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Conditions Favoring Lawn Weed Growth

Back to Tips for Weed Prevention and Management A healthy, dense, vigorous lawn is the best defense against weeds. Practices that contribute to less weed problems include: Soil testing to check soil fertility and pH Proper mowing height and frequency Fertilizing at the recommended times Overseeding...

Best Practices - Lawn Care

Perform a soil test every three years. Turf-type tall fescue is the recommended type of grass for sunny lawns in Maryland. Fine fescues are used on low-maintenance sites and for areas that receive less than 4 hours of direct sunlight. Refer to (PDF) TT 77 Recommended Turfgrass Cultivars for...

Ornamental Plants

Flowers and flower borders enliven the landscape and provide color against the bulk of green.

Soils and Compost

Soil Soil Testing Add Organic Matter to Your Soil Lead in Garden Soils Soil to Fill Raised Beds Compost Maryland Grows Blog Posts on Soil Monthly Tips Publications

Trees - Shrubs

Trees and Shrubs Selecting Plants for Mixed Privacy Screens Purchasing Planting Care Tree and Shrub Problems Articles Maryland Grows Blog Posts on Tree/Shrubs Monthly Tips Publications Videos

Household Insects|Mites|Pests|Spiders

Insects are the most successful group of animals in the world. They are extremely adaptable and inhabit a wide range of habitats from deserts to the Arctic. There are more than 100,000 species in North America alone and nearly a million identified world-wide. Scientists estimate there may be 3-4 million more insect species to be discovered! The vast majority of insects are beneficial or harmless. To learn more about some of the insects commonly found in Maryland click on an insect photo.


The Challenge of Growing a Lawn in Maryland Lawn Alternatives Lawn Care/Fertilizing Lawn Problems Lawn Weed Id and Management Organic Lawn Care Lawn Renovation and Overseeding Starting a New Lawn Lawn Maintenance Calendar for MD Home Lawns Planting and Maintaining a Zoysia Lawn Maryland Grows Blog...


Back to Planning a Vegetable Garden Have fun and grow your own vegetables! Choose from the thousands of varieties from seed companies, seed saver exchanges, and fellow gardeners. The Vegetable Crop Profiles below provide information on planting, cultivation, harvesting and more. We also have...

Community Gardens

Start a community garden in your neighborhood Don't have enough room or sun to grow what you like at home? Consider renting a plot in a community garden. These "how to" resources will get you started. (PDF) Reducing Risks in Community Gardens - A checklist. Video - Neighborhood Farms (link is...

About Us/Staff Directory

The Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC) is a state-wide program that provides outreach education to Maryland residents and beyond. HGIC has been a national model for outreach education since 1990. Our success is the result of inter-disciplinary programming and multiple learning/teaching modes...


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