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Crab apples haven't flowered this year - could a warm winter be to blame?

It can happen that you'll get no flowers due to missing the "chilling" requirement (the tree's calibration for "winter happened, OK to flower now.") That is commonly described as days below 45F, so ...
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Which tree branches break the least?

Two other trees that are less likely to lose branches: Sugar maples (Acer saccharum). I would go only with the species here, although there are a couple of decent sugar maple hybrids. I would not ...
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Which tree branches break the least?

Shedding 'weight' I assume you mean leaves and branches? That would depend on the size of the tree, the age of the tree, what time of year. Conifers would be my guess for 'shedding less weight' since ...
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How much rain is too much to garden in?

It sounds like, when you say 'community gardening events', these events are arranged for people to actually be doing some gardening work, rather than, say, walking round looking at plants and gardens. ...
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How to deal with vegetables after heavy rain/hail?

It's always sad to have a strong rain or hail storm hurt plants. I hope your spirit recovers even faster than the plants! You didn't say specific plant varieties, so this is some general advice. ...
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How to prevent mulch from moving

There are a few reasons that mulch will move: If it's small enough, wind can blow it. In an area with movement (e.g. people walking, bikes, hand-carts, golf-carts) then that traffic can push the ...
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Ipomoea / Morning Glory leaves "engraved" with whitish, silvery patches

I started watering even more and it fixed it :)
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Mounting a board/sign to a tree without harming it

I have two suggestions Use a marine grade rope to tie it. It will last several years. Use a glue or adhesive to stick it to the bark. Something like Ados F2 On the other hand in my experience, most ...
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Treating powdery mildew

My squash and cucumbers are very susceptible to powdery mildew. This year I treated them with neem oil (which is indicated for powdery mildew), and I had excellent results. (I say "excellent ...
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do wood chips insulate better for cold than heat?

You can get an awful lot of heat out of compost heaps, the bigger the better, we used to heat an entire garden centre, 7 smaller business's and a busy cafe + 2 sets of offices with the heat given off ...
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do wood chips insulate better for cold than heat?

Anything which absorbs water becomes less inaulating. Here is an example: http://www.city-data.com/forum/house/717131-foam-insulation-installed-wet-wood.html The hot summer desiccates the woodchips. ...
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Spring, trimming a Redbud - Wrong time?

If,by Redbud, you mean a Cercis variety,these flower in spring before the leaves arrive - the best time to prune is immediately after flowering. If you do it now (assuming it hasn't flowered yet) you ...
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Which tree branches break the least?

I guess it depends on the context. I lived through the ice storm of January 1998 and speaking from experience what happened was that the hickories were about the worst. It was quite worrying to hear ...
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What's the best temperature for lavender (Celcious) and the climate in general?

It depends on the variety of the Lavender plant. There are over 400 varieties which can be grouped in three main types: English (Lavandula angustifolia): The classic with long spikes holding fragrant ...
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What's the best temperature for lavender (Celcious) and the climate in general?

Lavender basics Lavender should do well in the Philippines. Do you have neighbors or have you seen gorgeous lavender patches? Because the Philippines has such high humidity, lavender should be ...
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How to deal with vegetables after heavy rain/hail?

I have often heavy rain and hail (also this year). Plants will recover. Just aubergine (which you didn't list) requires some stakes because of wind. Usually plants will recover (but if they were ...
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How to deal with vegetables after heavy rain/hail?

I am impressed you put plants under shading netting. You should try Reemay over little hoop supports. Does this happen often? When plant material dies it will decompose. It helps to get rid of as ...
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