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PVC Light Stand

Do-It-Yourself PVC table-top light stand couldn't be easier to make! Make a simple pvc light stand to grow vegetable, flower, and herb transplants for your garden. The 4-ft. long shop light will illuminate approximately 3.5 sq. ft. of growing area; enough to grow 20-100 transplants depending on...

Structural

Back to Get Help Ants - Carpenter ants Carpenter Bees Termites

Stinging and Biting

Back to Get Help (PDF)Is Something Biting Me? Mystery Bugs and Bites - Ohio State University Extension Asian Giant Hornet Photo : Allan Smith-Pardo, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.or g Baldfaced hornets Photo: Johnny N. Dell, Bugwood.org Horse and deer flies Bed bugs Mining bees Bird Mites Honey bees...

After Planting Care

Watering Check soil moisture of newly planted trees and shrubs at least once a week. Soil that is moist or damp to the touch is fine. If the soil begins to dry out, water the plant thoroughly. Do not overwater; however, you can easily drown newly planted trees and shrubs through too much tender...

Planting a Tree or Shrub

Key Points Get the Plants Home in Good Condition Soil Preparation When to Plant The Planting Hole Fertilizing The Planting Process for Bare Root, Balled and Burlaped and Container Plants Transplanting - When, Root Pruning, Moving and Replanting Staking Trees Monitor your New Plants Get the Plants...

Purchasing Plants

Plant Selection Tips Bare root Balled & Burlapped Container Grown Trees Bare Root Plants Bare-rooted plants have had the soil washed or shaken from their roots after digging. Nearly all are deciduous trees or shrubs that are dormant. Most mail order plants are of this class because plants in...

Tree and Shrub Selection

This southern magnolia's blossoms and glossy foliage make it a wonderful specimen plant. But those thick, leathery, evergreen leaves can cause a maintenance problem in a high-traffic area Tree and Shrub Selection Tips - Right Plant - Right Place! Selecting an appropriate tree is the first step of...

Composting

(PDF) Backyard Composting What is compost and other questions about composting? Compost is a dark, crumbly, earthy-smelling material produced by the natural decomposition of leaves, grass clippings, and many other organic materials. Compost “happens” without human intervention, since microbes and...

Fertilizer

(PDF) Maryland's Lawn Fertilizer Law This new law took effect October 1, 2013. What Is the Maryland Fertilizer Law? On May 19, 2011, Governor Martin O’Malley signed the Fertilizer Use Act of 2011, an environmental law designed to reduce the amount of nutrients washing into the Chesapeake Bay from...

Soil Testing

Why and How to Test Your Soil Soils contain the nutrients, water, and living organisms that help create healthy and sustainable gardens and landscapes. Recommendations based on the test results will improve these qualities. A basic soil test that gives r eadings for soil pH, phosphate, potassium,...

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