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Is this “Tall Grass” dead? Should I clear it out to make room for new growth?

Not sure what this is called but for now I'm just calling it tall grass. I have a couple of things around my house. To me these grass stalks look dead from winter. Am I good clearing them off? I ...
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Advice for a new planting bed

I have an area of about 650 sq ft that I planted several small trees and about 10 shrubs last year. I put a light amount of mulch in the area but grass has covered most of it back up. I want to do ...
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1answer
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Are these insect eggs from Rosy Apple Aphids?

It's that time of spring when all the bugs start coming out and the battle begins to protect my apple trees. I sprayed with a dormant spray earlier in the year but it looks like something is laughing ...
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Can anyone assist in identifying this large leaved plant with small blue flowers?

Large leaved plant with small blue flowers close to stem. Very vigorous growth. It is growing in London, United Kingdom in my back garden in semi shade. It first appeared last autumn with large ...
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Aloe plant is browning and the leaves are thinning

I have recently received a small Aloe plant that I wasn't able to identify past the genus. It does not look healthy, some leaves have become brownish, and their ends thin, as if squeezed out. The ...
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66 views

How do I propagate sunflowers?

I have a sunflower plant growing flowers, and I want to grow more sunflowers in my garden. How do I grow more sunflowers from the current plant?
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Deer trimmed my arborvitae for me!

I bought a house in Hudson, NY in November. The previous owners had screened it from the trailer park next-door with a row of Arborvitae. They're maybe twelve feet tall, and they'd already suffered ...
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2answers
96 views

Is this a grass or weed?

Located in north central Texas. And what kind of plant is this?
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What kind of bug is this and is it harmful?

My wife noticed this bug in our raised garden beds. I know it's hard to see scale, but they were about the size of a very very small pebble, or a large grain of sand. Is this bug a problem? Any ...
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How to reseed grass after killing weeds?

My lawn is overran by clover and all sorts of weeds, lawn grass spots here and there, but majority is weeds. I was going to spray with "Orto Weed B Gone Max", then put some top soil and reseed, but ...
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Identify plant and things on it (Possible Scale)

I've looked at other questions and I'm quite sure the plant outside my house has a scale problem. But I don't know much about gardening so I'd like some advice please. I found these other questions ...
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What is the radius of a red wriggler earthworm for worm tubes?

I'm researching putting a worm tube in my fruit-tree orchard as per this article but before I do so I'm trying to find out what radius the red wrigglers (the worm type I plan on using) will travel ...
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162 views

What is wrong with this tomato plant with yellow and black spotted leaves? [picture]

What is wrong with this tomato plant? The yellow with black spots has been spreading through the plant. I am hoping someone knows exactly what this is and how I can treat it or prevent it.
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1answer
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Average seed to fruit length of apache chili pepper

What is the average time between seed (including germination) to fruit (first harvest) of the apache chili pepper plant grown in an ideal environment? If anyone knows a good source of data for such ...
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1answer
61 views

Is rice water good for a hyacinth plant?

I'm not sure I did the right thing to my hyacinth plant. It's growing in a pot with dirt brought from Whole Foods. I poured cool water that I'd used for rinsing rice on it, and the next day the flower ...
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1answer
51 views

What is this grey-leaved plant, low shrub good for dry conditions?

Grey-leaved plant about 1m high and can survive tough conditions. It is a common plant in Australian gardens.
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White map-like tomato leaves (hydroponic) manifesting

I am growing cherry tomato using kratky hydroponic method and ive seen these map-like lines manifesting on a number of leaves. I had to remove the infected leaves to control the infection if you will. ...
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46 views

What is this white fibrous thing showing on top of moist soil?

I'm trying to germinate chives using a soil for seeds. I've gone through the process of watering and draining the soil after putting in the seeds. For two days now, I've been seeing this cloudy spongy ...
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What are these insects called and how do I get rid of them?

I have a lemon tree cutting put in a paper cup wrapped in a plastic bag to contain the moisture. Everything looks good but when I lifted the cup, I saw these creepy insects. The climate in my area is ...
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141 views

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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1answer
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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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53 views

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
99 views

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
51 views

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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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
108 views

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 ...
4
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1answer
273 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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78 views

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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1answer
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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
49 views

Most effective way to fix a poor drainage easement? [duplicate]

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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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
215 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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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 ...
4
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1answer
104 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 ...
2
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1answer
72 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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4answers
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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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66 views

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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58 views

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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112 views

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?
3
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1answer
60 views

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 ...
5
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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 ...
3
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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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