Maryland Grows

Category: Lawn & Garden


How Invasive is Chinese Silvergrass?

Chinese silvergrass, Miscanthus sinensis, is a beautiful ornamental grass. In its native range, it inhabits disturbed areas and meadows. Here in North America, it escapes cultivation to occupy similar types of places, and, given enough time it can displace native…

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5 Steps to a Chesapeake Bay-Friendly Landscape

By changing a few simple landscape practices, you can help keep Maryland waterways healthy. 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…

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What’s Wrong with My Blue Spruce Tree?

Dr. Dave Clement, University of Maryland Extension Plant Pathologist, explains two common diseases of this popular evergreen tree.  Colorado blue spruce trees, although not native or adapted to Maryland, are commonly planted in landscapes for their attractive color and shape….

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Lawn and Garden Tips and Tricks for January

Fruits Order fruit plants from mail-order companies in January and February for early spring planting. Select recommended, disease resistant varieties when possible and be sure you indicate a desired shipping date. For help with selecting fruit varieties refer to our…

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Where Do Maryland’s Butterflies Overwinter?

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…

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Q&A: How do I care for a cyclamen plant I received as a gift?

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….

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Are Cheaper Vegetable and Flower Seeds Just as Good as More Expensive Seeds?

“Though I do not believe a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” From Faith in…

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