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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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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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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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How can large Sassafras trees be dug and transplanted?

From a different perspective : I have tried to move small , one inch diameter, sassafras ( in IN and East TX ) without success . Both soils were sand and sassafras were growing naturally . The problem ...
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How to make a plastic bottle sun resistant for DIY watering irrigation

I think you are over thinking this since plastic bottles are a disposable item you can replace as needed. Though using this DIY recipe, you could save tape by running the stake through the top of the ...
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How should I plant snowdrops along a long driveway?

I would suggest you plant in small clumps, a minimum of five bulbs, with a gap as long as you like (depending how many you've got) in between each clump, otherwise they will look pretty silly, as you ...
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What is the best grafting knife?

I am a new grafter but the Felco Victorinox was recommended to me as good quality knife to use as it keeps a good edge without constant sharpening and is very durable. I have one now.
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How should I plant snowdrops along a long driveway?

Small clumps will help them to fill in better. You can take a small auger for a battery powered driver, and create all the holes very efficiently before dropping the bulbs in (if you plan to plant in ...
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What is the best grafting knife?

I bought Swiss victorinox grafting knife and it is extremely sharp and great tool.
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How can I grow an in-ground 'bonsai' oak tree?

Step one (the hard one): to stay small, you will need to perform yearly root pruning. This is far easier in a pot (you will notice that's where people keep Bonsai trees). A confined root space could ...
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Will foliar sprays affect bioavailability of nutrients in soil and vice versa?

Correct! Generally the rule of thumb I use is, if a combination of chemicals applied are not compatible with each other (that is, adversely affect the availability of another, thus affecting ...
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How should I plant snowdrops along a long driveway?

Buy as many as you can stand, plant them singly (the clumps will form naturally from the single bulbs.) "Look silly" is a rather vague and opinion-based condition. A single snowdrop looks good, not "...
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Should I prune these branches on my young grapevine?

Once established grape vines can be vigorous, so you need to allow for that in your choice of pruning method. Against a fence, a better option than the one you've shown might be just a single "T&...
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Should I prune these branches on my young grapevine?

Normal advice on pruning grapevines is to do it only in Winter. So be patient, rather than hacking up your new vine now. Choose from the shoots it grows over the rest of the Summer and Fall when you ...
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Placement of soil sensors

I've done sensor measurements with my hydroponics setups and haven't done them in soil, but I can give some insights especially regarding pH sensing. To quickly answer your question: up to you how ...
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How to revive an old garden bed?

Loaded question.... as different plants will need different soil balances. I would plan your gardens with the plants and then use the BioLife/Down to Earth products to "condition" your soil to what ...
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How should I prune a large indoor avocado plant?

You're plant is healthy, but growing long and lanky because of low light levels, and still air. Plants that grow in windy areas will have a sturdier build as the same species grown in still air. I ...
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What happens when a chainsaw chain meets a nail or piece of steel wire when cutting through wood?

It can damage the chain blade. If this happens to you, use a sharpener to sharpen the affected blades. I always find nail at the lower area of the tree where people like to hang things. The same ...
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How can I save an insect-damaged Gardenia?

With that level of root hair damage, your chances of life for the Gardenia (a plant rather root sensitive) are rather slim. You probably won't be able to salvage this one. You could try potting it up ...
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How should I flatten my uneven back yard in Toronto?

As you stated you have several options. First, I'll answer a few questions: do I need to do anything special when I use a sod cutter on this unevenly leveled soil? No, specialised sod cutters cut ...
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