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Monthly Tips for August

Fruit If you must apply a pesticide, spray during the coolest parts of the day and follow label directions closely. Harvesting fruit before peak ripeness helps minimize problems with yellow jackets and sap beetles. Yellowjacket bottle traps are commercially available…

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Monthly Tips for July

Ornamental Plants Chrysanthemums should be cut back halfway to encourage fall blooming. If not trimmed they will bloom later this month and not in the fall. Pinch out the flower buds of asters, mums, goldenrod and other fall bloomers to…

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Monthly Tips for June

Ornamental Plants Attract beneficial insects to your landscape by planting a wide variety of flowering annuals and perennials that will bloom over the entire growing season. Good choices are plants in the following families: daisy (marigolds, daisies, asters, mums), carrot…

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Monthly Tips for May

Lawn Always mow cool season grasses, like tall fescue and bluegrass, at a height of 3 inches. Mowing the lawn too close weakens the grass and permits many weeds to invade your lawn. Keep your mower blades sharp to prevent turf damage. Dry…

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Lawn and Garden Tips for April

Wildlife Eastern box turtles and various species of snakes are coming out of hibernation and may visit your yard. Box turtles are becoming scarce throughout much of Maryland because of road mortality and habitat destruction. Observe turtles, but don’t collect…

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Lawn and Garden Tips for March

Ornamental Plants Starting Seeds Indoors – Many types of annual flower plants can be started indoors this month. Generally, most are started 5-6 weeks before they are planted outdoors. Spring bulbs are emerging and some are even flowering at this time. Exposed leaves…

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Lawn and Garden Tips and Tricks for December

Lawn Get a head start on spring lawn projects by submitting a soil test now. Keeping the soil pH in the 6.0 – 7.0 range is very important in maintaining healthy turf. Hand-pull winter annual weeds now to keep them from going…

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