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what is this honeycomb like stuff in my soil

We removed a maple tree last year and now where the stump was, I found this today and it's creeping me out. Do you know what this is?

Linn County Iowa Posted 1 day ago


I’m curious about which spider this is and what are those things hanging?

Los Angeles County California Posted 2 days ago

Whats wrong with my plant?!

I got these vine things from my grandma and they dont seem well. At first glace its a good looking plant but they seem very yellow in some spots and seems to have lost alot of leaves! Some of the leaves turn yellow and just drop off. Upon further inspection i find little brown spots all over it! Im no good at identifying bugs or fungus. Can someone help me identify whats wrong and how to fix it? Is this contagious to my other plants? Also i have no idea what kindof plant this is so if you have any idea please let me know!

Iowa horticulture Posted 4 days ago

What kind of Mantis is this?

I recently was out in the garden and came across a mantis. I took several picture of it and even have it for a pet now. She love to climb all over me and my son but doesn’t like when it’s time to go back into her cage. She is starting to molt finally, but I was curious to see if it was the Chinese mantis.

Woodbury County Iowa Posted 5 days ago

Yellowing/drooping in Korean spice viburnum

My Korean Spice viburnum is about 4 years old and this July and last July I began to notice the leaves yellowing, curling and drooping so that they hang down as if wilted though not lacking water. More “Fall like” color changes as it progress but the leaves stay on. After last year’s problem I was surprised to see that it bloomed very well this spring. I have another KSP about 25 feet away from this one, only a couple of its branches are yellowing or 10% of the plant and more definite black spots can be seen on its effected leaves. The one I sent the picture of is in a wetter situation, a gutter drain pipe is under grounded near it and the soil is heavy as it is near the foundation and construction rubble/ soil. No bugs are apparent on either. An Arrowwood Viburnum hedge I have is unaffected. Is this some sort of virus that I should be applying Neem oil or something? Thank you!

Johnson County Iowa Posted 5 days ago

move a dwarf cherry

I planted a carmine jewel cherry in 2012. It is 7 years old and 6' tall. It has tons of flowers yearly but never fruited even when netted after flowering. I need to move it to a different location. Can I move it now? also Is there anything I can do to get fruit?

Marshall County Iowa Posted 5 days ago

Help in identifying a plant

I would like to identify the plant shown in the picture I'm attaching. My neighbor thinks it's garlic mustard but I believe I have eradicated all of that off my property and this is something completely different. Each of these flowers appears to have five petals and I was thinking garlic mustard has four. Thanks!

Linn County Iowa Posted 5 days ago

Unwrapped frozen ham

Store packaging came open on a frozen ham. Can I still cook it if I cut off the exposed section

Milwaukee County Wisconsin Posted 7 days ago

Is this a hobo spider

My sister found this thing in her house and is convinced it’s a hobo spider

Macomb County Michigan Posted 7 days ago

Need advice

I recently moved to a new apartment and I keep finding this tiny bug in my bathroom. I found couple of them on the bathroom floor. Could anyone help me find what it is? And should I be worried?

Story County Iowa Posted 8 days ago