Question: I hope you can help with a small problem with our dwarf peach tree. Something is shredding the leaves, and I cannot see anything after a close inspection. Could this be a nocturnal pest?
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Question: Help! My Italian cypress are drying out and dying mostly from the top down. They have their own bubblers for water.
Question: We have an all-in-one almond tree with the shells just now starting to break through the skins. I was told that September is when the nuts are harvested. I’m wondering if you have a rule of thumb on harvesting these trees.
Question: We are new to raising pomegranates. We have been watering them and have cut off most of the suckers but need to know when they should be ready to be picked.
Question: I have a roselle hibiscus plant. I’m trying to make the Mexican agua de jamaica. It has grown well and has many flowers, but I am afraid I will lose it if I don’t harvest and dry it correctly. When do I harvest it, and how do I dry it?
Cochineal scale is that white, fuzzy stuff on some cactuses. The scale insect itself is beneath the fuzzy stuff, where it lies protected and can feed on plant juices.
Question: Every year, my zucchini plants are infested and destroyed by gray-colored beetles. How do I get rid of the beetles?
Nearly all figs are self-fertile, and all the figs I have tested in our climate do well. It is just a matter of your preference in taste.
Early harvesting and installing special netting to protect trees are the best ways to beat birds to eating your fruit.
Anna apples will do better if they are shaded by the eight canopy of the tree and not exposed directly to sunlight all day long.
Just because plants are labeled as nematode resistant doesn’t guarantee that they will be resistant to the microscopic worms.
A lack of squash development may be due to poor pollination, which is most likely because of cool weather and poor bee activity.
The ingredients and methods for composting are the same regardless of where you live, but those who reside in the Southwest may want to consider a few additional suggestions.
Pecan trees will do well in this climate, but I would not recommend them as a shade tree in the desert.