Ramsey County, Minnesota

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Grass problems under a tree

How can I get grass to grow under my tree? I have put shade grass seed down a couple of times. It sprouts but doesn’t thicken up. Should I just forget the grass and mulch around the tree.

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Ramsey County MN 3 months ago

Fall corn gluten application

I applied corn gluten in the spring as a crab grass prevention. I understand this will take a few years. I understand it is to be applied in August and October. When in August and October? Should the soil be a certain temperature when this is done? We live in St. Paul. Also, in another area, where corn gluten will not be applied, we will be seeding the lawn. When should this be done in St. Paul? Thanks. Cathay Hoven

Ramsey County MN almost 1 year ago

Peony flower that look sick

Hello Alisha A.,
I don't know if you have had a chance to look at the picture I sent you of the Peony. I know it was late but I am still waiting to hear from you.
Thanks and Regards,
George Warren

Ramsey County MN about 1 year ago

Peach tree disease?

My peach tree (red haven) thankfully survived the winter but now appears to maybe have a disease? There are 2 branches that have bulbs of sap coming out (this is new since Friday) and several of the leaves are turning orange as if it’s fall. There were plenty of branches that didn’t make it but overall the old growth survived. I planted the tree fall of 2017. It thrived last year with the exception of some Japanese beetles, I managed them best I could by drowning them daily. It is planted near an apple (haralson) tree. Any idea? Sounds like it might have canker? Thank you.


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Ramsey County MN about 1 year ago

tomatoes in pots...

Last year, I purchased a smart pot 20 gallon size to grow tomatoes on my sunniest part of my yard, my patio. I used some compost and potting soil and I also selected sun gold tomatoes, however, my tomato plant was just plain sad. What I am doing wrong, I did feed the tomato and also placed some slow to release food initially?? Hoping for better luck this year.... I get very green and bush plants in my yard but just don't have enough sun in my yard to get good fruit production. In smart pot I got ok fruit production but the plant was so sad thank you

Ramsey County MN about 1 year ago

Container gardens

Hi! I live in a Roseville condo, with a 14x8 ft. south facing patio, open above so there is no shade from overhead. There are mature trees beyond, so I have a mix of full sun (up to 6 hrs) and part shade, which moves during the day. There is a divider wall on the west side of the patio, and it is open on the East end. This will be my 3rd growing season here. I have a vertical shelf that accommodates 5 tiers of 24" rectangular pots, that I place so they are graduated: the lowest stands entirely out from the unit, and higher 4 shelves have a few inches not shaded from above. Each has 3 drainage holes. The only edibles I planted, on top 2 shelves so they could drape, were strawberries. Flowers thrived on this unit, placed against west (brown metal siding) divider wall; strawberries did not. All were pretty wet during spring rains. Last year I bought wild geraniums that I'd like to include in the shelves in place of some of the annuals. Though I like this location from an esthetic point of view, I also have 2 other options for placing it: against a railing on the East end of the patio, where it would get sun and rain from front and back, or against a brick wall on the East end of the patio. I also have potted monarda and Walker's low catmint in large pots at the front edge of the patio. I overwinter those, and the wild geraniums, in an outdoor garden, covered with straw. I've also tried vegetables with little success,on that East end of the patio. I want to have organic lettuce, chard, kale and spinach, that I'd previously grown in a sunny raised bed with good success. Next priority for veggies are patio cherry tomatoes. Last priority are climbing green beans and summer squash. I used a tall inverted tomatoes cage with strung like a tipi for climbing. The Japanese beetles did them in. I used a compost-rich mixture of garden soil and potting soil the first summer, which proved to hold too much water. Last summer I added more potting soul and peat moss, erroneously thinking it would help with drainage. Perhaps the acidity hurt the flowers and vegetables? I'm assuming I should add perlite to the soil before planting this year? I created a porous 1/2" space (cut up dollar stores plastic baskets) at the bottom of my rectangular pots with a watering tube and no drainage holes - making them srkf-warwering - the first year, falsely thinking they would dry out quickly. Instead they drowned w MN rain. I later opened pots with drainage holes, but kept that small drainage "shelf" at the bottom. I later removed the shelves from the rectangular pots, thinking the plants needed more soil - putting in some stones for drainage. Kept the "shelves" in for larger pots. I've
started some greens indoors, and now that the snow is off my patio

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Ramsey County MN over 1 year ago

How and when to prune, and how to protect from deer: Moonrise Maple

This photo was taken today of our Moonrise Maple planted early July at about 66", doing very well and really leafing out. It replaces a 60" multi-stem A. Truncatum we planted in 2017, that was completely eaten by deer in our neighborhood. We eventually want to prune away the lower 4-5' of this Moonrise, so that it will be a shade tree, without shocking the tree. When and how to prune, please? After losing our multi-stem A. Truncatum over the winter and replacing it with this single stem Moonrise, we have purchased 3' tall wood stakes and chicken wire with the idea of creating a fence around the tree, with about a six foot diameter. Please tell us if this is the best plan to protect against rabbits and deer, or if there is a better way to go about it. We also have a trunk cage but without pruning the lower branches, not sure how we can use it this year. If it is possible to use the cage (it's one of the large round ones with holes in it), please tell us how. Thank you very much!


Ramsey County MN almost 2 years ago

Gourd Goo

What is this clear, gelatin like goo coming out of these gourd stems...

Ramsey County MN almost 2 years ago

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