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Materials for Building Raised Beds

Answers to common questions about the safety of treated wood and other materials in vegetable gardens What are some ways to preserve wood that will be used for a raised bed vegetable garden? There are several options: Paint the wood with exterior latex paint to minimize soil contact with treated...

How Do You Decide When to Remove a Tree?

Dieback in crown of tree When a tree develops problems, it is frequently difficult to decide when to remove it. Many factors such as the cost of tree work and even sometimes emotional ties to the tree can come into play. Dying trees that are located in natural areas and do not pose a danger to...

How Do You Decide When to Remove a Tree?

When a tree develops problems, it is frequently difficult to decide when to remove the tree. Dying trees that are not in danger of falling on people or structures can be allowed to die in place without human intervention. Old dead trees also serve as places for various species of woodpeckers to...

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FEATURED POST - 5 Steps to a Chesapeake Bay-Friendly Landscape (1/10/18) VOLUNTEER NETWORK Master Gardeners are volunteers that support the UME mission and teach sustainable horticultural practices. Learn More Current Issue | Sign Up | Archives

Get Help with a Lawn, Garden, or Pest Question

Ask an Expert Master Gardener Plant Clinics Soil Testing Information Identify problems starting on our Problems page or use the following links. Houseplants Insects Indoors Plant Pests Stinging & Biting Structural Invasives Lawns Ornamental Plants Small Fruits Tree Fruits Trees & Shrubs...

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Squash Bug and Squash Beetle - Double Trouble

Squash beetle adult If squash vine borer or bacterial wilt disease don’t take out your squash plants this summer you will probably be battling an old nemesis- squash bug- and may encounter a new pest- squash beetle. The squash bug is a “true bug” with a triangular thorax (middle insect segment) and...

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