Maryland Grows

Category: Lawn & Garden


Q&A: What’s wrong with my hydrangea flowers?

Q: My hydrangea bloomed white but instead of turning red it turned brown. What is happening to the petals and what can be done? A: A disease called Botrytis blight can cause spots and browning symptoms on the flower petals…

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Monthly Tips for August

Fruit If you must apply a pesticide, spray during the coolest parts of the day and follow label directions closely. Harvesting fruit before peak ripeness helps minimize problems with yellow jackets and sap beetles. Yellowjacket bottle traps are commercially available…

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No-till gardening and weed barriers

In a mid-March post, I wrote about the advantages of using heavy-duty weed barrier fabric to smother weeds and create a no-till plant bed. In mid-June, I found myself with two beds that were starting to get weedy. The winter…

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Reminder! 2018 Home & Garden Information Center Survey – Respond by July 31

The University of Maryland Extension Home & Garden Information Center (HGIC) is conducting a brief survey of its Ask a Gardening Expert service. This service is conducted by Maryland Certified Professional Horticulturists, employed by HGIC, who answer home gardening, lawn care, and pest management…

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Plants for Monarchs: Milkweeds and More

Q: I planted seeds of what I thought was a milkweed (Asclepias). The plants look somewhat like milkweed, but they are close to 4 feet tall with no sign of flower buds to confirm their identity. There are leaf buds…

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Q&A: Is this giant hogweed or poison hemlock?

Q: I think I might have giant hogweed on my property, or maybe it is poison hemlock. How can I tell for sure? A: Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) was found recently in Clarke County, Virginia, and it has raised awareness and…

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Monthly Tips for July

Ornamental Plants Chrysanthemums should be cut back halfway to encourage fall blooming. If not trimmed they will bloom later this month and not in the fall. Pinch out the flower buds of asters, mums, goldenrod and other fall bloomers to…

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