Why are stink bugs on one house more than the other houses in a neighborhood?
How warm can temperatures be under a row cover (over cole crops, lettuces, beets, spinach, etc.) before it negatively affects them? Will high temps cause them to bolt?
I can't find what this insect is or how to stop it. The plant now looks like it has dirt all over it, like someone sprinkled soil. I already have an infestation on my cucumber plant. Will it bother the peppers and tomatoes too?
Calvert County Maryland over 6 years ago
I would like to have my soil tested. Can i drop the soil sample off at my local extension agency? And what is the cost?
St. Mary's County Maryland over 6 years ago
I have been maintaining a small (5'X20') vegetable garden for many years, and have decided to let it go fallow this coming growing season: my tomatoes and cucumbers continually get disease that I cannot control, and the squash bugs are thriving. I have 4 questions about this process. First, is one year of being fallow usually sufficient to give the ground a re-set? Second, do you recommend planting a cover crop/green mulch for the year and if so, what do you recommend? Third, is there any additional thing I should do to reduce any diseases that are living in the ground? And fourth, should a year of non-planting force the squash bugs to abandon the area? If not, any suggestions for ridding myself (or significantly reducing the population) of the bugs that must be residing in my dirt? Thanks. Deborah Lawrence
This past May, I planted five Anne Raspberry plants that were 3 years old. Only one of them survived. I received 4 more today from the grower. Instructions were not included. What do I do? Do I plant them as is? Do I give them fertilizer and if so, what and how much. Do I cut them back now?? Any help would be appreciated. My concern is that I am planting them in the Fall and not the Spring. I think most of the instructions that I get on line assume that I am planting them in the S;pring. Thanks in advance. Barbara
I have recently started working on a very neglected back yard garden. Everything is covered by wisteria. It is mainly the thick vine purple spring blooming type but also the white fall blooming weedy type. It is covering all the trees and bushes. Runners of vine are shooting across the yard and are tunneling under the dirt. Are there any easy ways of getting rid of it? It is on some very nice ornamental trees so I am afraid to use any type of herbicide can I safely us something like stump killer? I have even trying to manually remove it but it is too out of hand.
A large Chestnut Oak at the crest of the cliff by the water appears to have Slim Flux. It is at the lower 3-4 feet Of the trunk and runs down the hill a foot or two. It is thick and sticky? With a lot of ants, flies and insects crawling around. I can see a small hole about 4 inches wide and 8 inches long at the foot of the trunk by the side with the slim. The tree was here when we built the house in 1975. What is the danger of it going over. We had a tree expert come out and tell us which trees needed to be removed before we built. We are in a critical area. Can someone come out? It is about one to two feet from the top of my elevator to the water. It could do severe damage and we are gone for the entire winter. We had a major tree go out in Floyd and it took about 20 feet of the cliff with it. Bringing the house 20 feet closer to the edge. We need an expert not a tree doctor. We live five minutes down Riva Road from the Dept. of Agriculture just by the bridge.
Is this a wheel bug?
Insect question. Found this bug this week on the house exterior.
Is this a weed that has gone to seed?
Prince George's County Maryland weeds over 6 years ago
I found this worm?centipede? after a turtle left the space by my pond today. What is it?
I have a yellow fuzzy catepillar in my flower container with calibrochia. Can you tell me what type of butterfly or moth this might be?
Dear Extension Service, Attached is a representative picture of one of our English Boxwoods by our driveway in Anne Arundel County. The plants are about 12 years old and we noted sections dying off seven weeks ago. Six weeks ago we cut out the dead sectons and sprayed liquid Copper Fungicide by Bonide (0.08% Copper Octanoate) on the rest of the plants. They initially looked healthy, but sections are dying again. Another application of the copper fungicide was given two weeks ago without any results. Included is a picture of one of the three boxwoods. Any help or advice you can provide would be appreciated.
Hello. Thank you for your previous answers. I'm hoping you can help me identify this fruit. I've attached three photographs (in one file) from different angles. It's the size of an apple and the color of an Asian pear, with the hardness of quince. I haven't cut it open, though, because I don't know if it is poisonous or irritates the skin. Thank you.
My back yard which is partially shady (the sun moves across it each day) is almost totally weeds, very little grass growing. I want to start over. My lawn care contractor wants to use a sod cutter to remove what's there, lightly till the soil and add Leafgro, and lay sod rather than grass seed. The work will be done late Sept or early Oct. Is this a good approach? What is the best sod for a sun/shade situation? (No kids or dogs in the family.)
I live in Clarksville. My lawn has a lot of crabgrass and other weeds. What treatment do you recommend this time of year - September.
We have Asian pear-apple trees which are over 4 years old but not flowering or producing fruit. What can we do to get spring flowers and fruit from these trees?
We grew yellow summer squash for the first time this year, and met another garden pest, the Squash Vine Borer. We have been trying to be more "green" the last few years, so some suggestions in that direction would be helpful. We have containers in our landscape areas, so starting them inside under the grow lights, and transplanting pot and all is easy. Also curious if there are periods in the life cycle of the moth that could be avoided. Row covers are a consideration but removing them for pollination presents an opportunity for the moth to lay eggs. Thanks in advance for your response.
Can I have an ash limb analyzed for disease or pest? If so, what do I do? For several years our ash tree has experienced gradual limb die off and we are concerned. Previously I sent a question about what might be wrong and a Master Gardener came to my yard to try to identify the problem. He didn't find D-shaped holes in the bark, and he suggested we ask for an analysis.
Please advise best options for a flowering tree with at least three season interest that will not exceed 10 feet and will thrive in full sun in Timonium, MD (Baltimore County). I'd prefer something that has a few feet of trunk before the leaves and flowers start so that I can mulch around it for easy lawn mowing. Will a glossy leafed magnolia workor is that only for the south?
How do I winterize my new climbing rose bush that was planted in April? It is now about 4' tall and working its way up our walkway arbor. It is suspended in air and not protected by a wall. I have read to wrap the canes individually or the labor intensive method of laying canes horizontally and cover with inches of soil. Once the bush is huge that sounds very complicated, to unweave the bush from the arbor to bend and possibly break the canes! We never know what kind of snow we'll get in Baltimore, but is there an easy way to winterize these climbers? I have 5 other regular rose bushes that I just cut back to 2 feet, and that's it.
I was walking along the bike path that follows Long Branch Creek near Haddon Drive in Montgomery County, when I noticed a pine tree with the tips of its branches encased in pale blue globs. It looks like the tree was completely infested. I have never seen this before. Is this a new and/or dangerous pest. If you provide an email address, I can forward a phone picture taken by a friend who was accompanying me.
Hello, I am attaching a photo taken from my phone of a small snake that was climbing the stairs inside our home this morning. It was around 2 feet long and about as big around as my index finger (1/2 " diameter, maybe a bit bigger?). The snake is in a Tupperware container in the photo, about 10 inches square and 4 inches deep, to give you some perspective. I let it go outside, but would really like to know what it is. It doesn't really look like the snakes in your videos. Thanks for your help.
My cable company recently came out to fix my connection and in doing so they trampled some flowers and bushes, and broke my oranze azalea off at the base. I was heartbroken about the azalea until I discovered that the stump now has new growth! Can you tell me what to do to encourage it? I routinely use half-and-half Holly Tone and Ironite but perhaps there's something better. The bush that was broken was about 7 years old and quite large, and it's left a big hole in my garden. It had sentimental value to me so I'd rather bring it back than replace it, and am anxious to encourage it as much as possible.