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October Tips and Tasks 2020

Drain fly

Drain flies are found primarily in rooms or areas where there are drains such as kitchens, basements near floor drains, etc. Drain flies are small, 1/16 to 1/4 inch long, delicate and fuzzy. Their fuzzy wings make them easy to…

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What to do in the vegetable garden in June

How’s your garden growing? Are you busy planting and harvesting? Here are some tips and reminders for what to do this month. It’s summer now, at least according to the weather forecast, and likely you’ve put in many of your…

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May Tips and Tasks

If your azaleas, rhododendrons, and other spring-flowering shrubs are growing too large, prune them after they bloom. Thin out interior boxwood branches to improve air circulation and reduce disease problems such as volutella canker. Also, look out for boxwood blight. Move…

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January Tips and Tasks

Heavy snow and ice loads can damage shrubs. Using an upward motion, gently sweep snow loads off of shrubs to prevent breakage. But oftentimes bent or weighed down branches will spring back after the snow/ice melts. Problem tree branches (hanging…

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December Tips and Tasks

An amaryllis is a popular holiday gift. With proper care, they can bloom again. Maryland’s Lawn Fertilizer Law prohibits anyone from using fertilizer products to melt ice and snow on steps, sidewalks or driveways. Evergreens like hollies, boxwoods, and pines can be moderately…

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November Tips and Tasks

Mulch your perennials after the first hard freeze. This helps to protect them from frost heaving caused by the freezing and thawing of the soil. Mulch helps moderate temperature fluctuations, reducing this problem. Mulch should be no more than 2-3″…

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October Tips and Tasks

Fall coloration on white pines happens every fall but in some years it is more noticeable. The inner needles yellow and drop off. This can also occur on rhododendrons and other evergreen shrubs. This is normal for this time of year. Flower…

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