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Can I add commercial roses to my compost pile?

To answer your first question, I'm not sure what kind of chemicals store bought roses are usually treated with. Short answer: a lot. These flowers (especially when they're roses) don't really have ...
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How do I calculate residential fruit spray application rate for commercial spray?

If you're using 25 gallons of water, you are using only 25% the amount of water on the mixing instructions, so use only 25% the amount of concentrate, around 1-2 quarts. Application rate is 100-800 ...
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How long do I need to stay off the lawn after applying weed killer?

Read the label of the product you are using. The label will state a re-entry interval. Without the label we don't know what is in the specific spray you are using, so we can't give a proper answer.
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Is if safe to use this insecticide (d-Allethrin, Permethrin, Piperonyl butoxide) on my edible herbs?

It's extremely helpful that you included the actual ingredient list in your question, rather than a brandname - thank you! So you know, I grow anything that I eat organically and this question is one ...
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Can I fertilize my plants after putting pesticide?

Yes of course you can fertilize them after you put all those pesticide on them. But next time, you must fertilize them before anything bad happen to them! I know and am sorry it is too late. In ...
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How long do I need to stay off the lawn after applying weed killer?

The MSDS lists three active ingredients, and another product, Bonide BK-32 has the same formulation (active ingredients and proportions). Bonide BK-32's instruction booklet includes the following ...
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Get rid of pesticide resistant Spider Mites?

Predatory mites that eat spider mites might help. You can buy them, but they may be expensive. Make sure to remove any substances left on the plants that might kill the predatory mites. We have a ...
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What are these insects on my Arabian Jasmine plant & how can I eradicate them?

As the renowned Stephie has pointed out in the comment this is Whitefly which is a very common pest. The scales are discarded pupae cases from the larvae. The key in pest control is to: remove ...
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What pesticide should I use with an Orange tree in Texas?

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 ...
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Can I use ladybugs on herbs while treating trees in the same garden with imidacloprid?

It's a complicated picture, because the ladybug population is affected differently depending on how often you're using imidaproclid and how soon after application the ladybugs are around. In general ...
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Should I treat every aphid infestation?

Giles. Not really...there is no black and white but better a light gray. Sooner one treats aphids the better. Hard spray of water, NEEM sprayed at night as soon as you see crowds of aphids on your ...
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Too Many Spiders

I find that if you destroy the webs with a stick or something the spiders will tend to move on after a while to less disturbed locations. You probably have a lot of spiders because there's a lot of ...
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Get rid of pesticide resistant Spider Mites?

Spider mites like warm, dry conditions and will thrive in such an environment, so it sounds as if that's what you've provided them with. Plumeria species like to be kept evenly moist from spring ...
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Would Diatomaceous Earth work for spraying unreachable Tent Caterpillar nests?

Diatomaceous earth as an insecticide requires that the bugs slide across the surface of the DE which then acts as little razors shredding their epithelial layers so that they lose the ability to ...
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What illness/pest has this rosemary and what to do with it?

Check the plants carefully, examining them closely to make sure there is no evidence of spider mite (webbing, tiny red or brownish insects). Assuming there isn't anything to find, you've said the ...
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How to verify that my organic landscaper isn't using synthetic fertilizers?

Any good maintenance company either leaves a 'report' explaining any chemical treatments (organic or synthetic) for the homeowner or places flags with explanations as to treatment. If your company is ...
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What are these 3' to 5' tall plants from my new back yard, and how should I remove them?

Firstly, it's generally a good idea to wear gloves and maybe long sleeves when dealing with a plant you don't recognize. It's hard to tell what this plant is without a closer picture of the leaves ...
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Can Spinetoram be used to control cherry tree slugs without harming nearby bees and fruit?

I've no experience if any spinosins, none have been approved for use in the EU or the UK, but I did find this http://sitem.herts.ac.uk/aeru/ppdb/en/Reports/1144.htm#none which suggests (near the ...
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Imidian for apple trees

It's name is spelled as Imidan, it is available only in some countries and it doesn't protect against fungus because it is an insecticide. Although it can be used against pests, it is highly toxic to ...
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What is this ladybug-like insect that is damaging my kale, and how can I control it?

This insect is the Harlequin cabbage bug. After examining the picture linked to by pnuts, I returned to the garden and found instances of both versions of this bug. I assume that these two colorations ...
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Eliminating Vine Weevils without neonicotinoids

Acetamiprid is, as you say, not desirable to use in a garden; however, for vine weevil, the treatment is not sprayed, it is applied as a soil drench to kill the larvae, meaning it is less likely to ...
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Soybean oil as insect repellent?

Soybean oil is very high in fat, and it is commonly used at around 2% of total volume to ensure the effective natural essential oils do not disappear as quickly (i.e. it provides a covering layer to ...
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How do I get rid of insects on fruit trees?

I found that using Johnson's baby shampoo and water worked well. I used a 64oz spray bottle, about one tablespoon of shampoo and the rest water. It kills the ants and the aphids; I washed it off a few ...
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What are these 3' to 5' tall plants from my new back yard, and how should I remove them?

A word about Round up - this is a systemic herbicide which works 'through the green', which means it needs plants to be growing strongly, with plenty of leaves and growth, to be most effective. If you ...
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Should I water my houseplants before or after spraying for spider mites?

Insecticidal soaps only need a few minutes to be effective. A rinse to wash the soap off after a few applications is highly recommended to prevent the buildup of fatty acids on the "business" part of ...
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Should I water my houseplants before or after spraying for spider mites?

If you can water by pouring the water directly on the potting mix, it doesn't matter, you can water anytime. If your plant is under an overhead irrigation system, then of course you want to water ...
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How can I get rid of these small white pests in my peace lily pot?

Well, looking at the 'compost' in the pot, its obviously full of decaying matter - the creatures you're seeing appear to be millipedes, which feed on decaying matter. They don't cause trouble in open ...
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Will a homemade insecticide affect the taste of herbs or other edible plants?

There are plenty of organic versions you could use that will not leave a bad taste, you could just flush out the soil before harvesting and make sure all the foliage is washed carefully before eating/...
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How do I calculate residential fruit spray application rate for commercial spray?

Your question gives the answer. It says use either a 1-2% mix, or up to 8%.
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