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Ogden, UT
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Ogden, UT
Will a non-native smoke tree, Cotinus coggygria, be harmful in Utah
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Kaysville, UT
Loss of leaves from globe willows in Utah
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Kaysville, UT
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I'm planting my yard in all native Rocky Mountain and Great Basin plants. Is there a way to halt or contain the root propagation of Smooth Leaf Sumac and Quaking Aspen? I've considered digging dow...
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Morgan , UT
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I have a globe willow tree that is a few years old but still a relatively young tree. It appears to have slime flux disease. It has 3 or 4 spots on the trunk where the foam exits and runs down the tru...
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Bountiful, UT
Smarty Plants on edible and poisonous plants
I am trying to gather information regarding edible and poisonous plants in Utah's Salt Lake City area. Can you help? Thanks.
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Salt Lake City, UT
Replacement for a globe willow tree
We are interested in replacing a pine tree with a globe willow because they grow fast but everything i have been reading about them scares me. is there another tree comparable to a globe willow that g...
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Salt Lake City, UT
Identity of dandelion-like weed in Utah
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Salt Lake City, UT
Non-native lilacs for wedding bouquet in July in Salt Lake City
My friend's daughter wants to have lilacs in her wedding bouquet, but she is not getting married until July 15th. I realize lilacs are spring flowers, but will there be anywhere in the U.S. that lila...
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Salt Lake City, UT
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Salt Lake City, UT
Sources for seed of Utah native Asclepias labriformis
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Salt Lake city, UT
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Salt Lake City, UT
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Salt Lake City, UT
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Salt Lake City, UT
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West Valley City, UT
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South Jordan, UT
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