What is this tree...fungus? and how can I "fix" my tree

My tree very recently developed this... thing (about 9" wide?). I assume it is a fungal growth of some kind ??? It looks like sprayed foam and it seems to have 'leaked' slightly and discolored the dirt at the base as well. Any idea what this is and what I should do about it? I really don't want my tree to die!!



Macomb County Michigan trees and shrubs 1 day ago

Tree leaves turning yellow

A tree in our yard has branches where the leaves are turning solid yellow. No visible sign of bugs. So far on the shady side of tree. Last week it was only 2 small branches so I thought they were just damaged so cut them off, but now it is spreading to larger branches. I don't know what kind of tree but attached photos. White flowers in spring. No fruit but small green berries right now. I also have a full photo of the tree if you need it.


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Deschutes County Oregon horticulture diagnosis of plant problems 1 day ago

Growth on Camellia Tree

I have a large camellia tree that has crabapple like growths at the end of some (a lot) of branches. In addition, it seems to be dropping a lot of leaves, although there is new foliage. The growths appear to have a small jelly-like substance in the middle of them and some that I have pulled off of the tree look like they might have had an insect emerge from them. Do you have any idea what these are and how I can get rid of them? Thank you. WendyO.


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Lane County Oregon camellias 1 day ago

Engelman Ivy bugs/disease

For 2 summers, our Engleman Ivy has started out healthy and then the leaves have gotten holes in them so they look lacey. This year, I noticed little tiny worms on the leaves. We took a photo of the lacey leaves and one with 3 worms on the paper so you can see the size. We would like to know what to do to prevent this worm so it doesn't kill our ivy. Would this bug eventually kill the plant?


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Washington County Minnesota 1 day ago

Weeping Cherry Leaves

Hi, I have an ornamental weeping cherry at my home. This evening I noticed orange spots on some of the leaves. I found an odd growth on the under side of those leaves that looks like little thorns, though it is soft to the touch. Thanks!


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Wayne County Michigan 1 day ago

Yellow fig leaves

I recently received a fig tree from my cousin in NJ. I've had it for a few weeks and now the leaves are turning yellow. Do you know why?



Suffolk County New York 1 day ago

Retractable ladder-like structure in spider's web

I just found a spider's web with a spun structure in it that looked (and stretched out and back) like a tiny, retractable ladder. What the heck was it? Thanks! A.M. Thompson Washington, DC area


Montgomery County Maryland insect issues spider webs 1 day ago

Found wild pig/hog/boar

Hello, We found small piglet running around farm highway in Tomball. We took it home. I never had a pig in my life. I am not sure how to take care of it except we bought Mazuri mini pig feed. I have other animals at the house (cats and dogs). I am worried about diseases that this little created may carry. Please help me ! Is there anything like dewormer for pigs ?



Harris County Texas feral hogs 1 day ago

Rose let damage

Several of our rose plants have leaf damage similar a tomato cutworm. Weven don't see any worms of bugs. Any ideas?


Larimer County Colorado flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials 1 day ago

Pumpkin plant has a crusty stem

Hello, The main stem of the pumpkin has grown crusty under the weight of the growing get plant. Should I be concerned? Is this a bad sign? Thank you, Morgan



Hennepin County Minnesota 1 day ago

salt damage to soil

Hi Experts, Some of the soil along my sidewalk has damage from de-icer salts. I had the soil tested and the sodium levels were too high. Can I undo the damage by adding gypsum? If so, what are the details? If not, is there another technique your recommend?


Montgomery County Maryland soil and fertility issues 1 day ago

Names of native 'weeds' (also known as volunteer bee food?

Hi, I want to know what this plant is. I bought a 'salsa pack' to put in my garden way back in early April. I may have accidentally allowed this to grow in my pots - is it a weed or part of those plants that are suppose to all together make good salsa. What part do I eat (if it is a plant for eating). Thank you.,


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Dakota County Minnesota horticulture weed identification 1 day ago

Caterpillar ID

I found these on butterfly weed in my garden. Are they tussock moths?

Some of the leaves on the plant where I found them are shriveled and dried.


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Howard County Maryland insect issues 1 day ago

Baby copperhead

Found this guy in our living room. We live in Florida panhandle. Near a water source out back. Is it a copper head? I can clearly see pits on the head and the coloring is def something I've never seen in person.


Okaloosa County Florida 1 day ago

What's on my swamp milkweed!?

I have LOADS of these eggs (I guess that's what they are) on both my swamp milkweed and my butterfly plant (asclepius). I was hoping they were Monarch eggs so I have left them but my friend says no. Oh dear, what are they and should I wash them off?



Ramsey County Minnesota insect eggs horticulture insect identification 1 day ago

Drainage ditch hell!

I have a 120' by 15' drainage ditch to maintain, water comes through at a tremendous rate at times, I am in Rockford, IL some is in shade but most is in sun. I need some kind of seed mix that can survive in wet conditions.


Winnebago County Illinois 1 day ago

spruce trees dying?

I have several spruce tress that are losing needles on some branches. They are only about 40 years old. Is there anything I can do to help save them. One totally died.


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Baltimore County Maryland trees and shrubs trees blue spruce 1 day ago

Maple Chlorosis

Is there any theories as to why I am seeing so many maple trees that are chlorotic this year?


Otter Tail County Minnesota maple trees horticulture chlorosis 1 day ago

mice in the house and no cat

I usually see 1 or 2 mice a year, but this summer I saw one adult mouse, and then a baby mouse, What should I look for in hiring an exterminator or are there some ways I keep the population down? Thanks Pat


Baltimore Maryland wildlife mice 2 days ago

Zelkova bark rupture and pest

6 inches from the base of this Zelkova serrata 'Green Vase' we found the bark peeled back which was soft and fragile and exposed the sore underneath. Under the decaying bark was the caterpillar in the photo, which is no longer than an inch in length. Please help identify the issue and if we should follow up with any control methods. Are the two related?


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Baltimore County Maryland trees and shrubs trees insect issues 2 days ago

Asian hornet

I have an Asian hornet nest in my yard located in my well pump. They are just like the pictures posted and sound like a hummingbird they are so big. I am concerned for my 13yr old who while mowing spotted several coming out when he mowed past the pump. I moved the cap and can see several holes going into the ground and observed one coming out. Please can someone advise how to get rid of them. Thank you


Charles County Maryland insect issues 2 days ago

Pee Gee Hydrangea tree suddenly dropped it's leaves and looks dead

What may have caused this? The other 3 trees in the line are fine. They are at least 10 years established. There is dogwood and a diablo ninebark planted behind the row of trees.


Hennepin County Minnesota 2 days ago

Interested in creating a native landscape solution for home in Maple Grove

I have read the article Queen of the forgotten bees and see the opportunity to change from the green grass approach to a natural one such as depicted in this story. I would like to contact persons who could evaluate our property and suggest a plan. Is it possible to be connected with Mary Jane Smetanka to get her advice on how to proceed? Is there an upcoming event I could attend to explore this approach? What resources are available. I'm tired of trying to maintain beautiful green grass.


Hennepin County Minnesota horticulture landscaping 2 days ago


Your Agent responded to my earlier question as to what I can do about BLACK DEFORMED BACKS OF TOMATOES by saying they lack calcium and that I should add a handful of ground limestone to the immediate area of the planting. My question is where do I get the ground limestone ? Note: I have been planting the tomatoes in 5 gallon buckets, with several 1/4 inch round holes around their bottoms for drainage, and filled with a half & half mixture of Miracle Grow potting soil and good local top soil. I do keep them very adequately watered.


Washington County Maryland fruits and vegetables vegetables tomatoes blossom end rot 2 days ago


what is the best practice to eliminate groundhogs in my backyard. they're beneath a sizable equipment shed. Coyote urine, borax and bleach repels them but they're back as soon as the odor wears off. Can I borrow/rent/buy Havahart wildlife traps and release the critters to a naturally-wooded area? In my years of work with the public in Farm Co-op sales dept I'd sold hundreds of these type traps to homeowners. I guess the crux of my inquiry assumes all safeguards and advisories are regarded as well as the animal's well-being but my daughter and grand daughter's hard work in their home vegetable garden has just gone down the drain. Are the traps still legal? PS they are NOT leg traps and do no harm to the animals being. Thanks.


Baltimore County Maryland wildlife 2 days ago

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