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Tree Identification

Hello, Can you tell me the name of the tree this nut came from. The pod has 3 chambers with 2 nuts in each one. I have attached a photo of the nut and the tree.

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Guilford County North Carolina 7 months ago

Worms (canker?) on trees (Red Oak & Cedar)

I sent the following note to the Mecklenburg Lawn & Garden (Horticulture) Help Desk, but without photo. This note has photos attached. Need help dealing with small green worms (fall cankerworm ?) that are on a red oak and a cedar (angel cedar or cedarus deodara ?) tree. They're stripping the leaf between the veins and the needles on entire branches. I understand banding is not especially effective and it's a bit late for this crop of worms. Can the trees be sprayed? If so with what? The worms move like typical inch worms, with a humping movement and have three pairs of legs on one end.

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Mecklenburg County North Carolina 7 months ago

Lima Bean seeds shriveling

I have been growing an heirloom butterbean for a few years, and this year I've had poor seed development inside the pods. I've had a bit of an issue with this variety before, but this year I'd say about half of the seeds in the pods are affected by brown, sometimes sunken, spots. I'm mildly suspicious of the onslaught of all kinds of stinkbugs being the culprit. The leaves look healthy and green, it's just that the seeds are often damaged. I grew these before in Jackson County, and they fared much better there, so it could have something to do with hotter weather and perhaps the soil lacking something where I am gardening now. The variety is originally from just down the road in Valdese, so I would have assumed it would have fared well. Thanks! You can see attached photo of a pod with a healthy seed, one with a little damage, and a shrunken one.

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Caldwell County North Carolina 7 months ago

lawn grass identification?

Hi, I'm a homeowner in South Charlotte, and I'm trying to identify which type of grass I have in my lawn. There are a couple of .jpgs attached to this email; if anyone could identify the grass type I would greatly appreciate it! (Planning to renovate one section this Fall.) Thank you very much!

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Mecklenburg County North Carolina 7 months ago

Infestation Identification

I have 2 crepe myrtle trees that suddenly show significant presence of an insect, scale, or fungus. I have attached some photos. Please help me identify the substance and recommend treatment. Thank you, Loren Schofield

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Mecklenburg County North Carolina 7 months ago

Leggy seedlings

Hello! I hope you can help, please?

Can you tell me why my seedlings are so tall and leggy? They are being grown under lights (2 Gro-lux bulbs & 2 fluorescent) where I have African violets growing/blooming successfully. The back tray has zinnias and sunflowers and the other trays include herbs (sage, dill, chervil, chives, marjoram, nasturtiums). The sage, chives, and marjoram seem to be coming along fine but the others are leggy. The lights are about 11 inches above the tops of the trays and around 7 inches from the tops of the plants.

I wouldn’t otherwise be starting these so late in the season but my zinnias and sunflowers became leggy on my first try as well. Those plants were grown outside and eventually ended up in full sun! Again, tall, skinny and leggy. The first herbs seemed to be eaten by caterpillars. I caught a couple and doused them in a half inch of neem oil. I swear I saw them doing the backstroke - it didn’t seem to phase them. Maybe you can tell me the name of caterpillar who dined on them and how to organically get rid of them? I have sprinkled some bird seed in the pots to attract the birds and I haven’t seen any since but I still think there is something chewing on them at night. They are potted in raised large window boxes in mostly full sun on the deck railing so I don’t think slugs are getting to them.

Thanks for your help!
Karla Guidry Charlotte, NC (University area and close to the Cabarrus County line)

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Mecklenburg County North Carolina 8 months ago

Deformed Zinnias?

I planted some zinna's recently in a raised bed. They have grown well except that the stems seem to be deformed with about half of them bending downward. The foliage seems to be developing well. They receive full sun and have been well hydrated. I have fertilized them with neptunes fish emulsion and I did spray some spinosad and used diatomaceous earth for a caterpillar infestation. I planted them in some composted cow manure. I have read of herbicide carry over in manure from pyridine carboxylic acids could this be the cause of the bending/twisting stems?

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Mecklenburg County North Carolina 8 months ago

Nutgrass

My horse pasture is overrun with nutgrass this year. I see the best recommendation is Outrider, you are right, expensive! Any alternatives that allow for grazing a few weeks? One sight stated Roundup would kill with 2 or more applications, is that a possibility? Since it is thick, should i wait til fall frost? Thanks!

Onslow County North Carolina 8 months ago

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