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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...

Adapting your Garden to the Impacts of Climate Change

Warmer winters, hotter summers, flooding and drought affect plant growth and impact the many organisms that interact with plants (pest insects, pollinators, diseases, microbes). The climate-related changes that have already occurred require that steps be taken to devise and adopt growing practices...

Mulberry Weed

Mulberry Weed or Hairy Crabweed Fatoua villosa Photo: Christine McComas, University of Maryland Extension Life cycle: Summer annual Appearance and growth habit: Leaves are triangular in shape, alternate along the stem, yellow-green in color, with prominent veins and toothed margins; prominent hairs...

Soil

Poor suburban soil - source: MAPSS/WCSS Why is soil important for plant growth and health? Soils provide water , air, nutrients , and mechanical support for plants. Soils also tie-up, filter, and break down natural and man-made toxins. Soils sustain all life on Earth and may be the most important,...

Invasive Species Resources

Bilingual Educational Resource Poster (English and Spanish) Invasive Species of Concern Poster (6,183 KB) Poster (18,711 KB) I am a gardener why should I care about invasive species? Invasive and Exotic Species of North America Invasive.org - Frequently Asked Questions on Invasives

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