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Jackson, TN
Identification of a vine in Tennessee
I am trying to identify a vine growing on the ground under what looks to be a holly bush. I have pictures of it if there is an email I can send them to? Thank You!!!!
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Alamo, TN
Grasses for area under pecan tree in Tennessee
I have two big pecan trees in my yard and would like to know what kind of grasses would thrive in the shade and also survive for my area of the country.
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Enville, TN
Edible plants in shade in Enville TN
I have a flower bed against the back of my house with nothing in it. We moved into this house late last year and I was planning on planting some tomato plants there until I discovered it never gets an...
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Savannah, TN
Identification of plant from Tennessee
I was trying to find the identity of a plant my Grandmother grew around her house in West Tennessee. It was a nonflowering plant, about 12-24 in tall, had thornless leaves similar in shape to holly l...
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Austin, TX
Problems with non-native privet in Austin
My 2 privet shrubs/bushes facing the east in a shady area seem to be have less leaves and dead flowers, while across a walk way that 1 privet shrub/bush has lots of green leaves with lots of dying flo...
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Grand Junction, TN
Control of non-native invasive ground ivy in Grand Junction TN
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Oakland, TN
Bees on non-native holly from Oakland TN
I have bees all over my Nellie Stevens holly. Can I spray anything to alleviate this issue?
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Camden, TN
Possible gourd vine growing in backyard in Camden, TN.
I have a long green vine growing in my backyard. It's got green bulbs the size of kiwi on it and they're filled with white seeds. I would appreciate it if you guys could tell me what it is! Thanks!
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Moscow, TN
Problems with morning glory in Tennessee.
I recently moved to Tennessee from Michigan. On my property I have a perennial morning glory. This year the leaves are all bubbly, the stems have white hard stuff on them and there is a brown hard t...
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Brighton, TN
Attracting butterflies in Tennessee
What flowers and plants do the caterpillars in Tennessee eat? And do you know what butterflies live in Tipton Co. Tennessee?
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Arlington, TN
Cypress poisonous to livestock from Arlington, TN
Are green giant cypress poisonous to livestock?
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Paris, TN
Tea made from timothy grass
My mom and I have been drinking tea made from Timothy grass seed for many years, 40 at least. It is delicious, and refreshing. My question is can you see any harm in drinking tea made from the seeds o...
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Collierville, TN
Planting horsetail indoors from Collierville TN
I would like to plant horsetail indoors. Can it handle the inside? Will it try to go dormant or it that a temperature trigger which means it will not go dormant?
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Wayne County, TN
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Germantown, TN
Native wildflowers for Tennessee
Can you suggest some native wildflowers for west Tennessee and a source for seeds?
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Murray, KY
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Centerville, TN
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Memphis, TN
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Memphis, TN
An evergreen, deer-resistant shrub for Memphis
I need an evergreen, deep to partial shade, deer resistant shrub or tree. Does such a plant exist?
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