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Plan and Start a Vegetable Garden

Plan and Start a Vegetable Garden So, you're ready to start a vegetable garden and you want to get your hands in the soil right away! A little planning now will help prevent frustration later. Whether you plan to make an in-ground garden or raised beds or prefer to do container gardening on the...

Vegetables

***** Under Construction ***** Vegetable Gardening in Maryland Vegetable gardening is an empowering activity for people of all ages and backgrounds. Whether you have a few containers, a community garden plot, or a large "country" garden, you can supply your family and friends with nutritious...

Monthly Tips - January

Fruit Also see our comprehensive Grow It Eat It information on growing fruits. Order fruit plants from mail order companies in January and February for early spring planting. Select recommended, disease resistant varieties when possible and be sure you indicate a desired shipping date. For help...

Why Oak Trees are Declining

Oak tree infected with Oak Wilt We’ve recently received inquiries about oak trees declining and dying. People usually want to know if this is caused by oak wilt. Importantly, oak wilt is not known to occur widely in Maryland. Two common leaf diseases of oaks in Maryland are oak anthracnose and...

Wavyleaf Basketgrass

Wavyleaf Basketgrass * (Oplismenus hirtellus spp. undulatifolius) (More lawn weeds) (Control Options) ( General Weed Gallery) Wavyleaf basketgrass is an exotic, invasive grass that was first found in Maryland in 1997, including parts of Patapsco State Park. It grows in dense patches in wooded...

Seiridium and Botryosphaeria canker of Leylands - Trees

Photo: Botryosphaeria canker on branch of Leyland cypress Back to Common Problems - Trees and Shrubs Both Seiridium and Botryosphaeria are fungi that cause dieback in Leylands planted in the landscape. The first symptoms are yellowing or fading of the foliage on scattered lateral branches that...

Mulch

Photo: Andrew Koeser, International Society of Arboriculture, Bugwood.org Mulching to reduce weeds, conserve soil moisture, and minimize soil erosion is a standard horticulture practice. Plants that are not mulched correctly can experience problems, decline, and even die from too much mulch piled...

Lawns - Tips for Weed Control

Back to control options Tips for lawn weed control: Proper fertilizing, mowing, and reseeding bare spots will produce a healthier lawn, thicker lawn, less susceptible to weed infestations. Identify the weed . This helps with selecting the proper herbicide, knowing the proper time to apply it, and...

2016 Annual Report

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