Maryland Grows

Category: Lawn & Garden


Q&A:  Why didn’t Japanese maples lose their leaves last fall?

Q:  Most of my Japanese maples are still full of dead leaves. They never exfoliated in the fall to leave bare branches. Will this affect new growth in the spring? Should I just let them be? A: We have received…

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Featured Video: Mushrooms and Trees’ Symbiotic Relationship

David Clement, Ph.D. Extension Specialist, Plant Pathology, explains how fungi grow and feed on tree roots under the ground and sprout above ground as mushrooms. Visit the Home & Garden Information Center website to learn more about Wood Rots and…

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Plant Selection: The Big Picture

Before deciding what plants to buy, determine what you want your overall landscape to do for you. Are you an avid gardener, have an active family, or want a landscape that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance? The answer indicates…

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Lawn and Garden Tips for February

Lawn Late February through the end of March is the second-best time (the optimum time is late August through mid-October) to overseed your lawn to make it thicker or to cover bare areas. The freezing and thawing of the soil…

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Q&A: What Is Causing Trees to Lose Their Bark?

Several observations of tree bark damage like this have been reported to the University of Maryland Extension’s Home & Garden Information Center (HGIC) recently.  Q: I was walking in the woods near my house and noticed bark trimmed off a…

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How Climate Change Works

In my last post, I addressed some common questions that farmers ask about climate change. Although I considered why the scientific information documenting climate change is trustworthy, I didn’t actually explain how climate change works. A savvy reader picked up…

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7 Cheery Blooming Houseplants to Help You Beat the Winter Blues

The winter doldrums have settled in and as we count down the days to spring, why not brighten up your interior spaces with houseplants? Blooming plants cheer up a room with pops of color. Popular as gifts, their big advantage…

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