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Is it to late to plant garlic in a raised bed.

Douglas County NE Posted 2 months ago

Something growing on my tree

I have a maple tree that has something new growing where a branch used to be. Picture is attached - any ideas and what should I do about it?

Lancaster County NE Posted 3 months ago

Clover Lawn

When we moved to our current house the yard was at least 50% zoysia -but one extremely hot summer unfortunately killed it all. Since then we've noticed a surge in what I believe is white clover - in addition to wild strawberries and dandelions. I'm looking at getting chickens next spring and moving them around the yard in a chicken tractor. Not just for eggs, but also to hopefully help repair our sad post-zoysia lawn. If I were to seed the ground after each move of the chickens - would I seed with all clover - or do I need to add clover to grass seed? (and if so, which is the best for Omaha weather?) The yard ranges from full sun to speckled sun (through tree branches) - there are almost no full shade areas. What are the benefits and risks of an all clover (or mostly clover) lawn?

Douglas County NE Posted 3 months ago

Fertilize new grass

Is it advisable to fertilize a lawn that has new grass that is sprouting from seed (seed was sown on Sunday, September 22nd and is just starting to germinate)?

Douglas County NE Posted 4 months ago

Treatment of white grubs Timeline

When is best time to annually treat for Grubs in the ground?
Early spring? Is first week in August too late?

Sarpy County NE Posted 6 months ago

Unable to identify a spider in Bellevue Nebraska

The outside of my house has been invaded with this spider. I have found 2 in the house so far, not in basement but living areas. I cannot figure out what it is. I captured one and took the best photos possible. At the beginning of the year, there were literally hundreds, tiny ones I believe of the same type on the front cement steps, just going in and out of the concrete. I have never seen this before either. I am in Bellevue Nebraska. I have waited for over 48 hours, I am guessing this is a wolf spider, but I have looked at every wolf spider picture and cannot find one just like it. I cant wait to find out what it is. Thanks

Sarpy County Nebraska Posted 6 months ago

Japanese Beetles

What can I do to get rid of them now and to prevent them from coming again.

Pottawattamie County Iowa Posted 6 months ago

damage to nearly sprouted cucumbers

My newly sprouted cucumber plants (and to some extent sunflowers) have been damaged by something. I have a fence around the garden bed so I don't believe it is rabbits. Some of the plants have leaves slightly eaten, some entire leaf is cut off, and some cut off completely. I had a similar problem last year and was only successful with growing cucumbers after several re plantings. I don't see any obvious signs of insects (ie seeing them) on or near the plants. Is it possible that the damage is coming from birds? What are your suggestions to do? (In another garden bed I have newly sprouted zucchini squash that has no visible damage.)

Sarpy County Nebraska Posted 7 months ago

Pond water

Is pond water suitable for watering a vegetable garden?

Scott County Mississippi Posted 9 months ago

Re: Untreated Well Water

Knowing what health problems untreated well water may cause when consumed. What can I use to make our well water safe to use in our garden? We use it on our lawn at this time.

Midland County Texas Posted 10 months ago