The Garden Thyme Podcast – Preventing Ticks

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You may have noticed our podcast name has changed. It has come to our attention the previous name may have been offensive to some listeners, and we apologize for not considering the issue beforehand. We want to emphasize that our podcast should be open to and enjoyed by all, and it was not our intent to discriminate or offend anyone. Thank you for understanding, and we look forward to bringing you more great episodes.

As quarantine guidelines loosen up in our communities, our gardens have not missed a step. It may feel like our lives our standing still but our gardens are a continual reminder that life is beautiful. For our July episode, we talk about propagating hydrangeas (~4:40), Japanese beetles (~12:00) and preventing ticks (~20:50), along with our native plant of the month: (marsh hibiscus, ~34:20), timely garden tips (~37:30) and our bug of the month (~eastern cicada killer wasp, 42:50).

The Garden Thyme Podcast is a monthly podcast where we help you get down and dirty in your garden, with timely gardening tips, information about native plants, and more! The Garden Thyme Podcast is brought to you by the University of Maryland Extension. If you have any garden questions, you can email us at For more Hosts are Mikaela Boley- Senior Agent Associate (Talbot County) for Horticulture, Rachel Rhodes- Agent Associate for Horticulture (Queen Anne’s County), and Emily Zobel-Senior Agent Associate for Agriculture (Dorchester County).


Lawn and Garden Tips and Tricks for September

Every month, we will highlight a few timely, key tips for Maryland homeowners’ lawns and gardens.


If needed, this is the ideal time to begin a total lawn renovation project. Total renovation is best if your lawn is always failing due to poor soil, has over 50% weeds or is mostly dead. For the best results, work in ample amounts of organic matter. Use leaf gro, thoroughly composted horse or cow manure or peat moss. See our page on lawn renovation and overseeding.

  • The dormancy (browning) of cool season grasses is a natural response that helps turfgrass survive drought and heat. Grasses that go dormant will usually green-up and grow vigorously again in the fall. If you have areas in your lawn that haven’t greened up yet you should consider reseeding them now.

Insects and Pests:

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