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From Moth to Monster: Hornworms Return

A few weeks ago you were sitting back admiring your freshly planted garden. Neat little rows of tomato, pepper, squash, and cucumber plants accompanied by flowers and herbs were all planted in view from your back deck. As you sat…

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Is This a Pollinator? Five Types of Pollinating Insects You Can Find in Maryland

Gardeners, naturalists, researchers, conservationists, politicians — everybody talks about pollinators these days. It seems that pollinators need our help and we need to help them help us. However, it is really hard to protect something that we don’t fully know….

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Monthly Tips for April

Outdoor Garden and Yard Tips Cedar-apple rust disease forms its galls on Virginia cedar (Juniperus virginiana) in April. The odd-looking galls are at first bright orange gelatinous balls with long “horns” or projections; they later turn brown and become hard. They are…

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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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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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