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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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What Can I Do About My Neighbor’s Plants Coming Onto My Property?

Maryland property owners are limited to self-help when dealing with plants encroaching on their properties. This is not legal advice. Have a neighbor who has planted bamboo or another invasive plant species near your shared property line and now that…

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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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The Buzz About Bee-Bee Tree: A New Invader in Maryland

The sound of buzzing insects is so loud that it stops you in your tracks during a walk in the woods. Looking around, you find a tree laden with large, 10-12” clusters of small creamy white flowers with every bee,…

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Q&A: Is Burning Bush an Invasive Plant?

Q: A friend has offered me a sapling of a burning bush. I am a little concerned about it being invasive. Could you please tell me if this is a true concern? Thanks. A: Yes, the burning bush shrub, also…

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Sustainable Landscaping on the Eastern Shore

Do you have property on the Maryland Eastern Shore? Are you looking to revamp — or just add finishing touches — to your home’s landscape? Are you interested in having a landscape that is both ecologically-friendly and low maintenance? If…

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