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I want to plant a flowering dogwood to replace a very old silver maple that...

I want to plant a flowering dogwood to replace a very old silver maple that was dug up last year. When they cut the tree down & cut up the root, I saw all kinds of lines under there & became quite concerned. I have had Ms Utility come out & show any interfering lines in a 10 ft linear path [because it must be in that area] & the only thing they show are gas lines which they say are 36" below. My question is: Can I safely plant a small flowering dogwood there? If so, can the hole by 18-24" deep if needed? And last, I live in 21222 - is there a retailer selling flowering dogwoods anywhere in this area or the nearest? Any/all help is appreciated. Please reply. THank you. Linda Jones ldj3331@gmail.com

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Baltimore County Maryland trees and shrubs plant tree over gas line gas lines over 6 years ago

Keeping fleas out of house and yard

After having our yard, house, and indoor cat treated for fleas, what do you suggest we do to be sure we don't get fleas in either the house or yard again?

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Montgomery County Maryland pest control fleas over 6 years ago

Hello, I'd like to know if Purple Loosestrife is banned in Maryland. Thank you.

Hello, I'd like to know if Purple Loosestrife is banned in Maryland. Thank you.

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Cecil County Maryland gardening invasive over 6 years ago

We are going to turn our grass lawn into a clover lawn due to the amount of...

We are going to turn our grass lawn into a clover lawn due to the amount of water and time we spend pulling crabgrass. We are using a white clover (Mini Clover). Any suggestions as to when we can/should overseed our lawn this fall for best opportunity for success. Thanks

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Talbot County Maryland clover low maintenance lawn over 6 years ago

How can I recieve emergency alerts?

How can I recieve emergency alerts?

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Prince George's County Maryland disasters disaster preparedness emergency response safety over 6 years ago

Found this mold w/spores (?)on peonies. Is it mold? there are no cankers on...

Found this mold w/spores (?)on peonies. Is it mold? there are no cankers on the stems.

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Anne Arundel County Maryland powdery mildew flower peonies over 6 years ago

What is this plant - it was growing in our vegetable garden - about 10 feet...

What is this plant - it was growing in our vegetable garden - about 10 feet tall - very strong aroma - I started sneezing violently after removing it. Reddish striped stems (woody) and tiny yellow flowers on top - soft, fern- like leaves.

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Montgomery County Maryland herbs plant id over 6 years ago

found a very large mosquito in my home it has a copper gold color on it's...

found a very large mosquito in my home it has a copper gold color on it's side what kind is it, I think it was going to bite me.

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Cecil County Maryland insect identification crane fly over 6 years ago

how do I store iris rhizomes over the winter?

how do I store iris rhizomes over the winter?

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St. Mary's County Maryland iris flower over 6 years ago

I am moving from the area in 3 weeks and have approximately 5o clay or glazed...

I am moving from the area in 3 weeks and have approximately 5o clay or glazed pots and saucers, small to very large, to donate to a gardener or club. Will deliver. Appreciate any help, thanks. Marcus Barnes 410.421.9131

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Anne Arundel County Maryland over 6 years ago

A neighbor asked for a ID for this plant.

A neighbor asked for a ID for this plant.

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Prince George's County Maryland plant id over 6 years ago

Hello there! Could you please tell me what this is in our lawn? It's very...

Hello there! Could you please tell me what this is in our lawn? It's very brown, looks kinda mossy and it's growing bigger.

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Howard County Maryland lawns and turf moss fungus over 6 years ago

Using poison rat baits around cats and dogs

I requested information about Norway rats which are under my deck and are "invading other areas of Old Greenbelt". I received a prompt reply with an Extension publication. We were able to trap and drown humanely one rat, but after that, no more.
Would it be dangerous to use poison baits under the deck? My cats and raccoons have gone under it. If my cat attacks a poisoned rat still alive, will he ingest some of the poison? I am nervous to go this route. Also my neighbor in the Cooperative in which I live, understandably does not want me to use them either (she has two large dogs). Even my cat who hunts even larger birds (which I don't like him doing) is afraid of the rats under the deck (I hope there are not snakes there either!).

I am afraid of the rats getting in my attic and home during the winter months and also reproducing inside and outdoors. Mice have lived in my attic in the winter months -- these are very old homes dating back to the 1940s and less.

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Prince George's County Maryland wildlife pesticides nuisance wildlife rats over 6 years ago

Ambrosia Beetle Infestation

I have an ambrosia infestation on a white oak. I have read your article "Ambrosia Beetles in Maryland" and want to make sure that I am understanding it correctly. Once the frass is coming out from the tree, is it too late to spray? I have one tree guy who says to spray now and another who says to wait. What do you say? This tree is losing lots of branches and will most likely die in the next couple of years, but I am hoping to get a little more life from it still.

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Anne Arundel County Maryland invasive ambrosia beetles over 6 years ago

Is this a good time to plant grass seed? I have a side yard which had been...

Is this a good time to plant grass seed? I have a side yard which had been too shaded to grow grass, but was recently opened up when a neighbor cut down some trees. What seed do you recommend,and other changes or nutrients for the soil. I live in Mt.Washington.

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Baltimore Maryland lawns and turf soil testing over 6 years ago

When (time of year) and how (secondary canes?) does one prune Blackberry...

When (time of year) and how (secondary canes?) does one prune Blackberry Plants? Is there an article I can read? Thanks

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Frederick County Maryland fruit blackberries pruning blackberries over 6 years ago

caution sign bug ID

Found this bug on my deck recently. With a clear caution sign on it's back, I'm wondering: Is it dangerous?

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Prince George's County Maryland spiders insect identification orb weaver over 6 years ago

white marked tussock caterpillar poop?

I saw a white marked tussock caterpillar excrete these interesting shaped balls one at a time from its end ....and wondered whether I just watched a caterpillar poop or are these the start of baby caterpillars?

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Prince George's County Maryland insect identification caterpillar excrement over 6 years ago

This summer I have seen what I think is some kind of fruit fly that I have...

This summer I have seen what I think is some kind of fruit fly that I have never seen before in my yard in southern MD. It is about 1/2 cm long with a black/brown 3-part body and translucent wings with black splotches across them. It holds its wings out flat and angled back like a jet plane. It has small stubby antennae. I have not seen these insects on any plants, but mainly on the siding on the west side of our house; in groups of 4 to 5. What is this insect?

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Montgomery County Maryland insect identification picture-winged flies over 6 years ago

Our questions have to do with our lawn. We have a large wooded lot---about...

Our questions have to do with our lawn. We have a large wooded lot---about 1/2 lawn and flower beds and 1/2 woods. The lawn has deteriorated to the point where we wonder whether we must dig it up and start over; we need an expert opinion about that. Different areas have different sorts of problems: some spots are difficult to grow grass; some spots are subject to erosion; most areas have been invaded by a variety of weeds, broad-leaf plants, and sometimes moss. Can you give us contact information for an expert who could come look at the situation and advise us? Could you tell us the steps we would need to take in re-doing our lawn--for example, do we need to get a soil analysis first? How do we prepare soil for re-seeding, etc.?
We know that fall is the time to tackle this issue and that "tall fescue is the best all-purpose turf for MD."
Thanks so much, Joan and Don Griggs P.S. Let us know if several photos of particular spots would help.

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Montgomery County Maryland lawns and turf lawn renovation over 6 years ago

We have been growing kale without fail for about four years. We rotate and...

We have been growing kale without fail for about four years. We rotate and leave one side for 4-6 months before we replant. Now we have this squishy translucent green egg and the kale is getting rotten ;( Any ideas? Thank you

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Maryland vegetables over 6 years ago

I have some type of borer infesting my ash tree. my subdivision is relatively...

I have some type of borer infesting my ash tree. my subdivision is relatively new(7 yrs) with ash trees lining the street. I noticed what looked like saw dust around the base of the trunk(this is maybe the 2nd season, but could have been longer). I inspected more closely and discovered small holes ~1/8" in diameter with the frass(as I have now learned the term) coming out of the hole. the holes do not seem to be D-shaped as with the Emerald Ash Borer, but instead round. In the past week or so I have noted empty shells sticking out of the holes and my internet research suggests the Clearwing Ash Borer Moth. I also saw what appeared to be a wasp (which I now believe to be the Clearwing Ash Borer) on the tree and it was mating with a smaller of the same. My street is the only one in the neighborhood with this type of tree lining the street. The trees are ~10ft tall and many look very unhealthy with barren branches. Most of the trunks are dotted with holes and the bark is peeling off. I would like to know (1) am I dealing with Clearwing Ash Borer Moth? (2) how do I get rid of it? (3)what is the expected fate of my tree? (4) is it sensible to treat my tree if the others on the street remain untreated?

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Frederick County Maryland trees and shrubs holes in trees tree holes clearwing ash borer borer in ash ash borer over 6 years ago

I have a number of euonymus with crown gall. I have sent photos to a number...

I have a number of euonymus with crown gall. I have sent photos to a number of nurseries in the area and have taken branches with galls to the staff at Sun Nurseries for diagnosis. I have a specimen paperbark maple growing about 4 feet from the closest infected bush and a Knock Out rose much closer on 3 sides. Several questions--Is the 15 foot paperbark maple in jeopardy? There was a paperbark seedling nestled in the euonymus that had a marble sized lump when I cut it our yesterday, but I don't know if it was crown gall. When I cut the Knock Out back this year, won't it most likely get it? I thought of removing the infected plants, but I gather the soil would still be a problem for 2-3 years and I would have to get every speck of soil too. I've been told that water carries it to other plants with breaks in the bark too . Suggestions?

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Montgomery County Maryland shrubs crown gall on euonymous euonymous galls galls on shrub galls on euonymus crown gall on euonymus over 6 years ago

Our neighborhood is losing oaks. We believe it is gypsy moths, based on...

Our neighborhood is losing oaks. We believe it is gypsy moths, based on species information. What is the status of gypsy moth control in the eastern part of the County? What are our options - and is there any County assistance - for introducing specific species mating-disruption (SPLAT GM)?

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Howard County Maryland trees and shrubs gypsy moth oak trees over 6 years ago

I have a Rosemary plant that is growing wonderfully. Can I divide this plant...

I have a Rosemary plant that is growing wonderfully. Can I divide this plant and transplant it, if so when is the best time to do this?

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Washington County Maryland over 6 years ago

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