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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 are these little black bugs on my Chives, Welsh and Spring Onions?

What are these little black bugs in my Chives, Welsh and Spring onions? They don't seem to be eating anything, they are clustered around the base and a short way up some of the stems.
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What are these white with black caterpillars eating Petunias in Albuquerque, New Mexico?

I'm visiting grandparents in Albuquerque, New Mexico and am trying to help perk up some of their potted and hanging potted plants. It doesn't take long for plants to dwindle in this area (dry and hot ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Are black spots on Areca Palm contagious to other flowers?

I read here that those black spots caused by either bacteria of fungus aren't bad for my Majesty/Areca palm, but are they bad for other flowers which will be next to the palm? Will they become ...
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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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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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What is happening to the leaves of my avocado?

I have an avocado plant in my outdoors balcony. It's been growing nicely, but there are small brown dots/holes in the leaves for some time now. I don't see anything in the underside of the leaves, and ...
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Best mosquito repellent plant for a sunny terrace?

I would like to put some mosquito-repelling plants in the terrace of my apartment. We live in the Latin America, where there's sun and heat all year (this week's been 32°C, or 90°F). I can water and ...
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How do I get rid of lawn grubs?

My lawn is progressively getting worse every year. I've got large bare patches that just won't take seed, and in the spring and fall I've got racoons and skunks digging up grubs. There is also a ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I keep house flies away from flowers without harming bees?

Is there a pesticide or other method that can be used to keep flies off of flowers (or kill the flies) but that won't harm bees? I am in the northeastern US, dense urban area; the flowers are ...
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Getting rid of fruit flies on in-door pot with peas

I have a rectangular pot with soil where I have attempted to grow peas. For some reason (I'm not fully certain, probably over-watering) that pot became a breeding ground for fruit flies. I have read ...
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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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Tiny thin black bugs with white stripes on tomatoes

Anyone know what these little black bugs with white stripes on their back are? (There's a larger version — please click the picture) They seem to be all over a few of my tomato plants and multiplying, ...
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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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How can I get rid of a large hornet nest in my hollow tree?

I have an old hollow black cherry tree and sandhills hornets moved in this year. The hole is about one foot from the ground. How can I get rid of the nest without a professional?
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Yellow spots on leaves of Oak

I have an Oak (Quercus) in a container grown from seeds, must be 6-7 years old now. And every year it gets these yellow spots on the leaves. When I look under the leaves, I see tiny little red/brown ...
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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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How can I keep earwigs from eating my basil?

Last night I found that earwigs have been eating my newly planted basil plants. They have only been in the ground for a few days, and it didn't take long for the earwigs to find them. The planted ...
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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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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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How to get rid of mynah birds?

Mynah birds have taken over my garden, displacing the natural avian fauna. I would like to get rid of them, but my being in Australia means that I can't buy a gun. Any alternative suggestions on how ...
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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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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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Is there anything that really helps against the Box tree caterpillar once they are spreading?

About a week ago I noticed that some of our Boxwood plants (Buxus Sempervirens) contain a green caterpillar and a few days later the caterpillars had spread rapidly to almost all other Boxwood plants. ...
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Why remove dead leaves from plants?

What reasons are there to remove dead leaves from plants? Does plant type or indoor vs. outdoor change the important of removing dead leaves? People says it's the correct thing to do. Searching ...
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How can I kill or remove insects from cut flowers that I bring inside?

When I cut flowers (typically daylilies) from my garden and bring them inside, I often find I am treated to a barrage of flies over the next few days. I'm going to guess that there are maggot larvae ...
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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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What possible reasons could the previous owner have for burying chicken wire under the lawn?

My wife and I have learned over the course of our landscaping duties that the previous owner of our home embedded chicken wire in the ground, seemingly throughout the entire backyard. It's about 2-3 ...
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Soybean oil as insect repellent?

Some of the "natural" insect repellents I use (the kind you put on your skin) have soybean oil listed as one of the active ingredients. I've also seen ~6% soybean oil listed as an active ingredient ...
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Ants and white/gray/brown spores all over my gardenia

I planted my gardenia four or five months ago. I noticed, recently, that (a) growth has stunted, and (b) there are ants all over the plant (base, leaves, etc.). There are also white little dots (...
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What harm can moles do to my garden?

In the last year, we've started seeing more and more moles in our large lawn area... From the odd hill at one corner to many all over. I know moles are a big problem for those aiming for perfectly ...
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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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Keeping rats from eating my plants

I have many plants in my balcony, around 20, and recently my Mom has noticed that rats are eating the plants. They finished Holy Basil in one night! All leaves are gone, even the buds. They are also ...
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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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What are the white bugs on my Aeonium and how do I get rid of them?

Some of my Aeonium plants have had this bug issue for month now, so here's how the plant and the bug looks like: I have a 35mm macro lens, and I shot 1 bug (and killed it) This bug is white and ...
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What should I do about ants and aphids in my mint?

I have a pot of mint on my balcony. The pot seems to contain an Aphid colony (probably a separate question on how to get rid of them). But today, I noticed many ants in the pot as well. The ...