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Cactus disease (or not?)

Hi, at thw two photos I am sending you can see the problem of my cactus. Its been like that 2-3 years. Is there something I can do? Thanks a lot anyway.

Outside United States cactus Posted 11 days ago


I opened a package of nuts took a hanfddfull bit down and it felt like ichewed a rock with cracked tooth I pull out walnut meat that is hard as a rock looks like walnut shell but it's like the meat what is it

California nuts walnuts Posted 18 days ago

resources for care givers in my area?

I have a child with SPD, and has an IEP in San Marcos school district. I'd like a nanny for him after school. one who has worked with kids like mine. any resources or programs i should know about? thanks!

San Diego County California Posted 18 days ago

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Outside United States Posted 27 days ago

Problems caused by voles? Replying to Dwarf Norway Spruce loosing leaves.

I'd like to imagine you, Coop Ext., Kitty is it?.... got more information from the client with this Dwarf Norway Spruce leaf fall. This client is out killing voles that are most likely not the culprit. Voles are a problem during a hard winter and thrive in mulch people have dumped around the base of a woody perennial. Give them shelter and easily accessed cambium and you might have a vole problem. If they damage the cambium more than 1/4 circumference then there will be a marked decline. Do not think voles are the culprit. We should first rule out mites and adelgids and rot at the base of the trunk from being covered with mulch...stuff that holds moisture against the bark. Gophers, moles and voles are actually good guys. Aerate soil, Cause soil mounds I had clients pay me the big bucks to dump and sweep down. Especially lawns. Voles are not a problem. Unless they are starving. Do not pile mulch or soil or rocks up on the barks of any woody perennial bark. Bacteria will girdle said plant with the moisture. Slowly. This is NOT vole damage. Need more information, close up pictures, and a back and forth discussion to make sure of diagnosis and remedy. Please don't be killing these soil mammals. More information, okay? Check out Stack Exchange Gardening and Landscaping for a second or third opinion.

Oregon Posted 27 days ago

Carrot fall planting date for Waco, Tx

Hello...my question is what is the ideal fall month/day for planting carrots in Waco, TX?

I already sent this question, but wanted to comment further. I am finding conflicting info on this question. One source says September is best ; another says as late as Nov. 10. Several have listed October as best.

Please help...thank you,

Aimee Hall

McLennan County Texas Posted 28 days ago

Juniper evergreen sea green

I think my juniper has a form of powdery mildew..I've sent photos of the problem. 1. The leaves are yellowing and crumbling 2. The limb trunk twigs are a bright blue..it over 60..landscapers gave it a bonsai cut..might b the problem..I've used I'm immunox...no chg..vinegar water..still blue..

Pima County Arizona Posted 28 days ago

Bird Mites

With so many documented cases, how do your "experts" still claim that bird mites are host specifics? They are NOT. It's sites like this that spread misinformation and perpetuate the problem. I am so tired of reading these outdated, inaccurate opinions on websites like this. Bird mites do, in fact, live and feed off mammals, humans included. They do NOT die off after several weeks and they are NOT eliminated when the source (i.e. bird, nest, etc.) is removed. The ill-informed medical and pest control community are doing a great disservice to sufferers of bird mite infestations with their limited knowledge and inability to properly identify and treat this problem. While I wouldn't wish this torment on anyone, these "experts" would quickly change their tune if they were among the afflicted.

District of Columbia County District of Columbia Posted 30 days ago

Skin (Acne) problem

Hi there! My wife is 22 years of age. She has dry skin and whenever she uses any soap or facewash,small pimples emerge at all around her face. Otherwise she shines bright as always. I would be grateful if you give us an advice.
Thanks in advance

Outside United States Posted about 1 month ago

What is this spider .

This big boy is in my conservatory, is he safe .shiney body , marking on back .maggie from Bath U.K.

Outside United States spiders spider identification steatoda nobilis noble false widow Posted about 1 month ago