curling leaves with brown sections on black gum tree

The new leaves on the12-15 ft. black gum which I had planted two years ago developed these curls and dark spots in late July. The tree seems very healthy otherwise and has grown at least a foot this season.I water it deeply once a week; it has full sun with a southern exposure. Evergreen spikes were used to fertilize it this spring. The surrounding lawn was fertilized with Turfbuilder and Ironite this spring.I see no bugs on the leaves. Can you tell me what the problem is and how to resolve it? I love this tree which was recommended by your experts as one of the favored shade/ornamentals for this area!


Wayne County Michigan trees and shrubs about 1 month ago


best way to ripen green tomatoes


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Oakland County Michigan woodpecker damage about 1 month ago

Effects of Ring Worm Fungus on Plants

We have 2 potted evergreens that were very healthy until we brought home 3 new kittens that turned out to have ring worm. They loved playing in the pots as kittens. The two trees are now dying. Is it possible that the fungus associated with ring worm could have been transmitted by them to the soil and affected the trees?


Anne Arundel County Maryland houseplants decline about 1 month ago

Type of Grass

I am trying to find out what type of grass this is so I can replant it in the yard. I need to know the best time to replant, how large it will get, ideal location, and how to care for it. My wife bought this a Home Depot this year. Thanks


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Anoka County Minnesota about 1 month ago

Peach Tree

I had these pictures in my email when I came in today. I did speak to the lady. She says that she has a small orchard with apples, pears and one peach tree. As you can see in the pictures the peach tree is not doing so well. All of the other trees are fine. She told me that the tree was fertilized in the Spring and that it had been sprayed a few time. A Malathion type. She noticed it started looking a little weird last year, but thought it would come back around this year. It did produce “beautiful” fruit this year. She would like to know what is going on with the tree, what she can do to save it, etc.

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!


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Gladwin County Michigan fruit trees about 1 month ago

Pine Sap Creating a Sticky Situation

We have a few very large pine trees that have been on our property since we moved there 27 years ago. These were planted by the previous owners but I've thought that they are Ponderosa Pines. They have grown quite tall since we moved here. This year we've had a new phenomenon: we are inundated with sap all over the place. This seemed to show up later in the summer, but it is unlike anything we have ever experienced in our time here. Sap is all over our back deck, furniture, etc. to the point where it isn't attractive to sit out there any more. Hoping this is a once in 27 year event, but really would like to know why and if there is anything we can do about it. Any help would be greatly appreciated along with advice for getting it off our deck, table, and chairs. I can send pictures if you'd like.


Carl Yalicki & Cary Friberg, Moretown, VT


Washington County Vermont about 1 month ago

?s on how to treat large broken tree limbs/branches


We would like some help in treating 2 large branches that broke during Monday's storm from the weight of the heavy snow. The tallest branch split. We would like to keep what's left in order to save the tree. We can remove the broken limbs but would like advice on how to save the remaining most important, tallest, and aesthetic branch. Do we need to put something on the exposed wood to protect it? We believe it's some kind of chestnut tree. It's the focal point of our backyard and is probably 20 years old. We would hate to lose it. It's 30' tall. We'd appreciate any help. Thanks!



Adams County Colorado trees and shrubs about 1 month ago

Maple leaf turning light green

My maple leaves are turning light green with just dark green down the stem and veins. Wondering what is wrong with them. No brown spots or lumps on leaves.


Olmsted County Minnesota about 1 month ago

need help identifying this tree

Can someone tell me what kind of tree this is? Found it growing against my fence line on my farm in north Florida.


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Jackson County Florida about 1 month ago

pruning honeysuckle

We have 3 honeysuckle bushes that are about 7 years old that have not been pruned. There's not much air circulation in their location and I would like to trim them back. When's the best time to do this and should we trim them back severely or just partially. I'm even wondering if we should remove them completely since they're near a Magnolia tree and I want the Magnolia tree to get plenty of air circulation since we've have an older larger Magnolia tree die from scales.



Ramsey County Minnesota about 1 month ago

transplanting a ginko tree

We have a dwarf ginko tree in our front yard that has overgrown it's spot. We've trimmed back several times but think we would like to either cut it down or try to transplant it to the back yard. We have a magnolia tree that has died from scales that we're removing and would like to replace it with the Ginko. I've attached a picture of the Ginko. Do you think we can transplant it safely and what's the best way to do this.



Ramsey County Minnesota about 1 month ago

Plant identification

What is this?


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Benton County Oregon plant identification horticulture about 1 month ago

winterizing garden with hostas

Hello - I've searched the Extension website, but haven't found the answer to this question: What is the best way to winterize a garden that has dozens and dozens of hostas? I moved into a new home in Minneapolis this summer, which has a lovely little city backyard. It consists of a paver patio, wood dining deck with vine covered pergola, three mature trees, and bordering it all, a hosta glade with dozens and dozens and dozens of hostas. At my former property, I'd cut back the specimen hostas and most other perennials in the fall. What should I do with my many hostas this fall? Cut back or leave intact for spring clean-up? Thanks so much for your help!


Hennepin County Minnesota hostas about 1 month ago

Canning salsa fresh lemon juice vs. bottled

We have already made 14 pints of red salsa & are now looking at using our green tomatoes in salsa verde. I was reading a recipe on line which said you cannot use fresh lemon or lime juice for canning. That's all we used in our red version. (1/2 cup per 7 pints) I'd hate to think we'd have to throw this out! If there's a risk, can I open them, recook it and freeze it?


Lane County Oregon home food preservation food safety about 1 month ago

who chewed on my carrots

When I harvested carrots this fall, I noticed several with rather large holes chewed in them. Some carrots were chewed all around. The hole edges seemed to be quite fresh. What did this?



Benton County Minnesota animal damage about 1 month ago

Casement moths

Something that looks like casement moths is eating our clothes. Last year we cleaned everything and that seemed to work, but now they're back. Can you recommend a course of action or a resource we can consult.


New Castle County Delaware bugs entomology moth moths bug about 1 month ago

Can you tell me what species is this spider

Could you help me to identify this species of spider?




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Round bales of hay - weight of a round bale? How many acres would it take to...

Round bales of hay - weight of a round bale? How many acres would it take to get 1000 round bales?


Franklin County Ohio hay production about 1 month ago


This plant appears to be a shrub in a co-workers yard. Can you ID it from this photo. Also the purple leaved plant underneath.



Chester County Pennsylvania plant identification about 1 month ago

Hollow Stalk Plant with Orange "Fruit"

A client cleared the brush by the woods and found this stalk. Hollow stem with orange "fruit". There were three on the stem but he took them off and opened it up. Each fruit had three seeds. The leaves were shriveled when he came into the office. Any ideas?


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Cheboygan County Michigan plant identification about 1 month ago

Deep root fertilization for full grown trees

Do my full grown, 50yr (+-) old trees at my OH home need deep root fertilization? I was wondering if I leave the leaves that drop from my trees around the base of the trees over winter if that is sufficient nutrients for them.
Thank you, Sue K


Lucas County Ohio about 1 month ago

Big black spider

About a week ago I found this spider in my room already dead and then today my roommate found two of them outside of the house. We recently bombed the house with some sort of insect spray. Apparently it worked but I know that will not stop the spiders from entering the home. Exactly what kind of spider is this?


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Gwinnett County Georgia about 1 month ago

can I treat squash, pumpkins before storage

I read about washing squash, pumpkins with something in water to slow the bacteria before putting in storage. I cannot find the article again, do you know what I need to put into the water for wiping them off?


Minnesota about 1 month ago

Spraying plants for insects before bringing them inside.

I use to spray my plants with this peutrid smelling stuff about 2days before bringing them in. I had a big plant room and all large plants came in. My spikes looked like palm trees. I do remember what it was. I have moved and only have a small space for my hanging plants now.Should I use a Castile soap spay now? I have not purchased anything yet. Thank you, Dixie


Hennepin County Minnesota about 1 month ago

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