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Prosperity, SC
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Chappells, SC
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Muscadine vine has white sticky substance on leaves and vines, what is it?
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Saluda, SC
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I lived in Texas for several years and now live on acreage in South Carolina. I have heard that bluebonnets don't grow well in South Carolina. However, there is a place by the road near our house t...
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Leesville, SC
Non-poisonous trees to shade horse pasture in Leesville SC
Please list NON-poisonous trees for horses in South Carolina. I would live to plant a few trees along the fence of my horse pasture and in my horse pasture for shade.
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Lexington, SC
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Johnston, SC
Native evergreen trees or shrubs for privacy screen in South Carolina
Mr. Smarty Plants, we recently lost a grove of eleven 30+ year old white pine trees in a storm this month. They provided a natural 42'x30' screen to the front of our property and home. What type o...
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Johnston, SC
Native evergreen trees or shrubs for privacy screen in South Carolina
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Hodges, SC
Can beautyberries be used to make jelly from Hodges SC
Since the beautyberry bush berries were used for tea to help with colic, can the berries be used for making jelly?
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West Columbia, , SC
Ways to eliminate non-native bermuda grass from West Columbia SC
Could you kill bermuda grass by heavy over-fertilizing it? Or black, solid plastic cloth? Thanks
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Blythewood, SC
Space between trees from Blythewood SC
I'm planting 4 green giants in a back corner of my yard. I also have a kumquat tree to plant. I have somewhat limited space. What is the minimum spacing between the four green giants and the green gi...
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Ridgeway, SC
Need a pretty ground cover to control erosion in Rigdeway, SC.
What is a fast, pretty ground cover blanket to control erosion on steep hill. gets full sun.
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Ridgeway, SC
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I have an unknown houseplant that seems to have some sort of pest or disease on it. It has white snowy specks atop its leaf. I bought this purple fuzzy leafed houseplant from Walmart in Winnsboro, SC ...
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edgefield, SC
Fast growing, possibly invasive trees for South Carolina
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Columbia, SC
Climbing vines that are deer resistant
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Columbia, SC
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Columbia, SC
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Simpsonville, SC
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Simpsonville, SC
Grasses for a wildflower meadow in Greenville, SC
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