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Great Grasses for Maryland Landscapes

What are some beautiful plants that are relatively easy to maintain and unappealing to deer? Take a look at the ornamental and native grasses! Ornamental grasses are plants that provide year-round beauty, texture, persistent ground cover, erosion control, and a…

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Q&A: How Can I Remove Lawn and Create a Native Habitat for Birds and Butterflies?

Q: Our place is almost entirely lawn and we want to convert the yard into a biodiverse, native habitat for birds and butterflies. Since it is almost fall, do we cover the grass areas with newspaper and then mulch on…

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My Pachysandra is Dying, What Can I Plant in Its Place?

Resident seeks groundcover options to replace Pachysandra. Photo: University of Maryland Extension / Ask an Expert Q: My Pachysandra is Dying, What Can I Plant in Its Place? A patch of Japanese Pachysandra in my yard was formerly healthy but…

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Q&A: How Can I Make a Naturalistic Garden Look Intentional?

Q: I would like to plant a more natural garden but am worried about irritating the neighbors who might think it is sloppy or not a garden at all! Any advice? A: Make a natural garden look intentional. Here are…

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Japanese Maples in Maryland Landscapes: Plant Location & Care Are Keys to Success

The group of small ornamental shade trees lumped under the name Japanese maples, Acer palmatum and A. japonicum, and their many hybrids, are very popular with gardeners and plant enthusiasts. Most of the questions we receive about problems with Japanese…

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5 Steps to a Chesapeake Bay-Friendly Landscape

By changing a few simple landscape practices, you can help keep Maryland waterways healthy. Most Maryland residents live within a half-mile of a storm drain, stream or river. Most of those waterways eventually drain into the Chesapeake Bay.  What we…

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How to Avoid Most Plant Problems with One Concept – Right Plant, Right Place

Many plant problems in the landscape could be avoided by choosing the right plant for the purpose and the site. Many insects and diseases are opportunists, taking advantage of plants that are stressed and aren’t healthy enough to fight back….

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