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What is this shrub with fan shaped toothed leaves and small white blooms, and what are these small bugs?

Can anyone help ID this shrub growing in Zone 6. It's about 5' tall and 3' spread after pruning in the fall. It grows fairly fast. Leaves sort of look like a fan leafed hawthorne to me but not ...
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Which of these, if any, are poison ivy?

First spring in our new home and I noticed some suspicious looking beasties out there. Last year I had a terrible case of poison ivy so now I'm disturbingly aware of things that appear like poison ...
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Should I replace the soil every year in a raised bed that's on top of concrete?

I have a raised bed that is on concrete. My local greenhouse told me I needed to replace ALL the dirt in there every year due to pollutants. Do you know if that is true as there is a lot of dirt and I ...
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Should I clean out my rain barrel before using the water on my vegetables?

I am concerned about the quality of the water in my rain barrel, but I am not sure if it is harmful or helpful to plants - especially in my vegetable garden. It would be pretty simple to clean it ...
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What kind of grass is this?

Can anyone tell me what kind of grass this is? It's growing in my lawn in Central South Dakota in a partly shaded area. I seeded the area with a sun/shade mix but the seed head does not look like ...
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Is this a horseweed?

I am trying to figure out what type of weed this is. I was thinking horseweed but the more I look at it the less I think so. This is a picture of young plants. It is growing in New Hampshire in an ...
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What is this thick-stemmed houseplant with variegated leaves?

I have a plant that I don't know the name of. Could you please help me identify this plant?
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Hardening off cucumbers - will they be OK in 50ºF (10ºC)?

I'm on day 5 of a hardening process for my seedlings. It's been mild (60s-70s during the day) here. I'm going out of town for a few days, during which the temp is supposed to be 50-60 night-day. ...
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What is the minimum hydroponic pot size?

I've got a doubt about what would be the minimum medium space a plant needs to grow. I'm making a hydroponic system, and I would need to know what is the dimensions of a plant's root required for it ...
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Why is the lower leaf wilted on all of these plants? Should I remove them?

These basil plants have been thriving steadily better and better since being transplanted as sprouts. However every one of this group of 8 in the end of a planter is exhibiting a wilted leaf, and ...
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What landscaping and erosion control ideas can I use on a hillside with sandy soil?

I am having problems with erosion and can not keep anything on it. I am looking for any ideas to help control this problem. I had a Landscaper come out to look at it and it will cost me up to ...
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Is rust from steel rainwater barrel harmful?

We are using a used steel drum barrel as a rainwater container. Someone else in our house brought it from work, and we haven't bothered replacing with a plastic one yet. Supposing that there is no ...
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Applied moss killer but changed my mind - how to undo?

I applied moss killer and the moss turned black in numerous places on my lawn but especially it a couple of shady 3'x3' patches. But I have read a couple of articles saying that moss isn't that bad ...
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What is eating my orange trees? [closed]

I have 3 navel orange trees in my backyard and the leaves are being eaten by something. What is it that is eating the leaves, and what can I do to prevent this?
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When is the best time to trim cedar hedges?

When is the best time to trim cedar hedges? Importantly, is there a time that would encourage growth in areas recovering from small bare spots?
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Is it possible for a transplanted baby Maple to grow into a Bonsai tree?

My understanding is that a real Bonsai tree is already very old living in a crevice somewhere, naturally tiny then transplanted. In 50 years living in these pots, what would these Maples look like ...
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Should I treat freshly cut tree branches before using them as trellises?

I have a bundle of branches from a North American Maple in my yard, just cut down while pruning the tree in the spring. I'm contemplating whittling down some 2-foot-long sticks to use as simple ...
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Is there a drinksafe Y-connector for garden hoses?

Most brass connectors contain lead. Can anyone point me to the most durable type of y-connector to buy to water my garden that will not inject any lead or harmful plastics into the water stream? I am ...
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Square foot garden companion planting - in occupied squares or not?

This is our 5th year using about 160 square feet of garden space. We have never really played with companion planting though. We have several zucchini (16 squares, 4x4), squash (2x2), tomatoes (2x2), ...
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What is a safe proximity for a Boxwood hedge to a paver walkway?

Background I am designing a screen of narrow shrubs for a space between a sunken stairwell and an existing paver walkway. The width of the area in question is 2.5' with a desired plant height of 5'. ...
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What is the best frequency to fertilize fruit trees?

What is the best frequency at which to fertilize fruit trees? The first method is to dump a large amount of fertilizer to feed the plant one or two times per year. This method was the preferred ...
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What is this plant with variegated trifoliate leaves?

This is the first year this plant has shown itself in my yard. I've searched but cannot find any information. I suspect it's a weed or poison species of some sort. It has only three green leaves and ...
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What is this plant with spikes on its stem and leaves and is over 3 feet tall?

The attached photo of a weed or plant is one of two that is growing in the spare ground beside our house.We have lived here for 33 years and this has never appeared before. It has spikes on the stem ...
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How should I save a palm I repotted too high?

I repotted an areca palm, and unfortunately set it too high in the pot, so the top of the stems, which meet the roots, are slightly exposed at the top. What happens if I leave it as-is? Will the ...
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How should I start feeding an indoor plant after over a year's break?

I have three indoor plants that I haven’t fed for over a year, since I repotted them. They have some yellow leaves and aren’t looking as healthy as they could. I am going to start feeding them with a ...
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Why is my Swiss chard suddenly wilting?

I live in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. This Swiss Chard has been doing well so far this season, and all the largest leaves you see here were green and strong as recently as a few days ago. We had the ...
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How do I get rid of worm-like trails all over my Senetti plants' leaves?

I have had a Senetti (more info) for about 18 months, and last year it was attacked by aphids. Initially the leaves had a worm like discolouration, as if something was attacking or eating them. Are ...
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What should I do with a wind-harmed tree that will not regrow leaves?

This tree was planted in May 2011 in Dallas, Texas. Unfortunately the month or so following were some of the windiest we've had and all of the leaves it had at the time were blown off and the tree ...
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How can I save my dying palm tree?

My palm tree started to become yellow in the last couple of months and I don't see any improvement. I've tried with some spike fertilizers for palm trees, but didn't seem to help. Here are some ...
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1answer
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How should I prune my Cussonia Bonsai?

I have had this Cussonia for couple of years. As you can see on the picture, the branches grew somewhat unevenly (I marked the branches with a blue line). I am thinking how to trim it, so the bonsai ...
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How to propagate day neutral strawberries which don't develop runners?

I just planted a Seascape Strawberry plant, which is day-neutral. According to Home Guides, day-neutral strawberries do not produce runners. Developed at the University of California, Seascape ...
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Why are the leaves turning yellow on these conifers?

I have two kinds of conifers in the front yard. They are in a spot with eastern exposure, but the sunlight is somewhat blocked by a big house on the south side of the yard. They get a lot of shade in ...
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1answer
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Is it safe to use silicone spray on sprinkler heads that do not retract?

Is it helpful to use silicone spray on a sprinkler head that does not retract?
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Irrigation system not working

I recently moved into a house that has an older irrigation system. Picture of the unit below. I've found the manual online and I believe of got the unit to work. However, nothing happens at the ...
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Shrub and Flower recommendations for creek bank prone to flooding

I have a small creek that runs through my yard. The creek is more or less storm water control and run-off water from the area, so the water level varies greatly, going from completely dry to fast ...
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What is causing the yellowing on my English Ivy's leaves?

Same unfortunate newbie from this thread I have some ivy plants that two weeks after transplant are yellowing of the leaves and starting to look rather sad. These were purchased as full size plants ...
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Why are my Coleus plants wilting?

Newbie plant parent here. Probably not doing the best job! I purchased some Coleus plants from Home Depot for indoor houseplants. I've raised them successfully indoors from seed before but have ...
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What should I do about coarse, thick grass growing in my lawn?

This is my lawn. For some reason lots of thick horrible coarse grass has started growing in lots of patches all over. Does anyone know why it would all of a sudden start to grow? Also, can anything ...
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What is this spiky-leaved, white-flowered plant that grows from a bulb?

I have this plant in my garden in south India. It has spiky leaves, The flowers are white, And it has bulbs in the roots What is the name of this plant?
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Why does my mint have dry, brown or black leaves and stems that are falling over?

What do I do for an indoor mint plant with dry leaves and stems which are falling over? Some leaves are brown or black.
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What grass types will survive in areas of standing water that last for up to a week?

I own a mobile home in a very nice development. My yard is sinking and over the past 3 years the grass has died in that area. The development owners say it's my responsibility to add topsoil to the ...
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What's the purpose of mixing native soil with store bought soil?

Question On most store-bought soil, it gives instructions to mix the soil with equal parts of your native soil. Why should I create a mixture instead of using the store-bought soil purely? Anecdote ...
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What is this plant with spikes of purple flowers?

This plant came in a tub with some other flowers 2 years ago and looked like a hosta. However this spring it has suddenly sprung up like a triffid and I have no clue as to what it is. Click on photo ...
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Planting shrubs on a gently sloped landscape.

I have a couple shrubs I want to plant on a slanted landscape; nothing severe, maybe 10 degrees. Should I plant perpendicular to the ground, or perpendicular to an imaginary level surface? If it ...
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Why are there plants specifically designed for greenhouses?

I have read that tomatoes for greenhouse culture need to be varieties designed to be grown in greenhouse environments. What are the varieties, and where can I get them...just by mail? And what other ...
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What are the consequences of seeds sown outside of their depth specifications?

I was planting my green bean seeds 1 - 2 inches as the package said, then I got tired and threw the rest on the ground and stepped on them to press them into the wet soil. What happens to seeds ...
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Does soil need sunlight?

My plan is to keep garden fabric on my vegetable garden year round to keep the weeds down (especially in the spring before planting) but my in-laws claimed it's bad for the soil. I would put the new ...
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How do you manage dying leaves on young plants?

If a leaf on a plant is shriveling or yellowing, should you cut it off or leave it there? If you do the former, should you only snip off the damaged parts or should you cut off the entire leaf? My ...
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What plant will grow to about 3' in the shade from a pepper tree and oleanders?

Is there a low light plant, that will grow under a pepper tree, and between two oleanders, that grows about 3-5 feet tall, in southern California?
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Can anyone tell me what this is please?

Can someone tell me what kind of plant this is? Someone asked me and now Im asking you! Please help!

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