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What animal makes this sound? #682590
Asked March 04, 2021, 12:02 AM EST
Hi I’ve recorded a very loud screeching sound in my neighborhood the past few nights. Is this a screech owl? A bobcat? I have absolutely no idea but it’s bloodcurdling- and loud!! who may I send my mp4 file to,directly? The website doesn’t accept an mp4 file.
Montgomery County Maryland
chickweed "infestation" #682581
Asked March 03, 2021, 9:24 PM EST
A new weed has popped up in my landscape over the last couple of years, and I think it is chickweed -- tiny white flowers on rounded mounds of tiny green leaves, with seeds that pop off the flowers and spread all over in the spring if I don't get to it early enough.
I have it this spring and have been pulling it. I believe it is a reseeding annual, is that right? Do you recommend a preemergent such as Preen to control, and it is too early to apply Preen or another preemergent agent now?
Hamilton County Ohio
Unknown Broken Tree in my Yard. Should I Take it Down? #682552
Asked March 03, 2021, 4:35 PM EST
I have a short, lacy flowered tree in my front yard. The first picture attached shows a blue arrow pointing to the tree from last summer. My first question is: what kind of tree is this? What is the name of this breed?
Last fall there was a harsh storm that cracked off a big branch of the tree. The red arrow in the first picture is pointing to the branch that cracked off in the storm. The second picture was taken from my front door today and shows that the missing area is very noticeable from the side, not so noticeable from the front. The tree trunk is also leaning quite a bit away from the door. My second question is: is this tree salvageable? What can I do to make it straight again? What can I do to make the missing branch less noticeable?
The bees like this tree a lot and I would like to keep it because it is so beautiful, but I am nervous that it is beyond saving at this point. I am nervous that more branches are going to crack off. They bend down pretty low as you can see in the second picture. Even more so when flowering. Is there a way to fix that?
The third picture is the best picture I have of the lacy flowers that I think will help identify the tree. Sorry, I don't have great pictures of the tree close up from last year. It would be great to know the name of the tree so that I could re-plant it if need be.
Thank you for your help!
Scott County Minnesota
Spider mites on straberry leaves #682547
Asked March 03, 2021, 4:09 PM EST
I found tiny webs and creatures on my strawberry leaves and my leaves look sick. I am growing them hydroponically indoors to see if I can get strawberries in the winter. Are these spider mites? How do I deal with them? Fortunately, only a dozen plants or so are involved out of the 50 or so I have. I live in Okanogan county in Washington State.
Ontonagon County Michigan
Asked March 03, 2021, 3:37 PM EST
how long after appling roundup can garden seeds be planted?
Van Buren County Michigan
Bird of Paradise #682538
Asked March 03, 2021, 3:27 PM EST
The leaves and stems on our two bird of paradise are brown and the leaves are curled. They were covered with frost cloth during the recent freeze. How do I determine if these plants survived the freeze and if they did how do i help them recover?
Harris County Texas
Watering trees #682537
Asked March 03, 2021, 3:19 PM EST
I checked soil around trees. It appears moist and cold about 4 inches down, and then seems frozen. This winter seems very dry and extremely windy. Should I be watering, when, and how much?
Laramie County Wyoming
Pruning trees #682533
Asked March 03, 2021, 3:12 PM EST
Is it a good idea to spray pruning sealer on trees that we have pruned? I am mainly concerned about the evergreens.
Billings County North Dakota
Fruit flies invading raspberries #682527
Asked March 03, 2021, 2:34 PM EST
Hi there, I’ve been growing raspberries for several years but over the last two years they’ve become infested with what I believe are drosophila. I’ve tried so many things but they keep coming back? Do you have any recommendations on how to get rid of them for good without harming pollinators?
Carver County Minnesota
Jade plant troubles #682517
Asked March 03, 2021, 2:09 PM EST
I have a Jade plant that I've had for over a decade. This winter it has started to have some of the smaller branches shrivel and fall right off of the plant. The branches that fall off have leaves that look normal and don't appear desiccated themselves. The plant as a whole looks healthy. I let it dry out quite a bit between waterings in the winter. It's in a southern window and gets some direct sunlight each day. I have had spider mite problems on various houseplants this winter which I try to tackle fairly quickly. Any idea what would cause this?
Anoka County Minnesota
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