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Watering Outdoor Plants in Winter

Since it's been very dry this Winter, many people are saying to water outdoor deciduous plants. I was always told to water evergreens only, as deciduous plants go dormant in Winter months. So, what you, the experts, say?

Yellowstone County Montana outdoor plants Posted 3 months ago


To minimize hazards to birds, do not apply zinc phosphide bait to bare ground, areas without vegetation, or in piles. is in one section. The question, if a vole dies from the poison, and is eaten by magpies, or other critters, are they affected?

Gallatin County Montana wildlife Posted 4 months ago

To be or not to be truffle?

I found these growing on roots of my quaking Aspen. Could they be truffles?

Lewis and Clark County Montana Posted 9 months ago


Is there a general systemic application for Anthracnose

Montana Posted 11 months ago

What should I plant after autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata) removal? Is...

What should I plant after autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata) removal? Is there a specific ground cover or cover crop that will help to restore the altered soil more quickly than, say, a general wildflower mix?

Oakland County Michigan invasive species groundcovers Posted about 1 year ago

Ripening Bartlett pears

I live in Jefferson County, Mt . I’m higher up in the mountain roughly about 5000 ft. I have two dwarf Bartlett trees. It is Sept. 26 and I found several small hard green pears on the ground from one tree . Temperature at night is still in the lower 40’s . How do I keep them at 30 degrees a couple of days before trying to ripen them. My refrigerator is not that cold and my freezers are below that and will freeze them. Other question, temperature next week will be dropping into the 30’s but not below 32 degrees. Day temperature will be anywhere from 60 to in the 40’s. Also next Wed is supposed to snow.Should I pick all the rest of the the pears before the snow falls. Only 1 day predicted of snow Oct 8. From Adele in Mt.

Ravalli County Montana Posted over 1 year ago

Are black walnut trees toxic to callicarpa dichotoma ("Early Amethyst Beautyberry)?

Are black walnut trees toxic to callicarpa dichotoma ("Early Amethyst" Beautyberry)"

Washtenaw County Michigan trees and shrubs sustainable gardening and landscaping gardening Posted over 1 year ago


Many of the huckleberry plants along the Lava lake trail in the Gallatin River valley have a red/rusty colored leaf edge. What is it? Cause?

Garfield County Montana Posted over 1 year ago

Lilac mystery

I replanted some lilacs shoots last year from a mature bush and they all caught, and this year they started out with vigorous growth, but three plants started to dry out after 6 weeks,in the middle of the row and not side by side trees. The leaves stayed green and in regular shape through the drying process, eventually ending up a lighter green and crisp. I cut the whole tree off,about 6 inches from the base, and the stem still looked healthy inside,and green underneath the bark. The trees were about 20 inches tall. I cant figure out what caused it or how to stop it from continuing. any suggestions? it seems to be spreading.Should I cut the neighboring trees right away as well? I did spread a 1/3 fistful of 32-17-7-3 fert around each plant, plus spread some 12 year old rotted manure around the base, about .5 to .75 inches thick, right up against the trees, 1 week after the fert application. [I did pull the manure back after I started to see the symptoms.] Think I did too much? we've had 4 inches of rain since spring. they started to show symptoms roughly 5 days after the last rain, but they certainly weren't dry. Please help, thank you.

Montana trees and shrubs Posted almost 2 years ago

Pruning an old shrub rose hedge

I have a prolific older shrub rose hedge that is dense with canes and is about 5.5’ tall x 4’ wide. I’d like to shear it down to about 3.5’ tall x 3’ wide with my power hedge trimmer. I will be getting into some thicker (3/4”) diameter woody canes. Do you think this is safe to do.

Flathead County Montana Posted about 2 years ago