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How should I transplant tulips which are almost blooming?

I have a tree removal next week and I have bunches of tulips around the base. I would like to transplant the tulips but I feel the timing is bad. It is late April in zone 5b, so they are about to ...
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Crepe Myrtle and Pink Magnolia Trunk Question

I have a question about two of the trees in my yard. I have the same issue and question about crepe myrtles and pink magnolias. I have two of each in my yard and they all have multiple trunks coming ...
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Why isn't my lemon tree bearing fruit?

My lemon tree used to bear lemons, but since my brother pruned the branches, there are no lemons growing. What did he do wrong? Did he cut too many branches, or is it something else?
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How to cover a backyard with mulch?

I would like to turn my small backyard (currently 200 sq ft occupied by dead grass, nearly to the point of dirt) into something similar to a dog run, where the ground is just covered in mulch and/or ...
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1answer
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How should I remove long grasses/roots to prepare a fresh bed?

I am currently attempting to remove a bunch of dead grass in a roughly 5'x5' plot. When the grass fully grows sometime in early-to-mid summer, they are like very small, long-grassed shrubs, sort of ...
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1answer
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Reduce water in saturated backyard

I've noticed that maybe two days after heavy rainfall that my small 500sqf back yard is still saturated with water to the point where I get mud on my shoes just walking back there. I have low cut ...
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What plant is this leaf I found in my rocket salad from?

Today I bought some rocket at the supermarket (also known as rucola) and found this leaf (well, my tougue noticed those funny, quite stiff little hairs). It's got hairs all over. Does anyone know ...
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Please help identify a type of chestnut tree

My father is wanting to get and plant a few trees this year. One that he's been talking my ear off about is one that he used to eat the nuts of when he was younger. Keeping in mind that his childhood ...
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Why did these plants dry/burn?

I bought a small venus fly trap kit to sow. Three of them sprouted and they were growing well. I had placed them at a south facing window, watering them every few days. I found them like this a few ...
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How can I revive a Meyer Lemon Tree with no leaves?

Here is what my Meyer Lemon Tree looks like: No leaves anymore. Is there a chance that it will ever revive itself?
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1answer
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Flies around arborvitae and yews

A few days ago I noticed dozens of small flying insects flying around my arborvitae. They move too fast and are too small to take a picture of but they are about the size and appearance of fungus ...
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How should I fill and reseed shallow depressions in my lawn?

I want to level out a lawn that is roughly 4000 square feet. It has many low areas that vary in diameter and depth. Not sure what caused these holes; my guess is that they are from a previous owner ...
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1answer
218 views

What “gotchas” should I avoid when building a raised garden?

I am planning on constructing a 2-tier outdoor raised vegetable garden. I'd like to avoid any "gotchas". I live in the US Pacific Northwest, so three non-summer seasons a year are moist. My plan ...
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What is this Hibiscus-like flower?

Sorry, didn't get any pictures with more of the plant (but potentially could). Approximately 2m tall cultivated shrub in Southern California.
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What is this plant with long fronds for leaves?

I took this plant from a friend on a whim as he was going to throw it away, so I would like to know its name. The soil is red because I live in the Deccan plateau in India. The pot has a hole below to ...
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1answer
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Most effective way to fix a poor drainage easement?

I just bought a house a couple of months ago, and like many suburban lots, the property has a drainage easement that runs along the sides. One side has a stone culvert pipe that moves water away from ...
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Why should I prune roots of bare root blackberries before planting?

I bought some bare root blackberries from a reputable nursery and in the instructions they said to "prune roots 1/2" to 1" with sharp pruning shears" before planting. What purpose does this serve?
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54 views

What is eating my basil?

I have had a terrible time with my basil. I do not see any bugs or slugs. Nothing on the undersides of the leaves BUT there are obvious holes from the center of the leaves as well as bites taken out ...
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3answers
189 views

How to stimulate basal growth in a tree?

On my street lots of trees have a big burl at the base. Is there a technique to "encourage" trees to develop it?
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1answer
51 views

80mm decking post into a 75mm metal post holder

It appears posts designed for balustrades are 80mm wide whereas fence posts are only 75mm. The problem being is wedge-grip post holders are made for 75mm posts. Firstly I wonder: Why are fence ...
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1answer
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White spruce problem (yellow needles)

I bought this small spruce for Christmas (the label said it will grow up to 1m tall), it's a Picea Glauca 'conica'. I recently replanted it in a bigger container, because it looked quite ...
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1answer
72 views

Shrub with white flowers and lemon-jasmine scent

We bought our house & neglected garden 1.5 years ago. Last spring a somewhat scraggy shrub surprised us with a few white flowers on two or three branches that had a very strong lemony, jasmine ...
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1answer
52 views

What are these yellow, eight-petal flowers?

What are these yellow flowers? There are currently lots and lots of them (here in Central Europe, zone 6), mostly in the shade of large trees in a park environment. The flowers are approx. 2 cm in ...
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3answers
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What is the best method/saw to cut through tough palm tree fronds with? (30-foot Queen Palms)

I have a pole saw with a typical pruning saw blade and it works great on fresh green palm fronds (which I really shouldn't be cutting, but I don't want them touching my roof line) but the ones that I ...
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1answer
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Identify ant-like pests under rock

I turned up a rock just outside my house in the garden and found these ant-like creatures. Are these termites or ghost ants or what? And see the video
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1answer
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How to grow vegetables from kitchen scraps?

I have heard a lot about growing vegetables from scraps e.g. using potato eyes, or sprouted garlic/onions to grow new vegetables. I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with this? And ...
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2answers
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When to transplant brassicas in legumes bed

I am growing sweet peas, broad beans and chickpeas for the summer, in an outdoor raised bed. I bought some nice organic broccoli, brussel sprouts and kale seeds for autumn-winter harvesting, and in my ...
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2answers
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Can you use plastic mulch in the vegetable garden without drip irrigation?

I'm in usda hardiness zone 7a in NJ. Can you use plastic mulch for plants in the vegetable garden without drip irrigation or soaker hoses? If so how do you water plants with plastic mulch?
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1answer
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Stimulate lower stem regrowth of pepper plant

I've got an indoor pepper plant that has already been through one harvest of 8 peppers. Nearing the end of the first harvest, many of the leaves on the lower stems died off. This may have been due to ...
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1answer
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How do I remove moss from patio? [duplicate]

I have a stone patio outside my back door, built with (approx.) 12"x12" pavers. Each spring, moss grows up through the cracks between the bricks. I have scraped it off and dug it out as best I could ...
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1answer
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How do I separate two lawns?

I live in the Seattle area. My neighbor has a very nice lawn -- it's unnaturally green, other-worldly thick, and chemical-dependent. I'm going to overseed my lawn with a nice mix of microclover, rye ...
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1answer
51 views

Is there a way to straighten an older tree that started crooked?

I have a pecan tree that is about 6 years old that is growing about 5 degrees off vertical. I've tried to stake it several times but to little effect. Currently I have a ratchet strap trying to pull ...
2
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1answer
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What are the tiny white bugs on my spinach and how should I treat them?

They don't look like the images of aphids I see when I search Google. They don't move much and are about the size of a strawberry seed or sesame seed. What are they, what's a good treatment for them, ...
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1answer
17 views

Tiny black flecks on squash and okra

What are tiny, size is the size of a tip of a needle, black flecks on squash and okra plants? What needs to be done to save the plants?
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1answer
54 views

Is total darkness acceptable for tomatoes to recover from transplant shock?

After re-potting tomato seedlings from plugs to larger pots (that they'll live in for about a month before they go out in the garden) it is recommended to let the plants recover from transplanting by ...
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2answers
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How long does it take for plant roots to break down?

After a plant is removed/dies, how long does it take for the roots to break down if left in the soil? Do they eventually provide viable nutrients? In my mind I am mostly considering harvestable ...
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1answer
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Is it bad practice to leave dead roots in soil?

Is leaving them in there better or worse than taking them out? What about for indoor vs outdoor? Is it okay to leave roots in a pot you plan to re-use soil for? In my mind I am mostly considering ...
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2answers
144 views

Is there actually such a thing as a ripe green pepper?

I grew what I thought was a green bell pepper (it was) from seeds that I grabbed out of a store bought green bell pepper but it ended up ripening to orange bell pepper. While doing some research ...
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2answers
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Does this orchid have a viable stem? If not, will it grow one if transplanted to a larger pot?

I received a Phalaenopsis Orchid as a Valentine's Day present. It was in a glass vase, and atop the straight stem, which was held to a support stick by a hair clip, were two lovely pink flowers. It ...
3
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1answer
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Apply iron(II) sulfate and dolomitic lime at the same time?

I have had good experiences with iron(II) sulfate and dolomitic lime for my lawn. They increase the green colour and prevent moss. However, I am uncertain whether I should avoid applying these two ...
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2answers
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What are the effects of keeping a clumping bamboo in a pot permanently?

I'm looking at buying a couple of 15 gallon Bambusa multiplex "Green Hedge" for privacy but want to keep them both contained and with the option of moving them around as other plants mature. If I ...
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How to germinate old cannabis seeds? [closed]

I have 10 year old cannabis seeds, and I am wondering how to get them to germinate. The following is what I have tried. First attempt Moist paper towel between two plates for 3 weeks Scoring the ...
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What ate the leaves of my bell pepper plant?

I planted a sweet orange bell pepper plant last week in my garden bed, which was converted from a fire pit. It's only half a foot tall and hasn't flowered yet. One day, an entire leaf was chewed off. ...
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Which side of a dead branch should you prune?

The last few inches of a young branch on a fruit tree (several branches, several trees) are dead so I plan on cutting it off. Should I make the cut in the living section or dead section?
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1answer
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Problem with pot roses

My small roses have suddenly shown some problems. I recently transplanted them in a bigger pot, because they looked quite cramped in the old one. It's been very hot this days, so I am wondering if ...
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2answers
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What's happening to my tulips?

I recently transplanted some tulips bought at wilko, in a mixture of irish moss peat, compost and a little vermiculite. The last week has been unexpectedly hot, but I tried to water them regularly and ...
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How much water is needed using drip irrigation for Gold Mound hedge?

Using drip irrigation, how long and how often should a gold mound hedge in Tampa, FL be watered during the the summer months? Also, how often during the rest of the year?
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1answer
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Have I damaged my apple tree by cutting off a root?

I have just had an asbestos garage removed, and am having a shed put up in its place. The concrete base to the garage was cracked right through by my apple tree roots, the concrete has been removed ...
3
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1answer
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What is a good watering schedule for an Argyroderma?

I have a small Argyroderma I picked up from the local plant store, but I'm not sure when and how much to water it. It is potted in a tiny (roughly 2" cube) pot that appears to be filled with a sandy, ...
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1answer
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How to best care for redcurrants that were transplanted last autumn?

Last autumn I transplanted three, relatively young redcurrants which I had received from a neighbor because they had not prospered in her garden. One of them is now starting to grow green leaves ...

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