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FAQs - Trees Fall/Winter

photo: Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.org Back to FAQ's Frequently Asked Questions Click on Question to View the Answer My neighbor went around with a chainsaw and removed all the tree roots in his yard that were sticking above ground level. Won’t that make his trees unstable ? Our...

FAQs - Trees Spring/Summer

Eastern redbud photo: John Ruter, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org Back to FAQ's Frequently Asked Questions Click on Question to View the Answer I live on a wooded lot and have many trees that are not looking so good. There are a couple that need to be removed and a few that look like they have a...

White Grub Management - Lawns

Back to Grubs There are a number of different control programs for reducing white grub damage in turfgrasses and using the principles of integrated pest management (IPM) is the most prudent and efficacious way to deal with preventing damage and mitigating any current damage by white grubs. Natural...

Home and Garden Information Center and Grow It Eat It Publications

Earth Friendly Chesapeake Bay/Native Plants Soil, Fertilizer, Mulch, & Compost Plants Food Gardening (Grow It Eat It) Houseplant and Seasonal Lawns: HGIC & MD Dept. of Ag. Pubs Lawns: UMD Ext. Commercial & Homeowner Pubs Ornamental Plants Trees & Shrubs Problems Landscape Diseases...

FAQs - Mulch

Mulch should not touch the trunk of a tree. Back to FAQ's Frequently Asked Questions Click on Question to View the Answer Is there a way to test mulch ? We have always purchased pine fine mulch , but this year’s delivery looks like regular hardwood mulch. I never want to pull a weed again. I plan...

FAQs - Compost

Photo from Oregon State University Extension More composting information Back to FAQ's Frequently Asked Questions Click on Question to View the Answer Should I cover the pile or bin? Should I add soil? Bioactivators? Should I attempt to compost pine needles ? Oak leaves? Holly leaves? Walnut leaves...

Relocating intruding snakes with a homemade tool - the "Snake Stake"

Author: Dan Adler Article originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of the HGIC eNewsletter Back to Home and Garden Information Center Home Page It's Spring, and this time of year my parents' house usually gets invaded a few times by some (or maybe it's the same one) black snakes. This year so far...

Spring Lawn Care Update From the Experts

Return to Lawn FAQ's After the long winter has passed we are all looking for any sign of spring. Thoughts of flowers and green lawns make us excited to be outside again. Another certain sign of spring are commercials promoting the application of lawn fertilizer. If you have a healthy tall fescue...

American Holly Shines in Extreme Cold

Author: Sara Tangren, Ph.D . This article originally appeared in the February 2014 issue of the HGIC eNewsletter When the snow piles up and the mercury spirals down, American holly ( Ilex opaca ) takes center stage in the native landscape. The thick, green, spiny leaves, and the clustered red...

Sycamore Anthracnose

Author: Karen Rane, Plant Pathologist, University of Maryland Article originally appeared in the July 2013 HGIC eNewsletter Back to shade tree anthracnose Conditions have been perfect this spring for a severe outbreak of sycamore anthracnose, caused by the fungus Apiognomonia veneta (say that three...

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