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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 15 experts available to answer questions)

Questions asked to this group

Monarch butterflies

Do all monarch butterflies migrate south or do some of them overwinter in our area? Especially any that are in the beginning stages of the life cycle?

McPherson County South Dakota Posted about 21 hours ago

Grub and skunks!

A friend is having a really big problem with grubs in his backyard. And then to top if off the skunks are coming in for lunch and digging up the grubs.
He lives on the outskirts of town with neighbors to his left and right. The grubs do not affect either of the neighbors lawn. In fact they seem to follow the land lot lines! (See photos)
Neighbors to the left do nothing to their yard. He had True Green spray for dandelions in the spring and fall. The neighbors to the right might spray-not sure. But both neighbors have no grubs. True Green had no answers for him.
He is treating for grubs this fall and replanting grass.
His questions is why his yard affected and not his neighbors?
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks much
Cheryl Palmlund
De Smet, SD 57231

Kingsbury County South Dakota Posted 1 day ago

Grub control

I have a grub problem in my vegetable garden. Its those white grubs. I need to treat it with something that wont harm other insects or soil. We cannot get milky spore in sd which is what I wanted to treat it with. What is the best option now?

Yankton County South Dakota Posted 13 days ago

Abnormal coloring of tomato

A random plant showed up in with strawberries and the owner replanted it in her garden. The fruit was green on one side and very dark on the opposite side. It has ripened with the same dark coloration. Do you know the cause of the coloration and is it safe to eat? Is it even a tomato?

McPherson County South Dakota Posted 16 days ago

Apple Tree

We have a 10 year old dwarf Haralson apple tree that has never blossomed/produced any fruit in our backyard. We planted it ourselves and it was purchased from Landscape Garden Center in Sioux Falls. There is also an older, large Haralson apple tree nearby as well as a cherry tree. It gets plenty of sun from early afternoon on. Is there anything we can do to get this tree to start producing?

Minnehaha County South Dakota Posted 17 days ago

Common Lilac leaves turning brown

We have two, 25+ years old common lilacs whose leaves are getting brown spots, eventually causing the leaves to die. Over the past 2 weeks all leaves on the trees are affected. Please advise if concerning and what we can do?

Minnehaha County South Dakota Posted 25 days ago

Snow Mold on lawn

How do I avoid getting snow mold in my yard? I have always had a beautiful lawn, until this past spring. There were huge yellow patches; which never came back. I have since reseeded, but am nervous the same problem will happen this winter. How do I avoid this?

Hamlin County South Dakota Posted 26 days ago

“Scabs” on red potatoes

Harvested my red potato crop and majority of tubers are covered with dark scabs.

Beadle County South Dakota Posted 27 days ago

Diseases on trees

What disease is killing my young poplar hybrid, newly planted this summer?

Charles Mix County South Dakota Posted 27 days ago

Earthworms in the Lawn

After several years of trying to figure out what was happening to our lawn, I found earthworms when I raked over some dirt piles. We thatched our yard and had it core aerated, overseeded the entire lawn, then a day later recd. over 2 inches of rain followed by cool weather for a couple of weeks in early May. I seeded more grass, and eventually the grass came in quite well, however, I was doing light watering, to keep it moist without washing out the seed until it was filling in well. Our sprinklers are set for 2 times a week for 40 min. each for most of 9 stations. Our area has been in a drought most of the summer. In the last week, I've noticed areas of grass turning brown and it rakes out easily and seeing many mounds of dirt from earthworms again. I've read to hold back on watering, however, we continue to have temperatures in the 90's and no rain. Any suggestions?

Brown County South Dakota Posted 27 days ago