Frederick County, Virginia
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Frederick County VA over 5 years ago
Can I put rubber mulch over wood mulch to prevent the artillery fungus spores coming up? Or does the wood mulch have to be removed completely first?
Frederick County VA over 1 year ago
What type of grass can stand up to high volumes of Great Dane traffic and play? I live at the top of VA and wanted to plant St. Augustine but not sure if it would handle our winters. This is just for the dog yard so it is ok for it to be unsightly during the winter. What is your suggestion? I am in zone 6-7. I am willing to plant seed or plugs.
Frederick County VA almost 5 years ago
I have a large amount of Japanese beetles from traps. Would it be safe to use them in my composter?
Frederick County VA over 4 years ago
We left our home in Stephenson Va on October 7 2014. We traveled west all the way to Las Vegas then south to Yuma AZ then southeast to La Feria Texas where we are now (1/26/2015). We have been catching stink bugs the entire time. At one point I took apart the air conditioner and found approximately 75. I sealed the AC and have not found any there since. However they do still appear daily, especially in warm weather. I have never seen a nymph. I read that they do not lay eggs or multiply in structures. Obviously this does not apply to motorhomes. At this point we are probably seeing multiple generations. What can be done to eradicate them? Is there a safe and effective insecticide? I don't think it would be possible to block all areas of entry on this vehicle. They seem to be coming from several different areas. This is the second motorhome that we have had infested. I'm sure when we return to Virginia in the spring we will pick up a new colony so we need some plan for eliminating them now and in the future.
Frederick County VA almost 6 years ago
Dear Sir: 1) This tree was purchased from a regional landscaper in the fall of 2013. It was either a 6 to 8 or a 8 to 10 foot tree when purchased and planted, there were no leaves on it at the time and it was supposed to be a Red Oak (Species), when the leaves came in at the following spring, it most definitely was not a Red Oak. All the landscaper could tell us was it was a member of the Red Oak group, so instead of having it replaced, we took it at cost, since it was doing well. 2) Two or three years after it was planted, we did see an acorn on it, so we know it is an oak. That was the only acorn ever spotted on it. One of my neighbors had a Pin Oak that was planted about 20 years ago at the time, which was about 50 yards upwind from our Oak, and has since been cut down. Otherwise the nearest Oak Trees are probably between a ¼ mile and a ½ mile downwind from my tree, and Oaks are few and far between, where I live. 3) In 2017 or 2018 the majority of the self-sown trees on my property needed pruning, so I got bids from 5 companies who use certified arborists. I asked all the arborists, while they were here, if they could identify this tree, the most priming I gave any of them was that an acorn had been seen on it, therefore it had to be an oak of some sort. None were able to identify it beyond saying it was a member of the Red Oak group. 4) Then I tried my hand at identifying the tree, and decided it must be a Shingle Oak (Quercus imbricaria). I live right on the eastern edge of its range, or just beyond. This ID stood up until this year when by chance I learned about both the Lea Oak (Quercus x leana, Named Hybrid?), and the Sawtooth Oak (Quercus accutisima), if the information I saw on the Sawtooth Oak was typical, it is definitely not a Sawtooth Oak. Several more facts about this tree, currently it is approximately 30 feet tall, my backyard was a Black Locust grove when house was built, 30 years ago. I mention this fact since Black Locust are nitrogen fixing trees, and I probably still have at least 10 to 15 in my back yard, approximately a ½ acre. The tree was planted by the landscape company that sold it to me, and the soil is probably clay beyond the root ball. The leaves I am calling Atypical on this tree, account for a maximum, of 5 to 10% of the leaves, in the attached photos, they are smaller than the typical leaves, however I’m not aware of this as a general rule. The variation in leaf shape is the first thing that made me question if this was a Shingle Oak. I have attached 7 photos to this E-Mail 1) A picture of the Tree’s Profile 2) A picture of the Tree’s Trunk 3A) A branchlet showing a number of typical leaves. 3B) Four leaves showing the most typical shapes 4A) Shows both Typical and Atypical Leaves 4B) Another picture showing bot Typical and Atypical leaves. 5) A picture showing some atypical leaves Thanks in Advance, Jim
Frederick County VA 4 months ago
The tree is well - established. The leaves are curling up around the edges.
Frederick County VA 7 months ago
I have this plant growing all throughout my woods. I have not been able to identify it. Could you please identify it for me?
Frederick County VA almost 2 years ago