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FAQ's - Wildlife/Attracting

Frequently Asked Questions Click on Question to View the Answer Back to FAQ's What would be the best way for me to attract hummingbirds to my yard this summer? We moved into a senior garden apartment complex this winter and are not allowed to put out bird feeders . Our apartment is on the first...

FAQ's - Wildlife/Problems

Frequently Asked Questions Click on Question to View the Answer My house has recently been attacked by woodpeckers and they are damaging the cedar siding. What can I do to discourage this behavior? The groundhog living in our retaining wall is eating our vegetables . We built a fence, but he...

FAQs - Vegetables

Frequently Asked Questions Click on Question to View the Answer Back to FAQ's FAQs - Late Blight on Tomatoes We are planning a vegetable garden and the only spot we have for it is in partial shade . Can you tell us what vegetables we can plant, if any, in a shady area? What is the worst that would...

FAQs- Insect Pests

Photo: termite (left) and ant Back to FAQ's Frequently Asked Questions Click on Question to View the Answer We had two swarms occur near our home this week of some type of winged insects . Could they be flying ants or termites ? We have no pets in our home but yet my husband and I are being bitten...

FAQs - Ornamental Plants (annuals, bulbs & perennials)

Frequently Asked Questions Click on Question to View the Answer Back to FAQ's This is the second year in a row that my daffodils produced leaves but no flowers . What is wrong? My hostas have large ragged holes . What is eating my plants and how can I prevent this from happening? Does mulch need to...

FAQs - Houseplants

Frequently Asked Questions Click on Question to View the Answer Back to FAQ's When can I move my amaryllis plant outdoors and should I plant it in my garden? My amaryllis bulbs are finally blooming . How do I keep them in flower as long as possible and what do I do with them after they are finished...

Bamboo

Bamboo - Running bamboo (Lawn weeds) (Control Options-lawns) ( General Weed Gallery) Golden Bamboo ( Phyllostachys aurea) Photo credit: James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org Lifecycle: Perennial grass that forms woody stems. Growth habit: There are two main types running or clumping...

FAQs - Soil

Frequently Asked Questions Click on Question to View the Answer Back to FAQ's FAQs - Soil Testing Other Soil FAQs Can I add the ashes from my pellet stove to the soil in my vegetable garden ? How do I know that the top soil I purchased is any good? All of my gardening books mention the term well-...

FAQ's - Shrubs Fall/Winter

Back to FAQ's Frequently Asked Questions Click on Question to View the Answer We had ‘Knock Out’ roses planted this year by a landscaping company. They did beautifully and bloomed for a really long time. Is there something I need to do for them this fall to prepare them for winter and when and how...

FAQs - Shrubs Spring/Summer

Back to FAQ's Frequently Asked Questions Click on Question to View the Answer My lilacs are not blooming very well this spring. I cut them back in the fall because they were blocking the view from my window. Did I do something wrong? And if so when do I prune them? The leaves on my roses are...

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