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Spotted Lanternfly Update: Be on the Lookout for Egg Masses

Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is a new invasive pest in the mid-Atlantic region. The first Spotted Lanternfly in Maryland was confirmed in Cecil County in October 2018. (See the Maryland Department of Agriculture press release.) This insect is known to…

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Winter Sowing: How I Get a Jump Start on My Summer Flower Garden

Winter sowing is a technique gardeners can use to start growing seeds outdoors during the winter months. If you have limited space for starting seeds indoors, winter sowing might be an option for you, depending on what you want to grow. I first tried winter sowing last year with…

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Q&A: What causes orchid leaves to turn yellow and shrivel?

Q: Why are my orchid leaves turning yellow and drying up? The plants are located in the bathtub where they get sun daily from the south and west window. A: While it is normal for the oldest leaves of moth…

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Q&A: They’re Orange and Black But Not Monarchs. What’s Eating My Milkweed Plant?

Q: I found these orange bugs all over the milkweed I planted for Monarch caterpillars. What are they and what, if anything, should I do about them? I don’t want to harm other organisms. A: What you have here are…

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Cardinal Flower Is for Hummingbirds

I gave up on my hummingbird feeder years ago. It was more than I wanted to do to keep up with changing the sugar solution every two to three days, as recommended to keep the food free of spoilage that…

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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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Q&A: What’s Wrong With My Pachysandra?

Q: We have a steep hill that is covered with mature Japanese Pachysandra that is dying. It is under a large tulip tree. This groundcover was healthy for more than twenty years. During the last couple of years the leaves have turned yellow…

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