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Why type of grape is this?

Montgomery County Virginia Posted 5 days ago

Root growth

How deep do roots of flowers from seed grow,le; how deep a planter is needed? Thank you

Hanover County Virginia horticulture Posted about 1 month ago

Mushroom compost

I live in a community where we share a garden space. My garden space is 3ft. By 3 ft. I am planting one super sweet 100 tomato plant and one snack a bell red mini bell pepper plant. The dirt in the garden is Virginia soil. What is the ratio of mushroom compost mixed with the soil on the ground.

James City County Virginia Posted about 1 month ago

Flowering Cherry brown/rust colored fungus

Should I be concerned about this fungus?

Prince William County Virginia Posted 8 months ago

Fescue Grass

My lawn is starting to die off. It’s turning yellow in spots and seems to be spreading. This is within the last two weeks. Seeded my new lawn last fall and it came in beautiful and thick. Looked great through June, July and August. Certain spots where there is less sun gets like a mildew, greenish-black on the dirt. I assume because of to much water and not enough sun. Though even those areas looked great until now. I can send you pics if need be. Thanks

Suffolk Virginia Posted 9 months ago

Potential fungus and die back on young maple tree

Hi! I have a young maple tree that I planted in my backyard probably around 1.5 years ago. Before that it spent a good deal of time in a bag in our garage and then in a terracotta pot on our porch. I'm very attached to it as it is the last surviving tree we have from our wedding - we gave them out as favors. Its roots must have really gotten established over this past winter cause it has seemed very, very healthy this year. It has put on about 5 feet of growth and has full size leaves instead of the little baby ones it always put out before. We live in Virginia and we have gotten A LOT of rain over the past couple of weeks. We also have a sort of clay based soil in our yard. So anyway, all of the sudden the new growth at the ends of the branches is crinkly, crispy, and brown. I would assume that's a water issue but could that really be the case with as much rain as we've been having? Another thing I noticed when I was checking out the leaves was several small white dots on the trunk near the base. They seem slightly fuzzy and they come right off if I touch them gently. I actually called a local nursery and they suggested it might be crape myrtle bark scale. I looked it up and it does look pretty much just like that but can a maple get that? Any help is very appreciated. Like I said I am very attached to this tree and I want to make sure this isn't something that might kill it. Sorry for the one enormous paragraph. The entry form is being really glitchy and wouldn't let me start new paragraphs.

Suffolk Virginia horticulture Posted 11 months ago

Peach tree dropping leaves in July

We have a peach tree that is about 10 years old and has been quite healthy. I pruned it back in the Spring and it responded beautifully. Now, it is dropping yellow leaves. Is that normal due to extreme heat or should I be concerned?

Essex County Virginia Posted 11 months ago

looking for Celodorus Differens Pioneer Sentry

Hi - I am looking to acquire a Celodorus Differens Pioneer Sentry tree for my landscape in Arlington Virginia. So far, coming up empty! Do you know anyone who is currently propagating this tree for sale? Any help is welcome. Valerie Troiano 703-307-5034

Arlington County Virginia Posted 11 months ago

What kind of snake is this

This snake is in our driveway in Lovettsville, Va between Catoctin Creek and Potomac River.

Loudoun County Virginia Posted 12 months ago

Lespedeza in flower bed

I have an infestation of lespedeza in my flower bed. Last fall I sprayed glyphosphate on it. But it's back and worse than ever. What can you recommend? I have lots of daffodil bulbs in this area so am concerned about losing them. Maybe I should remove them before proceeding with a herbicide? Do I also need a pre-emergent? Should I treat the lawn that borders this flower bed also? Thanks so much for your help. I am plagued by this noxious weed!

Lancaster County Virginia weed issues Posted 12 months ago