I would like to attract b'flies,h'birds,bees, ... to my yard in salem I've heard of milkweed. What native plants would you suggest, and where to purchase, or harvest? My Thanks, Mark
I had a couple of cool-season weeds that almost took over my back yard this past year -- the worst were poa annua and chickweed. It was totally beyond anything that I could control by hand-pulling and the poa annua probably dropped about 10 million seeds that are just waiting to germinate and sprout up into even more weeds when the weather gets cooler again. Since I can't seem to win by hand-pulling, I'm throwing in the "organic towel" and think that I'll have to resort to pre-emergent herbicides. Can you recommend a pre-emergent that would be effective for these two weeds in particular, and also what is your best advice on when to apply? Thank you very much for any advice you can provide.
p.s. -- I've also tried to research corn gluten meal as a pre-emergent, but everything I've found is very confusing and sounds like it's a complete crap shoot on whether it works or not. If there's a kinder/gentler way to stave off the chickweek/poa annua, I'd be interested in any thoughts on that as well.
Fort Bend County Texas 11 days ago
Ive purchased a west exposure property currently with 4' of landscape rock on foundation and main area flag. From 11 a.m. on,sun is "there". I'm thinking of pulling out the rock and replacing with soil and native plantings. Herbs or "others" that will provide year-round presence. Suggestions?
Larimer County Colorado sustainable gardening and landscaping 11 days ago
I have a severe infestation of Carolina dichondra in the bermudagrass lawn in my front yard. I have a fairly small front yard with two live oaks (required by the HOA rules). The trees are about 7-8 inch caliper now and were spade-truck planted from a tree farm in October, 2011. The bermudagrass is also required by the HOA rules. This is a new construction home that I moved into about 5 years ago, and despite my best efforts, I can't seem to get the bermudagrass to grow thick and healthy in my front yard. I've used three different lawn care services for fertilizer/weed-killing, and got fed up and tried to do my own thing starting in 2015. Since then, I've used organic fertilizers, core aeration (2014& 2015 & 2016), azomites (spring 2014 & fall 2014), top-dressing with compost (spring 2014 & 2015), humates (spring and fall 2015 & spring 2016), Microlife 6-2-4 fertilizer three times in 2015 (spring, summer & early fall) and spring 2016, and Holganix fertilizer in summer 2016. Lawn mower clippings are mulched and left on the lawn. While I'm having success in my backyard with thicker bermudagrass, I've about decided that with the two live oak trees in the front yard, I just don't have enough sun for the bermudagrass to get much thicker. And certainly the war between the bermudagrass and the Carolina dichondra is being won (pretty decisively) by the dichondra. Needless to say the weed infestation makes the bermudagrass look really awful, and I'm trying to figure out if there's anything I can use to kill off the Carolina dichondra. I've been to a number of organic horticulture seminars/lectures and try my best to use herbicides most sparingly and spot spray as a last resort. Hand-pulling does not seem to work well for me though, with this Caroiina dichondra (or creeping woodsorrel, either). Is there anything I can use to eliminate the dollarweed that won't harm the live oaks? In my backyard where I had a smaller infestation, I used Ortho's Nutsedge Killer (Sulfentrazone 1.4% being the active ingredient) and it killed the Carolina Dichondra fairly well, albeit it took two applications. This was in an area of my yard that was no where near any tree, so spot-spraying didn't bother me. In my front yard, I would have to broadcast spray almost the entire lawn area to contact all of the dichondra, so again, my concern is not hurting the live oak trees. I would be most grateful for any advice you can offer. I've attached photos so you can see the size of the front yard with the two trees, and then two more photos showing the dichondra infestation.
Fort Bend County Texas 11 days ago
Is this tree doomed?
I have four of these roses that were planted last summer. They do not seem to have the habit of the knock out roses that I had in Texas, which were bushy and bloomed a lot. These roses make long stems and blooms that are less frequent than I expected. How do I make them bush up and bloom more?
Denver County Colorado flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials 11 days ago
I have 3 of these plants that were planted last summer. One is not doing well at all, and the other two have many yellow leaves. I have been giving them weekly feeding of Miracle Gro.
We have had several of these for the past 3 years and they have not had a problem until this year. Some are doing fine but others are looking quite shriveled (see photo). There is no sign of aphids or other obvious infection.
Hennepin County Minnesota 11 days ago
Do viburnum leaf beetles just pick up and leave a plant after years of infestation? If not, I may have found a way to help get rid of them. My large viburnum was infested for at least two years, with each year's defoliation getting worse. Then after some simple landscaping we did they disappeared, and have been gone now for two summers.
Mahoning County Ohio 11 days ago
There is this wierd weed i get a lot of it. it has sort of heart shaped leaves and the stem zigzags a bit . i think it has small flowers-i try to pull it before it flowers. it has long reddish taproots. I also get a lot of a thistle-y weed with small yellow flowers. I was wondering-is there a place i could mail a dried sample and they could tell me what it is? I am an old guy and don't have a camera phone. prabably know someone who does. Is a picture better?thank you. Joe Smith
Can someone please tell me what kind of spider this is?
Are there any "home sharing" resources available to help elderly remain in their homes?
How to avoid cucumber bacterial wilt on newly planted cucumber plants
This moth was on the inside of my garage door. Just curious what species it is. It was about an inch and a half long from nose to wingtip. The large size is what drew my attention. The colors were rather drab. Sorry the photo quality isn't better. Thank you.
This plant has volunteered into my lawn in Minneapolis in the past few years. It appears to be woody and coniferous. It has sharp prickly leaves and grows slowly, close to the ground. Largest I have seen is 4 inches high. I have been digging it out and would like to identify it.
I was told this is Prairie Primrose. Is that accurate?
This plant has taken over in my garden it's fast growing and stays fairly low ton the ground and spreads like crazy.
Morgan County Alabama 11 days ago
What is this tree? Are the berries edible?
I am an artist and am looking for someone who can sell me/ship to me some black walnuts in the hull. I can use them to dye my art papers in something called eco-dying. I don't need a lot, but I can't seem to find anyone on-line who does this. i live in NH so don't have them readily available. Any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks you in advance, Adele Sanborn
We mistakenly hosed our beautiful 30 year old Boston Ivy on our home with the insecticide product Sevin in the heat of the afternoon to try and kill the Japanese beetles that were eating the leaves. This product turns out to kill the leaves on the ivy, so our entire house is denuded of the beautiful leaves--see before and after photos attach. We are watering the vine roots daily in hope the leaves will regenerate. Please tell us we didn't destroy the vines and that the leaves will regenerate still this summer. We are just sick about our mistake and not reading the fine print on the product which states "do not use on Boston Ivy".
I planted strawberries all by themselves and I have gotten strawberries at this plant has popped up and is really huge I am wondering what it is nearby I have grapes growing but this does not look like a grape it also turns black as soon as it blooms
Can you identify this weed in my tiff grass and what to use to get rid of it . phoenix az
This plant get little blueish flowers in the spring
just a couple of my tomatoes have tiny black spots on them what is going on?
Floyd County Georgia 11 days ago
Could someone identify this plant for me? Bought it for my daughter and keep being asked what it is.
Virginia Beach Virginia 11 days ago
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