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There are a few different options here. One of the easiest and readily available options is to use a towel. Wrap the cactus in the towel and gently grab it (I'd still wear good thick, possibly leather or other pierce resistant, gloves) Don't press too hard or the spines will still penetrate the towel, but this gives you a good gripping option hopefully ...


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Unless they have passed the stage of bud swelling, they should be okay at 12F (as discussed by Clemson and NCSU extension). Methods used to actively protect a tree from low temperatures work best under calm clear conditions. Under these conditions, an inversion layer occurs - this is a relatively stable cold air mass at the surface with warmer air above. ...


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In the UK, where I live, none of this is necessary, so I've just been researching this subject. It seems that what you are doing, all parts of the procedure, are essential if you want your roses to survive undamaged through such hard winter weather. Primarily, mounding up is to protect the graft union, because if that gets damaged, the graft will fail; the ...


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You could try bending heavy paper across the middle and using it like you would use hot pads on a pan. Heavy canvass and leather gloves work with most cactus spine types, but if you are worried about breaking spines, you can use the towel method mentioned in Wax Eagles answer.


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If you are in a place that's so consistently cold that it occurs to you to set up a backyard skating rink that means it gets really cold throughout the winter. What the ice and plastic has done is insulated the grass below from the wind and colder temperature. It may seem counter intuitive but the ice was actually helping keep the cold wind from lowering the ...


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According to Wayne K. Clatterbuck in the article Tree Wounds on the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Tree Care Kit: Research indicates that wound dressings (materials such as tar or paint) do not prevent decay and may even interfere with wound closure. Wound dressings can have the following detrimental effects: Prevent drying and encourage fungal ...


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Whilst it was once considered essential to paint wounds on trees with a protective/preventive treatment (Arbrex, for instance), this practice has long since fallen out of favour - turns out it often caused more trouble than leaving the sites untreated. It sounds like you've only removed dead parts anyway, so there's much less risk of any infection gaining ...


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I think the spraying thing is not after, it's during. The cold will freeze the mist, keeping the air around the trees at (but not below) freezing. See http://www.ehow.com/how_5805520_use-freeze-damage-fruit-trees.html for example which recommends a sprinkler. The "releases heat" thing is kind of an oversimplification, but basically as long as you have any ...


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I don't know about flowers, but for vegetables, I like to use humidity domes. I just cut off the bottom of a milk jug, throw the cap away and put it over my newly transplanted plants, if it still frosts. This seems to work for fairly cold temperatures, in my experience (at least down to 23° F. at the side of our house, if not colder, which is to say -5° C.) ...


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Have you tried? Basically a good, sharp chainsaw will pretty much chew through nails and wire embedded in timber. That doesn't mean you want to do it! You want to ensure your saw avoids contact - even briefly - with metal obstacles in your wood. Because such contact will very very quickly blunt your saw. And if you value your time at all, you don't want ...


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I use long handled pruning shears and a wheelbarrow. I use the shears to cut off pieces and then pick them up and put them in the wheelbarrow, grabbing more gently with the shears. Since they are replanted by placing them on bare dirt and ignoring them, I just use the pruning shears again to gently remove them from the wheelbarrow. And of course, I still ...


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I can tell you what not to do and what I see landscapers doing. Do not put the root ball near the cab and lay the tree down so the trunk bounces up and down on the tail gate. This will damage the bark and cambium at the point of contact. Your chances of the tree dying back at the point of damage are high. Do not drive fast! Wind shear will damage the new ...


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They're called tree shelters or tree guards, but there are other types of shelter for other plants. The only ones I know about are made by a company called Tubex in the UK, not sure if they supply outside Europe. There are also spiral tree guards, which are meant to go around the trunk or stem - Ebay in the UK currently has them available, maybe they're ...


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I use vinyl tree guards for this, when planting out trees. They look like this: They are reusable, and if you find a good supplier, they're extremely cheap.


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Another programmer/gardener here. :) I've heard what you're describing referred to as "non-organic mulch." It doesn't decompose and enrich the soil the way organic mulch would, but that also means it's lower maintenance. Like organic mulch, it can help retain soil moisture and reduce wind-blown dust. It also helps keep small animals from digging in ...


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I don't see that the layer of low nutrient soil will help much, but crushed rock can be beneficial. I have used them in a 3" layer on larger pots, with good results. The biggest problem with it is repotting, but that is only a minor nuisance. I've found the same thing regarding watering. Rocks also keep the plants cleaner, by minimizing soil splashing.


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Well as you're talking about seedlings, these would often be planted in a cold frame - this has sides and a back and front, but a glass lid that can be left open during the day and closed before night falls to keep the seedlings warmer. A cloche is often removed during the day for a period of time if the weather is fair, and replaced before nightfall, in the ...


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If your netting is wide-meshed enough, most likely the bees won't be bothered by it. For a bee it makes no difference whether a string from the net, a twig or something else is in the way. It will just be some kind of obstacle to fly around.


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There is a good chance you have Codling Moth infestation. There are pesticides that can help but you can also likely fight back without chemicals by removing much of the fruit early in the year so that none of the pears are touching each other on the tree and by picking up and disposing (offsite) of any fallen fruit ASAP. Also dispose far away from your ...


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Not a good idea - fleece will likely encourage fungal infection, will block or filter any available sunlight and daylight, and reduce the plant's capacity for photosynthesis, plus, unless its tied tightly round the plant (which will likely damage the plant anyway), is very unlikely to keep out aphids. You can construct a small fruit cage later on to try to ...


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For 100% certain protection put the fence up asap. Orchardists have been researching this for years and fencing is the only guaranteed protection. An 8' tall fence if vertical, or 5' height if slanted outwards at 45 degrees, have become standard. It may help to not have a defined upper limit to the fence (such as a solid 2x4 to rail). If the deer cannot ...


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Creosote would have been the go to for this, but in the EU (and ongoing, still in the UK, regardless of Brexit) only professionals are licensed to use it because of its carcinogenic properties. There is a kind of replacement called Creocote which does not have the same problems and is more environmentally friendly; it is still oil based, unlike most of the ...


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To add on to what Tea Drinker says, which is what happens on contact with metal, I don't ever use a chainsaw without wearing goggles, a helmet with mesh visor, protective chaps, heavy-duty gloves (make sure they don't go up past your wrist, or they will be easy to catch onto), and tight-fitting heavy-duty long sleeve shirt. I've never had any accidents. I ...


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It will really depend on the dog. A lot of people say strong smelling items such as Ammonia, vinegar, and citrus oils will deter a dog from coming near the area. Others say to use Chili Pepper. Potentially some plants with strong scents will deter just the same. However, my personal experience is that my dog is NOT deterred by any of that. I had to resort ...


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First of all thank you for the detailed pictures. Even with the detail that can be observed here we may not be able to come up with a definitive answer. This is what I notice: from the first picture the plants appear to have been started from cuttings as is the usual practice but the stems of the cuttings look a little short. Depending on the time taken to ...


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The stakes will dry out and die very soon after cutting. You do not really have anything to worry about. They do not leach enough nutrients out of the soil to make any difference to the tomato plants whatsoever. You can use them upside down like I do with branch stakes. The small end is easier to push or pound in anyway.


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Sounds as if you are due for a greenhouse. For your starts. There is deer fencing that comes in a package...plastic webbed fencing very very tall. Hard for deer to see and right there is a deterrent. You could get your starts thriving in 10 to 20 gallon pots (use potting soil....). By then you should be able to construct a deer fence; these fences are ...


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For immediate protection, I can highly recommend motion detecting, animal repelling sprinklers. I have used the scarecrow to protect rose of sharon shrubs for several years. I know it works because occasionally I'll use the hose for something else and forget to reconnect it. 24hrs without the Scarecrow on and the shrubs will get hit badly. There are other ...


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We protect our nursery stock and customers' landscaping with DeerPro Winter Animal Repellent. One spray in the fall protects all winter long.


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I like the idea of the motion detecting sprinklers. I also know that electric fencing will probably be your best bet. You should look on youtube for this guy, but one man I saw, put in some metal t-posts and ran a strand of 15lb test fishing line at ~4' high. The idea was that that thickness of line was too thin to see and too heavy to easily break. The deer ...


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