University of Maryland Extension

Home and Garden Information Center

Base Name: 
hgic

April Tips & Tasks

Back to Gardening Tips & Tasks Outdoor Garden and Yard Tips Cedar-apple rust disease forms its galls on Virginia cedar ( Juniperus virginiana ) in April. The odd-looking galls are at first bright orange gelatinous balls with long “horns” or projections; they later turn brown and become hard...

March Tips & Tasks

Back to Gardening Tips & Tasks Outdoor Yard and Garden Tips Many types of annual flower plants can be started indoors this month. Most are started 5-6 weeks before they are planted outdoors. Begonias, sweet peas, geraniums, and impatiens need to be started 10-12 weeks before the last expected...

Organic Lawn Care

Photo: Flickr Organic lawn care is desired by people who want a more environmentally friendly managed lawn. Concerns about the impacts of pesticides on humans, pets, wildlife, pollinators, and the environment, including the Chesapeake Bay, are the driving factors behind the wish to make a change...

January Tips & Tasks

Back to Gardening Tips & Tasks Spotted lanternfly egg mass Photo: Emelie Swackhamer, Penn State University, Bugwood.org Outdoor Yard and Garden Tips Be on the lookout for spotted lanternfly egg masses on the trunks of trees. Remove and destroy bagworm bags from affected trees especially if seen...

Add Organic Matter to Your Soil

What is organic matter? Organic matter includes plants and animals that are alive, dead, or in some stage of decomposition. The material we think of as dead (e.g. brown, dried up leaves) is teeming with microbial life. There may be a billion living microorganisms in a teaspoon of compost or soil!...

Lawn (Turfgrass) Removal Methods

For successful establishment of a garden or lawn alternatives, you may need to smother and kill or remove an existing layer of turfgrass. Physical methods of turf removal can work very well. Diligence is the key to removing persistent grasses and weeds, no matter what method you choose. Several...

Lawn Herbicide Terms

Terms Terms for reading the product label Active ingredient Is the chemical contained in the product that controls the target weeds. There can be more than one active ingredient. There are many combination products on the market. Chemical name (only one chemical name) A complex technical...

What's Wrong with my Colorado Blue Spruce Tree?

Blue spruce with symptoms of Cytospora canker. Dr. Dave Clement, University of Maryland Extension Plant Pathologist, explains two common diseases of this popular evergreen tree. Colorado blue spruce trees, although not native or adapted to Maryland, are commonly planted in landscapes for their...

Stormwater Management

How to Manage Stormwater in the Chesapeake Bay Region Flexible tubing diverting water from downspouts to be absorbed in yard HGIC has gathered useful resources to help manage storm water, ponding, poor drainage, sinkhole, water run-off, soil erosion, and basement flooding issues. For problems with...

Pages

Maintained by the IET Department of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. © 2020. Web Accessibility