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That looks like the worst case of scale I've ever seen. Are the tops of the leaves sticky, and is there more of it on the central rib of each leaf (top and/or bottom)? If so, that pretty much clinches it. Yes, you definitely need to treat it. You'll find some advice here, but maybe someone has better advice for such a horrible infestation. What I would ...


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I don't think those are eggs. I think they are aphids. Put your gloves on and squish them. It will be easiest, and little is in fact lost, to just remove heavily infested tissue, such as the leaf you show; crush it as you discard it. A jet from your garden hose will usually remedy problems before they become serious if you just make a habit of 'blasting' ...


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Another point of view. The beetles usually only attack trees that are compromised healthwise. They don't generally attack small trees. By the time the trees are large enough to attack, the beetles will have moved on, looking for new food sources, and the trees are going to be no more susceptible than any others. The trees should be kept healthy; the ...


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Those are grubs. There are a lot of kinds of grubs, though, and they look so similar, you often can only tell them apart by their rear ends (seriously, see below) They feed on roots (usually turf, but also trees, perennials, and other plants) as larvae, and then emerge from the ground as beetles, which feed on the leaves. I think they might be masked chafer ...


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Your Pokemons are waxy scale, or coccidae. Your description in the comments above is spot on: another name is "tortoise scale". The Florida wax scale (Ceroplastes floridensis) looks quite similar, but I wouldn't venture a definitive id based on a few photos, Ceroplastes japonicus (pictures) is another possible candidate, and there are more Ceroplastes. As ...


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Earwigs like to come out at night when you're not looking and eat flowers and new growth. Remove mulch like bark or piles of leaves from the immediate area. a thin layer of diatomaceous earth around the basil will discourage them. However this will have to be redone after a rainfall Longer term solutions are consider where you have planted basil as your "...


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I volunteered at a heritage garden (shameless plug for a place worth visiting) that had old crab apple and their bark did exfoliate or peel in little scales about two inches high by an inch wide. This is normal for mature crab apple and apple trees. What is in your pictures doesn't look like a mature tree with a trunk over eight inches in diameter and ...


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You can make your own all natural squirrel repellent at home that won't (shouldn't) kill the grass. In a 2oz pot of water add the following ingredients. 2 tablespoons black pepper 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper one chopped Jalapeno pepper one chopped onion Boil for 20 minutes and then let cool with the lid on it. Strain liquid threw a cheese cloth into a ...


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this looks like ant damage to me; whatever did the damage, there must be some sign of them... I dont know what kind of tree it is, but it isn't a cherry... I think this tree is pretty much dead, if you cut it down below the damage and it regrows, it could be ok, but I think whatever kind of tree it is, it is vulnerable to whatever kind of damage this is, ...


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Options: .22 (check local ordinances...killing them may not be allowed) trap and release (release far away...again, check local ordinances) metal mesh. Squirrels don't like digging through wire. This is a great technique for protecting flower bulbs...not as practical for a yard. repellent (the stuff I've used that seems to work OK is a mix of garlic, dried ...


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As it turns out, the answer was as Mike Perry suggested in the comments on the question: wait and see. One year after I posted this question, the previously "bad" Lupin is growing and flowering strongly, while the "good" Lupin is a lot smaller than last year, but otherwise looks healthy:


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If anything, I have heard arguments (likely anecdotal) that plants like Tarragon and Basil actually repel some insects, possibly at a range of a few feet. Roses on the other hand, tend to be victimized by a wide range of insects and diseases regardless of what they are planted near. They are not exactly a low maintenance plant. I would suggest searching ...


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I use chicken wire to keep squirrels out of my garden. They are always digging holes there and burying acorns. One thing I've noticed: they always go for open soil, and once plants are established there they don't seem to dig and bury stuff anymore. So you might try the mesh until you can get other vegetation better established. I was going to put mesh ...


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The pictures help a lot. These trees were eaten back, but not too far for a good recovery. The fastest way to get them looking normal will be shearing. Shear back the areas the deer didn't hit, and while you're at it, you can do the others, to match. Do not cut past the growth line, where there are plenty of green stems to regrow from. Also, don't cut the ...


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I love chickens, but let's not forget beneficial nematodes: From The Royal Horticultural Society You can buy pathogenic nematodes, Heterorhabditis megidis or H. bacteriophora, which attack the larvae by infecting them with a fatal bacterial disease. These microscopic animals can be watered into the lawn when the ground is moist and soil temperature range ...


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Since poorly maintained blueberry bushes can be pruned right to the ground, it's likely your plants will survive their animal pruning. You will need to tidy them up though, and protect them from animal damage in the future. The good thing is you are in the right month in the northern hemisphere to prune. www.fruit.cornell.edu/berry/production/pdfs/...


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Skunks, perhaps but rabbits almost certainly. Have you seen any track? Deer are very obvious as well as any animal's track. This looks like rabbit to me, since I've been feeding rabbits and having to protect everything I don't want eaten. Big semicircular bites. Any other leafy plants getting eaten? That Christmas cactus has been over watered by the way....


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I have not grown Kohleria, but I have grown other gesneriads, namely Gloxinia, Streptocarpus, and Saintpaulia (African Violets). These plants all strongly dislike having cold water sprinkled over their leaves. Judging from the character and distribution of the spotting on the plant pictured, I would guess that is the problem. Watering the plants from the ...


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Yes, they will be fine. As the energy of the plant was exhausted by producing the bud, it needs to store the energy again in the coming year. If the deers didn't eat the whole lily and some leaves are still there, they can do photosynthesis thus storing the nutrients again. And when the next suitable season comes, the flowers will still bloom. After all, ...


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In "The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Disease and Pest Control", p. 265 talks about Flea Beetles. The adults chew holes in the leaves, the larvae feed on the roots. They suggest: using garlic spray or kaolin clay to repel the beetles use parasitic nematodes on the roots to control larvae as a last resort, use Beauveria bassiana or spinosad; you ...


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The long split probably is canker, Maples are susceptible to it. The full name of one variety that affects Maples is Eutypella Canker. There are other species specific fungal cankers as well. It's a fungal oozing infection that gets into wounds and kills the cambium layer. I would have a tree professional have a look at it as it will affect the future ...


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First picture: The picture appears to be powdery mildew, up close it would be a cottony fungal colony growing on the leaf. Your watering schedule is quite likely making the situation somewhat worse. Powdery mildew grows most aggressively under high-moisture and moderate temperature environments. Your 9 PM watering is ensuring the moisture part of the ...


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You probably have an Aphid problem - it's not a disease per se and it's not mold, just an infestation. They leave the white gooey stuff on the bottom of the leaves. I use Bug-B-Gone and it seems to work fine. You can buy it in a concentrate and then mix with water and spray with a spray bottle. I think it's about 15 bucks from Home Cheapo or amazon. If you ...


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In my experience, this kind of hole is often caused by slugs. Slugs stay hidden during the sunlight period and pop out during wet night and rainy days, making them difficult to spot. Note that it can be caterpillar, thumbtack (not sure of this translation) or even birds. For identifing the "pest", watch for your plants patiently and minutely. To fight the ...


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What you're seeing there is quite normal callous formation - it's a bit like a scab when you've cut yourself. The cause of the corky callous layers is damage - either from insects, or sudden chilling, physical injury and sometimes, underwatering in summer. I'm no cacti expert, but it's possible, from your description of some of the new growth 'dissolving' ...


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No, they're not the same problem by the sound of it, though it could be. What you seem to be describing on your beans are leafminers, which are the larvae from eggs laid inside the leaf by a female fly that looks greyish in appearance. As the eggs hatch, the larvae then tunnel their way through the leaf, eating as they go. As this is is an edible crop, you ...


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Those look like Blister Beetles: http://ipm.ncsu.edu/AG295/pics/fig171.gif They will chew up the leaves, and not just on your potatoes. They are toxic, so just be careful when treating them! More information here: https://www.planetnatural.com/pest-problem-solver/garden-pests/blister-beetle-control/ Blister beetles are a common field and garden pest ...


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In addition to the answer already given, the appearance of shelf or bracket fungus on the stump means it's dying, or doomed to die, anyway. The fungal mycelium will have invaded the heartwood of the stump, and the fruiting bodies you now see on the outside are the signal that's its well on its way to breaking down the wood of the tree. The shoots you ...


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I agree with the answers from our fellow gardeners Bamboo and Stormy. Grub out the stump now and don't encourage another EAB visit to your neighbourhood. The remnants of the tree will grow until the stems become thick enough for EAB to make another visit. Searches in this forum will show a few interesting opinions along the lines of "after ten or twelve ...


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It is a Swiss chard. Just it had too much stress (cold?) so too many gems are awakes quickly, and they started to produce leaves. I would possibly expect also that the chard will start the second-year cycle, so start to flowering. Sometime it just happen. I don't know why, but Swiss chards are particular prone to this (other vegetables just die or remain ...


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