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Mold inspection for residential.

I am looking to find a local company who will test an apartment for mold and air quality. I am having trouble finding one in the Ames area.

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Story County IA about 4 years ago

Is my yellow delicious semi-dwarf dead?

My McIntosh semi-dwarf apple trees are budding out but I see no signs of life from my yellow delicious tree. Is the yellow delicious on a later schedule or has it died overwinter? The yellow delicious is one year old.

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Vinton County OH fruit trees apple trees horticulture about 4 years ago

Attic venting

I am getting ready to replace my roof and want to make sure it is vented properly. My attic is well insulated, so in a situation like mine, are an attic fan, ridge-line vents or gable vents most effective in our climate? I've read a lot on the web, but want to make sure that what I do works in our elevation and humidity levels.

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Laramie County WY about 4 years ago

CEC

I received my soil test results, the cation exchange capacity is listed as 47.953. The explanation of this just says "the higher the # the better". I do not know if this low, high or otherwise.

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Muskegon County MI about 4 years ago

Do you offer a program that will allow someone to come to my home and look if...

Do you offer a program that will allow someone to come to my home and look if the damage done to my tree is an Emerald Ash Borer.

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Franklin County OH about 4 years ago

Compost container

I would appreciate it if you could tell me the best kitchen compost container to purchase. I am presently using a small container with a plastic lid. I plan to place it on the kitchen counter to store eggshells, coffee grounds, and other scraps prior to taking them out to my compost pile.

Thank you.

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Tarrant County TX composting about 4 years ago

Building-up my Lawn Soil

What is the best way to add soil to my lawn? Presently, my lawn is so packed down that it dries out very quickly. There is no new growth and I believe adding a topping of soil will help it. What is the best way to spread the soil and what type of soil should I use.

Any other suggestions or comments will be appreciated.

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Tarrant County TX lawns and turf soil and fertility issues horticulture about 4 years ago

Is April too late to dead head my chaste tree?

Chaste tree - agnus vitex castus - I failed to deadhead after blooming last year. Will it harm the tree if I do it now, mid April?

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Marion County OR pruning horticulture about 4 years ago

45-year old azaleas harmed by sodium hypochlorite

Hello: Last summer we had our roof cleaned of algae and other gunk and the runoff from the chemicals in the roof damaged my old azaleas. I watered like crazy but about a third of the azaleas died back. I cut out all the dead wood this spring and the rest of the bush is looking fairly good. I mulched with leaf compost. I wondered if I should fertilize but I'm hesitant to do that because of the heavy chemical load already in the soil from the sodium hypochlorite. Your thoughts? How should I best care for my beautiful plants? Many thanks. Pat

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Chester County PA azaleas soil amendments horticulture about 4 years ago

Beaver, Pa plant sale

Will there be a plant sale in Beaver, PA this spring? If so, when is it? I didn't see it listed on the Events page.

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Beaver County PA horticulture about 4 years ago

outdoor amaryllis

Can amaryllis (hippeastrum) bulbs be grown outdoors in Portland?

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Multnomah County OR horticulture about 4 years ago

Establishment procedures for newly installed native seed grasses

I was wondering if you have documentation on how to properly re-establish native seed grasses (specifically, dry-land pasture mix) after completion of a construction project. I need to document the procedure as well as present it to an architectural firm to support the necessity of temporary irrigation for proper establishment.

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El Paso County CO lawns and turf about 4 years ago

Brood II Cicadas

Dear expert,
I hear the cicadas are coming to the NorthEast and will soon emerge to mate. I also read that the females have a saw like action that burrows their eggs into small tree branches and when these little things come out of their eggs they drop to the ground, burrow down and feed off the sap from roots of trees.

I am greatly concerned for my fruit trees which are already normally under assault from apple maggot. With many trees (and what about blueberry bushes or even nonfruit bearing bushes like lilacs, or even just our gardens...etc), I am wondering how will I protect them, without going to the costly extent that a large farm may have the financial ability to do? I have tried to look for netting, but mostly bird netting is wildly available and not the correct dimensions......but if I sewed it together would it be strong enough? I read cicadas are 3 inches long!! (making my stomach turn really...) they must be pretty tough....what is the layman, non large ag (agricul)-man/ poor farmer to do? Please please write an article addressing this for everyone or reply individually to me, as time permits. Thank you for your knowledge, advice and willingness to share with the community. Much appreciation,

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Orleans County VT fruits and vegetables insect issues horticulture about 4 years ago

Soil testing

I am going to landscape my yard and need to know what nutrients to add to the soil

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Jefferson County PA soil amendments horticulture about 4 years ago

Any Advise on breaking up clay 16" down?

Any Advise on breaking up clay 16" down?

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Hamilton County OH about 4 years ago

when to sow grass seed?

When can I sow grass seed? We are seeding bare patches in our lawn. We live in Ann Arbor.

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Washtenaw County MI lawns and turf horticulture about 4 years ago

We recently had to take down an ash tree due to an infestation of emerald ash...

We recently had to take down an ash tree due to an infestation of emerald ash borror. The tree was removed and the stump ground. We removed most of the mulch left behind from the grinding, but there's still some in the area. I would like to plant a perennial garden in the spot where the tree stood. Is that ok and if so is there anything I need to do to prepare the soil? To my knowledge there were no chemicals used to breakdown the stump. I'd appreciate any advice you can give me! Thank you!

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Lorain County OH about 4 years ago

Drinking Water Quality Testing

We just re-built a house in Wallingford, PA. It has a new copper water service from the Public water line in the street (Aqua-PA) and then transitions to PEX throughout the house. The entire system was replaced - nothing from the existing water system was left in place. My problem: when any of the faucets are initially turned on after as little at 8 hours of non-use (i.e. overnight), we get a distinct chemical odor. The odor lasts for about 30 second or the time it takes to flush the line and get "fresh" water from the street. The plumbing contractor thinks it smells like "vinyl" and I would say it has a very sharp, pungent chemical smell that really stays in the nostril. Anyway, I need to get the water tested to figure out the origin of the smell. I am wondering if the PEX is leaching a chemical or degrading for some reason. The house is 4 months old. The "smell" has lessened at faucets that are frequently used such as the kitchen sink but after a long period of non-use, such as a weekend out of town, it returns. Does the PS Extention do this kind of testing? If not, can you refer me to a testing agency?

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Delaware County PA in-home water quality and treatment options water quality about 4 years ago

Poor grass under oak trees

I have a hard time getting grass to grow in my front yard which is under 2 oak and 2 wild cherry trees. Moss is even growing in some spots. Would it be a good idea to put lime on the soil, or how about an iron product.

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Oakland County MI lawns and turf soil and fertility issues about 4 years ago

Bare Root Seedling

This soil test seems to assume that I am fertilizing existing trees; I am not. I am planting bare root seedlings, blue and Norway spruce, white fir and and Austrian pine mostly. How does this change the recommended application?

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Grand Traverse County MI about 4 years ago

Frog in our unopened miracle-gro

We have found a small frog/toad in our miracle-gro potting soil. I don't want to harm the lil' critter nor do I want to introduce a non-native to our Mn. outdoors. Any suggestions would be appreciated. It looks like the bag of potting soil came from Ohio. Thanks, Gary

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Otter Tail County MN human-wildlife issues horticulture about 4 years ago

Asparagus Planting

I have ordered 500 1 year old asparagus crowns. I also had a soil test done. Your findings were as follows: P = 44ppm K = 149ppm Mg = 120ppm Ca = 972ppm PH = 6.3 Lime index = 69 I am wondering what you would recommend for fertilizer and how best to apply it?

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Antrim County MI asparagus about 4 years ago

I have heard that sweetgum balls give off a chemical that damages lawns. Is...

I have heard that sweetgum balls give off a chemical that damages lawns. Is this true?

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Franklin County OH about 4 years ago

Is it too late to apply a pre-emergent weed killer in Geauga Cty? Is it ok if...

Is it too late to apply a pre-emergent weed killer in Geauga Cty? Is it ok if the application is following by rain?

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Cuyahoga County OH osuemgv state about 4 years ago

CAE in goats

Hello, how long can CAE live outside the body? Yesterday we put two goats down that had the disease/symptoms...how long do we need to wait to put other goats into their barn/pasture? Any specific cleaning methods (bleach, etc) we need to use? Thanks for you time. Doug

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Grand Traverse County MI goats about 4 years ago

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