Maryland Grows

Category: Lawn & Garden


Holiday Gifts for Gardeners

Sweaters, socks, and chocolate-coated espresso beans are among the gifts that, for me anyway, fall into the essential and expected holiday gift category. But if you want to “wow” the gardeners in your life this year, consider these ideas from…

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Monthly Tips for December

Houseplants To keep holiday plants looking good longer, keep them away from dry, drafty locations. Do not place near heat vents, doorways or drafty windows. Increase humidity around plants by placing them on a tray lined with pebbles, shallowly filled…

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Urban Landowners in Maryland Have a Duty to Inspect Property and Handle Diseased or Damaged Trees to Prevent Damage to Neighbors

This is not legal advice. A frequently asked question is what a homeowner can do when a neighbor’s tree has become diseased and poses a danger. The neighbor may be trying to treat the tree to save the tree or…

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Pine Trees: Browning Foliage and Pine Cones – Featured Video

David Clement, Extension Specialist and Plant Pathologist, explains two common concerns homeowners have with their pine trees in the fall season: browning foliage and “what are these growths?” (hint: they’re just pine cones).

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The Nativar Dilemma: The Case of My Purple Ninebark & The Leaf Beetle

I thought I was doing the right thing. When I moved into my house 11 years ago, I found a purple barberry shrub (Berberis thunbergii) planted in the back yard by the previous owner. I thought right away, it had to…

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Monthly Tips for November

Ornamental Plants Pansies are a good choice for fall and winter color in the garden. If you want to plant pansies you need to do it very soon to assure that their roots get established for winter. As a bonus,…

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Ambrosia Beetles Are Behind Those Tubes

Q: These things like spaghetti pasta were sticking out of our tree that suddenly died. They crumbled when I touched them. Did they attack the tree and kill it? A: These are sawdust tubes pushed out by ambrosia beetles as they bore…

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