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December 29, 2016
  • Feeding koi in winter
  • How to get rid of leaf cutter ants
  • Addition to Garrett Juice Pro
  • Mistletoe on ant mounds
  • Uses for moringa
  • Trees turning brown from weather
  • When to plant a new Japanese maple
December 22, 2016
  • Spider webs on oak tree bark
  • Tree planting question - add soil to the hole?
  • Cutting back a tangerine beauty crossvine
  • Identify plant - Ardisia crenata
  • Evening out a row of magnolia trees
  • Copper based products in the Organic Program
  • Can dog manure go in compost?
  • Chinkapin oak in Clinton, OK
  • Which heater did Howard buy for his greenhouse?
December 15, 2016
  • January Organic Maintenance
  • When to mow buffalograss in winter
  • Attaching swings to trees
  • Burlap vs. floating row cover
  • Mulching leaves in St. Augustine
  • Identify insects - Aphids
December 8, 2016
  • Cutting back blackfoot dasies for the winter
  • Oncor notice in Richardson neighborhood
  • Ants and earwigs in the house problem
  • Spraying oils for overwintering insects
  • How often to water in winter
December 1, 2016
  • Starting over advice
  • Bird feeders attracting rodents
  • Comparison of organic and conventional yards
  • Spreading cornmeal advice
  • Evergreen shade tree suggestions
November 24, 2016
  • Mushroom fruiting on tree
  • Leaf debris and grass clippings
  • Ant hill in shrub
  • Type of cornmeal for foot fungus
  • Sick cedar elm tree advice
  • Transplanting maples - tap root question
  • Spraying oils for insect control

November 17, 2016

  • Getting rid of stinkhorn mushrooms
  • Snails and slugs on hosta
  • Heating alfalfa fields
  • Bluebonnets sprouting
  • Over seeding lawn in winter
  • Landscape design ideas - Howard's book
  • Worms in dried molasses
  • Identify plant - Creeping Charlie
  • Bird feeder question
  • When to plant garlic
  • When to cut asparagus tops for winter

November 10, 2016

  • December Organic Maintenance
  • Identify bug - send to A&M 
  • Milk products in compost pile
  • Rose rosette update
  • Apply cornmeal to St. Augustine brown patch

November 3, 2016

  • Moving sweet almond verbeena
  • Zeolite & Sick Tree Treatment for bradford pear
  • Treating scale on St. Augstine
  • What to do with potted asparagus ferns in winter
  • Identify insect - Crane fly
  • Replacing grass on skirt between sidewalk and street
  • Hydrogen peroxide for wound on golden ball lead tree
  • Will killing taproot hurt tree?

October 27, 2016

  • Mexican sycamore - how long for full growth?
  • Straightening a leaning tree and planting shrubs
  • Identify weed - Spurge
  • Replant roses & small plant year round color suggestions
  • Identify plants - Althea & Bulbine
  • What to do with lots of pecan shells
  • London plane tree problems
  • Wireworm damage on potatoes

October 20, 2016

  • Bacterial leaf scortch on elm tree
  • Properly exposed root flares
  • Getting rid of an ant mound without harming plants
  • Cracking of fruit caused by uneven moisture in soil
  • Automatic sprinkler settings in cooler weather
  • Switching from grass to shade tolerant groundcovers

October 13, 2016

  • Controlling voles, gophers, mice and rats
  • Sick pindo palm tree
  • Fasciation on asparagus
  • Identify insect - Io moth caterpillar

October 6, 2016

  • Pecan tree roots
  • Question about TORC online course
  • Odor elimination tips - XO Odor Neutralizer
  • Cover crops question
  • Allergies - Goldenrod or Ragweed?
  • Contolling stink bugs
  • Fall color on trees

September 29, 2016

  • Brown spots on red oak leaves
  • Trimming shoots on pecan tree stump
  • Liquid seaweed spray for spider mites
  • Best fall vegetables for part shade
  • Yellow or brown on cedar elm foliage
  • Starting fall garden in clay soil
  • Best time to plant new tree in yard

September 22, 2016

  • Oreganos for edible groundcovers
  • Flower to plant for wife - Turk's Cap
  • How to water newly transplanted live oak
  • White splotches on yaupon holly, Root flare exposure
  • Good pecan production - Organic Pecan & Fruit Program

September 15, 2016

  • How to stop pecan trees sprouting in flower beds
  • Winterizing fertilizer;  Dog urine stains on grass
  • Is it too late in season to lay down sod?
  • Insect control in new vegetable garden

September 8, 2016

  • Identify plant - Milkweed
  • Fertilizing citrus trees
  • Verticillium wilt on magnolia
  • Type of pear tree to plant this fall
  • Identify - Calla lily seeds
  • Landscape company planting live oak trees in burlap

September 1, 2016

  • Spots on zucchini plants
  • Controlling sand burrs or grassburs
  • Pine tree advice
  • What kind of pine trees for black clay soil?
August 25, 2016
  • Getting rid of toadstools
  • Identify insect - Yellownecked Caterpillar
  • Red oak problems
  • Cornmeal for boxwood blight
  • Neighbor uses mothballs to repel snakes - toxic
  • Fall planting flowers
  • Damaged bur oak - Tree trunk goop
August 18, 2016
  • August Organic Maintenance
  • Garrett Juice Plus shelf life
  • Fall vegetables for part shade advice, Garlic chives
  • How to kill bermudagrass in garden
August 11, 2016
  • Identify - Gall
  • Dr. Ohira Probiotics
  • How to make Bti spray
  • How to control mosquitos in home
  • Top 3 indoor plants
  • Azaleas dying
  • Exposing root flare on bradford pear
  • Vinca wilts every summer
  • Identify insect - Woolly bear moth
August 4, 2016
  • Non-toxic yellow jacket control
  • Good things to plant
  • Types of rye grass
  • Is it OK to water at night?
  • Shummard red oak damage
  • Local insectary listing
  • Wrapped tree trunks
  • Non-toxic head lice treatment
July 28, 2016
  • Controlling mesquite trees on ranch
  • Saltpeter for killing stumps
  • Fig leaves turning brown
  • Plum tree problems
  • Young oak tree
  • Mole scram in vegetable garden
  • Identify plant - Mexican firebush
  • Woodpecker
July 21, 2016 
  • July Organic Maintenance
  • Getting rid of bamboo permanently
  • Bigtooth maple
  • Backpack sprayer
  • Okra problems
  • Types of crape myrtles
July 14, 2016
  • Failing cherry laurel - Replace with crape myrtle
  • Identify plant - Privet
  • Where to purchase white mistflower
  • Garrett Juice - How often to use
  • How much to prune roses and sage
  • Nutgrass control
  • Moth eggs around house
  • Desert rose
  • Controlling brownpatch in St. Augustine
  • Stop mockingbirds from eating tomatoes and peppers
  • Golden delicious apple trees
  • Identify fungus - slime mold
  • Corn gluten feed v. corn gluten meal
July 7, 2016
  • Identify insect - Squash vine borer
  • Tree for centerpiece / focal point of back yard
  • White bugs on aralia
  • Soil building in Eastern Colorado
June 30, 2016
  • Creosote contamination cleanup
  • Using eggshells in soil or compost
  • How to spread lava sand
  • Where to get quality compost in North Texas
  • St. Augustine hybrid called DALSA
  • Raising mowing height - Bermuda grass
  • Edging or trench around shrub beds
  • Fungus on chinquapin oak trees
June 23, 2016
  • Eden climbing rose losing leaves
  • Controlling aphids
  • Where to buy Garrett Juice in Austin
  • Edging around roots
  • Lavender blooms dying
  • Removing hackberries around fence
  • Pollinators
  • Organic yard with two golden retrievers
June 16, 2016
  • June Organic Maintenance
  • Drowned tree, Getting rid of wild carrots
  • Organic ant control
  • Which type of herbicide for weeds in veggie garden
  • Grass dying from shade in lawn
  • Leaf spot on Indian hawthorne
June 9, 2016
  • Identify plant - Trumpet vine
  • Tree trouble in Spring
  • Cicada killers and wasps
  • How to store home made Garrett Juice
  • Identify bacteria - Nostoc
  • Get rid of fire ants in compost bin
  • Why are some tomatoes mushy
  • Planting heirloom tomato varieties next to each other
  • Identify insect - Tree hopper nymph
  • How much Bio SI with Garret Juice Plus
June 2, 2016
  • Alaska fish fertilizer, Garrett Juice
  • Phylloxera gall on pecan tree
  • Quackgrass and Roundup
  • Cutting pods off empress tree
  • How much Garrett Juice Plus
  • Mosquitos inside house, Bti
  • Identify plant - Spiderwort
  • Organic pesticide for black flies and buffalo gnats
May 26, 2016
  • Azomite question
  • How to get rid of chiggers
  • How to kill clump bamboo
  • Contractor used toxic chemicals in flower bed, how to detox soil and what to tell him
  • Compost and sand around tree while planting
  • Exposing pecan tree root flare
  • X-O Odor Neutralizer for dog urine smell
  • How to get rid of stink bugs
  • Pruning red oak tree
  • SIgning up for the Natural-Organic Certification Course
  • Bti for repelling gnats and flies
May 19, 2016
  • Identify insect - grubworm larvae
  • Planting red yucca seeds
  • Grow roses from seed - rose hips
  • Growing buffalo grass in sun / shade
  • Kill tree stump, Roses turning yellow
  • How often to spray garlic pepper tea
  • Tomato diseases and treatment
  • Champion Pecan Tree, Measuring tree diameter
May 12, 2016
  • June Organic Maintenance
  • Organic pesticide for tomatoes 
  • Flea problem, nematodes, flea control products
  • Eldarica pine trees dying
  • Vinegar for sidewalk weeds
  • How to make orange oil
  • East palatka holly tree, House foundation damage
May 5, 2016
  • Whole ground cornmeal, Corn gluten meal
  • Seaweed substitute in Garrett Juice formula
  • Aphid control
  • All soy is GMO
  • Hole and weeping in trunk of red oak, Sick tree treatment
  • Recommendations for ball moss
  • Bloodgood Japanese maples, full sunlight, Injecting Bt
  • Only native soil in the backfill
April 28, 2016
  • Minneapolis bans Roundup
  • Identify plants - Yarrow, field madder, mushrooms
  • Bugs on grapevine
  • Yellow jacket and wasp infestation - organic treatments
  • Will extra fertilizer help hollies and thinning grass?
  • Correct amount of Garret Juice for square footage
  • Treatment for fungal disease on tomatoes
April 21, 2016
  • Pear tree too deep, root ball, sick tree treatment
  • Patching trunks of oaks, tree trunk goop
  • Controlling poa annua
  • Controlling white flies
  • Landscape companies stacking mulch around tree trunks
  • New weeping peach, Is it too early for sick tree treatment?
  • Identify plant - Virginia buttonweed
  • Bed preparation details
  • Are wild onions safe to eat?
April 14, 2016
  • May Organic Maintenance
  • Identify plant - Virginia creeper
  • Beneficial nematodes instead of Amdro for fire ants
  • Recommendations for fall color - Big Tooth Maple
April 7, 2016
  • Moving heirloom tomatoes
  • Where to get dawn redwoods
  • Fuji apple trees, Cutter ants
  • Killing an acre of goatheads
  • Only half of figs maturing
  • Indian hawthorne in partial shade
  • Deterring dogs from pulling up English ivy
  • Vegetables or food that can be grown in shade
  • How to learn organic methods - Natural-Organic Course




 

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