Most Maryland residents live within a half-mile of a storm drain, stream or river. Most of those waterways eventually drain into the Chesapeake Bay. What we do to maintain our own landscapes can affect the health of our local waterways (drainage ditches, streams, and rivers), the Chesapeake Bay, and our environment.
By changing a few simple landscape practices, you can help keep Maryland waterways healthy. The University of Maryland Extension (UME) Bay-Wise Program provides environmentally sound landscaping resources and Bay-Wise landscape certification opportunities to Maryland residents.
Many UME Master Gardeners from across the state of Maryland have been trained to educate the public about garden, landscape, and Bay-Wise best practices. UME Master Gardeners concentrate on several key Bay-Wise focus areas such as how to plant wisely, fertilize wisely, water efficiently, mulch appropriately, control stormwater runoff, encourage wildlife, and much more.
Who doesn’t love butterflies? It’s always a lift to see a butterfly or neat-looking moth flutter by on warm sunny days.
At this time of year, butterflies are but a memory. Where do they go and how do they survive our winters?
Most people are probably aware of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) and their incredible migration to the warmth of Mexico each year. There has been much discussion of their falling populations due to overwintering habitat destruction and their singular need for milkweed (Asclepias sp.) for egg laying and caterpillar food in our area during the growing season. With good habitat and plenty of milkweed, they can grow into the beautiful adults which make that long trek of 3,000 (!) miles to more sunshine. (Sounds pretty good right now, doesn’t it?)
Q: I received a cyclamen plant at a holiday party. Can you please tell me how to take care of it?
A: Cyclamen (Cylamen persicum) are popular houseplants for the winter holiday season. These plants originate from the Mediterranean region. In their native habitat, they bloom during the cool months and then go dormant during the hot, dry summer.