University of Maryland Extension

Home and Garden Information Center

Base Name: 
hgic

Sod Problems - Lawns

Back to Common Problems - Lawns Problems that occur after planting sod may be the result of: Using sod that dried out prior to planting Improper soil preparation prior to planting Failure to roll the sod, which establishes good root contact with the soil Lack of sufficient water after planting...

Growing Grass in the Shade

Back to Common Problems - Lawns Trees and Lawns In natural landscapes, trees and grass grow in completely different habitats. Turf grasses are full sun plants that grow best with a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight. It is rare to find turf growing in forested areas. Typically, because of root...

Seedling Problems - Lawns

Back to Common Problem - Lawns Proper care during the first two months of establishment is essential to obtaining a healthy, dense turfgrass stand that is resistant to weed encroachment and other problems. Most of the necessary steps are based on common sense but are often overlooked by homeowners...

Poor Seed Germination - Lawns

Back to Common Problems - Lawns Starting a new lawn or overseeding an existing lawn successfully is a process described in publication (PDF) HG 102 Lawn Establishment, Renovation, and Overseeding . When a newly seeded lawn fails to germinate or germination is uneven, a number of possible causes...

Oil or Gasoline - Lawns

Back to Common Problems - Lawns Black or dark spots or patches, which appear suddenly on the lawn, may be the result of oil or gasoline spills from a leaking lawn mower or other gasoline powered tools. Small gasoline leaks or spills volatilize quickly and no action is necessary. A severe oil leak...

White Crust on Soil - Houseplants

High soluble salts are caused by the excessive use of fertilizers, frequent applications of fertilizer, and the incorrect use of fertilizer concentrates. Symptoms : The typical symptoms are browning or dieback of the leaf tips and margins. Sometimes yellowing or stunting may occur. The root systems...

Pot Bound Houseplants

Plants that have been grown for a long period of time in the same pot with roots encircling the pot perimeter are often referred to as pot bound. Pot bound plants have tight masses of roots that often fill the pot and sometimes come out of the pot over the edge. Often when watering a pot bound...

Nutrient Deficiency - Houseplants

Symptoms of nutrient deficiency include yellow leaves and poor growth. Excessive fertilizer results in the buildup of salts and excessive, leggy growth with few or no flowers on flowering plants. Do not fertilize plants that are infested with insects or spider mites until the infestation is...

Mineral and Fertilizer Salt Deposits - Houseplants

Mineral and fertilizer salt deposits usually appear as white crystallized coatings on plant leaves or as a white crust on the surface of the growing media or pot. Mineral salt deposits are caused by the use of hard water that has high concentrations of dissolved substances such as calcium carbonate...

Low Light and Light Requirements - Houseplants

Low light levels can result in few or no flowers and spindly growth. To remedy the situation increase light levels by relocating plants closer to a light source or add additional artificial light sources. Houseplants can be classified according to their light requirements: low, medium or high...

Pages

Maintained by the IET Department of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. © 2018. Web Accessibility