University of Maryland Extension

Ask an Expert

Have a lawn or garden question?

Anyone with a lawn or garden question can contact Master Gardener Sherry Frick for free consultation.

Sherry can be reached at 301-724-3320 or by email at

Her office is located at our UME Allegany County office at One Commerce Drive (Nave's Crossroads), Cumberland and she is usually available Monday through Friday 8:00AM to 4:30PM but please phone first if you plan to stop by.  She is sometimes off-site in classrooms around the county.

Have a question outside of regular business hours?

University of Maryland Extension maintains a Home and Garden Information Center website that is a great resource for all kinds of lawn and garden information.

Use the search box on the HGIC website to ask questions such as:

  • How do I get rid of those pesky weeds without chemicals?
  • What is the best variety of tomato for a container garden?
  • What is the best time to plant grass seed?
  • Why is my boxwood turning yellow?
  • Is it OK to compost oak leaves?

Ask a personalized question with our Ask Maryland's Garden Experts service

Using our "Ask a Maryland's Garden Expert" service connects you by email to a team of Professional Horticulturists.  Send your questions along with digital images.  Answers will be e-mailed within 48 hours!

Click here or look for the Ask the Experts image on the HGIC website.

Home and Garden Information Center

  • Learn the difference between an annual and a perennial
  • Visit Grow It Eat It for food gardening information
  • Learn how to prepare your soil for planting
  • Find the latest in lawn care and how to reduce hours maintaining your lawn
  • Soil testing information – including a How-to video
  • Right plant – right place. How to select, purchase, plant, and maintain trees and shrubs for your landscape
  • Subscribe to HGIC eNewsletter
  • Visit the Resource Library for: Archived eNewsletters, Featured Plants, FAQ’s, Gardening Glossary, Publications, Tips, How-to Videos, and more!
  • Stay tuned in to the latest happenings via Social Media on Facebook and Twitter!


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