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Our Favorite Trees

What are your favorite trees? The Watershed Restoration Specialists from the University of Maryland Extension Sea Grant Program recently shared what their favorite trees are and why. As Watershed Specialists, we spend a lot of time helping people decide which…

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Why Are So Many Oak Trees Dying This Year?

This season the Home and Garden Information Center has received a tremendous number of questions on rapid browning and death of many of our oak trees in urban landscapes and forest situations.  Even though it would be convenient to point…

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For Those Who Are Looking, There Are Sycamores

I knew I had to go back to school to study horticulture when I was in my mid-twenties. Every day on my way to work I found myself looking out the windows at trees instead of watching the road. The…

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Urban Landowners in Maryland Have a Duty to Inspect Property and Handle Diseased or Damaged Trees to Prevent Damage to Neighbors

This is not legal advice. A frequently asked question is what a homeowner can do when a neighbor’s tree has become diseased and poses a danger. The neighbor may be trying to treat the tree to save the tree or…

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Pine Trees: Browning Foliage and Pine Cones – Featured Video

David Clement, Extension Specialist and Plant Pathologist, explains two common concerns homeowners have with their pine trees in the fall season: browning foliage and “what are these growths?” (hint: they’re just pine cones).

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Ambrosia Beetles Are Behind Those Tubes

Q: These things like spaghetti pasta were sticking out of our tree that suddenly died. They crumbled when I touched them. Did they attack the tree and kill it? A: These are sawdust tubes pushed out by ambrosia beetles as they bore…

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Pine Trees: Browning Foliage and Pine Cones – Featured Video

Moving into the fall season, you may see some of your pine trees turning partially brown.  This is generally a natural occurrence. Learn more about pines and other trees in the fall/winter season at our FAQ page.

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