Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania

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hay anaylsis

Hi, I have hay that is 2 years old and want to know if it is still OK to feed. Can you analyze it for me? Thanks

Lackawanna County PA about 6 years ago

Butterfly Bush stems breaking off near soil line

I have 3 butterfly bushes that are in a raised bed with good drainage. Last year and the year before they were healthy and reached about 5-6 feet tall and were full of blooms. We have been trimming them back to about a foot around the end of April and that has worked well. This year they grow well and on schedule but every few days a branch or two wilts and when pulled off (easily) are brown and looking almost chewed at the soil line. I have attached a picture. Thank you so much for any advice you can give. Chaun Santoriello

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Lackawanna County PA insect issues master gardener butterfly bush horticulture over 5 years ago

Black leaves on Brown eye susans

I have several brown eyed susans in amoungst daisys and pink cone flowers and other plants. One of the BES leaves has many totally black leaves so I placed a large plastic bag over it and dug it out. I also noticed that some of the other near-by BES have a few black spots on the leaves. Should I dig them out also or is there something that will stop the spread? Thank you for your help.

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Lackawanna County PA horticulture flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials over 6 years ago

pesticide overuse

today,9/7/2013 they have been spraying every hour on the hour. There is a park about a block and 1/2 away from us & there has been all kinds of activity going on there for the last few weeks for which I'm glad. I suspect over use because twice this week my dog has had seizures! When I reached down to pick her up, I usually hold her & put epsom salt in her mouth which does the trick, I had a diaphragm spasm I got her calmed down & she seized again!? As I write this she may be going into a 3rd one. Every year for the last 3 at least we go thru this. Burning nose,sinuses, probably all other mucous membranes, stomach distress from bloating, gas, diarrhea, nausea,sinuses pouring out mucous which is an indicator of chemical burn, feeling foggy headed in the morning, feeling listless, this funny lower back ache, probably brain pain, (Iknow this because I had a brain bleed 10 years ago & that was my only symptom, it sticks out because I don't get low back pain,skin that feels like it is burning, when you go out in sun you burn very quickly, headaches,weakness like you need to haul yourself out of the chair or hold on so you don't fall and in general malaise and loss of life enthusiasm. It feels like it messes with your hormones or something. I would imagine that the Carbondale DPW takes care of this. Also Party Tent guy on Meredith St is guilty of over use. There was a wedding behind us a few years ago & some 14 yo kid was setting up the sprayer. I could tell this kid was clueless because he kept asking the boss different things before he was done. The last question was "How high do I set it?, to which the boss replied, "Give it to them full blast. I don't want them complaining." This was Wed. By Sun night our noses were runing copiously, tears you couldn't stop were running down your face and so on and so forth. We also know because when we bought our previous house it was the year before chlordane was banned.Trust me I have a very good idea what this type exposure feels like. The other thing I find concerning is the town we live in is populated by drunks, derelicts, and the ones that were left behind. I would not want them to set up anything of this nature. My experience w/ this ilk has been they will not either know or care enogh to do a proper job. If they get it wrong they'll think "So what? It's done isn't it?" I contacted a friend from where we used to live back in NJ who is an entomologist. His opinion is that it's not set up correctly and over spraying. In referring to most msds much of this stuff only needs to be sprayed once or twice within 24 hrs. The biospheres will do the continuous release thereafter. Can you please help? I am sick of seeing a 100 dead flies in the window sills. Or my wall covered in gnats in the spring. Or constantly being sick. Last year there were 4 dogs at the vet that the vet tech said had the same symptoms, drooling, diarrhea, loss of appetite, the week my Skylar died. I'll always swear he was poisoned by the herbicide they used along the river. It smelled horrible. And there was no wind or rain to carry it off. Also I garden organically. So what am I collateral damage? Thanks for any help. Please educate these people on how to do this properly. Mary R

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Lackawanna County PA over 6 years ago

apple and pear problems

1. We have two apple trees and the fruit looks normal until you cut it in half and the center is rotten. The trees are organic and have not been sprayed. Causes and corrections? 2. One pear tree. The fruit is misshapen and as with the apples, when cut in half the center is rotten. Again no spraying. Causes and corrections?

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Lackawanna County PA apples pears horticulture about 4 years ago

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

I want to put Merit into the root system of about 15 hemlock trees varying in height 20' to 70'. I understand late September is the best time to treat. I've been told it takes 6 weeks to work its way into the tree. So, should I place this treatment about the 2nd week of August? Is this the best thing to do?

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Lackawanna County PA trees and shrubs hemlock woolly adelgid horticulture over 6 years ago

Need help choosing the right native plants for my garden

I have an flower garden (10 x14 ft.) that I recently had cleared because it was getting run over by grass and weeds. Now I am looking to replant with native flowers and native plants in an attractive manner that will attract birds, bees, butterflies and dragonflies. There is also a 3/4 acre pond that is about 40 feet from garden area. There is so much information accessible that I am overwhelmed. I was thinking of planting a ground cover until the fall but even that is many choices. I went to a Garden Center and was told that this is a specialty that they don't have. Hoping that there is someone that has that special skill that can guide me. Thank you, Theresa

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Lackawanna County PA over 3 years ago

Oak tree

My full grown oak tree's leaves turned brown and are falling off. This has never happened before. I was looking for help with diagnosing the problem.

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Lackawanna County PA over 3 years ago

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