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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to protect garlic bulbs over the winter?

Assuming that the garlic don't sprout before the ground freezes, you don't have to do anything; the bulbs are perfectly hardy on their own. I'm in zone 5 and have never had issues with frost heave ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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During a warm-spell in early winter, can dormant hardwoods survive planting? Even if frozen temps are a day away?

My own experience is that planting the hardwoods now will work, even if the soil freezes soon afterwords. This is one time when planting a potted plant, though, that I would NOT try to break the root ...
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storing my electric lawn mower over winter

I think you should find some cover place to store it (and your gardening tools). This "hut" do not need to have walls on all sides, but it need to be covered (roof) to protect from rain/snow. As you ...
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Broadleaf evergreens for an unheated greenhouse?

Some ideas: Cranberries, lingonberries, winterberry, holly, barberry, and heather Kale Strawberries Late-fruiting raspberries (ok, not evergreen, but the fruit can be late, which is a nice treat)
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Why should we cover rose plants in the winter?

The rule for plants' vulnerable parts, from most vulnerable to least are; Deciduous leaves then roots then stems of woody perennials. It is the reason most deciduous plants living with real winters ...
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Should I water new sod in the winter?

Have you tried pulling it up by grabbing the grass to test if it had enough time to put roots into your soil? If it is firmly rooted, you have a good chance that your sod will survive. If you get a ...
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