Ottawa County, Michigan

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Woodpecker damage

How can I prevent woodpecker damage in cedar siding?

Ottawa County MI woodpeckers woodpecker damage 4 months ago

optimum levels

I have a soiltest (#643847)and the numbers are do not tell what the optimum, normal or sufficient values should be. For instance the ORGANIC MATTER is 2.3%. What should I expect the normal or good range to be? Same is true for CALCIUM and CEC (whatever that is. No expected range is indicated?) I also don't see any test results for NITROGEN. THANX for your attention


Ottawa County MI soil testing over 5 years ago

daylilies yellowing

My daylilies are blooming well this year, but some of the leaves are turning yellow. Is this a nutrient issue? What I have noticed however is the daylilies that are in an area with crushed limestone and receive only rainwater show no signs of yellowing. Stumped!


Ottawa County MI flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials over 3 years ago

What is this perennial?

Flowers are on shooters that extend approx 20" beyond leaves. Flowers have unique odor that most consider not pleasant.


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Ottawa County MI flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials over 4 years ago

Arborvitae Hedges - Care

We have arborvitae hedges in our backyard for privacy. They are a cedar variety and stand over 10' tall. We have very sandy soil here in Holland, MI, and we also live in a heavily wooded neighborhood, but still have ample sun that shines on the cedars. Since we moved here 5 years ago, we have never cleaned the accumulation of tree leaves from the base of the cedars (mainly oak and beech tree leaves). We have trimmed the hedges just once. They appear healthy, but may be thinning a little bit. Questions: #1 should we clear out the leaves, or leave them as is? #2 should we fertilize the bases if we clean out the leaves? #3 they appear to be spreading out from their bases (due to what seems to be an improper cutting before we moved in). Should we use ties to the base stems to get them to grow more upright and for their future growth and health? Any help and suggestions would be appreciated.


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Ottawa County MI arborvitae arborvitae browning 10 months ago

Question on lawn pest (moles / grubs?)

I’ve attached several pictures from my yard of what I think may be grub/mole-induced damage, but I’m not sure. I purchased a grub-killing fertilizer (containing 0.25% Imidacloprid) which suggests to contact your local Extension Office for the optimal time of year for application in your region. I just mowed yesterday, so if I should apply, I could do so now. I would appreciate if you could check the images, and let me know if you think I do have a mole / grub issue, and if so, the optimal time of year for application in Ottawa County for such a treatment. I am not very educated in this area, and am open to any and all suggestions as to the root (no pun intended...) cause and corresponding countermeasures. I bought some mole killing fake worms, but am not sure if I’m deal with moles or not, or if this is best approach. Thank you in advance for your feedback and suggestions.



Ottawa County MI over 4 years ago

What’s this?

What’s this? On Magnolia. Ottawa County.



Ottawa County MI trees and shrubs 5 months ago

ID of plant/vine that is strangling other trees in my yard

I would appreciate any help in identifying this tree/vine that is growing throughout an area of my yard that I have let stay wild as it contains dew berries and wild roses among other plants. The plant that concerns me ends up growing quite high around existing trees and gets intertwined in their branches. The stem can become 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter. I have tried sawing through the base branches near the ground (these are often in a cluster), but this seems to result in propagating more shoots. I'm attaching a couple of pictures of the leaves and stems of the top of one of the smaller plants. Please let me know if any additional pictures or descriptions would be helpful in identifying the plant. Any suggestions for controlling it would also be appreciated.


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Ottawa County MI over 5 years ago

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