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What are the best practices for keeping trees healthy in a construction area?

I frequently see trees that are in construction areas where roots have to be pruned or grade changed. What practices are most likely to keep trees healthy in the long term where there is root or ...
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Is this powdery mildew on my tomato?

Just noticed this on my store bought plant I.e. not grown from seed. It's now fruiting, and I don't see any white spots on the leaves.
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Identify this small tree

I've found this plant growing in a crack in the wall. I then put it in a pot and is growing fast. Can anyone help me identify it, I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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What problems will result from overgrowth of cable eye bolts in silver maple and tulip trees?

Will allowing a cable eye bolt to become overgrown damage the trees or must the cables be replaced?
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My hydroponic lettuce is mega bitter. Can I fix it?

Preface: I don't really know what I'm doing. So I decided to grow some kweik lettuce in my ebb & flow hydroponic setup. In addition to that, I'm growing a variety of chili peppers, mostly ...
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Transplanting and dissecting clump grass

I have what looks like perennial growing in a shady(ish) section of my lawn. I'd like to stretch this along the whole shady section to replace the weeds that are growing there. Could I simply pull out ...
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Saving a Tree With Frost Damage

I have a friend who left a Redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum) sapling out in the cold and snow a few months ago. It's still alive- it has some green needles still- but it's slowly getting browner and ...
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Repotting a cactus after flowering but before fruits

It is generally advised against repotting a cactus while it has buds or flowers on it. My Mammillaria prolifera has just finished flowering and it really needs repotting. But since it's a self-fertile ...
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Why are the leaves of my fig trees drying and falling off?

I have several fig trees. They seem to be contracting some sort of illness - there's always one or two of them whose leaves dry and fall off completely. This does not seem to correspond at all ...
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How can I grow endive seeds?

I have some endive seeds (Endivia v. Crispum), and I want to know the guidelines on how to grow them. Our weather has been sunny with temperatures reaching low 60's at night and low 90's during the ...
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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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Should I try to treat a Majesty palm tree with brown holes in the leaves?

I purchased a Majesty palm tree, but didn't realize till after I repotted it, that it had lots of brown holes in some of the leaves. Should I prune the damaged leaves or should I just return the ...
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What is this grass and how prevalent is vivipary in grasses?

We noticed some seedlings emerging from the flower head of an unidentified grass flower head yesterday. None of us had seen this before and we wondered how common it was and if it is more prevalent ...
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How much should I water an avocado plant guided by a moisture meter?

I have a moisture meter that registers readings from 0.0 to 9.9 (driest to wettest). I cannot find a listing for a potted avocado tree. Can you give me info as to what percentage is optimal for the ...
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Do white butterfly decoys work against Pieris rapae

I've seen various articles/posts to say that decoy artificial white butterflies, such as the one I just made, are effective in preventing attack of brassicas by the white butterfly Pieris rapae. The ...
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Can anyone identify this plant, possibly a salad leaf?

I was given some seeds that I was told were pak choi. However the plants growing from these don't look anything like pak choi to me. It's possible the seeds got mixed up with other salad varieties ...
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Identification and advice required for pretty but aggressive ground cover

We have a plant spreading across a gravel covered bed. It is my intention to plant ground cover here and wonder if I can keep this plant. My neighbour says it is very aggressive and will grow into ...
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Who is eating my basil?

I have a basil plant and all of a sudden the leaves are full of holes as shown in the picture. I am not sure if these are related: Two days ago it rained fiercely and at some point there was also ...
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How can I save deer ferns after a drought?

I have several large deer ferns. Some started to drop significantly during an unusually high summer drought in the Pacific Northwestern USA. I watered immediately and they did not perk up. They are ...
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How should I prune my okra plants?

I have an okra plant which has already produced two okras. Now new leaves are growing and I can see there are two new okras coming from the bottom. Is that good? Do I have to remove both the leaves ...
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Why has my kiwi plant developed red leaves?

I have grown a kiwi plant which is growing nicely in my office. Recently, some leaves developed a red hue. What is happening here? Do I have to worry?
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Identify hard brown “grass” in my yard

My dog is hesitant to walk on this crunchy, dead "grass". I didn't notice it much when the lawn was greener, but when this stuff started dying, it stays VERY rigid, and would be painful to walk on. ...
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how to germinate blackberries seeds?

I ate some blackberries (last june) and keep some seeds. I tried to germinate some of them by two ways. First way, I used an empty white plastic jar where I put some water and seeds. I put the jar ...
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What is causing the brown-black spots on my apricots?

I've recently bought a house in the Auvergne region of France (South central) which is about 30 years old and that has the good fortune to have several mature fruit trees in the garden (cherry, apple, ...
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When should I harvest balsam for balsam bags?

I've found plenty of information about when to harvest balsam for making wreaths, but I really don't care about if the needles stay attached -- I'm actually interested in if there are specific times ...
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Will the roots of my Columnar Yew Tree damage a foundation that's only three feet away?

I have a columnar Yew which currently is about 18 - 20 feet tall with a spread of about 6 feet. What is the root system like for these trees and what effect will/can it have on the foundations of the ...
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Recipe for a grass seed, soil and fertilizer mixture

I'm looking to fill some patches on my lawn that are left over from last year's addition of a layer of topsoil. They seem resistant to the typical loosen soil, apply seed and water approach -- which ...
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How remove sod from an uneven soil

I need to regrade my backyard. Currently I have a good green layer of grass and other small unwanted :-) plants covering my backyard. The previous owner dug a patio and I suspect that they spread the ...
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What sustainable and affordable way is there to control rose chafer beetles?

We are trying to establish a permaculture farm in NW New York. We have very sandy soil, and everything we grow is ideal food for the rose chafer beetle. We first noticed them last year and tried to ...
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Why do the leaves on my black fig tree have white patches?

I bought a fig tree from a local DIY store. It has started developing these white patches. Does anybody know what they indicate?
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What is causing brown spots on my mint plant?

I have been rooting my mint in water and it rooted, then I found those brown spots appearing. It happened with all the mint plants I had before. I am in Egypt, and it gets morning sun and no afternoon ...
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Roots growing out the top of plant, last attempt?

Some of my coworkers found a mismanaged plant and gave it to me to rescue. It was very dry and upon further inspection roots had grown over a small plastic pot, completely covering it. Then someone ...
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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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Managing Bronze Orange Bugs on citrus trees

How can I eliminate Bronze Orange (stink) Bugs from my citrus trees? I know that spraying the trees with Confidor will get rid of these bugs, however I've been told that it's not suitable to use on ...
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What is causing dark spots on my tomato leaves?

I have a couple of matchless determinate variety tomatoes in grow bags. I am from Chennai, India (hot, humid and it's monsoon time now). It's been raining the past week. I applied Monopotassium ...
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Why are the leaves on my capsicum plant curling and turning brown?

Does anyone have any idea what's happening to my capsicum plant and what I should do about it? There are no visible bugs on the leaves.
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What are these nodules growing on my miniature lilac?

Does anyone know what is growing on my miniature lilac? The nodules are all over the stems and first appeared in the late spring. I have tried searching the internet for an answer but the common ...
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What are those orange things growing on my soil?

I noticed today after, two uncommonly hot & humid days in socal (it is usually mild and dry) ignore the yellow dots on the leave, those are fine :) here are they up close. they are very fuzzy. ...
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What potting mixes do you use?

I am new to gardening and I would like to know what ingredients and measurements do you use in your potting mix for three different types of plants: Plants that require plenty of water. Plants ...
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Strange brown/dead spots on leaves?

What I have here is a plant which is being affected by something which is making certain spots of its leaves appear to be unhealthy. Does anyone have any idea what's going on? Is this something that ...
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What happened to my airplant, can it be revived?

I recently purchased this airplant online, when I received it it was healthy and green. The directions said to water once a week, I may have gone over that amount before watering. Is this plant ...
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Plants Fungus Infection

I am new to garden and I have a tomato plant that is infected by fungus. I would like to ask how fungus infects the plant? Does the disease affect the soil, plant or both?
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Laying a new turfed lawn on an existing lawn

Is it feasible to lay a new turfed lawn on an existing grassed lawn please ? The idea is to completely spike the existing lawn, cover the lawn in lawn dressing, then lay a new turfed lawn over it.
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Cleome seeds in the Northeast

I bought from Amazon some Cleome seeds, which arrived this August in a tiny plastic envelop from China. There are probably around 100 seeds if so. My question is how to plant them, including how ...
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Will a homemade insecticide affect the taste of herbs or other edible plants?

I'm thinking about using a homemade insecticide like a small amount of dish soap/coffee/Aloe vera mixed with water for my Stevia plant which the insects seem to like. I'm worried though that what I ...
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Vines / Crawling Plants that minimize damage to buildings/walls

Years ago I was on a historical tour in Savannah, Georgia in which they said that they choose certain crawling plants/vines that minimize damage to buildings. What crawling plants or vines should or ...
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How can I save an insect-damaged Gardenia?

It is a Gardenia. Insects infested the soil so I added diatomaceous earth in there but maybe I was too late. The plant continued dying so I pulled it out and set it in a bath filled with water to ...
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For a new lawn, are mixed soils worth it?

I'm redoing my lawn because it was extremely unlevel. I've already flattened the whole thing, scraped out all the old grass, and now I'm ready for top soil. After calling a few local places, I've ...
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Has anyone made a DIY Shepherd's Hook?

I was thinking of getting some shepherd's hooks and was wondering if anyone has come up with any cheaper DIY solutions that might be interesting. I found some flimsy plans that were mainly used as ...
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Why do my passion fruit flowers lack pollen?

I have a passion fruit plant that is about 4 years old, and all the fruit it ever given were two little cracked marbles that fell off the plant quickly. I water it regularly, I attempted to water it ...

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