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A landscaper planted 4 Russian sage last fall. At this point, there is only...

A landscaper planted 4 Russian sage last fall. At this point, there is only one stem showing growth at its base. Is this normal or should I be expecting more for this time of the year?

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Hennepin County Minnesota russia sage almost 4 years ago

I have a pond, located in Valley City, OH (Medina County) It is about a 3...

I have a pond, located in Valley City, OH (Medina County) It is about a 3 acre pond shallow around the edges with the center being aprox 12 feet deep. It is stocked with Bass, Bluegill, some catfish and grass carp. We had a fish kill yesterday but only Bluegill. I'm just wondering if the past weeks weather may be the cause with the extreme amounts of rainfall and the crazy temperature going from almost 90 down to the 30's? Or could it be a disease effecting only the bluegill? We would like to prevent any further die off.

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Medina County Ohio pond management water quality in ponds ponds almost 4 years ago

Texas Frog Fruit

The runners on my Texas frog fruit have crossed the stone border of my flower bed. They're filling in an area that had crab grass and chickweed. Is it possible to clean up the border without harming frog fruit that's outside the bed?

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Tarrant County Texas horticulture almost 4 years ago

My purple lilacs turned white

I planted lilac bushes about 6 years ago, and for the first few years, they bloomed purple and have now turned white. Is there a way to have them revert back to the original purple color, or should I just enjoy the white flowers?

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Douglas County Colorado trees and shrubs almost 4 years ago

I'm looking for a screening evergreen and I noticed that Home Depot had 6 to...

I'm looking for a screening evergreen and I noticed that Home Depot had 6 to 8 foot Emerald Green Arborvitae which had tags on them stating "NOT HARDY - Minnesota" I have found information that states these plants are O.K. for zones 3 & 4. Could I plant them in the Twin Cities area or will they get winter burn and die? Thanks, Al

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Hennepin County Minnesota almost 4 years ago

Moss invasion

When yard has been invaded by Moss and is very thick in places what is the best way to regain control in some places Moss has completely taken over. What is the best way to regain control this type yard do you put down moss killer real heavy then reseed and change theconditions of the yard .

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Matanuska-Susitna Borough Alaska almost 4 years ago

Bugs

green triangular shaped 1/2 " wide with sharp snout extending down, clustering on rose buds & leaves. These bugs are similar in shape to red bugs in Montana called box elder bugs. These are in Albuquerque NM. Seems like a lot of them and wondering if they are harmful to roses.

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Bernalillo County New Mexico insect issues horticulture almost 4 years ago

Hazelnuts/Filberts--tree or bush

I obtained two hazelnut trees (seedlings 1 year) from Territorial Seed this spring: Jefferson & Theta. They are small +/- 12 inches in height. I planted them in 2-3 gallon pots to keep them growing while I conducted more research. After reading a blog post (see below) I began to wonder about growing them as bushes or trees. The extension materials seem designed more for commercial growers. I just wanted 2 trees for my garden to add a permanent plant and variety to my harvest. QUESTIONS: 1. HOW BIG: How much space is necessary for each tree/bush? NOTE: EC 819 suggests "a single mature hazelnut tree, occupying a space of 20 feet". 2. HOW SMALL: Could the trees be planted in a smaller space, say 6' by 6' for each tree? What are the pros and cons for small space versus large? 3. TREE OR BUSH: Can they be grown as a bush/shrub? If so, how? My reading suggests that there is an option of growing the trees as trees with a variety of pruning options (PNW 400) and the blogger planted hers as a “shrub”. She says “Hazelnuts naturally grow as a shrub with multiple stems. As they age, more suckers come. I assume that I will eventually have to prune some of them out.” 3.1 I’m seeking guidelines for pruning hazelnut trees as bushes. How is this done? How big to they grow? Can they be pruned to limit their height to 6 feet? 3.2 What are the pros and cons for doing this? Any assistance you can give will be greatly appreciated. Pat A. http://homeplaceearth.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/hazelnuts-filberts-in-my-garden/

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Clackamas County Oregon tree health hazelnuts almost 4 years ago

Bradford Pear

I have a bradford pear that is about six years old.
Starting last year the leaves are turning brown. I have been to a couple nurserys here in Keerville, They dont seem to help.
I wonder if you can give me some advise
If need be I can send a leaf & some soil sample.
Thank you, George Woods

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Kerr County Texas trees and shrubs horticulture almost 4 years ago

lead concentration

Is lead concentration tested for in the soil test? Is it reported in ppm?

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Kent County Michigan soil testing almost 4 years ago

iris blooms frozen?

My bearded iris plants started growing very early this year, and we had a few freeze in nights which the blades did fine through. The stems came up and they were on the verge of opening. We had a cold night, down again in the freezing range, 32 for a few hours. Now they have been stuck at this point for a week and seem like they are not going to bloom. The stems have not weakened or changed color. The just seem to be suspended. Wondering if you think they are frozen and I should cut them or leave them alone.

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El Paso County Colorado flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials almost 4 years ago

ground cover to prevent erosion next to and under an old evergreen shrub

I have an old evergreen shrub which is on an incline in my front yard at my mail box. I do not want to cut it down. one side has been prune of dead branches. this open side allows rain to erode the soil. I need a ground cover to prevent erosion from rain. or should there be something else I do to prevent erosion?? Thank you.

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Jefferson County Colorado sustainable gardening and landscaping almost 4 years ago

pruning apple and pear trees at wrong time. how to mitigate??

I just prune my apple and pear trees, May, before checking with you. I have learned this is the wrong time. What do I do now??

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Jefferson County Colorado trees and shrubs almost 4 years ago

Shade perennials for zone 4

My sister lives in Conifer Colorado and has deer and rabbits. Her front planter is in the shade most of the day. It has snow piled on it until early June. Any suggestions for shade loving perennials at 8500 ft elevation.Thanks,Nancy Weber

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Jefferson County Colorado sustainable gardening and landscaping almost 4 years ago

tree pruning

how and when to prune trees, esp. apple, pear and other trees commonly found in Jefferson County yards? i.e. hackberry, pine.

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Jefferson County Colorado trees and shrubs almost 4 years ago

Ants

Have tiny ants. Live on 12th floor of a New York City apartment house. How do I get rid of them?

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New York County New York urban integrated pest management almost 4 years ago

cooked chicken

We cooked chicken last night and forgot to put it back in the refrigerator. It is meant for chili later in the week so it would be cooked again. Do we need to throw it out?

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Lane County Oregon food safety almost 4 years ago

Dying apple tree

Hello, I purchased a Freedom Apple tree from Friends of the Parks a few weeks back. I planted it and it seemed to be doing well- there were green buds on the tips of all the branches. Now, the buds seem to be closed or gone. There is little green and I am afraid I am killing it. Any thoughts on how to save it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Katie M

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Ramsey County Minnesota trees and shrubs disease issues horticulture almost 4 years ago

I have two ash trees which I believe are infested with the Emerald Ash Borer....

I have two ash trees which I believe are infested with the Emerald Ash Borer. I would like some recommendation on the most effective pesticide I could attempt to treat them with. Thank you.

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Montgomery County Maryland emerald ash borer invasive insecticide options almost 4 years ago

tomatoes

I saw dwarf tomatoes at you booth at the Garden & Home show but no one could tell me anything about them. I want tomatoes that will grow in a pot and ripen quickly and thought the dwarf might be the answer. What do you suggest??

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Jefferson County Colorado fruits and vegetables almost 4 years ago

lawn weed identification

Can someone identify a pesky grassy weed in our lawn? Yellow clumps, shown in attached pics. If I'm entitled to 2 questions - how to eliminate/control it? Thanks very much. Dennis PS - I took pics at several magnifications, but am only "allowed" to upload 1!

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Sussex County Delaware weed issues weed control weeds invasives lawn weeds weed identification almost 4 years ago

I grow geraniums in my sunny porch, are the best types to to grow in this...

I grow geraniums in my sunny porch, are the best types to to grow in this situation, the ones with leaves with a darker green markings or the ones that the leaves are just one shade of green? Regards Joy.

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Outside United States flowers annual flowers perennial flowers horticulture almost 4 years ago

Are my Photinias dead?

This past sub freezing temperatures have appeared to have done severe damage to my Photinias. The leaves are dead, but they have flowered. Any suggestions of what to do. Thank you

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Linn County Oregon plant health cold damage horticulture almost 4 years ago

Can my backyard chickens be tested for salmonella? I want to plant a garden...

Can my backyard chickens be tested for salmonella? I want to plant a garden next to their pen and I don't want to contaminate the vegetables.

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Baltimore County Maryland poultry almost 4 years ago

Peony buds turned brown

My mother in law has a peony that I staked up so the heavy flowers would not fall over. It was quite big and buds were already on it when I staked it. I put four stakes quite close to the flower. I used four bambo stakes and wrapped around the stakes and plants two rows, one close to bottom of plant and one near the middle. Also I did an x of rope through the center of the plant. Just like Martha Stewart said to do when the plan was young. I staked the in late April. I don't think it was frost. Did I kill her booms, if not what are some of the possibilities???????

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Kanawha County West Virginia almost 4 years ago

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