TeresaMcgH
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What is this tan dried wood on my citrus tree?
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The tan brown branches on your tree are dead twigs and limbs. If you will look towards the bottom of each, you will see a bit of an enlarged green area where it joins the main branch. You should ...

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How soon can I start training or pruning a seedling?
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Trees are generally not pruned a lot in their first year. This means they are usually just unbranched sticks (whips) at the end of their first year. In the second year, the whip's tip is pruned to ...

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What should I do to encourage my Hyacinth to flower again?
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Spring bulbs like hyacinths only bloom once a year. Now that this year's blooms have died back, keep the plant in a sunny spot and make sure it doesn't get too dry. Feed it now and then with a weak ...

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How do I eradicate morning glory?
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If you mean the wild type of morning glory (aka, bindweed) you are definitely in for a battle. However, I have had success in the past by removing as many of the plants and their roots as I could, ...

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Can woodpeckers damage a pecan tree enough that it won't produce?
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Are they "pecking" the tree trunk, or just roosting, hanging around and eating from the bird feeder? If they are spending time actually pecking holes in the trunk, then yes, most likely you have some ...

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best control method for mealy bug on dwarf white pine
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Since the tree is small, if you have the time, you can kill the bugs by taking a cotton swab or cotton ball dipped in pure rubbing alcohol and giving each of the critters a good swabbing drench with ...

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Can a string trimmer be used for a whole yard or thick grass?
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String trimmers tend to leave the cut edges of grass rough and ragged, which is unsightly as well as not good for the grass plants. The strings on the trimmer are also generally not good for more than ...

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Identity of this plant (yellow snap-dragon looking flower)
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It's difficult to be sure, because we don't have a close-up of the flowers, but it looks like Oncidium flexuosum to me. Here is an overall picture of the flowers, and a flower close up. You can ...

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Orchids not flowering
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Okay, from your picture, those are Phalaenopsis orchids. They seem to be doing well in the light level you are giving them, although I don't think they need to be under a light 24 hours a day. In ...

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How can I preserve a bouquet of flowers for two days before gifting them?
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If the flowers are not too tall, or if you are willing to rearrange your fridge, some flower bouquets (especially spring bulbs like tulips or daffodils) keep well in the refrigerator.

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Tomato plant flowering but falling before fruiting
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How are your temperatures there? If it's over 90 or so during the day, tomatoes will generally refuse to set fruit. I believe it is because high temps damage the pollen. And, as mentioned, ...

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Can Physalis be propagated in any way other than seed?
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You can also apparently grow them from stem cuttings. The link below from the rare fruit society says to use semi-mature material from the middle of the one year old shoot, and to dust it with ...

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Can you recommend some small plants for my new office?
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I have African Violets and Phalaenopsis orchids currently blooming in my south facing office window. They prefer a more diffused light, however, so unless it is cloudy I keep the blinds somewhat ...

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Pruning this grape vine during summer
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Ok, here is how I would proceed. Is the middle trunk bent and hardened so badly that it cannot be straightened up again with slow training and patience? If so, then I'd trim the grape vine back to ...

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My habeneros have shrunk over winter!
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It looks like incomplete pollination to me. Early spring with its irregular cold snaps can sometimes interfere with pollination, even for plants that are self-fertile. There may be enough seed set to ...

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My Lawn Keeps Dying
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Have you had the roots checked for grub damage? If not, that might be a good idea - it can cause whole patches to look like your pictures, because the grubs eat the grass roots and the tops ...

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What are some non-sweet white corn varieties?
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Some white non-supersweet corn varieties I know of that regularly get high marks for flavor when picked in the milk stage are Stowell's Evergreen and Country Gentleman. I've grown these at one time ...

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How much time do tomatoes take to ripen?
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Where are you located? What kind of temperatures are your plants growing in? Tomatoes like temps in the 60-80 degree range (60s or better at night, 80s during the day) for best growth. If temps are ...

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Is this mint fungus, or over/under watering my plant?
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Like your coriander, you may be overwatering your mint as well. Although mint likes moist soil, the key here is "moist" and not "wet." Unless you are experiencing very high temps and very low ...

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What could cause my coriander plant to start browning?
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You may be watering too much if your soil is wet all the time. The top inch of soil should be allowed to dry out before you water your plants again, and the pot should be allowed to drain freely in ...

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What's a good method for pruning an apple tree?
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Many apples fruit from multi-year-old "spurs" - specialized branches that mostly grow the clusters of flower buds. It sounds to me like you may have accidentally pruned a lot of your fruiting spurs ...

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Is there a clean alternative to top soil as lawn topdressing?
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Clean sand? It would still be tracked in some, but should also come off your dog's paws a lot more easily on his way in, especially if you put out a nice big outdoor door mat in front of all house ...

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I've found about 40 kilograms of beige powder labelled "Green Salt" - what is it?
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Is it possible the stuff is actually "GreenSAND?" If so, that is a legit organic soil amendment. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greensand However, I agree with those who say don't put it in your ...

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Should I prune apple/ pear/ nashi tree runners in early summer?
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Summer pruning of fruit trees is an established practice for those who want to exercise more control over the shape of their fruit trees. Pruning in the summer helps to control rampant growth on some ...

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Winter Watering time of day? At what temperature do I cover any of the plants with plastic tarp?
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I would begin watering the garden in the morning this late in the season. The reason for this is the cooler temperatures and moister air of fall and winter tend to favor fungal growth, so watering in ...

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What to do with Autumn sown peas now they're showing?
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Whether these pea sprouts will overwinter in their pots depends a lot on how warm it tends to stay in your greenhouse. If they are already sprouting and happily growing, it may not get cold quickly ...

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Gardening / Growing Vegetables in raised metal containers
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One option is to have them lightly sandblasted on the soil side to remove all the paint first, if you are concerned it may have lead or other leach-able toxins in it and the metal the doors are made ...

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When and how should I move deciduous ferns?
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Once the fern has gone dormant for the season, you can both move and take divisions from it. It would be best to do this, however, well before the ground freezes, so you can immediately replant the ...

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What is the treatment done to so-called prepared / treated hyacinth-bulbs for forcing in pots?
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Hardy bulbs, such as hyacinth, require a number of hours of cold in order to properly set blooms for the spring. If they are planted outdoors in a suitable climate, this happens naturally during the ...

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What can I plant in dry shade at the base of a deciduous hedge?
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I've had great luck in dry shade with a ground cover of Sweet Woodruff. It is attractive even when not in bloom, smells good, and in the spring and early summer is covered with tiny white flowers. ...

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