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Questions asked to this group

Tiny black bug invasion

I live in Sussex County De, near Redden state Forrest. Many people I speak to are having the same issue across the county as I am with tiny black bugs swarming. On several warm days this pst week or two they cover my railing, siding and steps. They look like poppy seeds until you zoom in. Are they harmful? Should we treat and how? This is my new home on the edge of the woods never saw these in summer. Thank you for the help.

Sussex County DE insects insect identification Posted 6 days ago

Mini pine tree looking woodland plant

What is the plant that is dark green and looks like a tiny pine tree? It usually grows close to club moss.

Sussex County DE plant identification Posted 22 days ago

What is this bug?

I have found 3 of these in various places around my apartment. At first I thought it was bed bugs but it looks more like a beetle. If anyone knows that would be great!

DE insect identification Posted about 1 month ago

Landscaper Architect Consultant

Is there a landscaping architect who would be interested in providing consulting service for established 55+ senior community in northern DE?

New Castle County DE landscaping Posted about 1 month ago

transplanting Peonies

I have already dug up my peonies for transplanting. Is it too late to move them to their new home or do I need to wait for spring? If I need to wait for spring, what do I need to do to make sure the rhizomes survive the winter?

New Castle County DE Posted 2 months ago

Affiliated Arborists/Planners

Hello are there any arborists affiliated or associated or registered with the Extension? We are moving to Sussex County soon and require some input and advice on what to do around our treed property in terms of thinning out of trees and adding gardens and lawn work.

Sussex County Delaware finding an arborist Posted 2 months ago

Arbor Vitae leaves turning brown

We had a row of Arbor Vitae around 25 ft tall and 2 leaves turned brown and then the tree died .. now the next tree leaves are turning brown ..afraid I’m going to lose the whole row It is wet in that area but never bothered them before they have been there 7 years

New Castle County Delaware arborvitae Posted 3 months ago

Name and variety of shrub

These are growing in my son's front yard.(pics) I thought they were a variety of honeysuckle but after much searching I can not match them to anything I find online. Can you help ? What cultivar? What specific variety ?

Kent County Delaware Posted 3 months ago

Honey Crisp Apple Tree

We had an old apple tree removed from our yard, which stopped bearing fruit about 3 years ago. We would like to replace it with a Honey Crisp tree. I read that a pollinator tree needs to be planted nearby.
Which apple trees would be a good choice for a pollinator? Of course, I would like that tree to have wonderful apples as well. The varieties I sometimes choose at the market are Granny Smith, Gala, Fuji, Braeburn. I read that Crimson Crisp are also good, but can't find them locally. How long before apples produce fruit? Would getting larger trees speed things up? Any advice would be welcome

New Castle County Delaware Posted 3 months ago

lawn grubs/

I have a problem with grubs in my front yard they have eaten a large area on the lawn. How do I get rid of them without the use of chemicals? I also want to replace the grass with plugs. Is now the right time?

New Castle County Delaware Posted 3 months ago