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Earth Friendly

Chesapeake Bay/Native Plants

(PDF) HG 62 - IPM: A Common Sense Approach to Managing Landscape Problems
(PDF) FS 703 - Pet Waste and Water Quality
(PDF) FS 707 - Melting Ice Safely
(PDF) FS 1014 - Landscapes That Help the Chesapeake Bay
(PDF) HG 120 - Native Plants of Maryland: What, When and Where
(PDF) FS-1062 - Permeable Hardscapes

Bay-Wise - Landscape practices with the Chesapeake Bay in mind
Rain Gardens Across Maryland
Native Plant Essentials (online class)
Riparian Buffer Systems publications
Aphids Got your Milkweeds?

Soil, Fertilizer, Mulch, and Compost

(PDF) HG 35 - Backyard Composting
(PDF) HG 40 - Indoor Redworm Composting
(PDF) HG 18 - Lead in Garden Soils
(PDF) HG 803 - Mulch Problems: Commercial Landscape Series
ARG97-27 - Mulch - What's Growing in My Landscape Mulch?
426-724 - Mulching for a Healthy Landscape (from VA Cooperative Ext.)
(PDF) GE 006 - Protect and Improve Your Soil with Cover Crops
(PDF) HG 110 - Soil Testing - Selecting and Using a Soil Testing Laboratory (without list of soil testing labs)
(PDF) HG 110a - Soil Testing - List of Regional Soil Testing Labs (6/2017)
(PDF) HG 110 & HG 110a - Combination of publications in one document (6/2017)
(PDF) HG 42 - Soil Amendments and Fertilizers
(PDF) HG 11 - Soil Test Basics
(PDF) FS 704 - Saving Your Soil and the Chesapeake Bay
(PDF) FS 824 - Forage Radish: New Multi-Purpose Cover Crop for the Mid-Atlantic

Herbicide Contaminated Compost and Manure - Gardener Alert!

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Plants

Food Gardening (Grow It Eat It) - Fruit

(PDF) HG 68 - Getting Started With Small Fruits
(PDF) HG 69 - Getting Started With Tree Fruits
(PDF) HG 76 - IPM Series: Pome Fruit
(PDF) HG 77 - IPM Series: Stone Fruits
(PDF) FS 1023 - Spotted Wing Drosophila Monitoring and Management

Food Gardening (Grow It Eat It) - Vegetables

Vegetable Glossary
(PDF) HG 600 - Container Veg. Gardening: Healthy Harvests from Small Spaces 
(PDF) HG 601 - Grow Your Own Greens with Salad Tables™ & Salad Boxes™
(PDF) HG 59 - IPM Series: Eggplant
(PDF) HG 57 - IPM Series: Peppers
(PDF) HG 55 - IPM Series: Potatoes
(PDF) HG 56 - IPM Series: Tomatoes
(PDF) HG 38 - Late Blight of Potato and Tomato
(PDF) HG 16 - Planting Dates For Vegetable Crops in Maryland
(PDF) HG 70 - Recommended Vegetable Cultivars for Maryland Home Gardens
(PDF) HG 72 - Root-Knot Nematodes and Vegetable Crops
Fall Frost/Freeze Dates in Maryland
Spring Frost/Freeze Dates in Maryland
Tips for Growing Vegetable Transplants
Two Organic Pesticides for Vegetable Gardeners
(PDF)
(PDF) GE 001
- How to Start a Vegetable Garden
(PDF) GE 002 - Basic Steps Summary
(PDF) GE 003 - Monthly Tips for Food Gardeners
(PDF) GE 004 - Floating Row Cover
(PDF) GE 005 - Food Safety in the School Garden
(PDF) FS 824 - Forage Radish: New Multi-Purpose Cover Crop for the Mid-Atlantic
(PDF) GE 006 - Cover Crops: Protect and Improve Your Soil (Cover Crop)
(PDF) GE 007 - Vegetable Planting Calendar for Central Maryland
(PDF) GE 008 - Spring Planting Guide for Vegetables: A Dynamic Chart for Maryland Gardeners (requires Microsoft Excel)
(PDF) GE 100 - Asparagus
(PDF) GE 101 - Beans
(PDF) GE 102 - Beets
(PDF) GE 103 - Broccoli
(PDF) GE 104 - Brussels sprouts
(PDF) GE 105 - Cabbage
(PDF) GE 106 - Carrots
(PDF) GE 107 - Cauliflower
(PDF) GE 108 - Cucumbers
(PDF) GE 109 - Eggplant
(PDF) GE 110 - Garlic
(PDF) GE 111 - Green peas
(PDF) GE 112 - Leafy greens
(PDF) GE 113 - Leeks
(PDF) GE 114 - Lettuce
(PDF) GE 115 - Muskmelon
(PDF) GE 116 - Okra
(PDF) GE 117 - Onion
(PDF) GE 118 - Peppers
(PDF) GE 119 - Potato
(PDF) GE 120 - Pumpkin
(PDF) GE 121 - Radish
(PDF) GE 123 - Southern Pea
(PDF) GE 124 - Spinach
(PDF) GE 125 - Summer Squash
(PDF) GE 127 - Sweet Potato
(PDF) GE 128 - Swiss Chard
(PDF) GE 131 - Winter Squash
(PDF) GE 132 - Growing Giant Pumpkins
(PDF) GE 133 - Twenty Vegetable Crops for School Container Gardens
(PDF) GE 134 - Year One: Garden Plan
(PDF) GE 135 - Sweet Corn

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Houseplants and Seasonal

(PDF) HG 30 - Holiday Plant Care: Poinsettia
(PDF) HG 60 - IPM Series: Houseplants
(PDF) HG 105 - Overwintering Tropical plants
(PDF) HG 45 - Selecting and Caring for the Cut Christmas Tree
(PDF) HG 46 - Selecting and Caring for a Live Christmas Tree
(PDF) FS 707 - Melting Ice Safely
Care of Amaryllis
Care of an Indoor Rosemary Topiary
Care of Phalaenopsis orchids (moth orchid)

 

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Lawns: Home and Garden Info Center & MD Dept. of Ag. Publications

(PDF) HG 101 - Guide to Controlling Weeds in Cool Season Turf
(PDF) HG 306 - How to Measure Your Yard
(PDF) HG 63 - IPM Series: Turf
(PDF) HG 102 - Lawn Establishment, Renovation, and Overseeding
(PDF) FS 707 - Melting Ice Safely
(PDF) HG 104 - Mining Bees and Ground Nesting Wasps
(PDF) HG 100 - Moss Control in Home Lawns
(PDF) FS 703 - Pet Waste and Water Quality
(PDF) HG 112 - Turfgrass Maintenance Calendars for Maryland Lawns
MDA 15.06 - How to Choose a Lawn Care Service
(PDF) MDA 15.07.14 - Maryland's Lawn Fertilizer Law
(PDF) MDA 15.01.13 Fertilizer Use Act of 2011
(PDF) GGL - Growing Green Lawns
Brown Patch Disease on Maryland Home Lawns
(PDF) How to Fertilize Your Lawn Responsibly
Moss in Your Landscape: Friend or Foe?
UMD Extension Home Lawn Fertilizer Schedule
Video: Turfgrass Establishment

Lawns: University of MD Extension Commercial/Homeowner Publications

(PDF) TT 15 - Identification and Management of Brown Patch Disease
(PDF) TT 18 - Summer Patch Disease of Lawn Grasses
(PDF) TT 24 - Red Thread and Pink Patch Diseases of Turfgrass
(PDF) TT 38 - Maryland Turfgrass Disease Control Recommendations
(PDF) TT 43 - Herbicides for Crabgrass and Goosegrass Control in Turf
(PDF) TT 46 - Perennial Grass Weeds and Their Control in Turf
(PDF) TT 49 - Broadleaf Weed Control in Established Lawns
(PDF) TT 62 - Irrigation and Water Conservation on Home Lawns
(PDF) TT 68 - Establishing and Maintaining Fescues for Low Maintenance Sites
(PDF) TT 70 - Establishing and Maintaining Ornamental Flower Meadows for Low Maintenance Sites
(PDF) TT 77 - Recommended Turfgrass Cultivars for Certified Sod and Professional Seed Mixtures
(PDF) TT 115 - Fertilizer Recommendations for Commercially Maintained Lawns and Turfgrass in Maryland
(PDF) TT 116 - Nutrient Management Guidelines for Turfgrass Seeding and Sod Installation
(PDF) TT 119 - Nutrient Management Guidelines for Athletic Fields in Maryland
(PDF) TT 120 - Amending Soil with Compost to Reduce Stormwater Runoff and Lawn Fertilizer Use
(PDF) TT 121 Tall Fescue Microclover Lawns 

For additional information visit the Maryland Department of Agriculture

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Ornamental Plants

(PDF) HG 17 - Aquatic Gardening: Construction and Maintenance
(PDF) HG 17a - Basics of Planting Aquatic Plants
(PDF) HG 28 - Bamboo 
(PDF) HG 107 - Clematis - A quick guide to pruning
(PDF) HG 99 - Dividing Herbaceous Perennials
(PDF) HG 20 - Introduction to Herbaceous Perennials
(PDF) HG 94 - IPM Series: Annuals and Perennials
(PDF) HG 84 - Pruning Ornamental Plants
(PDF) FS 556 - Preserving Flowers and Leaves
(PDF) HG 105 - Tropical plants - Overwintering
(PDF) HG 85 - Watering Tips for Drought Conditions
(PDF) HG 25 - Xeriscaping & Conserving Water in the Landscape
Dividing Iris
Narcissus - The Virtues of

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Trees & Shrubs

(PDF) HG 23 - Fertilizing Ornamental Trees and Shrubs
(PDF) HG 106 - Hydrangea - A quick guide to pruning
(PDF) HG 24 - Planting Tips for Trees
(PDF) HG 84 - Pruning Ornamental Plants
(PDF) EB 150 - Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs
(PDF) HG 108 - Roses - A quick guide to pruning
(PDF) Bull 164 - Rose for Every Garden, A
(PDF) EB 238 - Trees - Leaf Key to Common Trees in Maryland
(PDF) HG 85 - Watering Tips for Drought Conditions
(PDF) HG 25 - Xeriscaping & Conserving Water in the Landscape
Roses - A look at 'Knock Out®' Roses
I'm Lichen It! - Peak Season for Lichen Peeping

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Problems

Landscape Plant Disease

(PDF) HG 51a - Azalea and Rhododendrons: Disease & Insect Resistant Plants
(PDF) HG 400 - Cytospora Canker of Spruce
Bacterial Leaf Scorch of Landscape Trees
Boxwood Blight
Impatiens Downy Mildew

Landscape Plant Insects

(PDF) HG 83 - Aphids on Ornamental Plants
(PDF) HG 32 - Bagworms and Their Control
(PDF) HG 1 - Bark Beetles That Attack Conifers in Maryland
(PDF) HG 10 - Boxelder Bug
(PDF) HG 43 - Cicadas
(PDF) HG 21 - Eastern Tent Caterpillar and Forest Tent Caterpillar
(PDF) HG 113 - Elm Leaf Beetle, The
(PDF) HG 48 - Euonymus Scale, The
(PDF) HG 44 - Gypsy Moth
(PDF) FS 476 Controlling Gypsy Moth Caterpillars with Barrier Bands   
(PDF) FS 242 The Gypsy Moth and the Homeowner
(PDF) HG 2 - Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
(PDF) HG 22 - Holly Leaf Miners
(PDF) HG 31 - Insect and Mite Galls on Plants
(PDF) HG 78 - Japanese Beetle
(PDF) HG 95 - Lace Bugs
(PDF) HG 3 -  Locust Leafminer
(PDF) HG 81 - Scale Insects on Hemlock
(PDF) HG 92 -  Slugs and Snails
(PDF) FS 822 - Slugs - Managing Slugs in the Garden and Beyond
(PDF) HG 13 - Spider Mites
Landscape and Nursery IPM Alerts (Commercial)

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Landscape Plant Problems

(PDF) HG 86 - Common Abiotic Plant Problems
(PDF) HG 201 - Common Cultural & Environmental Problems in Landscapes: Homeowner Landscape Series
(PDF) HG 62 - IPM Series: A Common Sense Approach to Managing Landscape Problems
(PDF) HG 94 - IPM Series: Annuals and Perennials
(PDF) HG 51 - IPM Series: Azaleas and Rhododendrons
(PDF) HG 58 - IPM Series: Birch Trees
(PDF) HG 52 - IPM Series: Boxwood
(PDF) HG 12 - IPM Series: Dogwood
(PDF) HG 93 - IPM Series: Ornamental Fruit Trees
(PDF) HG 54 - IPM Series: Pine
(PDF) HG 61 - IPM Series: Shade Trees
(PDF) HG 803 - Mulch Problems: Commercial Landscape Series
ARG97-27 - Mulch - What's Growing in My Landscape Mulch?
(PDF) HG 202 - Planting Problems of Trees and Shrubs: Homeowner Landscape Series
(PDF) HG 34 - Poison Ivy
Moss in Your Landscape: Friend or Foe?
Trees - How do you decide when to remove a tree?
Winter Damage on Landscape Plants

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Pest Control (Insects)

(PDF) HG 7 - Ants and Their Control
BB 1 - Bed Bugs Are Back! from Cornell University State IPM Program
(PDF) BB 2 - Bed Bug Fact Sheet from Penn State University
Rutgers University - Bed bugs - Cost Effective and Money Wasting Bed Bug Control
(PDF) Bites - Is Something Biting Me? from Penn State University
Mystery Bugs and Bites – Ohio State University Extension
(PDF) HG 10 - The Boxelder Bug
(PDF) HG 115 - Carpenter Ants
(PDF) HG 29 - Carpenter Bees
(PDF) HG 79 - Chiggers
(PDF) HG 66 - Clover Mites
(PDF) HG 15 - Cockroaches
(PDF) EB 248 - Common Stinging Insects
(PDF) EL 50 - Crickets
(PDF) HG 4 - Earwigs
(PDF) HG 80 - Fabric Pests
(PDF) HG 27 - Fleas
(PDF) HG 26 - Flies in and Around the Home
(PDF) HG 41 - Key to Pests In and Around the Home
(PDF) FS 595 - Lyme Disease and the Deer Tick in Maryland
(PDF) Lyme Disease - Maryland Infectious Disease & Environmental Health Admin. 
(PDF) HG 104 - Mining Bees and Ground Nesting Wasps
(PDF) FS 811 - Mosquitoes - Protecting Yourself from Mosquito Bites
(PDF) HG 49 - Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle
(PDF) HG 8 - Occasional Invaders
(PDF) HG 67 - Pantry Pests
(PDF) HG 5 - Silverfish and Firebrats
(PDF) FS 822 - Managing Slugs in the Garden and Beyond
(PDF) HG 9 - Spiders in Maryland 
Spiders - Commonly Encountered Spiders, Penn State University
(PDF) EB 245 - Termites: Prevention, Detection, Control
(PDF) FS 772 - Termites: Homeowners Guide to Termite Baits
(PDF) Ticks - Ticks fact sheet from Penn State University
(PDF) Tick Identification Form - Instructions for submitting tick samples to the Maryland Department of Agriculture (for Maryland residents only)
(PDF) UME Leaflet #4 - Pesticide Resource Contacts - Emergency and Non-Emergency
(PDF) UME Leaflet #10 - Using Insect Repellents Safely
(PDF) UME Leaflet #11 - Practices for Safe Use (Pesticides)
(PDF) UME Leaflet #13 - Disposal of Pesticide Containers
(PDF) UME Leaflet #27 - Understanding Pesticides
(PDF) UME Leaflet # 28 - How to Read a Pesticide Label
(PDF) UME Leaflet # 29 - How to Read a Material Safely Data Sheet (MSDA)
(PDF) UME Leaflet # 37 - Section 25 (b) Pesticides: Minimum Risk?
(PDF) UME Leaflet #45 - Protecting Pet Health when Using Flea and Tick Control Products
(PDF) UME Leaflet # 46 - First Aid for Pesticide Emergencies
(PDF) UME Leaflet # 47 - How to Handle Spills of Household Pesticides 
(PDF) FS 689 - Wood Boring Beetles: Old House Borer and Powderpost Beetles
Yellowjackets

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Weeds and Invasives

Giant Hogweed
(PDF) HG 88 - Invasive Plant Control in Maryland
Poison Ivy
Winning the War on Mile-a-Minute and Kudzu
(PDF) Guidelines for Disposal of Terrestrial Invasive Plants

Miscellaneous

Wildlife

Attracting Wildlife
Create a Herp* Friendly Landscape (*reptiles and amphibians)
Frogs and Toads - Interesting Visitors in Your Landscape
Wildlife Management/Beneficial Birds

(PDF) HG 90 - Dealing with Nuisance Wildlife
(PDF) HG 64 - Snakes
(PDF) FS 655 - Resistance of Woody Ornamentals to Deer Damage
(PDF) FS 655a - Addendum to Wildlife Damage Management  Resistance of Ornamentals to Deer Damage - Invasive Plant Alert!
(PDF) FS 810 - Using Commercial Deer Repellents to Manage Deer Browsing in the Landscape
(PDF) FS 654 - Reducing Vole Damage to Plants in Landscapes, Orchards and Nurseries
(PDF) EB 354 - Managing Deer Damage in Maryland

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HortTips Newsletter - This is a new newsletter that contains current landscape and turf issues. It comes out  during the season. Here are the issues that we have produced to date:

  • (PDF) Volume 1, #1 - 4/18/2013 - Boxwod psyllid, carpenter bees, Eastern tent caterpillar, rose rosette, etc.
  • (PDF) Volume 1, #2 - 5/1/2013 - Gypsy moth, emerald ash borer, Botrytis, red thread on turf, etc.
  • (PDF) Volume 1, #3 - 5/23/2013 - Lace bugs, soft scales, brown rot on cherry, fire blight on ornamentals, etc.
  • (PDF) Volume 1, #4 - 6/20/2013 - Honeylocust plant bug, termites, anthracnose leaf diseases, etc.
  • (PDF) Volume 1, #5 - 7/10/2013 - Japanese beetles, wheel bugs, brown patch, Southern blight, etc.
  • (PDF) Volume 1, #6 - 8/16/2013 - Fall webworm, butterflies, Septoria leaf spot, Cercospora on rose, etc.
  • (PDF) Volume 1, #7 - 9/25/2013 - Kudzu bug, Japanese cedar longhorned beetle, bacterial leaf scorch, etc.
  • (PDF) Volume 1, #8 - 10/22/2013 - Brown marmorated stink bugs, grubs, galls, powdery mildew, etc.
  • (PDF) Volume 2, #1 - 4/15/2014 - Winter damage, eastern tent caterpillar, vole damage, snow mold, etc.
  • (PDF) Volume 2, #2 - 6/12/2014 - Weed gallery, emerald ash borer, anthracnose diseases, rust, etc.
  • (PDF) Volume 2, #3 - 8/20/2014 - Japanese beetles,downy mildew, butterflies, rust, etc.
  • (PDF) Volume 3, #1 - 4/27/2015 - Winter damage, Eastern tent caterpillar, spotted lantenfly, etc.
  • (PDF) Volume 3, #2 - 7/21/2015 - Pollinators and beneficial photo gallery
  • (PDF) Volume 3, #3 - 7/21/2015 - Japanese beetles, bagworms, emerald ash borer, botrytis, etc.
  • (PDF) Volume 4, #1 - 3/29/2016 - Snow damage, Kermes scale, carpenter bees, etc.

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