Travis County, Texas

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What kind of tree is this?

A little help with tree ID would be appreciated.

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Travis County Texas almost 4 years ago

Mystery poop in my shed

There are recurring piles of mystery poop in my shed.

I emptied the 4-year-old shed in June, after a friend removed power tools stored there for a couple of years. In the process of vacuuming and mopping the sheet vinyl floor, I found several poop piles 2-3" in diameter. The material is about the size of coarse sand: back-and-white granules, which are somewhat tacky/moist/waxy. Cleaned it up. A couple of days later there was another pile. The only source that came to mind was lizards (because of the white) or ants stockpiling something that seems very much like excrement. I cleaned and bug bombed again. More appeared. I bug-bombed again … and put out a couple of big sticky rat traps, hoping to solve the mystery of what kind of critter I'm trying to exclude … and not kill or poison my cats or other creatures. I've left the shed mostly empty until I can identify the critter and take measures to keep it/them out. The piles keep re-appearing, one pile on the sticky trap, but no critters or footprints. The piles grow, but remain neat. Nothing is walking through or otherwise disturbing them. Bats crossed my mind, but the scat particles seem too small … plus, the piles tend to be on the floor, under a built-in table/work-surface … so they would have to be roosting on the underside of the table, not in the rafters. (The underside of the table is pristine clean.) In the last few months larger piles have accumulated along the adjoining wall, on the sole plate between the studs. Poop 'drifts' pile up on the plate, against the studs, and diminish toward the center point between the studs. All of the vents around the top of the walls are screened and seem to keep out everything except oak pollen in a heavy season. The shed is pier and beam construction; the 'crawl space' is screened with chicken wire and lattice to keep out 'possums and raccoons. After 20+ years living in Miami, I'm sure it's NOT termites or carpenter ants. My local go-to savants at Barton Springs Nursery and Breed's Hardware are also at a loss. I live in northeast central Austin's 1960s suburbia, just north of the Mueller development/old airport. I would really appreciate any assistance you can offer. … and would be happy to snail-mail you a little baggie of mystery poop if it would help. THANK YOU! Mary Ann Wilson








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Travis County Texas over 5 years ago

Passion Flower with crusty vine

Hello, I have been growing a passion flower plant for two years. It has covered a good portion of a fence but now the vine is being covered by a beige crust starting from the root. The leaves so far look fine but there are no flowers. I cannot find anyone who knows what this might be or how to treat the problem- is it a problem? Can you give me any idea what it is?

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Travis County Texas about 1 month ago

Zoysia Palisades Thinning

Our lawn was sodded with Zoysia Palisades about 8-years ago. Most of the lawn still looks great, but an area roughly 20' by 70' seems to be thinning more each year. It all gets a fair amount of water, some of the thinning area is a bit shaded, others parts get a fair amount of sun. We fertilized 2 or 3 times a year with Scotts Southern Turf Builder (We are just outside of Austin Texas). We mow the grass to about 2.5". While not heavily traveled, some of the ground does appear a bit hard packed, although I've aerated and we pick up mowed clippings. Any guidance on how we might work to thicken the grass up a bit? Thank you very much.

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Travis County Texas about 1 month ago

My string of beads is new. Only watered it once

What is wrong with it? Is it rotting? I've watered once since getting it and soil seems damp. Brand new plant.

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Travis County Texas about 1 month ago

Help identifying cocoon

Anyone know what is growing in this cocoon?

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Travis County Texas about 1 month ago

Japanese maples, branches dying

Death is associated with a black area on the bark, with an orangey fringe. Photo attached. I suspect pseudomonas syringae? We are in Austin TX. This particular tree is Chisio Improved, but the same symptoms are infecting other trees in our grove. This one has the most damage.

Treatment possible?

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Travis County Texas 5 months ago

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