Rodney Schuler
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How often should I fertilize my lawn?
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My decades ago hort 101 class said fertilizer is not really necessary if you use a mulching mower. If you bag the clippings or if you want thicker greener lawn you can apply fertilizer up to 3 times ...

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How do I prevent raccoons from eating my corn?
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When the corn is about 1-2 weeks from being ready for human consumption put a battery powered radio tuned to an all night talk radio station in your corn patch. Music does not work. The raccoons ...

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Making a yard that's settled more level?
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We had deep ruts in our lawn from when we had a tree service remove a dead/dying mature mulberry tree. I aerated the lawn every spring (+fall if we had a lot of rain). Then I rolled the law with a ...

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Why do all my strawberries become moldy?
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Strawberry beds need to be "rejuvenated" every few years. This means killing or removing all the plants in one part of the strawberry bed. The remaining plants will fill in the cleared area by ...

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How do I split hostas?
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Don't know if this is the best technique but here is what I did and it worked :) Go all around the clump pushing in a shovel as far as it will go. You should now be able to pry/lift the plant out of ...

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What are inexpensive materials for homemade tomato cages?
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A concrete contractor friend of mine gives me the end-of-roll of this 6" square grid rebar (bit over 1/8" wire) stuff that he does not want to mess with. I have seen similar stuff sold as rebar and ...

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How to keep fescue grass from taking over my rye grass?
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Let it take over. Here in Iowa (hardiness zone 5a) most lawns are mixes of bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, tall fescue and creeping (aka red or chewings) fescue. If you get the correct varieties of ...

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What is the best sunflower for seed production in Pennsylvania zone 6b?
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I have grown sunflowers for seed for several seasons now in central Iowa. That should be pretty close to your climate with a bit less rain and slightly more extreme temperatures. (We typically see -...

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Which grasses should I keep in this terribly overgrown lawn?
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A lawn unmaintained for that long will be a long term challenge. Here is how I would approach the situation. 1) Find out the turfgrass species and varieties that work well in your area. In the US, ...

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Why hasn't my strawberry plant produced any fruit?
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I was going to suggest that you may not be getting cold enough in the winter. (some plants require a cold / dormant period to flower & set fruit). But your plant is blooming. That is not the ...

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How to make strawberries bear fruits?
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When planting June bearing strawberries in a northern hemisphere temperate climate you do not expect a crop for one year. If I were to put out new plants in May 2016 I would not expect a crop until ...

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Dealing with mealy bug infestation on jades
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I had several jade plants attacked by identical looking bugs. I set them outside in a shady location. My local spiders ate all of them over the course a summer. That may not work for you :) Plan B:...

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What happens if I use fishing line in a grass trimmer?
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The manual that came with my string trimmer recommended a specific thickness of line. Then it said if thine was line too thin will have lower aerodynamic drag allowing the motor to spin to fast and ...

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Chainsaw 18" that actually starts
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How long are you storing your chainsaw fuel? My saw refuses to start if it has been more than 2 weeks since I mixed the oil and gasoline. Shaking up the fuel before use does not make any difference. ...

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