Amenone_spine_medium iGrow Gardening

Whether you're starting your first garden or you're an old pro who's stumped on an issue, SDSU Extension staff and master gardeners are ready to answer your questions.

(This group currently has 14 experts available to answer questions)

Questions asked to this group

Dying plant

Any ideas on what is causing this plant to die?

Jerauld County SD Posted 3 days ago

Christmas Cactus Care

I take care of a Christmas cactus for a friend who is gone over the winter months. The plant is many years old and measures at least 2 feet wide and over a foot high. The house temperature is 55 degrees. What amount of water should it receive and how often should it be watered?

Brown County SD Posted 4 days ago

trees to plant?

My daughter and her husband just purchased a new home on 3 acres east of Piedmont. It has no trees on the property any suggestions on what to plant. Does the county plant trees.. like rows for shelter belts??

Meade County SD Posted 6 days ago

Sugar maple death

I have lived in this house for about 4 years and for the first 3 the sugar maple seemed fine. No loss of leaves, no black spots, no galls no moths or other signs of insect infestation. No other tree around seems sick or has the same symptoms. However, last summer the tree started to loose its leaves and is completely dead. This fall, a branch was taken off by the wind. The bark is split on the trunk and branches and is peeling off the very dead trunk. Can you tell me what happened?

Clark County SD Posted 28 days ago

Seeding New Grass Seed

I read an article on seeding new grass seed on areas of a sparse lawn before the first snowfall, and that it would then begin growing in the spring. I'm wondering if the seed would blow away over the long winter. Or would it be better to wait until spring so with rains it would begin to grow before mowing season.

Brown County SD Posted 2 months ago

food safety

I harvested kidney beans when the pods were dried. How can I be sure they are safe to use?

Moody County South Dakota Posted 2 months ago

Christmas cactus potting soil

I transplanted some Christmas cactus plants in cactus potting soil but it doesn't seem to be the correct soil. I thought the mix would contain some gravel to keep the soil well drained. Would Miracle Grow potting soil work for Christmas cactus?

Brown County South Dakota Posted 2 months ago

Blue spruce losing needles

I began to notice my 15 yr. old Blue Spruce tree looking quite sparse on the lower 2/3rds of the tree late last summer. Wondered if it could be caused by the summer drought & whether new needles will grow back or what we can do.

Brown County South Dakota Posted 2 months ago

grass growing in landscaping area

Sod was removed in a new landscaped area of our lawn this summer, fabric was laid down, along with rock but within a short time, grass began growing up in this area. I sprayed GrassBGone and it helped some but am wondering if I sprinkle Preen in the spring in this area whether it will fall between the rock and fabric to control new grass seedlings?

Brown County South Dakota Posted 2 months ago

fall tilling

I have alot of creeping jenny in my garden. Will fall tilling help discourage it? I also had squash and cucumber beetles in my garden this year. I know not to leave any sort of cover on the soil for them to winter over in. Will fall tilling lessen my beetle problem next year? Most years I have not fall tilled so as not to disturb the earthworms and dry the soil out.

Brule County South Dakota Posted 3 months ago