fertilizing daphne

My fragrant daphne is blooming now, but many of the leaves are yellow. It looks to me like it needs fertilizer. Does it take azalea fertilizer, or would aged chicken manure (well watered in), or something else do the trick?


Washington County Oregon daphne fertilizer 5 days ago

Bed bug, larvae or what?

I have an infested home, and am being bitten nightly, in spite of my careful treatment. I am using diotomaceous earth, and SayByeBedbugs. Also using the Eaton spray. Definitely impacting the population, but there are certain indications of bed bugs that never showed up, and items that seem related, like the bottom one in the picture, though I have had smaller versions of the same color. I never had the more common mattress edge hiding, and fecal spots. The Here is the strangest thing yet. I take the pillows off the couch every morning and sprinkle new dust, This morning the critter I will send you a photo of was not there yesterday. Hard to photograph, but it has sections. The other specimens are the other by products of dead bed bugs or whatever they are. PLEASE, Help me out.



Jackson County Oregon 5 days ago

I found this growing in my yard, and have no idea what it is I was hoping...

I found this growing in my yard, and have no idea what it is I was hoping someone there could tell me.. Thank You, Harold Alger


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Polk County Oregon plant identification euphorbia 5 days ago

Bradford pears

Are Bradford Pear trees considered invasive and are we advised not to plant them?


Oakland County Michigan 5 days ago

Identifying Hawks

Client came in needing help identifying a couple of hawks. Attached is some pictures of a gray hawk, she thinks may be a Sharp Shinned Hawk. She estimates it to be about 12". The Golden Hawk is Girthy and estimated to be 25" and likes the pine trees. Please identify if you can and pass along any added info you might have in regards to the hawk species. She believes both of these hawks are juvenile hawks. Thank You


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Clare County Michigan hawk identification 5 days ago

Scale on Croton

I have a very large croton which is beginning to develop scale. It's over six feet and probably 3 1/2 feet wide. Because of its lcoation, it would be very difiicult to spray it with insecticide soap which is what I usually use without making a major mess in my living room.Your website mentions systemic products. i found Bonide Systemic Granules .22% on Amazon. I am not sure if this product would be effective on scale on croton. Also I have cats who sometimes eat plant leaves and don't know if the product woild be safe to use around them.



Howard County Maryland pesticides houseplants scale on croton pest insects and mites 5 days ago

Scotch broom removal

I need to clear about 70 acres of it and I want to get started now Iv read the relevance and just want to k ow what you suggest for such a large projection? Thank you for your time


Clackamas County Oregon weeds scotch broom forestry 5 days ago


A tenant of mine found this spider in the basement and claims it is a brown recluse spider. We live in Rhode Island and these spiders are rare here. But he is insisting it is a harmful spider. Can anyone help? Thanks!!



Kent County Rhode Island 5 days ago

soil testing

what i need to do and where to send it my lawn is a mess,with more weeds then grass.


Baltimore County Maryland soil testing 5 days ago

Dry edible bean farming

Good afternoon, I have never farmed before and I was thinking of planting about 10 acres of dry edible beans. I have been trying to do some research and most of the advice I have found is for outside of Michigan. Just looking for some starter tips like if I can use a grain drill vs a row crop planter, Row spacing, soil additives/fertilizer, can we grow same crops year after year, etc. I have not had a soil test done yet but will do one very soon. Any advice that you can give will be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you very much! Steve Grima


Livingston County Michigan dry beans new farmer 5 days ago

erosion help

we have a gentle slope from our driveway down to the lawn. It's about 20' wide & 35' long. we use a slate path in the center to walk on. This winter the rains have denuded all grass & all we have left is weeds. The area is part sun/shade. I do not want to put in steps as the riding mower is used here when needed. Wondering about sod or any ideas. Thanks for help


Anne Arundel County Maryland lawns and turf plant selection groundcovers 5 days ago

Dormant Oil Spray & Temperatures

Because the forecast showed temps above 40 degrees at night, I sprayed my cherry & plum trees with Organic All Seasons Horticultural & Dormant Oil Spray. However last night the temp dipped to 35 degrees with a heavy dew. Does this have an adverse effect on my trees? Thank you.


Lane County Oregon fruit trees dormant oil 5 days ago


I was wondering if you send out representatives to give workshops about how to set up a garden in the backyard. I work at Aurora Charter School in south Minneapolis and we are having an environmental carnival in April. We want to educate parents about gardening. Thank you, Elizabeth Regalado


Hennepin County Minnesota 5 days ago

digging up crabgrass

the front lawn in my new place is almost all crabgrass. Wanted to check with you to verify that my plan for getting rid of it will work. 1. spray with roundup 2. rent a turf cutter and dig up/out the "lawn" 3. water and spray anything that sprouts all spring and summer or should i tent with plastic and fry the new growth? 4. plant new lawn in the fall I'm not sure the sod cutter will go deep enough to get all the crabgrass runners i'm 76 so digging by hand is not possible.


Josephine County Oregon crabgrass 5 days ago

Diseased "Double Knock Out" Rose stems

We bought 6 Double Knock Out Rose bushes through the mail 3 years ago. They were sickly (powdery mildew and spider mites) but as a former Master Gardener, I nursed them to health. Last summer they looked quite good and bloomed prolifically so I was eagerly anticipating this season. Imagine my dismay when I noticed all the black lesions up and down their stems, and also on the other varieties of roses that we had planted around the perimeter of our home over the past 40 years. I looked on your website and it said the black areas probably came from the spread of black spot on the leaves (which they did have). My fear is that the disease is too spread and that we should just dig up all of our rose bushes and start with something new (not roses). My husband thought that we might be able to drastically prune them and douse them with fungicide. What do you recommend? Donna Logee


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Frederick County Maryland disease issues shrubs cankers and black spot on roses 5 days ago

Mystery rabbits

These rabbits showed up in my yard about a week ago and are chowing down on my shrubs. I don’t think they’re wild but I don’t know where they came from. Can you help me identify and suggest how to relocate them?



Clinton County Michigan rabbit control rabbit damage 5 days ago

What is growing in my yard?

Could someone tell me what this is growing in my yard? (see pictures) It seems to be invasive and is taking over more of the lawn each year.


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Frederick County Maryland lawns and turf bermudagrass weeds 5 days ago

Shortly after moving to our new townhouse this tree started making a constant...

Shortly after moving to our new townhouse this tree started making a constant mess. I hate to cut it out but the almost daily sweeping and cleaning up is to much for us. It drops 100s of berries a day even throughout the winter. This is what they look like now. Is there anything that can be done?



New Castle County Delaware 5 days ago

Wood she’s in my garden

I’m in Tucson AZ. I burn mesquite firewood in the winter which has a lot of ash. My soil is just about pure sand,a bit on the alkaline side. I want to get some benefit from the ash, do I dare put it on my garden or mix it in my big cow manure composting piles?


Pima County Arizona soil and fertility issues 5 days ago

Bugs in my window sill

These bugs show up every morning in my bathroom window sills. I kill with paper towels or vacuum them then about one hundred more are there in the morning help


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Michigan insect identification 5 days ago

Lime and soil amendments

I recently started a new raised garden. Purchased organic soil, manure, coconut coir, azomite rock dust and fish emulsion. I had tested my organic soil and it was on the acidic side so purchased dehydrated lime. I added everything together at once! I should have researched beforehand but am new to this and didn’t even think adding lime with the amendments could be harmful. I am growing seeds indoor and will be transplanting in the next 4-5 weeks. Will I kill my plants? Please help



York County South Carolina soil 6 days ago


I would like a groundcover under 6 inches high to grow in mostly shade in Michigan. What do you suggest? Color would be a bonus! Thanks!


Wayne County Michigan groundcovers for shade 6 days ago

Fruit Trees - "Backyard Orchard Culture"


I am looking to start a backyard garden with a couple fruit trees. I’m pretty new to this, so please forgive me if my questions seem basic – I want to learn as much as I can so I don’t mess up!

I’ve read about the space requirements for trees, and honestly, I’m pushing it kinda close – I think I might be able to fit two or maybe three dwarf trees (I don’t have a ton of room with full sun). I do, however, want to maximize space and variety (ideally, I’d like a couple varieties of apples, and maybe cherries and pears if I could fit them in). I recently ran across a few articles on “Backyard Orchard Culture” - and . Before I invest a lot of time and money, I was hoping to get some input from you (after all, if this fails, it’s a three to four year process to start over again.

1. Will this method work?

2. What type of yields should I expect? (I know it says smaller, but I’m pretty unfamiliar with what a standard yield might be).

3. Would you recommend this type of system? Like I said, if it works, I’d love to have a several varieties of each fruit rather than just one or two – would you recommend trying this, or should I just stick to one or two? Please let me know your thoughts.





Wayne County Michigan fruit trees horticulture gardening 6 days ago

How to kill toxoplasma gondii cysts in raised bed soil

We just discovered that a feral cat used our 4'Wx8'Lx2'D raised beds for a litter box at least eight times over the winter. What can we do make the beds safe for planting vegetables this year? (We have a toddler who would be using the boxes as well.) For example, we were planning to remove and replace the top 12" of soil, at least.

EDIT: Schizophrenia runs in our immediate family, so it is EXTREMELY important to us that we eradicate any cysts.


Boulder County Colorado 6 days ago

Treated wood for vegetable garden

I appreciate if you can provide me your advise on using treated lumber for vegetable garden bedding. Primary use of vegetables are for consumption. Here is the link for the wood I see in Home Depot. Thanks Jagesh


Howard County Maryland vegetables 6 days ago

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