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Should I rototill compost into existing barren soil before planting drought-hardy grass?

I've had 2" of composted manure added to my desert front yard (New Mexico, zone 7a) to serve as new topsoil after having someone with a bobcat and a dump truck to haul off the gravel and plastic ...
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What kind of flower is this?

I saw this flower at the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center in Callaway Gardens. Please help me identify it.
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What is this grass that is growing in my desert yard?

I live in New Mexico (zone 7a) and my yard is basically a desert. However, I was surprised to discover some grass growing near the edge of my patio slab today. I didn't plant it and I certainly ...
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1answer
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Should I remove brown, cap-shaped Birch Polypore mushrooms from my tree?

I learned from this question that my birch tree is infested with Birch Polypore mushrooms. For two reasons, I'm wondering if I should remove them. First, even though they grow because the tree is ...
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What is happening to my Snake plant?

My indoor snake plant seems to be losing more leaves than it's growing. It started off as a pretty crowded pot, now it has reduced itself to this. I have another one in my office that's doing ...
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How to measure chemical elements in soil?

What sort of equipment would one need to ensure that plant soil contains the right concentration of the 13 mineral nutrients necessary for plant growth? Specifically, can this be measured in real-time ...
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Avocado leaves drying out from edges

I recently moved into a house in the South SF Bay Area in California, with three large avocado trees. I've noticed that the leaves on one of these trees is drying out from the edges: Here's another ...
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My lemon tree, ants, shells. What is this and how to treat it properly?

There are lots of ants around, they just don't like to be photographed :) This is the whole tree: I'm in Sydney, Australia.
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Can strawberries be grown year-round indoors?

Are there particular varieties that are best suited for indoor growing? Will the plant die after producing fruit after x amount of harvests? Are particular lighting schedules required to produce ...
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Identification of garden insect with a red-edged green body and white spots

Please can someone Identify this New Zealand Bug found on my lawn today, thank you.
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Does Pachysandra cause algae to grow on the concrete foundation of my house?

I live in Massachusetts and have a swath of pachysandra approximately twelve inches wide growing against the foundation around my house. It's healthy and produced a lot of pretty, sweet-smelling ...
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How do I get rid of mice without hurting the birds that might feed on them?

I live in the country, so I've got mice that like to come into the house when the weather gets cold. The mice have learned to avoid the traps that I put inside the house, so I need to step up to ...
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Can you identify this brownish and pink coloured moth? [on hold]

Can you identify this brownish and pink coloured moth? I found it in Valparaiso, Chile.
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Why is my lemon tree losing leaves after I gave it tomato feed?

There are pale blotches on the leaves of my lemon tree. There are no pests or mites, but all leaves have fallen from tree. I have tried a tomato feed with no results.
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digging a basement after the house is built [migrated]

My mother and father built the home I live in many years ago. There was a n half of a basement completely. My father had started on the other side, but passed away before finishing it. i have taken ...
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1answer
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Identify deciduous shrub with small red berries and small leaves

I live in London, UK and have had this shrub in my garden since I moved in 2 years ago. It looks like it has been shaped/pruned. Two years ago, there were tiny green leaves which turned red in ...
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Why do chilli and cilantro seedlings look the same?

I have one week old cilantro and chilli seedlings growing in adjacent pots. They look the same. Are they supposed to look the same?
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1answer
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How should I care for these plants? [closed]

I moved to a new apartment recently and the owner left me some of his plants. Looks like some citrus plant: 2. This one already started to rot: It will be great to be able to ...
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A website for keeping track of my houseplants

Is there a website where I can submit information about my houseplants and manage them. I am looking for a service that would allow me to have a kind of a diary where I could keep track of their ...
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1answer
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What is this itch-inducing twig I found in my cilantro?

I bought a bunch of cilantro today at my usual produce market and when I picked it up, I felt a couple of pricks on my fingers that started itching a lot. When I got home and started preparing said ...
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Bermuda grass (I think?) is a muddy mess in the winter time

I live in Knoxville, TN. My back lawn sees a lot of action year-round with two medium-sized dogs. I think much of it is Bermuda grass, since it runs close to the ground, is very thick and soft in ...
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1answer
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Falling leaves and black spots on bonsai tree. What can I do to return it to health?

I bought this bonsai last week. There was no info on what breed it is? What can I do past watering?
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1answer
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What plant is this and how do I save it?

I've recently found this plant, which was already dying, maybe due to low temperatures, too much or too less water, poor soil... Firstly, I'd like to know its name, in order to learn how to take ...
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1answer
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What is the name of this plant and how to make it grow horizontal branches?

I have a really nice plant that grows high. I am afraid that the trunk won't be able to support it one day and it will just break. Is there a way I could force this plant to grow horizontal branches? ...
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What is the name of this plant, is it edible, and how can I care for it?

I took a little bunch, but it in water and planted it when I saw the roots. the original plant was low, close to the floor. I kind of like it going up. This plant smells really nice. It's super ...
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What plant is this? Any care recommendations [closed]

I have grown these stems from cuttings I took from a friends plant, she has no idea what plant it is. I keep it in a window like she does and water it on a similar schedule but mine seems much more ...
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How should I eradicate or control mugwort without herbicides?

There is an area of approximately 6,000 square feet that is full of mugwort. We would like to restore some native vegetation, but as the area is adjacent to a pond, I don't want to use herbicides in ...
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What is wrong with this Fargesia?

Looks like some kind of leaf miner, but I've never seen it before. What is it, and is there an "organic" way to treat it?
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1answer
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What is this bug with a hundred feet that I found in my garden?

This bug was crawling between my pot garden this morning. Can anyone tell me what it is? (Im sorry for the bluryness, it moves so fast!
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1answer
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How should I take care of my new Areca Palm?

I just received my new Areca Palm. It was delivered to me in New York via UPS from Florida. Since Florida is more than a little warmer than here, my question is how to take care of this so it gets ...
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What is wrong with this desert rose and how can I cure it?

My desert rose appears to have a disease. Every year, the leaves develop these spots and look terrible. It still blooms every year. Can anyone identify the disease and/or suggest a cure? enter ...
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1answer
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Garlic scapes drooping during a cold winter without much snow. Will they survive?

I live in Massachusetts Zone 6b and I planted garlic in October (First time ever planting garlic!) about 6 inches deep into the soil, with mulch on top of the soil. The garlic I planted was organic ...
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1answer
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How fast do banana plants grow?

Last fall I picked up half a large banana plant corm from the refuse pile at the local gardens, planted it in a 12" pot with loamy soil, and stuck it in my growth chamber for months of benign neglect. ...
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1answer
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What is this mold/fungus? [duplicate]

Is it harmful? What should I do about it? It was undoubtedly caused by the excess water on the surface from the drippers. Those are now off.
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1answer
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What is the best growing temperatures for an avocado plant?

I live in a very warm climate (Phoenix AZ) and I was wondering what the best growing conditions (temperatures) are for an avocado plant? Are the extreme heat summers here to much for an avocado? We ...
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1answer
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How do I grow a new African Violet from a leaf?

Two days ago I was admiring a friend's indoor African Violet, and she told me I could grow my own from a leaf. I've never heard of being able to do that with any plant. She gave me three leaves, each ...
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1answer
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What happened to my Mass Cane?

Not putting in much thought I moved my plants closer to a light source over the weekend and as you can see in the pictures some tips turned black. Did it get burned? Is it dying? What am I supposed ...
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What is the gardening purpose of an l-shaped groove knife hand tool?

What is the gardening purpose of an l-shaped groove knife? ( http://www.chillingtontoolsonline.com/groove-knife-p62 ) It appears to be a weeding or cultivation tool, a little-bit like a "wrong ...
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Can I use 12-6-9 fertilizer sticks for a Ficus Bonsai?

I have a bunch of plant food sticks described as "compound organic and inorganic NPK 12-6-9 fertilizer with micronutrients for ornamental plants". I wonder if this is suitable for a Ficus (Ginseng?) ...
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Is there anything wrong with allowing moss to grow around herbs?

I've started up a pot of Basil sprouts indoors under a lamp, and it seems like some moss is beginning to grow around them. Is there anything wrong with having moss in the same pot? Any problems with ...
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1answer
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Does cypress produce any smell or allergens when planted indoors?

I'm thinking about putting a cypress (Chamaecyparis) onto my office desk which is in an open space, however, I don't want it to disturb my coworkers. Is an indoor cypress known to produce any notable ...
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Should I remove rhododendron buds which didn't open before the winter?

I live in Massachusetts and have ten large rhododendrons which bloomed profusely last spring. In September, numerous buds appeared on each bush, but the winter came before they had a chance to open. I ...
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1answer
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Where Can I Get Saintpaulia (African Violet) Food? [closed]

I've been advised to feed my African Violets (Saintpaulia) with two type of food; NPK 20-20-20 for the leaves NPK 15-30-15 for the flowers The former comes in powder form, and 1/4 teaspoon of it ...
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1answer
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How important is water type to carnivorous plants, really?

How important is it to not use tap water for carnivorous plants? e.g. is it a guideline or a hard rule? I have seen several answers on here saying not to, but I have had a venus fly trap for 3-4 ...
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1answer
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Will rusty nails in garden harm plants or people who eat the plants? [duplicate]

Other than the risk of injury and tetanus, will the hundreds of rusty nails inexplicably found in sections of my garden harm the plants that grow there or the people who eat said plants? They are so ...
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Tomato plant discolored and dried out

I have a home garden with tomatoes and peppers. The peppers grow great every year, but often the tomatoes end up discolored with dried out leaves. I recently did a Manutec pH test on the soil and ...
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Can anyone please tell me the name of the plant in the picture?

I planted this back in the summer, and as you can see, it has not grown much. It is the only surviving of its kind but I have no information on it's identity. I would appreciate help identifying it so ...
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1answer
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Can bent grass be controlled without toxic chemicals?

Due to the large number of golf courses in our area, we have a problem with bent grass invading fescue and bluegrass lawns throughout the county. Next to crab grass, it is one of the things that ...
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2answers
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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 ...
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What is a shade tolerant, low ground-cover that can tolerate foot traffic for between bluestone pavers?

We have an irregular bluestone walkway leading to our back door. Spacing between the stones varies from 1.25cm to 3.75cm. Though on the south side of the house, heavy deciduous tree cover shades the ...

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