Ionia County, Michigan

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Unknown rock

I have a rock that looks very interesting and I have no idea what it is I could send pics


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Ionia County MI over 2 years ago

sand burrs

we have multiple ball fields with nasty sand burrs. how to you suggest getting rid of them?


Ionia County MI over 6 years ago

Unknown garden plant identification

From a friends garden. What is this plant and is it edible?


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Ionia County MI 5 months ago

peach tree bark splits

Splits in peach tree bark have opened within the last few days. I'm certain of the timing, because I've been spraying trees, and had carefully gone over the bark of these trees earlier this week. There was one small split on one tree at that time. Now two trees have severe damage. I see no sign of discolored wood, sap/resin, or other exudate in or near the splits. The only possible cause I'm familiar with is freeze damage over the winter. Would such splits open now (early spring)? If freezing is the cause, how should I manage the damaged trees? One source suggests carefully cutting around the wound with a sharp, sterilized knife to encourage healing. These trees are in a home orchard (about a half-dozen each of apple and peach trees). So if this is disease damage, should I consider removing the affected trees to prevent disease spread to the rest of the orchard? Thanks for your advice!


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Ionia County MI over 1 year ago

Suspected fungi issue

I am referring to a 3-inch thick carpet of yellow (suspected) fungi. The problem started a few years ago and today covers a 60-foot by 80-foot area and is spreading by wind and on contact. I suspect the Canada geese could be the culprit for they used this land as a layover.

The soil is sandy loam and was dredged on a permit in 1989. The soil is not treated grass with 50% weeds and 12-inch areas exposed bare sand/loam. The weeds and grass are taken over by this (suspected) fungi. The spores are active when the plants start to produce yellow flowers. The sun will dry out plants. The plants lay down until they are in (3 to 6) inch pods. The sun will activate and the plant rises up. The pods are soon joined into a 2 to 3 inch high -- 3 to 6 foot thick yellow carpet. The grass is forced out and is replaced in days by the yellow plant.

How can I eradicate this?

The area faces south on the north end of Jose Lake. The area is located in the north west area of Iosco County.


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Ionia County MI over 5 years ago

what is this?

Can tomatoes be safely canned from this plant ...obviously not the rotted ones but what's going on with this plant?



Ionia County MI over 4 years ago

Keeping weeds out of raspberries

I planted a 50' row of raspberries. I prepared the ground by tilling a 4' wide row, and then I tried to remove all weeds, and then added organic material. The ground used to be pasture, is sandy and seems to be filled with quack grass. The quack grass quickly grew back into the raspberries (last year, my third year for the berries), and in parts it has overtaken the raspberries. Is there any good way to keep these weeds out of the raspberries. It seems that simple weeding doesn't help as the plants leave lots of roots that quickly grow back.


Ionia County MI 11 months ago

Bark Damaged on Birch Tree

Hello, We are buying a house that has two twin birch trees. One of them, on the right in the pictures, has a significant amount of bark shedding. Is this a freeze-thaw issue, or is the tree unhealthy? If the latter, what can we do to save the tree? Thank you!


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Ionia County MI 9 months ago

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