For the last two years a larvae has been skeletonizing many many pin oak...

For the last two years a larvae has been skeletonizing many many pin oak trees in our neighborhood in northern portage county ohio. It starts at the top and moves down. One year it got every leaf of dozens and dozens of trees. Is there anything we can do before it starts feeding this year to stop it? The trees are otherwise very healthy and beautiful, and some are very large. Any help would be greatly appreciated. We are vrty worried that this will kill our trees, and they are most of the trees in our yard as well as many neighbors.


Portage County Ohio almost 6 years ago

Fertilizing arborvitaes

I planted 14, eight foot tall Thuja Occidentalis (arborvitae trees) last April. I mixed a third peat moss and some bagged manure with the existing poor soil, (clay and sand mostly) and mulched with several inches of gorilla hair and watered twice monthly through the winter. Now they are a yellowish green and some look limp. Have I over-watered? Should I fertilize and if so with what?
Thank you.


El Paso County Colorado trees and shrubs almost 6 years ago

Solar energy!

I'm doing a debate for my middle school science class. I need to back up my theory on why solar energy is good for our environment and had a couple questions I was hoping somebody could answer for me.
-How many jobs have been generated in the solar energy field in the last few years?
-How much savings do households that have been converted to solar energy experience?
-Is solar energy only used for electrical energy? What about heating water?


Jackson County Missouri energy savings energy solar energy almost 6 years ago

Japanes Black Pine

I want to purchase/plant a Japanese Black Pine in my yard, but have not been able to locate a vendors/seller.......can you provide a nursury or souce for me to contact?


Harris County Texas trees and shrubs horticulture almost 6 years ago


We have a very serious problem along a 175' stretch of ground on the Umatilla River in Umatilla County. They have intruded 30' of our land. How do we get rid of them without trapping since trapping is not a permanent solution. Thanks Dave


Umatilla County Oregon nuisance wildlife rodent control almost 6 years ago

Sour Cream and Yogurt

How long is sour cream and yogurt good after they are opened? The pull date is not expired but the product has been opened. Also packaged cooked meats like turkey and ham for sandwiches after they are opened.


Linn County Oregon home food safety almost 6 years ago

How to Prune Oleanders

Previously we just trimmed the tops and they just spread out on top and became sparse down lower. We read it's best to prune in the fall but they're in dire need of pruning. Any suggestions appreciated.


Pima County Arizona trees and shrubs horticulture almost 6 years ago

Organic grains

Are thee any grain mills that sell organic non GMO grains in Colorado where I can buy in bulk.


El Paso County Colorado almost 6 years ago

Australian Black Swans (Cygnus atratus) and Mute Swans

Are Australian Black Swans (Cygnus atratus) permitted to be purchased/kept/sold by New York State residents? Are there any limitations/regulations to the purchase/maintenance/sale of other Swan species such as: White Mute Swans (Cygnus olor); Bewick's Swans; Trumpeter Swans; or Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus)?


Onondaga County New York exotic companion animal wildlife almost 6 years ago


We were given some large flowerpots. Can we use grass shavings to fill the bottom of the pots and put pot soil on top for our flowers, or will that hurt the flowers' growth? If so, what kind of filler can we use on the bottom? We are planting petunias. The cost of potting soil is expensive if you have to use a lot.


Crook County Oregon container gardening horticulture almost 6 years ago

Crimson clover: best method and timing to till into raised beds

So I thought I would try a cover crop this year to improve the soil in my vegetable garden. My raised beds are full of lush, green, non-flowering crimson clover. My dilemma is that I would like to begin planting spring crops, but I am not sure it is time to take down the clover since it has not even budded yet. In addition, I have read different ways of managing the cover crop: cut it and then till the whole thing under, or cut it and remove the green while only turning under the roots. What is your opinion?


Clackamas County Oregon cover crops horticulture almost 6 years ago

Power raking in Denver

We live in Denver. We use a mulcher lawn mower. Is it wise to power rake? If so, how often?

Thank you!


Jefferson County Colorado lawns and turf almost 6 years ago

horse manure

I have a horse, and I actively compost the manure by watering it and turning it. I have read that it will compost in a month. I have also heard that it takes three years before it is ready to put in the garden. How aged does my manure need to be?


Denver County Colorado composting horticulture almost 6 years ago

Thin Grass

I have some kind of grass invading my lawn. It has very thin blades, it is not thick. Then in the summer it drys out and turns brown. Then when the weather cools it comes baCK green again. What can I do to get rid of it.


Salt Lake County Utah lawns and turf weed issues grass landscaping almost 6 years ago

Aerial spray impact on peach trees

What product would a Willamette Valley wheat grower aerial spray at 8am on 4/1/2013? What is the target pest or pathogen? What impact might there be on a neighboring peach orchard?


Linn County Oregon fruit trees almost 6 years ago

Garlic harvest in May/ Plant garlic in Spring?

My garlic tends to be ready to harvest in May and I've let it go longer, but then, the bulb opens and each clove begins anew... I planted in Sept. Do some varieties develop much earlier? And,, can I plant these sprouting cloves from last year, for a Fall crop?? Many thanks!... Ken


Lane County Oregon horticulture almost 6 years ago

transplanting onions plants that have grown from seed

I would like to know if my baby onions, transplants I have grown from seed, can be set out before the last frost date?.Will frost hurt them?


Delta County Colorado fruits and vegetables almost 6 years ago

Apple Tree

The apple tree in our front yard has been ringed under the snow. The tree has a diameter of about six inches. The bark has been chewed off for eight inches from the bottom. - Is there anything that can be done to save this tree? And if so, what is it that must be done to keep the sap flowing upward?
Werner W. Schulze


Hennepin County Minnesota trees and shrubs apple trees horticulture almost 6 years ago

Planting into composted manure

I brought it 14 yards of 2 year old, fully composted horse manure and spread it on top of my terrible clay soil (all the topsoil was moved in construction or eroded). The horse manure is from 6" to 10" thick now everywhere. Can I plant directly into it? I'd like to do a vegetable garden and flowering plants and bulbs. All the info on the web is contradictory.


Multnomah County Oregon soil contamination horticulture almost 6 years ago

Apple tree spraying

For the past two years we are trying to grow organic apples in two espelia trees. Insects keep ruining the fruit. What and when do I spray?


Washington County Oregon fruit trees horticulture almost 6 years ago

planting Veggies in galvanized planters

I want to plant some herbs and veggies in a large galvanized tank. Should I line it with plastic to prevent zinc from leaching into the soil? One internet entry said that if zinc levels get too high the growth of plants can be impaired. Also, what about safety for human consumption?


Washington County Oregon horticulture almost 6 years ago

cost effective organic soil amendments,perenial grazing seed mixes

Hello, I am a rancher on the CO/NM border(Trinidad, CO/Raton,NM). We have several hay fields(alfalfa and grass/alfalfa) under pivot irrigation that we want to seed for permanent grazing with cattle. Soil tests are within acceptable range for NPK, but the current stands are not vigorous or as productive as they should be. I am working toward a field-scope compost program, but at this point we do not have enough raw material to get under way. I have talked with a number of sea mineral/ fish emulsion/sea kelp companies.Of course, they all say that their product is the way to go, but it is expensive. I have several skeptical brothers so I have to be sure of getting good results for the investment. Please advise me on your recommendations for seed mixes (6500' elevation) and soil amendments. Let me know if you have questions(575-376-2827). Thank you!
Julia Stafford


Colfax County New Mexico organic production pastures and forages soil testing forages ranch almost 6 years ago

soil mix recipe for containers

I have purchased a City Pickers garden kit. I would like to mix my own soil for the container. The instructions say the main ingredients should be sphagnum peat moss and/or coir, plus vermiculite and/ or perlite. They say not to use forest by-products such as bark, forest humus, sawdust, or things that are partially composted. I'm not sure what proportions of the recommended ingredients to use. Any information would be helpful.


Luna County New Mexico soil and fertility issues container garden container gardening horticulture almost 6 years ago

metabolizable protein

We feed our cat both wet- and dryfood. The dryfood label shows 30% protein and the wetfood label shows 11% protein. Our vet said if we should "subtract out" the 80% moisture in the wetfood we end up with more than 50% protein. But, this does not say how much of the protein is metabolized in the body. An article in Cat Fancy magazine suggests cats need 40% protein in their diet. They do not say if this is crude or metabloizable protein. Can you help clarify this for me? Thank you, Darryl Davis


Benton County Oregon animal nutrition almost 6 years ago

Spring Clean-up

I've read a lot regarding mulching with leaves, etc., in Fall, but I cannot find anything on when I can remove the mulch from my roses, perennials, etc. Is it too early to start raking up the leaves now?


El Paso County Colorado mulch flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials almost 6 years ago

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