost 6 years ago

Abnormal testicular placement

I have an 11 month old colt. His left testicle dropped normally approximately 2 months ago, but the right testicle had not appeared. I noticed a horizontal bulge in his sheath just slightly forward of where the right testicle would be located. In palpating this "bulge" it feels about the same size and firmness of his left testicle. There is no pain, heat or sensitivity. Is it possible that this "bulge" could be his right testicle? If so, what are the implications? Will it hinder his development or cause a problem? Should we have it removed immediately? We are not planning to keep him intact, but were hoping for a simple castration at about 18 months of age.

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San Diego County California almost 6 years ago

When are we expecting the cicadas to appear? Does foil around the base of...

When are we expecting the cicadas to appear? Does foil around the base of small trees help? Any other tips for protecting very young fruit trees except for foil and netting? I am in La Plata off Glen Albin Rd. Thank you so much.

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Charles County Maryland almost 6 years ago

Shumard Oak disease

I planted several Shumnard Oaks last spring. By mid summer several of them had sooty black areas on their trunks and oozed a bubbling sap like substance. I treated them with Aliette Fungicide. It seemed to stop the progression, leaving an opening in the bark. They were planted in full sun, normal moisure and soil, with no mechanical damage at planting. No observed pests. see attached photos. No other damaged noted to twigs or leaves. Do you have an idea of the agent at work here and the prognosis?

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Fort Bend County Texas trees and shrubs disease issues horticulture almost 6 years ago

Improving soil for flower gardening in Laramie

I do a lot of flower gardening in Laramie and want to enrich the soil for my beds. Do you have recommendations on what I should do? Thanks, Jennifer Mayer

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Albany County Wyoming almost 6 years ago

Cougar Scat?

Could this be cougar scat? I found it this morning next to my house. I live in a rural, wooded area with a large deer population.

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Chester County Pennsylvania wildlife damage management almost 6 years ago

Goat Goiter

Does a goat goiter necessarily have to be right under the chin? All the pictures I have seen of them have been directly under the chin. Ours is on her chest. She has a large mass on her lower chest and a smaller one just above that one. She eats just fine but is very thin on her back rear. We just got her from a sale barn and don't know much more about her. We are getting ready to deworm her.

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Johnson County Indiana small ruminants goats almost 6 years ago

For the first time ever, I just saw a couple stink bugs on the patio outside...

For the first time ever, I just saw a couple stink bugs on the patio outside our home. My sister lives in the PA/MD/DE area and they have a significant problem with stink bugs in and outside their home. So I was a little alarmed when I had my initial sighting here. Other than ensuring that your home is tightly sealed, is there anything that has proven to be successful in exterminating these bugs and/or keeping them out of one's home? Thank you.

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Franklin County Ohio almost 6 years ago

Chemical clearing of land for pasture

Greetings:

I am looking to purchase some timber/pasture land in Hardin County. The land was timbered 10-12 years ago. Since it was timbered, it has been left to grow, mostly, shrubs and brush but with a few trees. There is not a suficiant stand of merchantable trees to just let it reginerate natually. At this time, I plan on going back with a pasture with an eye in the future of replanting to timber. Accordingly, I want to kill all that is growing except the grass. What is the best chemical, and most economical, spay to use with arial spraying to clear this land? If the best chemical is one that kills the native grass, I can go back and replant grass.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Sincerely,
Quentin Price

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Hardin County Texas pastures and forages pasture management herbicides almost 6 years ago

Please tell me how I can get rid of Boxelder bugs. I noticed a few over the...

Please tell me how I can get rid of Boxelder bugs. I noticed a few over the last week. Today THEY ARE EVERYWHERE AND SWARMING ME WHEN I WALK IN MY YARD. Thank you in advance for your timely reply.

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Franklin County Ohio almost 6 years ago

Killing a Stump

I just finished watching a USU extension YouTube video about killing stumps (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-gP8ZvQ6XU) and the presenter mentioned three chemicals to mix together (RoundUp, liquid surfactant, and liquid ammonium sulfate). I know where to find the RoundUp, but I can't seem to find somewhere that carries the liquid surfactant and liquid ammonium sulfate. Where can I find these products in the Salt Lake County area?

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Salt Lake County Utah urban forestry almost 6 years ago

Is their any valid research supporting the use of egg shells in and on the...

Is their any valid research supporting the use of egg shells in and on the soil to improve production of tomatoes or other crops? Although it undoubtedly wouldn't do any harm, i'm curious about whether the calcium is released quickly enough to benefit blossom end rot or other issues. Same issue for adding banana peels in planting holes. So should such waste be used directly in garden or instead be composted?

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Anne Arundel County Maryland almost 6 years ago

Cherry Tomato Plants with Leaf Damage

I just spoke with a very nice consultant about worrying developments with 3 varieties of cherry tomatoes that I started in March - black cherry, sungold and gold nugget. The problem is sort of brown-gray-purple stippling on some of the older leaves which are curling upward; new growth is presently unaffected. I have been hardening off the seedlings this week, but putting them at dusk under a plastic coldframe on my black asphalt driveway, since it has been cold at night. My full sized tomatoes have not been affected. And by the way this has been the toughest year for me in some two decades of starting seeds, maybe because the basement room where I start them is less heated than the upstairs. Any thoughts? BTW - I LOVE the HGIC website and especially Grow It! Eat It! which I refer to at least daily at this time of the year. Robin Ritterhoff Montgomery County master Gardener (2012)

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Montgomery County Maryland almost 6 years ago

Frost Dates Summit County

I am trying to locate frost dates for Breckenridge, can you help?

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Summit County Colorado frost almost 6 years ago

Please recommend a post-emergent herbicide I could use on an established lawn...

Please recommend a post-emergent herbicide I could use on an established lawn in Washington, DC to control broad leaf weeds such as dandelions, clover, other undersirable weeds, etc. I would perfer a liquid form, if possible. Also, how long should I wait before seeding after applying the herbicide? Thanks. Robert White

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District of Columbia County District of Columbia almost 6 years ago

We have a small, shady, weedy, muddy spot (15' x 16') under our deck, where...

We have a small, shady, weedy, muddy spot (15' x 16') under our deck, where it seems too shady (?) for grass and in any even is hard to mow. Is there any non-invasive native ground cover that will grow there? Or is plastic sheeting + gravel -- as my neighbors have done -- my only option?

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Montgomery County Maryland almost 6 years ago

Garden bed

As a first time gardener I need to know what the best combination of topsoil, compost and manure to use? A local dirt company has topsoil and compost or topsoil and manure for sale. Was thinking getting a load of each to fill our raised bed.

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Natrona County Wyoming organic matter needs almost 6 years ago

Weed Spray ?

Looking for a reliable weed spary for a 5 acre coastal bermuda grass plot (we bale hay, no animals) which will NOT damage trees, shrubs and a house on the same 5 acres. Grazon works well, but too damaging if a puff of wind comes.

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Denton County Texas pastures and forages almost 6 years ago

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