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Rubber compost containers

Is it ok to use compost containers made from car tires ?

Pulaski County Arkansas Posted 17 days ago

Powdery mildew on dill plant

Can you wash the dill leaves and still eat them or can with them

Arkansas County Arkansas Posted 2 months ago

Safety of eating blackberries after spraying

Is it safe to eat blackberries four days after spraying with bow bonide 8 spray for vegetables and berries

Pope County Arkansas Posted 3 months ago

Green giant arbor vitae dying

We had 6 green giant arborvitae that new 30 to 40 feet tall over the past 8 to 10 years. Planted on a gentle slope. Soil is clay and rock. Professionally planted. Over the past 2 years we have lost one per year. The color has an overall fading and the branches droop and gradually the entire tree turns brown and dies. Today I noticed another one is getting "the look". We did have a wet Spring and the last big rain was 2 1/2 inches about 10 days ago. It looks like an area on the lower tree have that color fading a bit more than the rest of the tree. I have had a similar problem with several arborvitae (not green giant) planted in a burn as a hedge. They were also large, 20ft, and did the overall browning. Not bag worms, nor does it seem to be fungal. I am heart broken in NW Arkansas that these trees are going down one by one. I have not taken a photo but will if necessary to be more clear about the problem

Washington County Arkansas Posted 3 months ago


How do I save my spruce from the over-watering of all the rains we've had. Tree is about 4 ft. tall and was doing well until the last few days. Last week we got 10 inches of rain an the tree is loosing it's needles..

Please Help


Faulkner County Arkansas Posted 4 months ago

Coral bark Japanese maple

Our coral bark maple leafed out this spring and immediately turned fall orange color. Now the leaves are dry and crisp. The limbs have white spots and lines on them. Can this tree be saved. It is about five feet tall five feet across.

Garland County Arkansas Posted 4 months ago

odd hen behavior

We have 3 hens and a rooster, recently the cock has started chasing our large black marans away from food and does not let her on the roost. This hen now puffs her feathers at thhe other two hens but the will all feed together. I am trying to figure out what to do for this hen, all are good layers. Thank you for helping

Faulkner County Arkansas Posted 5 months ago

no acorns on chinkapin oak

why don't any of the chinkapin oaks in a group of five trees have any acorns

Calhoun County Arkansas Posted 11 months ago

Emerald green arborvitae

I have had 3 10 foot tall emerald green arborvitae for 16 years. All of a sudden one has died and the second one is dying. There are no bag worms at all. They start wilting and turning light green and eventually turn brown and die. I have been spraying 3 in 1, but to no avail. We have had rain, so it’s not drought.

Independence County Arkansas Posted 12 months ago

Browning Leaves

I have a 5 foot tree in a pot, I’m located in western Arkansas. Some of the leaves are turning brown, some on the edges, some in the middle. They eventually fall off and the limb starts turning dark brown.

Sebastian County Arkansas Posted 12 months ago