What is the turn around time from mailing sample to receiving results?
Charles County MD soil testing 8 days ago
I planted a marsh sunflower earlier this year. This morning, I noticed several of its stalks had lines of small insects I have never seen before on them. One is some sort of spotted beetle-type insect. The others are smaller insects, some of which are red and some of which are black. I also saw a larger ant on one of the stalks that had the black insects. I am not sure if any of these insects are helpful, harmless, or harmful. I took some photos and was hoping that someone could identify these insects and let me know if I should be concerned for the plant/the other plants in my yard.
What do I do with the clover that has invaded my back yard? I need to also reseed the backyard and am not sure what to do about the clover. Leave it or try to get rid of it? Thank you
What's causing my peace Lilly leaves to turn brown and th stalks yellow?
I have tried and tried to identify this tree from it's seed pod. The tree is planted along a sidewalk in Frederick MD. I would greatly appreciate any information. The curiosity is killing me! Thank you so much!
1. Can spot seeding be done through October 2. PH of lawn is 6.5 but I have not applied lime in years. I was thinking of doing it and thinking best time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Do you agree?
What can one do about the Mites this Fall very dry season? What do you recommend?
I live in Baltimore City. And recently I've been wanting to grow Georgia collard greens what is the latest date I want to start collard greens. From seed to ground in Baltimore City?
Baltimore MD 9 days ago
What to do with extra pine needles?
I have an old Lilac bush that has pretty much stopped blooming. What should I do to "rejuvinate" it? And when? Thanks.
Hello, I have three arbor vitae in my backyard. During this summer exoensive brown areas showed in all of them. Is this due to drought or is it a sign of a disease and if so what should I do to cure them? Thanks you,
I just put out 4 pots of fresh mums and last night they were pulled out of the pots and most flowers were eaten! Could this be squirrels, rabbits or moles? Is their any humane way to ✋ this?
Can you please identify this tree? Alternate branching.
DO DEER EAT ACORNS ? THEY SEEMS TO BE FEEDING IN A SPACE WHERE THERE IS NOTHING EATABLE BUT ACORNS.
What shall I do with bagged Japanese stilt grass ? Any choices other than land filling?thx
Daughter to get married early next September and wants a garden-party in our yard! Looking for colorful perennials/annuals. Bride likes black-eyed susans. Bridesmaids wearing wine-red and groomsmen wearing navy blue. Must be deer-resistant and rabbit-resistant. We have mostly sun and some shade. Thank you!
What is the best feeding program year round for a good yard?
Wicomico County MD lawns and turf 10 days ago
I have lighter green patches in a section of my front yard. It seems to grow a little faster than the darker grass around it. This area had, hopefully, a lot of false gree kylinga. In August, I sprayed the area with sledgehammer twice over a couple weeks. In September, I scalped entire lawn, core aerated, ovetseeded with Newsom trio mix of perennial rye, tall fescue & blue grass. Also used 18-24-12 starter fertilizer. Soil is clay based and low in phosphorus. Yard prior to Renovation was full of clover and Japanese stiltgrass. This is a lower area of my yard. Im very happy with the project otherwise and hope is it's something to do with erratic nitrogen availability and not the return of the kylinga. There are no seed heads so fingers crossed! Thanks, Ron Hurd
Looking for guidance in converting the grass lawn above our septic drain field into a meadow. It is less that 1/8 pf an acre and has hardwood trees on two sides. My concern is to not impact the underground pipes and to encourage growth besides lawn.
I know from a previous inquiry that now is the time of year to prune. One tree service came out and said no pruning was necessary, save for the branches close to the house. I've attached two pics of the two elms, and would welcome your opinion. Whoops, for some reason, the pics on my phone are not syncing with my Mac. If I had an email address, I would be happy to send them there. Thanks,
Several white pines are growing on the eastern side of a home in West Ocean City, MD. A few of the pines are showing full branch die-back and needle drop. Branches still containing needles on the same trees have spotting on the needles themselves. No fruiting bodies were observed, nor any galls, nor dead tips on the needles. The home is on the water so there is a possibility of salt water encroachment, and there is a lawn service at both the residence and the neighboring properties, who may or may not utilize herbicides in their work. Any idea what this could be and how to treat it?
Worcester County MD trees 10 days ago
Hi: I have three Mt. Airy Fothergilla growing in my back yard. They are full sun part shad. One of the plants, come autumn does not have yellow red orange leaves but has dead or near death leaves over a majority of the plant. It is also the smallest of the three. The leaves are brown and shriveled up. Thank you for your insight.
Why is my lilac blooming now & is it a sign of stress? I’ve been watering it some as the drought wears on. It dropped some leaves before putting out the flower buds. Is there anything additional I should do now?
I planted several varieties of tomatoes this summer (Celebrity, Robeson, Tasteful, Black Krim), and while they bore fruit, they never turned to red from green, only a pale pink. Can you tell me what caused this? Thanks - Thomas Harryman
Baltimore County MD vegetables 10 days ago
We planted a couple of mountain laurel about 5 years ago. They seem to be doing very well, especially the one in question, it is the tallest ( first picture). I noticed some dead or brown leaves then I saw this white speckling on the bark. Some of it came off with hose water but you can still see/ feel it and it seems the branches with this white stuff (2nd picture) have more dead or curled leaves. The white is not sticky or sappy feeling. Is it fatal? Is there something I can do? Thanks Trish