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How Do I Remove Bishop’s Goutweed From My Garden?


“I have, what looks to be Bishop’s vine/weed, growing in my one garden. It’s starting to choke out my tiger lilies and other items growing in the garden. I can’t seem to get rid of it. Is there a way to get rid of the bishop’s weed in my garden?” Question from Angela of Windber, Pennsylvania
ANSWER: Sadly, bishop’s goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria) is a noxious […]

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Can Wild Mushrooms Poison Vegetable Gardens?


“Are wild mushrooms in my vegetable garden a risk if they just disintegrate? Any risk of poisoning the veggies for eating?” Question from Margaret from Chandler, Arizona
Answer: Some wild mushrooms are certainly poisonous, so I recommend removing the fruits from your lawn and garden if you have pets or small children that might consume them. If you have them in your vegetable garden, then […]

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How Do I Protect Apple Trees from Fungal Disease?


“I have fungal diseases on my apple trees and fruits. I have tried all different sprays and had no results.” Question from Candace of Bradyville, Tennesee
Answer: Apple trees get loads of fungal diseases (Click on this link for a full list). Some cause trees serious damage while others are just disfiguring and reduce fruit set. Either way, you can reduce fungal disease problems by […]

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How Do I Manage Codling Moths on Fruit Trees?

 

“I have a Liberty apple tree and a peach tree within 20 ft of each other and every year fruit tries to grow but what I believe is the coddling moth destroy it all. Do you have an effective solution?  Sprays have not helped.” Question from Ilene of West Greenwich, Rhode Island
Answer: It is likely that you are dealing with European apple codling moths […]

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How Do You Keep Slugs Away From Strawberries?


“What’s the best way to keep slugs from eating strawberries?” Question from Mary of Lincoln, Nebraska
Answer: There are several things that you can do to ensure that slugs don’t damage your strawberries. Here are six methods.
FOUR WAYS TO STOP SLUGS FROM EATING STRAWBERRIES

Clean your vegetable beds up completely in fall, and till lightly in spring. This will remove any overwintering eggs.
In spring, apply a […]

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How Do You Repair Rotten Holes in Tree Trunks?

How Do You Repair Rotten Holes in Tree Trunks?
“My pear tree has some large rotten holes on the trunk. What can I fill these up with (concrete)?” Question from Craig of Big Bar, California
Answers: That is an excellent question. The key is cleaning up trunk holes to stop the rotting process. Concrete won’t cut it (it’s also a chainsaw hazard), but there are some practices […]

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Why Did My Crape Myrtle Die?


“What caused my grown crepe myrtle to die? it was doing fine for many years, then just died. I cut down the branches [last spring] hoping it would revive, but it did not. I have several crepe mytles and never had one die before. Question from Sandy of Wake Forest, North Carolina
Answer: Crape myrtles (Lagerstroemia indica) are usually quite trouble-free, but there are some […]

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Can I Use Black Walnut Leaves for Compost?

Can I Use Black Walnut Leaves for Compost?
“I have several black walnut trees in my yard. Would it be alright to use the leaves in the compost? Question from Raymond of Holt, Michigan
Answer: I would not recommend it. As you surely know, black walnut trees (Juglans nigra) excrete the toxin, juglone, which is deadly to quite a few ornamental plants. The toxin helps reduce competition, […]

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How Do I Keep Squirrels from Stealing My Tomatoes?


“Squirrels have stolen all my tomatoes for the last 3 years.  Is there any option other than putting up fencing?” Question from Barbara of Portage, Michigan
Answer: Squirrels tend to steal fruit when they are thirsty as well as hungry, and there are several proactive things that you can do to keep them away. Fences do not work due to the acrobatic nature of squirrels. […]

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How Do I Stop Snails and Slugs from Eating My Hostas?

“How to prevent snails from eating hostas?” Question from Madelaine of Irmo, South Carolina
“How to prevent snails from eating hostas?” Question from Madelaine  of Irmo, South Carolina
Answer: There are lots of great products on the market that ward off slugs and snails. Some are even OMRI Listed for organic gardening. Here are my top three favorite slug repellents and deterrents.

Pelletized Iron Phosphate Killers – These […]

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