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Q.Weeds That Irritate Skin Conditions For Dogs! - which type/sort of weeds give irritable skin rashes to dogs!

stevensj763 added on February 16, 2019 | Answered

A. Grass and plant, such as Wandering jew, Clover, Kikuyu Weeds, such as Ragweed, Sorrel, Dock Trees, such as Privet, Pine Oak, Birch Grasses, such as Couch, Papsalum and Fescue https://bowwowinsurance.com.au/pet-care/diseases-conditions/stop-the-itching-what-you-need-to-know-about-allergies-in-dogs/Read More

Q.Soil Testing - Hello - Does this extension provide garden soil testing? If not, can you direct me? Thanks, Kim

Anonymous added on February 16, 2019 | Answered

A. Your local extension will be able to do this. Here is a link to help you find the closest one to you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search/Read More

Q.What Plants Need Lime Added? - Lavender likes lime? Which other flowering plants do also?

vivianflynn added on February 16, 2019 | Answered

A. If you are using simple Dolomitic lime, then most plants, unless they are specifically acid loving (and even then, sparing amounts won't hurt) can benefit from it. Hydrated lime can be a bit rough on some plants, so you will…Read More

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Q.How Do You Grow Kumquat Trees Indoors In New Jersey ? - I just want to know how to grow kumquats indoors.... I'm pretty sure they will not survive winters in New…

Ralph Lohr added on February 16, 2019 | Answered

A. You are correct. They will die outdoors in the winter in your area. Fortunately, it isn't impossible to grow these indoors. About 200 watts of light will be needed for these, indoors. There are many ways to go about it,…Read More

Q.Hedging - We are creating a market garden in a very windy spot a few miles from the sea. We need a…

Anonymous added on February 16, 2019 | Answered

A. I believe that the hornbeam would be fine, but I do agree that leylandii would be a perfect windbreak. They aren't too difficult to care for. Here is an article on their care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/leyland-cypress/growing-leyland-cypress-trees.htmRead More

Q.Possibly Rare Red List Hibiscus?! I Need Help To Identify If It Is A Mandrinette Hibiscus Frigilis? I Would Like To Help Save It If It - is. All the flowers are between 7-10cm with one a 12cm. The pictures are from three different plants but look…

Chefjoshuakelley added on February 16, 2019 | Answered

A. If you feel that you have encountered an endangered species, then contacting your local extension service would be a good start. This will help you find the closest one to you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search After this, the next thing will be to…Read More

Q.Viburnum - I had 11 of them in the front, about 8 years old. They turned brown this winter and ALL died.…

Anonymous added on February 16, 2019 | Answered

A. Sometimes, when the winter gets really cold, it will kill it off partially. This will usually come back and is not a reason of concern. Here is an article for more information on their care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/viburnum/viburnum-shrub.htmRead More

Q.Over Watering Escallonia Pink Princess Hedge. - My neighbor has been watering his lawn almost non-stop for several weeks even though it's February and we live on…

Anonymous added on February 16, 2019 | Answered

A. Unless you are seeing signs of rot, like spotting and excessive leaf drop, I don't think it will cause it much harm. You can add wettable sulfur to the soil to prevent any infection from starting. Plus, sulfur is good…Read More

Q.Duranta Berries - Last year my new duranta had purple flowers and yellow berries at the same time, a quality I love. This…

Anonymous added on February 15, 2019 | Answered

A. It would be good to fertilize once a year with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer. It could be lacking in potassium and phosphorus. Here is an article that will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/duranta/care-of-duranta-plants.htmRead More

Q.Helleri Holly - Our Helleri Hollys are about 35 years old. We live in central NC. Some of the leaves are turning brown.…

Anonymous added on February 15, 2019 | Answered

A. This is usually a sign of infection. You can help this by adding both dolomitic lime, and wettable sulfur to the soil. This will kill off any infection, and condition the soil back to where it needs to be. You…Read More

Q.Cucumber Stems - My plant is healthy not leaf problem but the main stem has double up ie like a twin(2 stems of…

Eaglehigh56 added on February 15, 2019 | Answered

A. I've seen this occur in my own garden; twins happen! It will not effect your plant or the production of fruit.Read More

Q.White Bird Of Paradise Damaged By Frost (in Florida) - Is it OK to prune the frost damaged leaves of my plants --- they are at least 7-8 feet tall,…

Anonymous added on February 15, 2019 | Answered

A. Do not trim these until there is no more threat of frost. Make sure that you see signs of new growth before you cut off the old growth. This will ensure that the plant survives.Read More

Q.Crown Of Thorns - Live in Florida plants got caught in cold blast. Never went below 32 degrees. Can they be Salvageed?

Anonymous added on February 15, 2019 | Answered

A. It might be tempting to prune off the damaged material, but it is best to wait until the following spring to prevent new growth from forming while temperatures remain cold. Water the plant sparingly after frost damage to keep the…Read More

Q.Growing Plants - Can you plant Daphne Odora and have it survive the Phoenix AZ heat?

Anonymous added on February 15, 2019 | Answered

A. Daphne odora is rated for hardiness zones 7-9 and AHS heat zone 9-7. If you are unfamiliar with heat zones, see this article which will and show your zone: https://www.ahsgardening.org/gardening-resources/gardening-maps/heat-zone-map This shrub can be temperamental and siting it in the…Read More

Q.Lemon Tree Bloom Drop - My lemon tree is producing good blossoms. I'm pollinating them with a brush. Blossoms keep falling and I don't see…

pszanus added on February 15, 2019 | Answered

A. This will be due to lack of light. Even with a South facing window, there will not be near enough light. My citrus are, strictly, indoors so they are under artificial lighting. Generally, I recommend at least 200 watts of…Read More

Q.Red Patches On Chilean Jasmine Leaves - The leaves of my Chilean jasmine have developed red patches on them and after a while they turn yellow and…

Maggie2002 added on February 15, 2019 | Answered

A. This is difficult to answer without photos or more information on growing conditions and your soil and water management. Is this a new planting or mature. Is this the first year that you have noticed the discoloration and leaf drop,…Read More

Q.Raised Bed Location - I'm wanting to start a raised bed vegetable garden this year. The ideal location for me is on the west…

Anonymous added on February 15, 2019 | Answered

A. Ideally you will want to plant on the South side if possible. This will allow full sun all day. You can still go with your idea, and do just fine, but just keep in mind that crop production might be…Read More

Q.Plant Care - My pitcher plant had no name other than "Pitcher Plant" when I bought it. How can I determine what variety…

Anonymous added on February 14, 2019 | Answered

A. Without pictures I would be unable to identify the plant. If you did not specifically order a cultivar, then most likely it is Nepenthes alata. The most commonly sold variety. It is the easiest, and least picky pitcher to own,…Read More

Q.Night Blooming Jasmine - Does night blooming jasmine grow in a tropical, coastal area ?

Anonymous added on February 14, 2019 | Answered

A. Night-blooming jasmine grows best in well-draining, sandy soil, preferably somewhere with a lot of space for its roots to spread out. It does well in partial to full sun but is sensitive to temperature extremes, so place it in a…Read More

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