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USDA Zone 4a lows to -30 Deg F / - 35 Deg C highs to + 104 Deg F / + 40 Deg C

Former interior/exterior landscaper and arborist interested in native species, water features and natural stone.


1h
comment What is this white substance growing on a kumquat tree?
I agree it is probably mealy bug but it's more of a guess than certainty.
4h
comment What is this white substance growing on a kumquat tree?
We need a picture that is closer to the white substance.
2d
comment What's a good ground cover to cover a rock wall in heavy shade in Massachusetts?
I find Lamium ends up looking a little sad in late summer. Dry hot conditions cause it to have dead spots on the ends of the leaves. It might work for this location.
Aug
21
comment What are the pros/cons of different mulches?
@Philip See my question here gardening.stackexchange.com/q/13789/499 so we can explore this question in detail
Aug
20
comment What are the pros/cons of different mulches?
End use is an important consideration. High traffic walkway areas benefit from a fabric/inorganic mulch like peastone or gravel, garden beds are easier to deal with when mulched with an organic mulch.
Aug
18
comment Scale infestation (Euonymus scale)
Where I live these plants cost $25 for a new one without scale. I would dig out the one with scale and save yourself the trouble of spraying a pesticide. By the time you have cut it back, sprayed it, waited, sprayed again you could have a new plant the same size without the problem.
Aug
18
comment Is there a snake repellent plant that can prevent snakes from entering a backyard or house?
There is no research behind the article you quote. I would not believe it.
Aug
18
comment Why is my new Acer tree dying?
@Andy I agree with you but you need to expand on this answer, not just provide a link
Aug
14
comment What plants can I use to reduce soil humidity?
Be very careful introducing species that are not native. It may not do what you think it will.
Aug
11
comment What kind of tree is this?
how about a picture of the trunk and bark?
Aug
11
comment What features should I look for in a low pressure water timer?
@FiascoLabs Right you are, psi, head, bar, too many conversions for me. I probably have more like 2 psi than 10. Thanks!
Aug
10
comment Rotten Rain drain grate
Steel does not rust quickly. Have you picked up the grate and cleaned it off?
Aug
8
comment Can anyone identify this seed/fruit and what tree it has come from?
looks like the immature cone of an evergreen
Aug
6
comment Why are we instructed not to use manure before planting carrots?
This doesn't really answer the question about growing carrots but it's a good point.
Aug
5
comment White stripy things on trunk are killing my plant
Hi Bamboo, no, scale and mealybug are two different species. I take your point though that this could be a white oyster scale. White blobs at a distance could be either.
Aug
1
comment What type of plant is this? It looks like Chamomile
I'm guessing you mean Washington state not the city of Washington DC?
Jul
31
comment What is this tree with alternate leaves, and large green fruits?
is there white sap when you break a leaf off? => ficus
Jul
31
comment Protecting the soil with a layer of Granite or Stone
Weeds will grow in anything. You cannot control them with the kind of soil. Only by minimizing the number of windborne seeds can you reduce the number of weeds.
Jul
29
comment What are these insects laying eggs on the underside of this butterfly flower leaf?
@stormy most terrestrial frogs can eat eat what they can reach with their tongue. If an aphid is two feet in the air at the top of a tall plant the frog cannot reach it. Predatory wasps and lady bugs are more common predators for aphids in North America
Jul
29
comment Does Dawn dishwashing detergent kill plants (shrubs & flowers)?
Please add more details about why soap will harm plants. Your answer doesn't really answer the question.