Aspen Bark - Animal Striping?

I am new to Minnesota, I planted 6 aspens trees last year and something in this past week has stripped off the bark. Please see attached photos. Any ideas on what? Will the trees live? Any info/advice is appreciated. Regards, Fran Fox


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Olmsted County Minnesota squirrel damage aspen trees 9 days ago

Is this the dreaded...?

I was having coffee with a friend and suddenly this animal started running across the kitchen table we don't know where it came from and my concern is of course it it's a bedbug although it seems awfully big. We have had issues with them in the building before and I just want to make sure that it's not the same thing or if it is take care of it but it seems awfully big and long.



Oneida County New York 9 days ago

native grasses for yard cover

We're seeking native ornamental grasses that can help us avoid mowable lawn. What can you recommend, please?


Washington County Oregon native grasses 9 days ago

vinca alternative

I have an embankment to cover with soil holding groundcover and would like something like vinca but that does not have its invasive character. What can you recommend.


Washington County Oregon 9 days ago

leaves being pulled into holes



Washington County Oregon 9 days ago

food safety

I harvested kidney beans when the pods were dried. How can I be sure they are safe to use?


Moody County South Dakota 9 days ago

caterpillar on white oak

A large dead white oak was taken down on our church's property. I found a white caterpillar coming out under the bark on one section of the tree. Can you identify it?? I did manage to get a picture and will attach it. Thanks .



Anne Arundel County Maryland white oak pest insects tree long horned beetle larvae 9 days ago

Bug identification

I found this on my house yesterday. I have never seen one like this and I am looking to see if you know what it is?


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Hennepin County Minnesota insect identification 9 days ago

Gardening Question! Red Wethersfield Onion

Hi! I just bought a package of Red Wethersfield Onion Sets from our local Grange CO-OP. I live in Southern Oregon. In Talent. Can I get some planting tips? Thanks so much! -Gina


Jackson County Oregon horticulture 9 days ago

Noxious Weeds

I am trying to clear my property of Knapweed and Puncture vine, and I would like to ask if there are certain chemicals that would work better than others? Also I have a small lot so if there were smaller option that wasn't for a huge farm.


Jefferson County Oregon horticulture weed issues 9 days ago

Rust on serviceberry?

I've attached a photo of the front and back of a serviceberry leaf. I think this is a rust issue? But not 100% sure. Any help is greatly appreciated.


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Oakland County Michigan trees and shrubs 9 days ago

Your dairy cows

I'm interested in purchasing some of your cheese. I'd like to know if your dairy cows are treated with antibiotics or hormones and if your dairy is certified humane.Thank you


Lane County Oregon 9 days ago

Caroet Beedles

I just found out we have carpet beetles, and we found some in my hair and I itch all over and I have extreme hair loss. What type of shampoo and body soap can I use to get rid of these carpet beetles


Los Angeles County California 9 days ago

greenhouse whiteflies

Where to find parasitoids. will they help? Have tried garlic oil, soap, neemoil and pepper spray. Would Delphastus catalinae (beetles) help?


Custer County Colorado 10 days ago

Arborvitae Storm Damage

Hello - I’m looking for some advice/help in determining how to handle storm damaged trees in backyard of home I recently purchased. The trees sustained heavy damage last winter. I’m wondering if I can prune and to what level I should. Or if they are a total loss. They were clearly planted as a privacy barrier but were not maintained. Seem overgrown, leading to ongoing bending and breaking. Any advice on what to do here, would be greatly appreciated. Please see attached images.


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Washington County Oregon 10 days ago

Cluster Fly Pheromone

Hello there. I've communicated with your team in the past about cluster flies. They are a real problem at our home. We've done our best to seal windows, etc. in order to keep them out. I recently learned that they may emit a pheromone that leads other cluster flies to follow them to the "safety" of our home. If we wanted to eliminate the possible pheromone how would we do that? What type of cleaner or odor eliminator could we possibly use to neutralize it? Thank you, David Wrenshall, MN


Carlton County Minnesota cluster flies insect issues 10 days ago

During the OSU farm trade show, an OSU researcher referred me to Bulletin...

During the OSU farm trade show, an OSU researcher referred me to Bulletin #472 to be found at After visiting that page, I am unable to find a reference to that bulletin, nor a link to a catalog of bulletins. The search dialog was not revealing. Could you please give me a link to the catalog of bulletins? Many thanks.


Greene County Ohio 10 days ago

Hypomyces on oyster mushrooms

Are you aware of discovery of and classification of a Hypomyces growing on wild oyster mushrooms? I found some recently and if unknown, would like to submit sample for evaluation before the fruiting bodies are composted . I have a couple of pictures at this time.


Oregon mushrooms 10 days ago

Oregon Grape

is a Mahonia aquafolia 'Compacta' a dwarf variety of Mahonia aquafolia? If not, why not?


Multnomah County Oregon mahonia 10 days ago

Controlling non-native birds.

What are effective methods for discouraging starlings from landing on roof? Spikes, sprays, tacky materials, sounds, electric strips, predator immitators, are all recommended. What about installing a 45 degree metal corner strip to the peak?


Linn County Oregon wildlife damage management birds 10 days ago

Hummingbird wants to get inside our home

For the last two days a hummingbird has been flying around our home, trying to get in at every window, even though we have no bright colors or food to attract it. It has been in the 50s - 60s outside. Do you think it is cold and seeks warmth? How can we help it? Thank you.


Tarrant County Texas 10 days ago

some kind of cabage or brocoli?

Several years ago I grew sprouting broccoli in my garden. This year I dug up much of the lawn not far from where the broccoli had been. Before I reseeded the dug up ground, plants that looked a little bit like the spouting broccoli were appearing. They didn't produce spouts, but the leaves were so similar that I wondered if they are some sort of cabbage. In Ireland they have a vegetable called spring cabbage with leaves that look very much like those on the mystery plant. So my question is what is the plant and is it edible?


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Washington County Oregon 10 days ago

Watering your garden with softened water!

I recently had a company (Hague Quality Water of Maryland) install a purification system in my house. Shortly thereafter my garden started to turn brown and the greenery was rapidly deteriorating. It seems that the softened water has salt in it and that this was causing the problem. When I bypassed the purification system the foliage began to recover. The company says they've never heard that softened water is bad for gardens yet everything I read on the internet says it is. Can you provide any clarification? Thank you,


Montgomery County Maryland miscellaneous water softener effect on plants 10 days ago

Wasp Sprays vs. other critters

Will wasp sprays kill other animals when used as directed? Since you spray wasp nests from 10' or more, there is a lot of overspray on the ground. Can I assume that unless I directly spray a critter, that they will not get enough poison to kill them?


New York 10 days ago

Heucheras for full sun location

What Heucheras have local MC gardeners found successful for full sun? We live in N. Potomac in the Dufief/Westleigh area. We are planting 2 new beds in the spring in conjunction with our new walkway. Heucheras were one of the plants suggested but there are many varieties and online I see mixed results with full sun placement. Local input would be great.



Montgomery County Maryland groundcovers plant selection heuchera full sun 10 days ago

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