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Cortland, NY
Evergreen groundcover under pine tree in NY
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Tully, NY
Groundcover to reduce erosion for shady area in New York
We live on a lake with gravelly and clay soils, lots of wind and little sun. I am looking for a native ground cover that will help reduce erosion over some of the steep slopes facing south (under shad...
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Ithaca, NY
Small tree to plant with high bush blueberry plants
Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, I have four wonderful new highbush blueberry plants. I like to plant a native tree nearby to accent them, but cannot find a suitable one. I'd like a tree that is not going ...
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Ithaca, NY
Southwest US Winter-flowering Hummer Plants.
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Maine, NY
Moving milkweed to another location in Maine, NY
I live in up-state New York. I have a 'patch' of milkweed growing where I don't really want it to grow - but have left it because the butterflies and bees love it. I would like it to grow in my ba...
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Manlius, NY
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I bought a pin oak when it was ~5 ft tall. It has lived in clay/rock for the last 6 years--healthy, but didn't grow much (no surprise). This spring we planted 3 small boxwoods a few feet from its t...
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Camillus, NY
Fragrant native plant to plant on rock wall in New York
HELLO THERE, I LIVE IN CENTRAL NY. I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD SUGGEST A PLANT FOR THIS ROCK WALL ON THE SIDE OF MY HOME. IT IS A NATURAL ROCK WALL, SO BEAUTIFUL!! THE ROCK IS FLAT, ACTUALLY THE AREA...
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Syracuse, NY
Why will my blazing stars not bloom in Syracuse New York?
I have two purple blazing star plants on the west side of my house, about 4 feet apart. They have bloomed the past two summers. This year, one is ready to bloom, but the other has no stalks that wil...
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Syracuse, NY
Will chlorinated pool water affect the soil in a vegetable garden?
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Syracuse, NY
Shrubs and small trees for a slope in NY
We are looking for a living wall made of shrubs / small trees - no more than 25' for the top of a steep creek bed. We are looking for the best erosion preventing types.
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Syracuse, NY
Need water absorbing plants in Syracuse, NY
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Syracuse, NY
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Syracuse, NY
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Hi--Can Carolina Jessamine be grown in Syracuse, New York?
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Syracuse, NY
Care of Passiflora incarnata or Passiflora coccinea
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East Syracuse, NY
Plants for a steep slope in New York
We just installed a swimming pool in our back yard, which is at the top of a south facing slope. After the pool was installed the slope is now 3 ft higher and very steep (unmowable). I'd guess steepe...
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Jordan, NY
Planting shrubs and flowers under pine trees in New York
We just started to plant flowers and the whole back side of our yard is pine trees. I was wondering what types of flowers can be planted under them, and what kind of plants or shrubs can be planted un...
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Hamilton, NY
Transplanting Blueberries in NY State
I would like to ask you about transplanting blueberry bushes. When can I move them? 3 of them are at least 10 years old and haven't done well in their current location. I have built a fence to keep t...
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binghamton, NY
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Binghamton, NY
Plants to prevent riverbank erosion in NY
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madison, NY
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Oneida, NY
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