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My Hostas all look great in spring, then begin to get large areas of yellow...

My Hostas all look great in spring, then begin to get large areas of yellow and brown areas that get so large it almost appears the plants are dying, but they continue to put up large, multiple and even early fall 2nd blooming. I have seen nothing obvious. Desparate. Thank you.

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King George County VA over 6 years ago

should I be worried about this spider?

I found a spider in my room earlier today and it resembled a black widow spider. after searching on the internet ive realised that it isnt a widow due to its pointed abdomen but I still cant figure out what kind of spider it is. its small, black and has a red bar on its abdomen. do you know what it is? no pic because my camera is terrible

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King George County VA over 5 years ago

Bioluminescence of firewood (white oak)

Sirs: Split and stacked white oak firewood yesterday. Last night, many of the pieces were glowing a blue-green. This was not a fungus on the wood, but rather appeared to be in the xylem/phloem, in a band extending about 1 to 1-1/2 inches into the wood from the bark, extending the length of the pieces. It was almost glow-stick bright, and by this morning (0520 hrs) it was duller, but still very evident. Any idea of source? I will try to take both daytime and nighttime photos today.

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King George County VA over 7 years ago

Bacterial Leaf Scorch

Hi,

I have two pin oaks that were set out when my home was built in 2001. Both are about the same size. Several years ago I noticed one of the pin oaks would start having its leaves turn brown and start dropping before the other pin oak. I thought this was a quirk of this particular pin oak, but now it seems like the browning of the leaves start earlier, in fact before summer is over! Also, the browning of the leaves extend higher into the foliage. Then last week I saw an article on a disease called Bacterial Leaf Scorch and realized my pin oak may have that disease!
This pin oak is one of the main trees in my front yard and is used to block the early afternoon sun from my porch. I do not want to loss this tree. I looked at Bartlett tree service web site and wondered if there really is anything that can be done at this point. Research on the internet leaves me to believe there are several opinions on what to do, from a root injection to do nothing except plant another tree to replace the one with the leaf scorch.
What advice do you offer? Should I spend money on trying to save this tree? I do not want to pay for a "feel good" treatment or pay for a treatment because the company feels they have to do something because I am willing to spend money on the tree.

Thank you.

Charles Hume

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King George County VA over 7 years ago

Why do commercial pears ripen more successfully early in the season

After reading David Sugar's recommendations about ripening pears, I had a question. I find that grocery store dessert pears (Anjou and similar) ripen perfectly early in the season (summer/fall) but those I purchase late in the season (winter) do not ripen. From Mr. Sugar's piece I would expect pears purchased late in the season would ripen better since they've been in cold storage since harvest if from the N. hemisphere, or during chilled transport if from the S. hemisphere. Why don't they ripen? Is there anything I can do to ripen these late season pears? More cold storage, then put it in a bag with a banana? Thank you so much for accepting out of state questions. BEst wishes, Zoe Eppley

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King George County VA almost 7 years ago

Leaf Spot on Chinese Elms

I have two large Chinese Elms beside my porch and deck. Each Spring for the last four years they have developed some type of leaf disease and dropped a large amount of leaves on my deck and porch. My notes indicate this occurs around the middle of May. The leaves have black spots on them and the leaf is yellowish in color. About the same time the sycamores on the wood edge of my yard have anthracnose according to articles in the local newspaper. The dropping of the leaves leave the lower branches of the elm trees bare. Some of these branches die or have die back. These branches do not grow new leaves, however; I do notice that the sycamore trees do develop new leaves and by summer are green with all visible traces of the leaf disease gone. This leaf disease on the Chinese Elms affect about only 10-20 % of the leaves and only on the lower branches.

My concerns are will this disease weaken the trees, and if untreated; will weaken the trees and make them prone to insect attack. They have been in since 2001 and are quite large now and provide shade and privacy for my porch and deck.

Thank you.

Charles Hume

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King George County VA over 7 years ago

What is this?

Hi I have what looks to be a skinny white stem with a rubbery white flower shape on top. There are yellow tinticles inside. About 8 ins tall. They are growing under the deck steps. I live in the woods Maybe a type of mushroom.

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King George County VA 6 months ago

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