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Okay to use essential oil as cat repellent?

We have a cats coming into our yard and pooping in our plant bed. It's getting pretty gross and the neighbors aren't going to do anything about it. I've read that sprays containing citrus essential ...
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Greenhouses and bees [closed]

It would seem that bees around the world are in trouble, partly as a result of what appears to be the widespread use of pesticides in agriculture. If greenhouses naturally inhibit the spread of garden ...
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Aphids killing my Lenten Rose

Aphids are killing my Lenten Roses (Hellebores). I have treated them with natural spray (water, vinegar and Dr Bronner's soap) and with Neem oil. They keep reinfecting; I can't get rid of them. How ...
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How many voles trapped until I give up?

I have a 5.5 acre lot backing up to a field where the farmer rotates corn/soy beans. Voles haven't been a problem until this year, but now they're taking over! The yard is now riddled with their holes ...
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What's eating my plants?

New gardener here. I saw little holes in my basil, bean, and epazote leaves. What's eating them, and how can I get rid of these pests? Obviously spraying something on the leaves is less than ideal for ...
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Best method to use netting to protect container-grown kale from pests

New gardener from the UK here. I am growing kale (Nero di Toscana) in garden containers, and so far this year, so good! Unfortunately when I tried this last year, they were completely demolished by ...
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How to get started with a lawn makeover

I shifted to new house last year and garden is a mess, now the time is good and sun is good. I wanted to find out how can I make my garden a lush green which is habitat to sitting in the sun/playing. ...
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Why does my sago palm have yellow spots?

My Sago palm has suddenly developed a lot of yellowish spots on all the leaves, topside only. I found no pests on it at least that i could see. What can it be?
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Help identifying pest on indoor palm

found these under the leaves of my indoor palm, not sure if these are two type of pests or young/mature of the same one. Both the long brown ones and the small dark ones easily scraped off). Thought ...
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Short shiny silver threads in potted plant soil?

I have an indoor potted plant, and I'm seeing this very freaky thing in the soil. It's hard to see in the video, and basically impossible to see without a flashlight or bright light shining on the ...
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What kind of Larvae is this?

I have discovered a lot of these larvae in the soil in a large plant pot after removing a woody plant that had recently died. I’ve also found a few in other plant pots in the garden. Does anyone know ...
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mealybugs, spider mites, on ALL of my plants!

So I am currently dealing with essentially a houseplant massacre: boston fern is infested with (I believe) mealybugs bonsai cape mallow is infested with (confirmed) mealybugs bonsai south african ...
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House sparrows ruining my plants. How do i kill them?

Any idea on how to Permanently get rid of house sparrows? They've taken over the bird feeders we've set up for our pigeons. Plus, they destroying all my plants and creating a huge mess everyday. I've ...
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Can you identify this spider? [UK]

I was clearing out some of my tyre plants. ( A plant literally in a tyre.) and came across this lovely specimin who was on my hand. I'm absolutely petrified of spiders but I have never seen one like ...
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pepper pest problem

can anyone help me out with the problem on the pictures? One of the pictures shows a bio insecticide I allready tried twice, but it doesn't help. I don't know what kind of pest it is nor what I can ...
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Small Red See Through Worms in House Plants

I bought a plant of of Facebook Marketplace and when I went to give it a watering these small red see through worms were sitting in the watering tray. I’ve watered the plant a few more times since ...
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How do I stop my carrots from sticking up too high being nibbled from the top?

I have some purple carrots and there growing excellently. But after a couple of months, they started to stick up 2-3 cm above the ground with one eaten, so I pulled them out before anymore were eaten. ...
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What is this bug? Is it a pest?

The other day I asked a question about keeping Japanese squash plants. Just now I discovered some bugs in the pot where I keep the squash plants. I saw maybe 10 of them creeping on or just below the ...
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What is causing these circular spots on my pepper's leaves?

I recently posted about a pepper plant that I got from the local market. Lately, I have noticed circular whitish-brown spots on a lot of the leaves and this seems to be gradually spreading to other ...
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What are these dots my Marigold have?

I'm new to all gardening related topics so I can appreciate some help. I started to inspect more carefully my plants and I found what the picture show. All the leaves have black dots that look ...
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Why do wettable sulphur manufacturers say never to use it within 30 days of an oil-based spray?

And further: 1) what qualifies as an "oil-based spray" and at what amount? 2) does this warning still apply during the rainy season-- when the need for quick cycles of medicines is necessary? (and ...
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Rat proofing compost bin but allowing worms in

I've found a rat this morning in my compost bin :-(. It burrowed into in. It's a small compost bin with solid plastic sides, a lid with an open bottom. In retrospect it was a potential rat haven. It ...
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Are these whiteflies under my tomato plant's leaf?

For the last week or so, I have noticed several small yellow spots on the top of one of the leaves. Today, I looked under the leaf and noticed a bunch of very small, dark lumps, and a couple of small ...
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Citrus treatment for scale bugs and whether fruit is edible

I have some citrus trees with scale bugs, they are kept as house plants and live outside during the warmer months. They've been sprayed (regrettably) with a pretty nasty pesticide. It's called Bug ...
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How do I get rid of the sucking bugs eating the leaves in my garden?

I have a permaculture garden which is overrun by these red/black bugs which are killing plant leaves. How do I get rid of them, preferably without spraying pesticides?
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peperomia polybotrya (raindrop) rust / copper spots on leaves?

Our Peperomia Polybotrya has developed some rust/copper coloured spots and I can't figure out what they are. I've googled intensively over the past few weeks, but I'm coming up empty, so I figured I'd ...
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How to get rid of these small black bugs on gardenia

My gardenia is more than 6 months old. it was in good health. Suddenly I noticed that the gardenia leaves are turning yellow. I thought that it was because of natural causes. So, I ignored it ...
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Brown patches on Rainier sweet cherry tree leaves

I planted this Rainier cherry tree past winter in a sunny slope in Scotts Valley, California, which is in zone 9 and located between San Jose and Santa Cruz on the central coast. It has been growing ...
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What are these black flies/gnats on my Zucchini Blossoms?

Trying to figure out what these bugs are and if they are bad for my zucchini plant. I also have a video but I can’t figure out how to post it. I will edit this with a link to it if I figure it out. ...
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Caterpillars on Edelweiss

I have been growing an Edelweiss plant on my balcony for the last month and a couple of days ago noticed that it was infested with caterpillars, as per the image below. Some of them started forming ...
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Something ate the Marigolds seedling overnight

I have my Marigolds seedling for about 3-4 days and suddenly overnight, most leaves are gone I am in Pacific Northwest and we have a lot of bunnies and squirrels. Any idea which animal or bug would ...
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Caterpillar/Worm/Moth Larva eating my Petunias

Will I be able to take care of the issue by vigilantly hunting these creatures (which manages my snail problem fairly well), or do I need chemicals, mantises, Wile E. Coyote style traps, etc.? Most ...
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What to add to water that is safe for plants, but deters mosquitos

I stay in Singapore, where mosquitos are a real danger due to dengue. I have a number of plants that need watering, so I am putting in an automated irrigation system. Of course I am cautious that the ...
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Spots on hardy kiwi leaves

We have recently bought Ken's Red type of hardy kiwi (Actinidia Arguta) and we grow it on a balcony. Unfortunately, it has strange spots on leaves. What could be the reason?
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Acer Palmatum Dissectum Trunk Problem

New here and hoping for some help with my Acer. See the pic in the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zjqzjf7ts55t9gc/Acer_Palm_Dissectum.JPG?dl=0 Some kind of creatures are living randomly ...
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How do I properly cut and cultivate my lemon trees to keep them smaller?

I started growing these two lemon trees from (random storebought lemon) seeds a few years ago and they grew considerably over the last summer after putting them in larger pots. Because I live in ...
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Advice on deterring ants from living in an indoor plant's soil

I have a potted Pachypodium in the windowsill with an ant nest in its soil. A couple of months ago I left it in water for a week and thought I had got rid of them, but a new batch must have hatched or ...
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Hardware cloth for Virginia Bluebells?

I recently planted a set of bare root Virginia Bluebells, and some squirrels dug them out. If I were to plant another set, would laying hardware cloth over the roots prohibit growth?
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Insect Infestation of Chinese Elm

My Chinese elm suffers from an infestation that I am having a hard time diagnosing & treating. About a week ago, I noticed tiny, rod-shaped white spots, mostly on young leaves, which spread ...
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Should I take precautious measures?

Noticed these fuzzy little balls clumped together in my pot. Its not a root. The other holes have very very very small white dots in the soil almost like little tiny specs of mold or eggs. Should it ...
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what is this white thing that is attached to the small stems and leaves of this guvava tree?

Location is southern parts of india. They have a white wedge like appearance and black spot on the center. I would like to know what these are and how to get rid of them?
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Sequencing for tick, weed and fertilize treatments for lawn

Northeastern US here in case that makes a difference in the answer. I have a back lawn as pictured below. Section A is a grassy slope and Section B is flat grass lawn. We have two small kids that are ...
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Does comfrey make a great garden perimeter?

I'm into the no till side of gardening, and have heard that comfrey "grows in place". Would comfrey make a great garden perimeter plant to keep animals out by feeding them better food than the stuff ...
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Day or night (The best time to apply pesticides)

Having tried a lot of homemade pest control remedies, I'm thinking of using pesticides for a change but im not so sure on how to use it correctly. The label says to use 25ml per liter of water but ...
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Is there a camera that I can use to search through gopher holes?

Gophers are a serious problem in my neighborhood. I've looked at and tried a lot of solutions, but it seems like there's far too little actually known of these tunnels in the yard. I'd like to use ...
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Does spreading blood around the edge of the garden work to deter animals?

I've noticed that a lot of animal sprays have blood in their brews, will just spreading pure blood around the edges of the garden send animals far away to keep my plants safe?
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Ant colony at the base of young tree

So far the tree has been doing really well. Its only a year old (chinar tree). Infact, the ants have made the heavy clay soil in which the tree was planted from dense and compacted to very porous and ...
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do frogs love to go into wood chip gardens?

I have a Back to Eden Garden on the edge of a swampy area, and am wondering if I'll likely get a lot of frogs and toads to do my pest management this year, or I'll have to do other things to aid in ...
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What is this black bug on my tomatoes

Recently I saw these black bugs on my tomatoes' leaves. I wonder what bug they are and would they harm my tomatoes, and if they do, how can I get rid of them ?: http://imgur.com/meJNbQi http://imgur....
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Diatomaceous Earth, Ants and Skinks

Our lot is very sandy and has many ant colonies. We have skinks living near the house that eat the ants. I would like to: A) keep ants out of the house B) not harm the skinks My plan is to dust the ...

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