Japanese umbrella pine in a Michigan winter

Is there anything I should do to protect my Japanese Umbrella Pine from the Michigan winter? I planted a three year old in September. The soil is a sandy loam with an added wheelbarrow of organic compost and a pine needle mulch.


Livingston County Michigan trees and shrubs 12 days ago

Kill no glysophates.

How can I kill Salal safely. I have pets


Lane County Oregon horticulture pesticide safety 12 days ago

oak leaf as mulch

i want to prepare an area for a spring garden. I was going to spread newspaper out over the ground and cover with some sort of compost or mulch for the winter. then add soil amendments in the spring before planting. I have an abundance of oak leaves and maple leaves from trees in my back yard, will they work well as the mulch on the newspaper.?


Solano County California soil mulch 12 days ago

Helmet scale killing my Winter King Hawthorn tree

I need to find someone in or near Beulah, Michigan, to help me save my tree as I fear it may die from this infestation of helmet scale. Can you give me the names of some trusted and professional arborist who could help me?


Bay County Michigan 12 days ago

Lilac Care

I have a tall scraggly lilac in front of my house that needs help. Some of the branches don’t produce leaves and die off and it hardly produces flowers. Any idea what I can do to rejuvenate this beautiful plant?


Lane County Oregon lilac bushes 12 days ago

Equipment and baling cost (hay production)

I recently purchased a 115 hp cab tractor and a freeman 3 string small square baler. A co-worker of mine is wanting to use my equilment on his farm next year. I am not a farmer and have no clue what to charge. I am looking to find a fair fee to charge. I am considering doing the work myself and also possibly renting the equipment. From what I can tell, there are several ways to charge, I.E. per acre, per bale, and per hr. Being completely new at this, I dont want to sound greedy, and I dont want to find out later I was ripped off. The hay crop will be alfalfa, alfalfa/grass, or grass.


Klamath County Oregon field crops 13 days ago

Rock identification

Just wondering what rock is this? I've seen others like it that easily chips off in layers and and inside is reddish brown


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geology 13 days ago

Identify plant and ? transplanting it.

I bought this beautiful plant several years ago, never expecting it to grow so huge. I've lost the label and my local garden shop is not sure what it is either. It is sensitive to frost, but survives w/out protection. Covered in yellow daisy-like blooms spring through summer, photo taken today shows new buds even in the fall. As seen in photo, it grows from one ground stem. I'm interested in moving it as it is crowding out the apple tree and garden space. Worried I will loose the bush if I try to move it. Any advice identifying and transplanting it is greatly appreciated.


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Coos County Oregon plant identification 13 days ago

Are cypress trees allelopathic? I have one in a pot that I want to transplant...

Are cypress trees allelopathic? I have one in a pot that I want to transplant but I'm afraid it would be too close to an ornamental tree. How far (or closely) can I transplant this little tree/


Linn County Oregon cypress trees 13 days ago

cranberry sauce leftover skins

Is there any recipe I can use the waste from making a smooth cranberry sauce?
TIA Karen


Plymouth County Massachusetts 13 days ago

overseeding lawn when

What are the best months for over seeding my lawn in the Portland area?


Washington County Oregon horticulture lawns and turf 13 days ago

Dark Green Glass type rock

I found this farming turning a cornfield several years ago. Any idea what it could be? It’s not near any bed of water or volcanos. It caught my eye shining out of the ground.


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Henry County Illinois 13 days ago

Peach Tree Sap?

Good Morning , I was out looking at my peach tree this am and noticed that there is a bunch of brown gel/sap like substance coming out all over the tree. It started life as a nectarine tree but the deer girdled it and it came back up from the root stock(one section stayed as a nectarine but think I'm going to prune it off it is the last picture actually) and usually produces really good peaches, just late in the year end of sept. This year they never really ripened all the way. It does have leaf curl which i intend to spray for here in a month or so. Thanks, Doug Baxter, Pilot Rock


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Umatilla County Oregon fruit trees horticulture diagnosis of plant problems 13 days ago

Pruning nectarine tree

I planted a dwarf nectarine tree last year and it hasn’t been pruned yet. From reading the previous notes I understand that the tree shouldn’t be pruinrd in winter, what’s the besttime of the year for pruning it ? Thank you


District of Columbia County District of Columbia pruning fruit plant care nectarine 13 days ago

When to prune

I have a Miss Kim Lilac and two Deutzia shrubs that have grown too big.

When is the best time to prune them and how far back can I go?

I'm not worried about missing a season of blooms.


Ottawa County Michigan trees and shrubs 13 days ago

dried beans storage life

How long can dried beans be kept in storage?


Warren County Kentucky beans food storage 13 days ago

Goats on the loose nearby

Who can catch them (2) What to feed through the winter


Harford County Maryland wildlife goats miscellaneous 13 days ago

Is this a bed bug or a carpet beetle?

I found a dead bug on a bed. It looks like it had a shell it came off. I am attaching the picture..


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Hennepin County Minnesota insect identification carpet beetles bedbugs 13 days ago

Fig tree help in Hudson valley NY

I have two fig trees in pots still. One was propagated from a family tree a few years ago (no figs yet) and one I just bought from a Home Depot this October. I alway bring the one family tree indoors at this time of year after the leaves turn yellow and start to fall off. By January it usually has new leaves and grows nicely in the corner of our kitchen. Now I have both trees taking up the kitchen (need a better plan), but I was told that each tree is better off in a shed out doors. It would still be very cold in the shed but the tress would be protected from snow and rain / ice. Apparently its best for the tress to go completely dormant each winter? Im so afraid of trying this and causing them to die. What should I do? I can also put them in my attic. Cold and not much light but not sub freezing. My goal is to have them each be potted tress (larger pots eventually) and maybe learn how to propagate new trees from these .. I just don't know how to do that either; or the best time of year to try .. ugh so many questions on "how to" with these trees .. but thanks in advance


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Rockland County New York 13 days ago

Can you say what this tree is?

Attached is a photo of leaves from a tree that has seeded and grown in our meadow. It grows fast -- about 9 feet in 4-5 years. Can you tell me what it is? Any reason not to love and keep it? (We're planning to bush hog the meadow but keep a few trees.) Thanks!



Caroline County Maryland tree plant identification 13 days ago

My maple tree still has all of its leaves on

I have a ten year old ( autumn blaze) maple tree in the front yard. It still has all of its leaves on now here on the middle of November. The other maple trees are done. This tree has quite a bit of moss/alge on the trunk. I think from our irrigation sprinkler system. We have very sandy soil. I also notice the leaves seem very small for a maple. We have never pruned it. Tru Green sprayed it 4 times throughout the year for insect damage prevention etc.... It still turns a fairly pretty shade of pinkish orange. Is it dead or dying because the leaves aren't shedding yet? Thank you


Ramsey County Minnesota 13 days ago

Colorado blue spruce and green spruce

Should I use an anti-desiccant spray such as wilt proof for winter protection? Elevation 10,000 feet. Mount Crested Butte


Gunnison County Colorado spruce 13 days ago

What plant is this?

What plant is this? Is it poisonous to cats?



Hennepin County Minnesota 14 days ago

Mites or other new parasite in Michigan? I'm getting bit.

I have been seeing white dots that look like dandruff all over the place. They blow from the trees on the car and in the car. People are itching all around me. I catch them digging their eyes, followed by scratching their arm or head. They are found in gas stations, stores on produce, even clothing in stores. I took my blankets to the laundry mat. I watched a guy shaking his clothes out. He went in the bathroom with a small vacuum and vacuumed his clothes baskets out. They get in your eyes, bite the corners of your eyes, in the skin but are scattered about. They get in your ears, belly button and other crevises on the body. They burrow into the skin. They feel like sand after being removed from a bite and some feel like tiny tiny worms when on the skin. All are white and some clear. Their size is like dandruff and some are larger. They look like walking dandruff on a cat. Is there a mite amount us? I've been to a dermatologist who took a plug from my hip after seeing me pull one from my skin ( she watched me ). Then I showed her the white speck on my finger tip. The test did not confirm scabies. They are inconsistent in location on the body. I should mention a teen with her mom were in the waiting room. The teens rash looked just like mine. They itch unless you scratch them. Then it hurts. They attach to clothing - all over not just on the seams like body lice. They do not like leather so I sleep in the recliner often. I'm on another round of permithIan cream. I have researched and researched this. I thought it was oak tree mites; however, those only last about 2 weeks. This has gone on too long. I get treated and it comes back after a couple weeks. I'm bit at work then clear up at home. We have de all over the house. I make a bee line to the washer after going out anywhere in public. I'm exhausted and still searching for answers. This is similar to the situation when earwigs were brought in from another geographic area....the cause wood chips. I've never seen anything like this in Michigan until this year.


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Oakland County Michigan 14 days ago

non toxic pest control

this summer "cabbage moths" and a small black bug devastated my swiss chard and collards. MY kale and cauliflower weren't touched but still did not do well. What can I use to ward off these critters without harming myself or the environment?


Wayne County Michigan vegetable gardening 14 days ago

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