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A gardener laments lessons hard won

If only I’d known.  How many times have we slapped our forehead at our gardening follies and mumbled that under our breath.  So today, I am paying homage to the lessons my garden has taught me.   Soil is god.  Healthy…

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November Tips and Tasks

Tree island

Prune dormant shade trees that need to be pruned. Begin by removing all dead, diseased branches, and making any necessary cosmetic cuts. Do not cut branches flush with the trunk. Leave the branch collar (swollen area on the trunk of a tree…

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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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