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Pests on Fan Tex Ash
July 30, 2015
We planted a Fan Tex Ash last year on our property. It's doing very well, but there are a lot of large stink bugs, yellow jackets and red wasps on it daily. We cannot seem to find any information on ...
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Powdery Mildew on Monterrey Oak
July 30, 2015
Monterrey oak developing gray-white patches on some but not all leaves leading to wilting. could this be powdery mildew? Tree not stressed. Thanks. Best treatment?
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July 27, 2015
Hi, thanks for all your help in the past! I have a generous spot in my spacious back yard that is begging to be filled. The top soil is 4" sandy loam, below which is black clay.With frog strangler r...
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Why is my Texas mountain laurel growing so slowly?
July 22, 2015
I have a Mountain Laurel, Anacacho Orchid Tree and Desert Willow on the northern side of our yard - all three get full sun most of the day. The Mountain Laurel is closer to the east side. The other...
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Stopping erosion on bank of a Florida retention pond
July 21, 2015
I live on a retention pond, which has had all vegetation killed by the lake doctor. As a result the bank has eroded so there is a drop off directly to the water rather than a sloping bank. What plan...
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Can the non-native ylang ylang tree grow outdoors in Arizona
July 14, 2015
Can the ylang ylang tree grow outdoors in Casa Grande, Arizona?
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Looking for an evergreen vine to grow on trellis as a privacy screen
July 11, 2015
Hello, I'm looking for an evergreen vine to grow on a free standing trellis. It is used as a screen on our back porch, so ideally we would not like to use anything that flowers due to the insects ...
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Source for Pyrus ioensis var. Texana
July 09, 2015
Any idea where I can find Pyrus (now Malus) ioensis var. texana for sale around the Austin area?
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Magnolia in West Virginia ?
July 07, 2015
Hello, is the Dwarf sweet magnolia a native shrub to WV?
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Rocky Stream Bank Plants for Dallas, TX
July 02, 2015
Need live stake shrubbery or tree ideas for a rocky stream bank prone to high water. Thank you
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