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Q&A: Can you recommend plants that provide food for birds?

Q: This summer’s mysterious bird illness has me thinking…I’ve become more interested in birds during the past two years and would like to attract them to my yard with plants. Are there favored recommendations? A: Bird-attracting landscaping definitely beats out…

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Rain Gardens – The Garden Thyme Podcast

In this month’s episode, we are chatting all about the benefits of rain gardens (~12:45).  Every time itrains, water runs off impervious surfaces such as roofs, driveways, roads, and parking lots, collectingpollutants along the way. Maryland’s average rainfall is about…

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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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