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Are these bugs at all hurtful to ivy?

Last night (dusk) I went to water the ivy that I just planted on my wall. I was going down the line and watering each as I went with a hose. When I came back to where I had started there were dozens ...
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Soybean oil as insect repellent?

Some of the "natural" insect repellents I use (the kind you put on your skin) have soybean oil listed as one of the active ingredients. I've also seen ~6% soybean oil listed as an active ingredient ...
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Does eggshell dust work as pest control?

I was looking through some DIY/Organic gardening ideas, and saw one that mentioned using eggshell powder as an organic pest control. Supposedly grinding dried eggshells with a coffee grinder works to ...
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Rat proofing lawn in the city

We live in the city and have a roughly 10' by 10' grass/dirt area. Rats are living/nesting in it and there are burrows everywhere. How can I redo the area in such a way that it's rat proof? I'm really ...
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What is this bug on my adenium plant and what should I do?

I have a dozen adenium plants and on a few of them these mysterious bugs appeared this morning. It's winter season here, the current temperature is ranging between 7°C to 20°C (45°F to 65°F). What ...
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Should I get rid of a small wasp nest? [migrated]

My girlfriend has been offered an insect hotel and we decided to hang it on our balcony (we live in an apartment close to the forest in Denmark). It has attracted wasps and they have started building ...
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What precautions should I take when reusing soil in pots?

I live in a rented house, with minimal space for planting in beds, and am not allowed to modify the garden enough to change this. I grow a variety of fruit and vegetables in large pots, mainly ...
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Best mosquito repellent plant that can live in constant sun?

I would like to put some mosquito-repelling plants in the terrace of my apartment, but we live in the Latin America, where there's sun and heat all year (this week's been 90°F). I can water and ...
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How can I prevent my neigbour's cat from marking its territory in my garden?

We have various bits of garden furniture and this is the kind of furniture that can be left out. Our neighbour has a male neutered cat that sprays literally everything, including our conservatory and ...
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How do you safely and effectively stop a cat from pooping in your yard?

Our neighbor's cat keeps pooping in our mulch and around our yard. Is there a safe and effective way to stop neighborhood pets from doing so? Has anyone used a method that works well?
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What is this pest attacking an avocado tree?

I have a budding avocado tree* that is infested with these weird spiderweb-like things all over. I can not see an actual animal that is causing this. I've treated it with soap water and alcohol and ...
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What is this pest attacking a fig tree?

I have a fig tree that is covered in these strange pests. They appear to be live organisms, but they don't move. What could these be and how can I deal with them?
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Pine sawfly eradication once and for all

I have a mature Mugo Pine that is looking rather haggard these days due to pine sawfly larvae chowing on it year after year. I first noticed them two summers ago. There were so many of them that I ...
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White spots on large maple tree

I live in the UK and I have a very large maple tree in my garden and just noticed it has white spots on the trunk and some branches. Any idea what it could be and what I can use to cure it? Thanks!
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How to protect strawberries from “predators”

I'm starting to prepare my gardening year and I'm wondering what the most efficient and organic way is to protect strawberries from birds and slugs. I'm not at all against sharing a part of my fruit ...
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Translucent spots on leaves

Recently several of my plants have developed these translucent spots on their leaves. What is causing this? What should I do? [
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When do cabbage moths lay their eggs?

I just transplanted my kale starts and I'm going to put my cabbage & broccoli plants in next. Last year we had some significant damage & developmental delays from cabbage moth caterpillars ...
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Who keeps tearing the leaves off my melons?

I have a small garden in my backyard (a 4x4 "square foot" garden). It has a variety of different plants in it. Recently I tried to grow melons in it (watermelons and cantaloupes). But, shortly after ...
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Is this an ant colony on this fig tree?

Just noticed this on a fig tree and these are everywhere. It's not just on the leaves but on the stems as well. Is this an ant colony on this fig tree, Or something else? This is my not-too-...
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What is this black spotted disease on my orange tree?

Is this mushroom or animal? I can remove the black dots by slightly scratching the leaves.
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Bay Leaf Tree (Laurus Nobilis) with severe scale

I'm new to gardening as I have just bought my first house. I inherited a very large (about 6m tall) Bay tree that is severely sick. I took a sample to my local garden center and I was told that it ...
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What's the best way to deal with scale insects on Pieris Japonica?

I have a heavy infestation of bark scale on 4 mature rhododendrons and 3 pieris japonica. I applied dormant oil to the rhododendrons yesterday and would like to do the same to the pieris. However, ...
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How do I kill the bugs that are inside of a white cocoon in my apple tree?

I have a white cocoon type nest in a small apple tree in my backyard. I can see small bugs inside and I want to kill them before they hatch.
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What are the natural predators of snails/slugs?

Trying to control snails/slugs organically in a very small garden but I don't want to kill them myself.
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How to combat mealy bug in a large garden?

In my friend's large garden, mealy bug is the main pest. They spread quickly, often killing whole plants if left unattended. Sometimes they even attack trees. The garden and many of its affected ...
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best control method for mealy bug on dwarf white pine

The dwarf white pine has mealy bug which hide in the bark scales as well as living on the needles. It is only five feet tall so I can reach all the branches. Will soap and water harm the waxy ...
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What is eating my cabbage, and how can I protect it?

I transplanted some cabbage about a month ago (after starting it from seed in a flat). Now I see that something is eating the cabbage leaves: I also see that one pair of seedlings is doing very ...
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What should be done to kill off nematodes in your garden?

If someone has Nematodes in their garden, how should they kill them?
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How do I keep my compost bin from breeding bugs?

I want to have a compost bin but my wife is (quite validly) concerned that it will be a bug factory. We already have a lot of gnats that drive her crazy. Any suggestions?
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What's the environmentally safe way to get rid of worms that eat the vegetable plants?

We have broccoli, kale and onion in one of our vegetable beds. Some tiny worms are eating the leaves of both broccoli and kale. My question is, what are some of the environmentally safe ways to ...
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Could Lawn Fertiliser kill off slug-control nematodes?

I use Nemaslug nematodes to control slugs in my garden. I don't normally bother fertilising my lawn but this year its looking a bit sorry for itself so I want to try out some slow release (6 month) ...
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Worm/Caterpillar identification and control. white webs

I found these buggers growing on a peach tree in my yard. This is located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Identification? Are they harmful? If harmful, effective control measure.
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How can I remove moles from my lawn?

The pest control professional told me that there may be moles in my yard. Some parts of the lawn were torn up, especially in small areas where the lawn did not grow well and was bare. They told me ...
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How do you organically handle lubber grasshoppers that destroy gardens?

Last summer I had a problem with black grasshoppers with yellow stripes on them, which I identified as Lubbers. Now I grow everything organically and all my plants are heirloom varieties, so last year ...
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Treating Azaleas without harming Bees

I'm trying to treat my azaleas for lace bugs without harming my honeybees. I'm especially concerned since it's not just wild bees. I've started a hive. I've been looking into it and my local AG ...
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How do I get rid of white flies on my basil?

I've recently noticed that my basil and other herb plants are infested by tiny white flies. They spread out like snow-flakes when I spray the plants with water, and there are scary looking number of ...
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Can Marigold flowers keep animals away?

Can this wonderful flower, when planted mature, keep away animals and bugs? I have read this on a few sites and want to know if it works. Is it true or even partly true? Has anybody done this ...
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Gophers and rabbits

My entire yard has been destroyed by gophers and rabbits. The rabbits and gophers ate all my grass and ground cover that bloomed beautiful pink flowers. I want to replant, but need to get rid of these ...
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How do I identify and control spider mites

I am looking for an extensive answer with references that: lists many of the plants that can be attacked by spider mites the conditions that encourage them brief information about their lifecycle ...
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Best practice to prevent aphids and spider mites?

What is the best practice to prevent aphids and spider mites? I group them in one question because they make similar damage to plants. I want to know the level of humidity for aphids and spider mites ...
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How can I kill or remove insects from cut flowers that I bring inside?

When I cut flowers (typically daylilies) from my garden and bring them inside, I often find I am treated to a barrage of flies over the next few days. I'm going to guess that there are maggot larvae ...
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How do I prevent parrots from snacking on my fruit trees?

I live in a neighborhood in California that has a number of parrots that, presumably, escaped from captivity sometime ago and have since multiplied in number. They are all the same kind of parrot, ...
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How can I get rid of cutworms in my corn and pumpkin patches?

Our corn and pumpkin seedlings appear to have been decimated by cutworms. They're actually caterpillars, and quite destructive ones at that: We're interested in getting rid of them organically, ...
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How do I get rid of pill bugs in my vegetable garden (or is it even the problem)?

I have had multiple plants in my vegetable garden that have seemed to just vanish from the garden over the period of about a week. I have notice pill bugs eating the remains of the plants. They seem ...
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What is eating my vegetable seedlings?

I recently grew some lettuce and carrots from seed, but within three nights they were completely eaten. I then used a seed growing tray and then transplanted about 40 out into the garden bed. But ...
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Rue with white dots and some 3mm white bugs

I have a Rue plant in my terrace, and for many weeks it has had some sort of plague made of white dots and some slightly bigger bugs, oval shape, no more than 3mm long. I've been using an organic ...
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Control aphids on a linden tree

We have a 30 year old Little leaf linden (Tilia cordata) on the north side of the property. Although it is apparently healthy every year it gets galls on the leaves and aphids. The aphids secrete a ...
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Early action needed for whiteflies and aphids?

While pruning my tomato plants last night, I came across some early signs of whiteflies. I saw just a few mature whiteflies crawling around; I hate them. I have battled them off and on through the ...
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How do I prune boxwoods to control for boxwood leaf miner?

Our boxwoods have a moderate infestation of boxwood leaf miners. Sources recommend pruning to help manage them, and mention that you should cut at a certain time in the pest's lifecycle. But they don'...
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What are these long, mostly translucent worms in my potted trees?

I buy, re-pot and take care of Norfolk Island Pine trees in my office. They're mostly decorated and displayed around Christmas time, but I take care of them year round and sometimes decorate them for ...