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University of Maryland Extension

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What kind of snake is it?

Pictures 921 and 922 are the same snake; October 18, 2018 789 is a different snake; April 9, 2019 Are all three pictures the same kind of snake? We have lived here since 1981; first sightings. The body is thick; the head triangular. Is it venomous? Is it a northern water snake? Thank you. Ingo Rucker

Harford County Maryland Posted about 6 hours ago

Invasive wormwood

I only know of this weed by the name wormwood, so I don’t know what this really is. We haven’t been able to get rid of it in my mother’s garden - we tried pulling what we could and covering the area with black cloth and mulch, but it keeps coming back. We used Roundup ( back when we were still using it) and it came back. Now I see this nasty weed in my next door neighbor’s garden and I’m concerned my yard will get infected. What can I do to get rid of this? Thanks very much.

Baltimore County Maryland Posted about 6 hours ago

Mason Bee houses

Are Mason bee houses a good idea for my home in Calvert County, Md?

Calvert County Maryland Posted about 7 hours ago

Mason Bee houses

Are Mason bee houses a good idea for my home in Calvert county, md

Calvert County Maryland Posted about 7 hours ago

Potato skins that will not decompose

The sweet and white potato skins that I buried in October are not rotting with the other vegetable matter that I put into my compost. The skins appear as fresh as when I first buried them. There are huge earthworms moving in the decomposing coffee grounds and other vegetable matter. Is it possible that the skins were treated with preservatives?

Baltimore Maryland Posted about 8 hours ago

queen yellow jackets

how late into he spring can you catch queen yellow jackets? when do they begin their period of confinement?

Baltimore County Maryland Posted about 9 hours ago

Crab apple tree has series of small holes in trunk.

This series of holes appeared in my crab apple. I noticed this on the main tree after a branch broke off. It is a insect killing the tree?

Baltimore County Maryland Posted about 11 hours ago

Soil Sample Bags

Where can I obtain soil sample bags. I would like to send a sample off for testing.

Harford County Maryland Posted about 11 hours ago

dying dogwood

I have several dogwood trees that did not bloom this year for the first time. Last year I saw several branches on each die off (had not happened before) and I removed them . They not have this growth/discoloration on their trunks and branches. Can you help me identify what it is and how to correct it- or do I need to remove them? Thank you for your help.

Baltimore County Maryland Posted about 13 hours ago

flowering cherry trees dying

they are 25-30 years old. starting few years ago, they dropped many leaves in summer, with big brown spots on them. I contacted you and was told it was from too much rain. well, we had too much rain in summer quite a few years! they then looked like are slowly dying: less flowere, fewer leaves.... 1-2 of them are almost dead. They get full sun. They are planted next to a drive way but have room on the other side to grow roots. They even had sent roots under the asphalt to the other side, pushing the asphalt up! Anything to do to save them, or its time to cut them down? Thank you

Baltimore County Maryland normal growth trees ornamental cherry trees dying Posted 1 day ago