Posts Tagged ‘insects’

Fescue – Overwatered

Q: I have a fescue lawn that receives plenty of water, as I have a well. I am watering once a day. I was watering twice a day, but some areas were getting pretty saturated, and we have received some...

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Birdseed – Go Bad

Q: My wife and I put up a new bird feeder after Christmas but we see very little feeding activity. Can birdseed go bad or can birds even tell that it is old? A: “Heck, they eat worms and dead...

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Sprayer – Cleaning

Q: How can I clean weed killer chemicals out of my sprayer? A: Using the same garden sprayer to apply weed killer and also insecticide can be costly! It is difficult to remove all traces of some herbicides from a...

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Oak – Cherry Gall

Q: Have you ever seen this? My oak tree has been producing little red berries or acorns! I know what an acorn looks like and these are not acorns. But they were growing from the tree in several locations on...

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Sweetgum Defoliator Caterpillars – Birds Eating

Q: I’ve noticed an odd thing happening to the sweetgum trees outside my office. Birds are eating the leaves, to the point where some limbs are picked clean. I’ve even seen a hawk clip and fly off with pieces of...

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Polyphemus Moth – Identification

Q: Over the weekend I was checking on my Japanese maples and noticed something had been dining on the foliage. Upon closer examination, found a large caterpillar that I need help identifying. Would you have any suggestions? A: At first...

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Spider Webs – On Shrubs

Q: I have lots of junipers on a slope in my back yard. There are at least 200 of these funnel shaped webs in the shrubs and scattered about the lawn. I’ve tentatively identified them as Funnel Spiders. Should I...

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Microstegium (bamboo grass) – Fewer Ticks

Q: Entomologist William L. Nicholson, Ph.D. writes “It seems that there is finally a good use for the terrible weed that I’ve known as “bamboo grass”, Microstegium vimineum. “A recent study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology showed that...

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Yellow Poplar Scale – Identification

Q: This problem on my tulip poplar started twenty days ago. I noticed lots of the leaves are black and there are bumps on the twigs. Please look at the pictures and help me save my tree. A: Your tulip...

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New House – Pine Straw

Q: We recently bought a newly constructed house. Why is there a row of pine straw between the house and where they stopped laying sod going down both sides of the house? A: It may have something to do with...

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Apple, Crabapple, Pear Trees – Care

Q: I have a quick question about the apple, crabapple and pear trees that I planted last year. They did well through the summer and have grown by leaps and bounds. Now that it is almost a year later, what...

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Mole – Pest Control

Q: I have had a mole problem for two years. I have tried a mole trap without success. I’ve also tried to control insects my yard to eliminate their source of food. Do you have any suggestions? A: Mole tunnels...

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Messenger – Growth Enhancer

Q: I heard you on your radio show discussing a product called Messenger to make tomato plants stronger. As novice growers, we have many questions about how to use it and how it works. A: Messenger(tm) contains a special protein...

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Craneflies – Management

Q: I’ve been invaded with European craneflies. They look like giant mosquitoes as they bump along windows and outdoor lights. What can I do to get rid of them and prevent future problems? A: Thought they look menacing, cranefly adults...

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Cotton Cushion Scale – Identification

Q: I have moved my dwarf orange tree into the garage for the winter. However, this year I have gotten many of these weird insects. I have been using a fruit & vegetable insect killer, and it seems to work...

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Cherry Tree – Rotten Trunk

Q: We just bought a nice house in Marietta. This little tree is right out front and will offer great shade if its not too late to save it from whatever is eating it to death. I don’t know what...

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Birch Tree Leaves – Puckering

Q: I have two river birch trees. Each year the leaves begin to pucker up like a Ruffles potato chip and they seem to have minute eggs. Is there anything I can do to get rid of this? A: I’ll...

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Carolina Anole (lizard) – Identification

Q: This little alligator walked in my front door like he owned the place, then died. What is it? A: It’s a Carolina anole, a type of lizard. They are harmless to humans – only to the insects they eat....

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