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Native Asclepias spp. for Monarchs in Connecticut
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Effective plant cover for utility boxes
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Seymour, CT
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Hi Mr. Smarty Pants: Looking for a quick growing privacy hedge for a home in Seymour CT. Thank you very much, I appreciate your help.
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Southbury, CT
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Woodbridge, CT
Deer-resistant evergreens for southern CT.
We live on a deer path in southern Connecticut. What native evergreen tree can we plant which will not be eaten to death by the deer?
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Derby, CT
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I would like to purchase a copper beech tree to plant in CT as a gift. Where can I find one to purchase?
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Wallingford, CT
Non-blossoming trumpet vine
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Wallingford, CT
Will catalpa roots damage a nearby swimming pool?
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Sandy Hook, CT
Stabilizing a sand bank in VT
We have a summer cottage in Burlington, Vt. and need to stabilize a mound of sand. The "bank" we are trying to stabilize has partial sun and faces south. It measures approx 4' high and is 30' long...
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Sandy Hook, CT
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Newtown, CT
Deer resistant screening evergreens for CT
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New Haven, CT
Could lilacs grow in Georgia?
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Orange, CT
Fast-growing evergreen tree to hide power lines
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West Haven, CT
Diseased cypress trees in Connecticut
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Washington, CT
How to get rid of Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum)
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Trumbull, CT
Holly attacked by deer in Connecticut
My holly bush was eaten by deer. Will the leaves come back or is it done?
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Milford, CT
Identity of red raspberry-like berries in Connecticut
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Is it illegal to pick the state flower (Mountain laurel) in Connecticut?
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New Britain, CT
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Branford, CT
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