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What is the best mowing direction on a hill?

Rollover is, indeed, the major concern. And it's one that kills a number of people each year, all of whom were probably just as sure as you are that it wouldn't happen to them... Don't be a statistic....
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Is it possible to recycle a Jack-o'-lantern into compost?

Pumpkins are easy to compost. If they were used for crafts/decoration, it's possible that they contain inorganic matter such as paint, ribbon, candle wax, plastic twine, foil, etc. Make sure all such ...
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What is a good method for planting Ball and Burlap trees?

Time of year: Any time of year works, as long as the ground is not frozen, or the air very hot and dry. Obviously frozen ground will be 'hard to work with', and you will not be able to plant the tree ...
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Should I overseed this overgrown lawn?

Sure! You can reseed that. Wait till the ground is going to stay drained.Grass will germinate and grow fast in wet conditions, but then if you walk through, or mow, it will lie down and rot. Because ...
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My long stemmed rose is growing new leaves

You can try rooting it if you want by snipping the stem just below a bud at the base, stripping off the thorns and leaves, leaving one leaf at the top if you like, but you can take them all off, and ...
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How should I care for newly planted saplings on a slope?

ViSu, You reminded me of the same experience I and my friends had before. In our college days, we planted a number of saplings on a barren land\hill slope. As you are going to plant in a hilly area (...
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When should I first use fertilizer on new plants?

I take a bit of a different approach than J. Musser does (and here I am making an assumption based on the answer), but I agree with that approach when adding commercial fertilizer. Bagged fertilizer (...
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How does the "Ketchup 'n' Fries" plant produce both tomatoes and potatoes? Is it safe?

Grafting is an old technique where two plants are joined. The idea is to take two varieties with different properties (think: strength) and combine them. For fruit trees, that would be: a "...
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How much water should I give a mung bean each day?

It's dangerous to use a set amount of water per day, when watering potted plants. This is because they may use different quantities as they get older, and also because it is very easy to overwater, ...
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What are the pros/cons of different mulches?

For ornamental use In my area, the most common mulch for landscaped ornamental beds is premium shredded bark mulch (my source) It's very nice to work with, is partially decomposed (usually very hot ...
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What is the term for this pruning technique that causes stubby, clublike branches?

That is called pollarding. It is a pruning system that promotes uniform yearly growth, in dense heads over the tree. You basically cut the branch ends at a certain diameter, and remove all smaller ...
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How do I save lilac seeds?

Growing lilacs from seeds isn’t easy, but it can be done. It can take up to three or four years for a seed-propagated lilac to bloom, though, so you’ll have to be patient and just enjoy watching the ...
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Should I let my basil leaves age?

The larger leaves don't necessarily have poor flavor. It's more about age than size. Old leaves don't taste as good as new ones. That's why a good harvesting system is key. Most people try to do this ...
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My long stemmed rose is growing new leaves

I bought this rose at rite aid on clearance two years ago. We put it in water, and the stem never turned brown. After about 9 months in a glass of water, I put it in soil. It grew a bunch of new ...
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Should dead-looking sections be removed from bulbs before planting?

Plant them as is, do not try to mend the bulbs. At best the bulb just needs some moisture from the surrounding soil. At worst, the bulb simply won't grow. If you are concerned about disease, you can ...
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Should dead-looking sections be removed from bulbs before planting?

The outer layers are thick, dry and dark brown. Should I peel them away, or is there reason to believe they may be protecting the healthy part of the bulb? Only remove them if they are hanging ...
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What are the pros/cons of different mulches?

I have never heard of anyone recommending a layer of plastic with something over the top, gravel or anything else. Plastic will stop water permeating the ground, and any gravel on the top would be ...
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What is the best mowing direction on a hill?

The reason is potential for roll-over like Fiasco and Ecnerwal say. Perhaps you should invest in a used smaller hydraulic walk-behind mower. That is what professionals do. Match the mower to the ...
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Can I graft an orange tree to a hardier northern root stock?

Grafting compatibility depends on genetic similarity. Because of this, the most successful grafts are between species, within the genera. Inter-generic grafts are usually not successful, but in some ...
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How to acclimate a store bought plant to a home-outdoors?

The little starts you buy at the grocery store have recently undergone a huge amount of stress, and wilting after being brought home is relatively common. They are usually grown fast in a greenhouse, ...
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When should I harvest my carrots?

It depends when you want them. They should last until winter in the ground without bolting. Carrots are normally biennial, and will bolt during season 2. You can harvest them at any time while growing,...
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When should I first use fertilizer on new plants?

On most crop plants, I give them the first fertilizing at the three-leaf stage. This is when the first three leaves (not counting the cotyledons) reach full size. By this time, the root system has ...
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My long stemmed rose is growing new leaves

Bamboo's answer is good. I agree with everything stated there, just wanted to add the method I used when I did this years ago. I recut the cut ends (flat, and clean), but then topped the stems off (...
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Should I overseed this overgrown lawn?

Short answer, no, because that looks like a typical neglected UK garden to me, seen plenty like this in my time ... though I could be wrong! Assuming it is a UK garden, the procedures required are ...
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How can large Sassafras trees be dug and transplanted?

This is another one that I've done. For reference I'm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USDA zone 6b, last frost in April, First frost in September. We get 40-60" of precipitation per year, and the soil is ...
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How does the T budding grafting method provide contact between the cambium layers?

There is direct contact between the two cambium layers - the removed bud has cambium (meristematic tissue) exposed on the cut side, and the T cut made in the stem it's to be grafted to has the bark or ...
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When should I harvest my carrots?

When you are going to eat them. Mulch heavily over the row when frost comes to keep the ground from freezing too much, and dig as needed through the winter. Tastiest and best storage. If you have a ...
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How to acclimate a store bought plant to a home-outdoors?

Plant your rosemary outside. It does horribly inside. There should be enough time for it to acclimate and put down some roots before it freezes. Don't fertilize it with a product high in nitrogen! ...
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Why are strawberries cooled before planting, and what is a term for this procedure?

Chill conditioning or chill requirement. Certain plants need certain hours of chill time to increase production. For those plants you need to get the right amount to strike a good balance between ...
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Are clear or opaque tarps better for solarization?

Solarization: It is a practice that can kill most soil organisms, included the good ones. Solarization basically consists in the following: Release the soil. Remove big weeds and big rocks. Irrigate....
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