Maine Home Garden News

Why are the pine needles turning yellow and dropping in my area?

Question: Many of my pine trees and many others in the area have turned unusually yellow and are dropping huge amounts of needles. I don’t remember ever seeing it this bad. Is this something I need to be concerned about? Answer: Jonathan Foster, Home Horticulture Outreach Professional There are numerous reasons why a white pine […]

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Why are the leaves on my lilac wilting?

Question: My usually healthy lilac has been wilting. It flowered as usual, but the wilting is getting worse. Do you have any ideas what would cause this and how to treat it? Answer: Jonathan Foster, Home Horticulture Outreach Professional I’m sorry to hear your lilac is under the weather. Unfortunately, there are a number of […]

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How do we fix our peach tree that split in half during a snow storm?

Question: We have a self pollenating peach tree that was damaged with our last snow storm. It was spilt in half. I put back together with bolts. It seems to be doing okay but I’m not sure what else to do to make sure it better. Answer: Jonathan Foster, Home Horticulture Outreach Professional Fruit trees […]

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Is there a remedy to the damaged leaves on my tomatillo?

Question: I’m trying to figure out what is going on with the leaves of my tomatillos. They were started from seeds inside a friend’s home and leaves started looking damaged about two weeks before they were given to me to transplant. Is it a fungus, or blight? It doesn’t seem to be bugs. Regular tomatoes […]

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How do I remove Crown Vetch from my meadow?

Question: I have a one and a half acre meadow behind my house that is infested with Crown Vetch. I have been trying to control the vetch by mowing in late spring (before flowering) and late fall. In the summer we have been pulling and or weed whacking when we see them plants starting to […]

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What is eating the leaves on my apple trees?

Question: Something is eating the apple trees. They have bloomed, but the leaves are being attacked. Can you help determine what is eating them/how to get them to stop? Answer: Jonathan Foster, Home Horticulture Outreach Professional There are numerous pests that can chew on apple leaves, and without other identifying clues it’s tough to say. […]

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How do you control Virginia Creeper?

Question: I find the Virginia Creeper to be a very invasive plant. It climbs up my lilacs 20 ft high, basically anything that isn’t evergreen. I went to trim my forsythia and half of what I cut off were Creeper vines. I also battled Norway Maples and the small leafed rose that are defined as […]

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Who do I remove Northeastern Sedge from my native wildflower meadow?

Question: I’ve been working with NRCS in establishing a native wildflower meadow on my property. The field is around 0.15 acres. I am in year two and Northeastern Sedge has taken over the field. Any suggestions? I thought about burning the field this fall and reseeding during frost heaving conditions.  Answer: Jonathan Foster, Home Horticulture […]

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How do I manage the invasive bamboo species on my property?

Question: I have some soft of invasive bamboo species that was introduced to my land by a utility tree truck a few years back. I am tackling it now and ripping up the root balls but I can’t find what species it is on your website. I was able to find a few photos of […]

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