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We found a large black caterpillar with white circles across it's back (not...

We found a large black caterpillar with white circles across it's back (not solid spots), no hair, or spikes crawling across our driveway. I tried to google it, but can't find what it is. Can you tell us?

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Howard County Maryland insect identification large caterpillar over 6 years ago

We found these tiny bugs in a few boxes of pasta. Since recovering from an...

We found these tiny bugs in a few boxes of pasta. Since recovering from an Indian Meal moth invasion, we are a bit skittish! These insects are no more than 2mm long, shiny black back. I know this pic is fuzzy, and from the bottom, but do you have any suggestions who they are and what to do?

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Montgomery County Maryland insect identification pantry pest pasta pest over 6 years ago

This will be my daughters first year in 4h and 4h club. She will be 7 years...

This will be my daughters first year in 4h and 4h club. She will be 7 years old before January, what can she enter or do as a clover this year?

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Carroll County Maryland over 6 years ago

Within the last two weeks I noticed that something was eating the leaves on...

Within the last two weeks I noticed that something was eating the leaves on my Columbine, leaving just the stems. This week something is eating all of the flowers on my Impatiens. These plants are near each other. Can you tell me what might be causing the problem and what I might do?

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Frederick County Maryland insect identification impatiens flower columbine over 6 years ago

bark loss above tree trunk

Are my trees sick, how serious is it, and what should I do about it? There are two trees on an incline in the back yard. Soil is orange with stones, also mica. The lower tree trunk seems fine and roots are sturdy but the upper limbs have lost bark this gradually over the last six months or so. Just attaching one photo since there seems not to be room for more.

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Montgomery County Maryland trees and shrubs sick tree over 6 years ago

Can you tell what kind of bees are in the picture? This is as far as I could...

Can you tell what kind of bees are in the picture? This is as far as I could zoom with my camera. Is it a wild honey hive? This hive is approx. 30' off the ground in our back yard. As long as they aren't aggressive bees I would like to leave them bee :-) Our house is not that far away from the tree and I didn't want any nasty surprises.

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Baltimore County Maryland honey bees insect identification over 6 years ago

Stiltgrass

My backyard has experienced an explosion of Japanese stiltgrass this summer. I have removed much of it by hand, but in a number of areas it is mixed in with desirable grasses and difficult to cull. Are there any selective chemicals that can be used? What types of treatments are available?

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Baltimore County Maryland lawns and turf weeds stiltgrass control over 6 years ago

We have a large White Oak tree in our yard estimated to be around 200 years...

We have a large White Oak tree in our yard estimated to be around 200 years old. This year the leaves were small and have been falling off since late June. Many terminal branches have lost their leaves already, and leaves are sparse every where. The tree has always seemed very healthy except during the gypsy moth invasions some years back. Any suggestions?

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Montgomery County Maryland trees and shrubs white oak over 6 years ago

What's the best way to store iris after digging up? I can't plant them for a...

What's the best way to store iris after digging up? I can't plant them for a few days and I don't want them to dry out or be too moist. I cleaned up the rhizomes and trimmed the fans and have them in a large bucket of Leaf Grow and peat moss in a protected area.

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Howard County Maryland propagation iris flower over 6 years ago

I would like to solve the problem of my morning glory plants not producing...

I would like to solve the problem of my morning glory plants not producing blooms. Some years ago, we would purchase plants from a nearby nursery (Mason Dixon Line area), and they would produce a carpet of large blue blooms in late summer along our fence. Two years ago we purchased plants from another local well-known nursery and they grew healthy green leaves profusely, but only a few blooms well into Sept. My husband spoke to someone from the nursery and was told that they had been having trouble with their supplier, and was given a voucher for new plants for the following spring. We acquired and planted that spring, and we had the same outcome. Lush leaves, and few, if any blooms. This spring, my husband bought a package of seeds and grew his own plants. Once again, as of today, we have five separate vines growing healthily; green and lush with not one bloom! They are planted in areas getting different quantities of sun, and the same amount of water. What's happening? I miss my beautiful morning glories!

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Baltimore County Maryland flower vines morning glory over 6 years ago

Are my trees sick, how serious is it, and what should I do about it? There...

Are my trees sick, how serious is it, and what should I do about it? There are two trees on an incline in the back yard. Soil is orange with stones, also mica. The lower tree trunk seems fine and roots are sturdy but the upper limbs have lost bark this gradually over the last six months or so. Photos attached.

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Montgomery County Maryland trees and shrubs sick tree over 6 years ago

Is the black paper-like sheet that came with the salad box for lining the...

Is the black paper-like sheet that came with the salad box for lining the bottom? If so, should it be doubled, as there is enough for at least two boxes, or should I save the excess for another box and only use one-ply?

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Calvert County Maryland vegetables salad box liner over 6 years ago

When digging potatoes today we found this critter in one of the holes on the...

When digging potatoes today we found this critter in one of the holes on the potato. Is it the culprit? What is it? What can we do about keeping them out? Thanks

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Montgomery County Maryland potato vegetables pest wireworm over 6 years ago

I planted six 6ft. Leyland Cypress trees as a screen next to my driveway in...

I planted six 6ft. Leyland Cypress trees as a screen next to my driveway in 2007. Four of them are growing very well and look healthy. They are now about 15 to 18 ft. tall and nice. But two trees are not doing so well. They look stressed, leaf colors are pale and while they have grown some in height their diameter is much smaller and not full like others. I called a tree service company and they recommend scheduled fertilizer injections which is quite costly. But as I do a little web search, I find opinion that injection is no better than broadcast method and recommend doing a soil test first to determine if there is any disease. Can you please advise, how I approach to solving the problem.

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Montgomery County Maryland trees and shrubs leyland cypress leyland cypress pale foliage over 6 years ago

The attached photo captures the branch of a dwarf Japanese maple that was...

The attached photo captures the branch of a dwarf Japanese maple that was planted 11 years ago. In July I noticed the yellow/green spots on the branch. Can you assess what the spots are and what intervention I can take to ensure the health of the tree? Thanks!

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Montgomery County Maryland trees and shrubs lichens dwarf japanese maple over 6 years ago

The attached photo is of a Japanese holly I planted two years ago. The leaves...

The attached photo is of a Japanese holly I planted two years ago. The leaves turn yellow before completely drying out and falling off. I've been removing the branches that seem to be completely dead. Unfortunately, this has resulted in a barren looking plant. I give the plant a good soaking once a week. Could grubs be the cause of my barren looking holly? What intervention can I take to nurse this bush back to life? Thanks!

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Montgomery County Maryland shrubs japanese hollies over 6 years ago

Can you tell me the name of this July blooming flower? The foliage comes up...

Can you tell me the name of this July blooming flower? The foliage comes up in March/April and dies away. The stems pop up in July with no foliage at all and displays this beautiful pink flower. They last a couple of weeks.

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Montgomery County Maryland flower plant id over 6 years ago

I will be taking down 8 large tulip poplar trees that are too close to my...

I will be taking down 8 large tulip poplar trees that are too close to my house and garage . They are in the back of my house where there are hollies , dogwoods , rhododendron and azaleas.

Anne Arundel County Maryland over 6 years ago

I will be taking down 8 lg. tulip poplar trees that are close to my house and...

I will be taking down 8 lg. tulip poplar trees that are close to my house and garage in my yard and wondering what you would suggest to plant in their place ? There are still oaks , hollies and dogwoods . Also azaleas and rhododendron .

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Anne Arundel County Maryland trees and shrubs replacement tree over 6 years ago

These are several of my problematic tomatoes/ I would like to know how to...

These are several of my problematic tomatoes/ I would like to know how to stop this blithe now or how to prepare for it next yearFoul odor Thank you,

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Baltimore County Maryland tomatoes vegetables fruit damage over 6 years ago

These are several of my problematic tomatoes/ I would like to know how to...

These are several of my problematic tomatoes/ I would like to know how to stop this blithe now or how to prepare for it next year Thank you,

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Baltimore County Maryland tomatoes vegetables bird damage over 6 years ago

These are several of my problematic tomatoes/ I would like to know how to...

These are several of my problematic tomatoes/ I would like to know how to stop this blithe now or how to prepare for it next year Thank you, Mitch Goldsmith

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Baltimore County Maryland tomatoes vegetables catfacing over 6 years ago

We have a home on the bay in Worcester county and are experiencing a severe...

We have a home on the bay in Worcester county and are experiencing a severe amount of small gnat-sized biting insects. I believe they are called biting midges. There has been an increase in the last three years. Prior to that I don't recall them being an issue. They can get through screening so we're not really able to use our screened in porch anytime around dusk or later. Is there anything that will deter these insects? Anything we can do to get rid of them? Are there any bats that eat them so that maybe putting up a bat house would help? Any repellents that have been known to work? Thanks much! Brian

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Worcester County Maryland over 6 years ago

What is the difference between minimum essential coverage versus essential health benefits?

What is the difference between minimum essential coverage vs essential health benefits?

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Maryland insurance affordable care act health insurance literacy essential benefits over 6 years ago

Is it now late enough in the summer to start transplating or do you think...

Is it now late enough in the summer to start transplating or do you think we're going to have another period of intense heat?

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Charles County Maryland transplanting over 6 years ago

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