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Vienna, VA
Removing nut grass and wild strawberry in Vienna VA
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Vienna, VA
Hedge shrubs that attract butterflies & birds in Virginia
Hi - I need recommendations for north VA hedge shrubs that attract butterflies and birds. Thanks
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Oakton, VA
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Oakton, VA
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fairfax, VA
Mosquito-deterring plants for shady hillside
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Fairfax, VA
Invasives species experiment from Fairfax VA
Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, I have some friends that need an experiment on Invasive Species fast. They are in 11th grade at Robinson secondary school. Are you able to help? Its due in June and they don'...
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Fairfax, VA
Small evergreen shrubs for Fairfax VA
I have a 2' wide 6' long strip between a brick wall and the front walk leading up to the entry way. Lavender has been a pain and I would like to replace it with an attractive evergreen alternate. ...
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Fairfax, VA
Improperly prepared building site in Virginia
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Fairfax, VA
Cultivars off native plants attracting pollinators from Fairfax VA
When trying to create a native garden/habitat- should you avoid using cultivars of the native plant? Nurseries around us keep trying to tell us that using a cultivar of the native plant we actually wa...
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Fairfax, VA
Small native flowering tree for Virginia
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Fairfax, VA
Nectar from Lonicera sempervirens edible from Fairfax VA
Is the nectar from Lonicera sempervirens edible?
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Fairfax, VA
Best way to plant sedges on a slope in Fairfax, VA.
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Farifax, VA
Replacement for Globe Thistle in Virginia
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Falls Church, VA
Need suggestions for plants for a 45 degree slope in Falls Church, VA.
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Mclean, VA
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McLean, VA
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Last year we lost a large pine that was part of privacy screen and we replaced it with two Eastern red cedars. There is still a substantial gap that won't be filled in by the cedars and we were cons...
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McLean, VA
Small Tree or Shrub for Northern Virginia
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Reston, VA
Native plants for dry shade in Virginia
I live in Reston, Virginia and have dry shade. What are the best plants to use for my garden. Xeriscaping and native plants are important considerations.
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Reston, VA
Identification of Beetleweed or Galax as
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Reston, VA
Chipmunk in the garden.
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Great Falls, VA
Deer--resistant plants for Great Falls, VA
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