A: Suggest you go to two different sites to research the method that is best for you. Both are recommended extension sites. (1) www.growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-fireants (2) www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/vegetables/gardening/hgic1263.html
Q: Can I use Malathion spray on squash blossoms? I've read that Sevin kills bees so I didn't want to use this.
A: Malathion is also very toxic to bees. You didn't mention why you were spraying but, if it's because of the squash vine border, here's an extension link that will provide you with biology and management of these pests:
A: You should prune in the winter when the plants are dormant. Depending on the harshness of the weather, it is safer to do it in January rather than in earlier months. Bear in mind, next year's harvest might be slightly less.
Q: My green beans are cut off around base of their stalks. I don't have rabbits, deer or voles but have had fire ants in the past. What could be doing this?
A: Believe it or not, sounds like the fire ants are the culprit. They can chew the stalks in two. Suggest you try to organically treat the fire ants. You can read more at this link:
A: Thank you for caring about the bees! We'll contact the Union County Beekeepers and see if there is someone that can come and retrieve the hive. We'll contact you via phone call with a contact.
A: We suggest you select smaller ones that appear to be healthy to give them the best chance to survive. Be sure to get as much of the root ball as possible. Tip: Use permanent marker to mark the north side of the tree and replant facing the same direction to prevent sun scald. Best time to transplant will be in the late fall and very early spring. No need to amend the soil
A: Sound like it coul be Shothole Borers. We'd suggest you get an arborist to take a look at it to see exactly how much infestation you have. Also, there is usually something else that has weakened the tree before they attack. Here's an extension link that should provide more information:
We would recommend you wait until the fall to plant. Although the trees may survive this spring, our summers can be extremely hot and dry. They would require a lot of hand watering. Fall is an optimum time to plant them because it gives them time to establish their root systems before the winter sets in.
A: You will get some help by creating bat purple marlin homes. The attached extension link will give you more information and additional options. www.extension.purdue.edu/waterquality/resources/mosquitoes1.htm
Q: I've planted lawn grass that has a variety of seeds including Kentucky Blue grass, Perennial Rye grass and Creeping Red grass. Will these spread?
A: Out of the seeds you listed, only the Blue Grass will spread. The other grasses are bunch varieties.
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