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Stinging and Biting

To learn more about some of the insects commonly found in Maryland click on an insect name or photo below. Click Insects or structural pests for additional insect profiles. Pests of the vegetable garden are on the Grow It Eat It section of this site. (PDF)Is Something Biting Me? Mystery Bugs and...

Perennials

The plants below were featured in prior months on the Home and Garden Information Center's Featured Plants. Current selections can be found on the Featured Plants page . Lizard’s Tail Blanket flower, Gaillardia Prickly Pear Cactus Hardy Begonia Little Bluestem Blue Mist Flower, Hardy Ageratum...

Vegetables

The plants below were featured in prior months on the Home and Garden Information Center's Featured Plants. Current selections can be found on the Featured Plants page . Peppers Rhubarb Okra Parsley Shallots Bulb Fennel, Florence Fennel Arugula Chives Escarole Cardoon

Post Planting Care

Staking and Guying Trees You do not have to support a newly planted tree. Research has shown that the natural movement of the trunk by the wind actually stimulates root growth and increases trunk caliper more quickly than with staked trees. If the tree is unusually large or is planted in a windy...

Planting Process

Get the Plants Home in Good Condition Protect your plants from nursery to landscape keep the roots moist cover tops with tarps or plastic to prevent drying protect tree trunks from damage loading and unloading Plant woody ornamentals as soon as possible. If planting is delayed, protect roots from...

Purchasing Plants

Purchasing Plants - Once you know the plant you want, it’s time to visit the garden center or nursery. Trees and shrubs are available in a variety of root conditions. There are advantages and disadvantages to each. Be a smart shopper. Do your homework before you buy...buy from a reputable source...

Plant Selection

Right Plant - Right Place! Select varieties well-adapted to the site conditions. Plant natives which will tolerate local conditions without extra fertilizer, water, or high maintenance. Also see (PDF) Native Plants of Maryland . Visit the Maryland Native Plant Society ’s website to locate where to...

Selection, Purchasing, Planting, and Care

Green screen or specimen plant? What functions do you want plants to do for your landscape? You may desperately want to screen your neighbors back yard from your new outdoor dining area. But plant several fast-growing Leyland cypress 2 feet apart to get a quick fix and you'll be cutting all of them...

Compost

Publication: (PDF) HG 35 Backyard Composting What is Compost? Compost is a dark, crumbly, earthy-smelling material produced by the natural decomposition of leaves, grass clippings, and many other organic materials. Compost “happens” without human intervention, since microbes and soil animals are on...

Fertilizer

Fertilizer Use Act pdf version This new law takes effect October 1, 2013. Introduction: On May 19, 2011, Governor Martin O’Malley signed the Fertilizer Use Act of 2011, an environmental law designed to reduce the amount of nutrients washing into the Chesapeake Bay from lawns, golf courses, parks,...

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