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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why aren't my flowers and veggies growing well?
A. Soil is the basis for growing all our flowers and veggies.  If your plants are not getting the nutrients they need a soil test will let you know.  Click below to find out how easy it is to submit a soil test to VCE.
Q. What is this insect on my plant? 


A. Insect identification can be difficult.  Click below to find out how easy it is to submit an insect for identification.

Q. What is wrong with my sick plant?


A.  Problems of insect damage and/or diseases and viruses of  plants can be submitted to the VCE office fpr analysis by either the cooperative agent or Virginia Tech.

More Frequently Asked Questions!


Q. What is the Difference Between

Moles and Voles?












- Voles are rodents

- Moles are insectivores

- Voles eat plant material. Think V - Vegetation 

- Moles eat insects/bugs underground. Think M - Meat

- Moles dig the tunnels through our lawn to get to grubs and earthworms.  

- Voles use the moles' tunnels to travel underground to plants and then chew the base and roots of the plant.


Keep mulch pulled back from the base of plants to avoid giving voles a place to hide while they munch away.


The following publication explains more about moles and control options.


Moles - Biology and Behavior


Q. What Zone Do I Live In ?


A. In Hampton, VA we are in Zone 8A

Q. Weed or a Flower?

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