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Q&A: What’s wrong with my cherry laurel shrubs?

Q: My cherry laurels do not look good. There are brown spots and holes on the leaves and white stuff on the trunk. What can I do? A: First, there is a lot to like about cherry laurels (Prunus laurocerasus)….

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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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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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The Elusive Fig

Fig questions have been pouring into the Home & Garden Information Center’s Ask an Expert service this fall. One reason for this, I think, is that most of Maryland’s fig trees were not “killed to the ground” during the relatively…

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Lawn and Garden Tips and Tricks for October

Houseplants Moving houseplants back indoors: Lessen the shock from the reduction of light by placing newly moved plants to a bright spot before moving them to their new location. Be careful not to overwater them during the adjustment period which…

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