I clipped my annual vinca back and found all these black dots underneath. They remind me of moose poop. What are they?
I have a shady back yard and can not grow grass. Would clover or micro clover be a good alternative?
I have a weed in my yard that is now about 10 feet tall with huge leaves. I was wondering what it is.
Three of my Service Berry trees have developed green/blue crusty blotches and dropped leaves. What is it and can the tree be saved? What is the treatment? These are beautiful trees and I would be devastated to lose them! HELP Please!
I have about 60 potted Japanese Maples that I was thinking of planting in a clear spot in my otherwise wooded lot. I was told that they would not do very well because of the root competition from the lot's large oaks, maples, and poplars. Therefore, it was suggested that we bring in topsoil and raise the level about 10 inches before planting. But I was also told that this would eventually harm the trees whose roots would now be 10 inches further from the surface. I was thinking maybe of leaving the plants in pots, but killing the grass and placing them on a couple of inches of wood chips or mulch. Would this damage the roots? Is there any particular way to kill the grass that would not damage the roots? Any other ideas as to how to deal with my conundrum? 60 pots cover a fairly large area. Thank you in advance for your wisdom.
I have several dozen tomatoes that still are on the vine and have not yet turned pink or red. I am concerned that an early frost may damage them before they ripen. In response to an earlier question, an expert told me that if I picked the tomatoes when they turn pink and put them on a window sill they would ripen and I found this to be true. If I do so while they still are green, will they eventually ripen ... or must they be pink?
Charles County MD vegetables 11 days ago
I am new in the area what are the small inchworms and wedding I sought on my box wood?
I live in Leisure World and would like to start composting my vegetable food scraps and whatever else is allowable. There are no options within LW even though they have garden plots. I've reached out to people outside of LW and have received a few offers, but one suggested that I contact you all. I don't think I want a worm box. I know Mom's market takes compost, but I'd prefer something closer. Also , if I find someone close who'll accept my scraps, what's the best way to collect and transport it?Thanks for your help
Montgomery County MD composting 12 days ago
Hi! My inkberry holly leaves are turning brown/black. I assumed it was due to the drought and me not watering it enough (it's been here for 2 years) but after googling i'm wondering if it's anthracnose. Can you tell me what to do? There are a few dark leaves on the plant next to the bad one but not nearly as many.
Hello, My front yard Japanese Maple died. I thought to replace it with Blue Shiner Spruce, but I read that the blue spruces, any of them, get sick easily. Is it correct? So, I thought to replace it with Southern Magnolia, but my street is open for north-west winter winds and, as I read, it is not good for magnolias in our state. Is it correct? Do you have any suggestion for evergreen, preferably, front yard tree? Any other ideas for a interesting looking tree? Thank you.
Hi there, I am working on a home conservation landscaping project in which I'd like to include the plants below. Estimated installation date is 11/4/2019. Do you think this is too late in the year for the plants to survive the winter? Thanks! Eli Geranium maculatum Carex rosea Clematis virginiana Matteuccia struthiopteris Scutellaria incana Waldsteinia fragarioides Tiarella cordifolia Stylophorum diphyllum
Its a good time to plant roses in the ground at this time of the year ?
I have an issue with some trees and thought I would ask. There are so called Bagworms in one of my trees and someone told me that it would eat the trees away. Wondering whats best to rid of them. I used warm water and dish soap, like Google says,but not sure if that is really working. I have also been cutting the ones I see, but cant get to the top of the trees. How do I get rid of Bagwroms in Leland Cypress trees?
Hi, I would like to sign my son up for this event but wanted to confirm if it’s a “drop off” event or are parents required to stay. Thank you for any guidance you can provide.
Carroll County MD 12 days ago
Hello, and thanks in advance for your expertise. I'm hoping you can recommend a solution to our eroding slope (photos included). The previous owners pulled much of the English Ivy that protected the slope, and only 50% periwinkle remains. While we understand it's invasive, we've tried without success to help the periwinkle spread to protect against run-off, particularly since we are in a watershed community. We transplanted grasses (from a neighbor) that we hoped would spread, though they're slow to grow after a couple years, but they are surviving. We're under mostly shade from oak trees, with more sun in the winter when the leaves are gone. Can you suggest a native plant or landscaping solution to our steep, eroding front slope? Thank you!
Hi, We noticed that our oleander was not doing well during the winter. We moved it outside for the summer and noticed some spots on the leaves of 2 different varieties and colors. Please advise on what we can do to clean it up before it comes inside for the winter. Thanks, Joe
Hi, does this variety survive in Maryland Winters? The data shows that it will grow to be 20 feet, but with Maryland winners, will it die back down to the ground?
I have a large tiller that belonged to my mother who was an excellent gardener. Do you know of any organization, maybe one of the urban gardens under the supervision of an recognized farm, that would like to have it. I am cleaning out my shed and need to find a home for it.
Baltimore County MD miscellaneous 12 days ago
I recently purchased two Shamrock Inkberry shrubs and found that I need a male 'mate' in order for them to produce berries. What is the scientific name of the Shamrock's male counterpart?
I would like a diagnosis of what might be wrong with my lilac. It lost it's leaves ( turned brown ) but still has buds on the stems and had 2 blooms, after the initial bloom was over. I would appreciate any thing you can tell me about this. I have been mulching under the lilac could this be the problem? The lilac is white but there is a purple one behind it and it is fine? One of my neighbors said the same thing happened to theirs.
Please see attached file: Those pears's surface is uneven. And inside, there are a lot of harden points which can not be eaten. Please advice me what happened of those pears and how to prevent it next year. Thanks a lot.
Hello, I have a tree in my front yard approximately 2 to 2-1/2 foot diameter at the base and 80 foot tall. The base of the tree is swollen and the bark is separating but I see no obvious insect presence. The remainder of the tree seems to be very healthy. Is there some kind of treatment I can do to the base to ward off problems?
I must have 15 - 20 yellow and black garden spiders and no idea how many sacs! Three of the sacs are on the underside of my deck rail and I wonder how they will fare in the winter with the wind. I've found several in bushes that I would like to trim. Can I remove them and place them somewhere else and if so, how should I pick a spot. Thank you!
I've grown eggplant for decades, and they have always has color consistent with what is in grocery stores. However, at my new home, they are mostly brown instead of the rich, glossy purple (pic attached). They are also somewhat smaller than expected, but all including the pic are firm. Are you aware of any particular soil deficiency that might cause this?