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Why is this tree refusing to shed its dead leaves?

This is called Marcescence. Some species of trees retain their old leaves longer than others, and young trees may retain them longer than old trees. In the UK, "copper beech" trees (with naturally ...
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Why should we cover rose plants in the winter?

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 ...
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If I harvest bell pepper, will it grow back? (I control the temperature in my small greenhouse)

Will the pepper grow back? Not exactly. However, after you harvest the pepper the plant likely will produce more flowers, which can be pollinated and grow into more peppers.
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What are these white things on the conifers in my garden?

I think that might be a branch from a Juniperus species, a female, and those are the berries or 'seed pods', example here: Juniper berries (Wikimedia). Some Junipers have white berries, many have ...
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Applying straw mulch - should straw touch tree base?

In general, no mulch should be piled up against a woody trunk or woody stem. If you're using straw for insulation purposes because winter is coming, just leave a little clear space, an inch or two all ...
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What are these white things on the conifers in my garden?

They are cones - in some conifer genera (Juniperus) the scales are fused to form berry like structures. These look to me to be more like immature Cupressus cones - eventually they will turn brown and ...
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Why is this tree refusing to shed its dead leaves?

The tree is probably dead, as @Bamboo has pointed out in a comment. The reason for this conclusion is that the leaves are dull, dry, and curled. In normal growth the leaf expands, does its job of ...
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Apple saplings turning brown when brought inside for winter?

They look as if they were going dormant outside before you brought them in. If they are now in a warm room, quite likely they will start to grow again too early and end up etiolated because of the low ...
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Should I water new sod in the winter?

Timing's important, it's not clear how long ago the sod was put down, but as your weather is now turning wintry, it would not be a great idea to water it. In any case, if the landscaping company ...
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Do indoor plants go dormant in winter?

Indoor plants, plants in green houses get confused big time come winters. Some plants (not the ones you have) actually NEED to go dormant for their health. Indoors during the winter is tough because ...
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What weed treatment is appropriate for Centipede grass in the winter?

Because your lawn is not established, try to bag all cuttings from the lawn. Here are some herbicides safe for use on Centipede grass. Only use these chemicals when the temperatures are between 60 and ...
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What should I do (if anything) to winterize my small vegetable garden (Buffalo, NY, USA)?

Choose your garlic patch and plant it now. Mulch that. Straw is ideal if you have it, shredded leaves are OK, whole leaves mat down a bit too much, and also blow around too much before they mat down. ...
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How can I keep gravel from moving out of my driveway during winter?

I found a product called Stone Man Stay Put. The manufacturer is Ivy League Landscape LLC. Found it at Ace but I'm sure Home Depot has it too. Simple water like mixture. Put it in your sprayer and ...
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Ferns have not survived winter, what might be the case?

I'll guess that the ferns have gone dormant for the winter, as many do, and that they will return when the weather warms up. This is normal, and nothing to worry about.
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Dormant Spray and Whitewash

Because paint has the possible effect of interfering with gas exchanges through the bark, I wouldn't recommend doing it until the bark breaks, and roughens with age. I wouldn't expect much trouble ...
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How can I keep gravel from moving out of my driveway during winter?

Try using a gravel stabiliser! I used one on my driveway, which was also on a slope. The one I used was called COREgravel Coredrive, and it has really helped. It's from the UK, but you can probably ...
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Best practices on pruning and winter protection for climbing roses

Prune back old, dead, or suspect branches older than 3 years. Doing so now is fine. Don't prune last years growth except where it's really in the way or causing another problem at this time. You ...
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What to do with tomatillo and chilli plants in winter?

Looks very professional, especially since you say you are a first-time gardener. If you don't expect anymore harvest (no flowers, no fruits anymore), you can get rid of the plants. They are indeed ...
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Is waking up a plant or a tree in winter harmful for it?

Japanese elm is a deciduous tree and, as such, it expects to lose its leaves and become dormant during winter. It is an outdoor bonsai, but may be susceptible to frost damage when the weather is very ...
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Should I feed wild rabbits in my garden in winter?

Ragnarsson, that is a very sweet picture. Aren't rabbits cute? I wouldn't blame you if you opted to feed them in the winter and turn over your garden produce to them in the summer. As alephzero points ...
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When to repot my 2 baby tamarind trees?

Tamarindus indica are slow growing trees which eventually reach 25-30 metres in height. They are not hardy in the UK, so are grown in pots and moved to shelter over winter, like in a cold greenhouse - ...
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What do I do with my avocado plant during arctic winter?

Avocadoes prefer lots of sunlight and do not like to have wet soil. They do not do well in the dry indoors environment of the winter months here in the western hemisphere, but they do survive. Yours ...
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Winterizing young climbing roses

If you actually have climbing roses (as opposed to rambling roses, which are pruned in September) then you will need to prune them in spring. Roses usually lose their leaves in winter, and some stem ...
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Winterizing young climbing roses

There are two different types of "climbing rose." In the UK they are usually known as climbing roses and rambling roses, but I don't know if the US uses those descriptions. You need to find out which ...
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Should I feed wild rabbits in my garden in winter?

I'd be cautious. Very cute! However, depending on where you live increased prey may attract predators. I've got coyotes in my area (in the suburbs) and I've seen varying numbers of rabbits hopping ...
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What flowers will bloom in winter in hot climate?

Quite a few, but some may not like the damper, cooler weather during January/February and may stop flowering at that time. Look for Oleander, Pelargoniums, Bougainvillaea, Russelia equisetiformis, ...
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Should I mulch after turning in a cover crop? In a raised bed

"However, I feel like the direct sunlight would lead the to cover crops decomposing more quickly because of photodegradation? Am I totally wrong about that?"- fnwovnwownf Well no, you aren't totally ...
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Why should I cut my indoor banana plant down to soil level?

The banana is the tropical equivalent of herbaceous perennials in the temperate regions. Their normal pattern of growth is to fire up vigorously during the vegetative phase, produce flowers and fruit/...
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