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Is it a good idea and how to introduce frogs in my garden?

Perhaps the first question to ask is "Is this property suitable for frogs?" and following on from that "If it is, why are there not frogs here already?" I have many, many frogs on ...
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Paint dumped into our garden, how bad is it?

A quick search indicates that latex paint can be a nasty pollutant in large quantities, but not in the small quantities you're talking about. This site has a good discussion of paint contents and ...
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What is this caterpillar?

Hippotion celerio (Linnaeus, 1758) Gabi Moth, Vine Hawk Moth You must have disturbed it as it has tucked its head under its thorax and expanded its eye segments. It's agriculturally important as the ...
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Community treatment of wild parsnip - your recommendations

Since wild parsnip is a biennial, when I owned a couple of acres I would just wait for it to set seed, then snip the seedheads off into a five-gallon pail and burn them. I did the same for Queen Anne'...
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Is it a good idea and how to introduce frogs in my garden?

Be careful to only pick native species. If you want to introduce toads into your garden for pest control, I have one word of warning for you: make sure to only use a species of toad native to the area ...
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Treating Azaleas without harming Bees

Well, I wouldn't be using any of those, particularly not imidaproclid, and I don't keep bees - that substance has been or is about to be withdrawn in the EU for two to five years to see if it impacts ...
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Is it a good idea and how to introduce frogs in my garden?

We caught a bunch of toads on the roads when I was a kid for a frog jumping contest, and put them in our yard when it was over. We've had toads in the neighborhood ever since. They poop around the ...
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Can anyone identify this tree with green berries?

It's a wild grape vine, muscadine or something similar. https://dendro.cnre.vt.edu/dendrology/syllabus/factsheet.cfm?ID=654
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Is it a good idea and how to introduce frogs in my garden?

Everyone should have some frogs and toads ; unfortunately you will probably not notice a difference in bothersome insects . I have a 10' X 5' pond , then added an 8' diameter one and accidently have a ...
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How hazardous is Melianthus (honey bush)?

Listed as highly toxic if ingested, so as long as no one eats it, should be fine. Not listed as causing contact reactions such as dermatitis http://ucanr.edu/sites/poisonous_safe_plants/...
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How long does Copper sulfate pentahydrate persist in the soil, after application?

Because of the variability of the environmental fate of this chemical, which shows different decay/leaching rates in different soil textures/environments, you cannot get a direct answer such as "...
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Drinking Water Safe hose reel - what to look for?

It's a miracle so many of us survived childhood. I drank from hoses all the time, and I've lived to tell the story. Even so, it's not a safe practice. As you know, there are several "drinking ...
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What is this low-growing bush with variegated leaves and red berries?

Without disrespect to your answer Sue, I do believe that this is actually a variegated form of Holly (Ilex spp.). Upon closeup of some of the leaves, you will see the telltale leaf spines. Also, ...
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Is Prunus padus really so toxic?

Since you're concerned about the potential toxicity of the prunus padus to birds, I'll address that. The fruit from the tree is not only safe for birds, but is actually a healthy part of their diet. ...
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what is this tomato like plant, with spikes under leaves and red tomatoes

It's the African Eggplant, Solanum Aethiopicum. They are edible, even the leaves apparently. The fruits can be used both unripe and ripe, though I do not know anything about specifics for preparation. ...
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Are poinsettia poisonous?

Depends how you define 'poisonous'. Animals and humans who consume the plant won't die, but they may drool, experience nausea and/or vomit. Poinsettia has a bad reputation, but there are far more ...
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Is Prunus padus really so toxic?

An interesting question which is perhaps better on biology.se than here. But here's my guess. Prunus padus has actually been used in herbal medicine for centuries, and although it does contain ...
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Dyed circulars and cardboard, for weed barriers under mulch

Brochures and coloured flyers do not have to disclose what inks are used to print them so there is no hard and fast answer to your question. Different printers could use different inks. Printing ...
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Paint dumped into our garden, how bad is it?

I did this in my backyard without thinking twice. No issues with plants. From the theory: Latex paint is actually biodegradable and what is not biodegradable is mostly mineral content. It is also safe ...
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What is this caterpillar?

Interesting question. It appears to be a "horned" caterpillar, similar to the tomato hornworm. It would be helpful to have any more information you have, such as area found, was it found on a plant ...
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Is Prunus padus really so toxic?

This plant (Prunus padus) is definitely toxic to humans, well, the leaves and berries, because they contain hydrogen cyanide, a substance which is toxic to us; birds, however, are unaffected by the ...
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Why can't I kill bamboo roots with bleach?

First, let me just say that the bleach treatment will do nothing much in regard to the roots of the bamboo - the majority of the root system is widespread under the hard landscaping, and is ...
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Is it safe to use yuca/cassava skins in my compost

Short answer: If you are worried about something poisoning you don't compost it. Alternatively, you could neutralize the toxicity using the same methods as when eating cassava. The simplest way (used ...
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Is it a good idea and how to introduce frogs in my garden?

There's a natural control for mosquito larva in the form of BT bacteria. This is the same bacteria who's genome was used to source the genes added to corn and other crops to reduce pest damage. The ...
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Is this Poison Sumac

It is inevitably more difficult to identify plants in their juvenile state; they can often display one characteristic which changes as they get older. The bronzy colour of your leaves is odd but some ...
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Poison Sumac or something else?

The first image is absolutely a Wisteria spp. leaflet--you can see the vine the leaves come from. The second set of pictures is not Ailanthus altissima; it's missing the characteristic knob at the ...
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Do toxic mushrooms that grow near a plant affect its edible / poisonous traits?

You can avoid eating any leaves you think might have been sitting against the mushrooms, otherwise they should be perfectly safe to consume after washing, its the mushrooms themselves you shouldn't ...
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Yellow substance dripping from aloe plant when cut

I noticed this on my aloe cuttings as well and googled it. Turns out it’s aloe latex and although it’s not poisonous it’s a powerful laxative and if you plan to ingest the aloe pulp then you should ...
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Paint dumped into our garden, how bad is it?

This is really annoying and I feel sorry for you. It is very important to know exactly what kind of paint was used. Names and bills can help. From the names of the paints/buckets, you can find the ...
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