Milkweed bugs

We have lots of what I think are milkweed bugs on the milkweed plants in our church’s pollinator garden. Are these milkweed bugs (photo attached)? Is it a problem that there are so many? If so, how can we control them without hurting the pollinators we’re trying to attract? Thank you!


Montgomery County Maryland 8 minutes ago

Classes for growing native plants in Maryland

I have a brown thumb, but I would like to do my part to grow some native plants in my Maryland yard next year. I'm particularly interested in planting milkweed to attract monarch butterflies. Are there any local classes that are geared to absolute beginners? Thank you!

Prince George's County Maryland about 1 hour ago

Invasive grasses in lawns here in Salisbury

We have three weeds/grasses taking over our fescue lawn. We have identified two: nuthedge, wire grass or Bermuda grass and a third that appears moss like--very green and compact in appearance but pulls up easily by hand. Can you please identify this one for u s. Thank you.

Wicomico County Maryland about 2 hours ago

chips from stump of diseased dutch elm

Can I use the chips from the stump of a diseased dutch elm to use as mulch? Thank you,

Montgomery County Maryland about 9 hours ago

Weeping Cherry Oozing Sap

We have a Weeping Cherry that is oozing large amounts of sap. Do you know what is causing this issue and how to stop it?

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Montgomery County Maryland about 9 hours ago

Scale Infestation on Laurel bush

Just before I went on vacation a few weeks ago, I noticed some brown leaves and scale (I think) on a laurel bush in the front of my house. I removed the dead branches and I sprayed some Neem Oil on other parts of it, but it has been untreated for three weeks. In the meantime, the scale has increased and I don't think I can treat it with the small bottle I have. Is there a source where I can get this in larger quantity and then spray it with a larger professional sprayer, if in fact, this is the best way to treat it? Would it be better to use something more systemic? These are two 30+ year-old bushes that I hope I can save. If the treatment you recommend doesn't work (how long will it take?), is it okay to replace these with the same type of plant or would they also become infested? Would I have to wait until after freezing weather and then plant in the Spring? Thanks for any help you can give....!

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Howard County Maryland about 9 hours ago

Please help identify this bug

Please let me know if this is a kissing bug, the kind I saw on the news this summer that can cause heart disease in dogs and people. I found two of them recently and put them in a jar. The first one has since died and the second one I am surprised to see has hung on to life pretty well locked in this jar. Please send me an email asap if it is no danger to animals or humans and I will set it free.


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Prince George's County Maryland insect or spider id about 23 hours ago

Loss of real grass in my yard. Due to several vine type weeds.

My grass, dying in sections, some small, White ,tough spindly & wirely that become like hay and have no substance. You can pull it off the ground. It's barely holding on. Also the tall thin grass appearing after starting out like clover, then skinny grasses. White is the give away. They destroy whatever they wrap around. Crab grass too galore. I believe my yard is gone. It is awful to see after you've invested so much physical work and money into it. I'm sure I cannot afford a gardener/landscape professional to fix this or help us fix it and get back the yard. Any ADVICE?


Montgomery County Maryland weeds lawn dying plant care 1 day ago

Small bugs eating magnolia tree

Hello, I have a 30 year old magnolia tree in my backyard that did not bloom for the first time ever this year. I recently noticed what seemed like a powdery white substance on the trunk. On closer inspection I found these insects and an almost sandy powder I am assuming is wood. Any ideas on what these are?


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Howard County Maryland insect or spider id 1 day ago

Grass I.D.

This is growing in a small area in front yard. Not spreading very fast.

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Baltimore County Maryland plant identification lawns and turf 1 day ago

Erosion protection

My friend s Annapolis home is hilly and subject to erosion What ground covers would be good Any other suggestions


Anne Arundel County Maryland groundcovers plant selection erosion control plants for steep slope with erosion normal growth 1 day ago

Two questions

First question, why do i have so many tiny flies around my indoor spider plants?
2nd ?: what are these things in my garden(see photo) and are they detrimental to my garden? I think it's some sort of fungus. Thank you!


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Prince George's County Maryland mulch houseplants spider plants overwatering houseplants fungus gnats around houseplants flies around houseplants white balls in mulch birds nest fungus 1 day ago

tomato early blight

any new breakthroughs in tomato blight control? I have tryed all stuff like rotating crop,soaker watering,lots of light and space,,coppersulphate,,resistent varieties,etc. David


Frederick County Maryland vegetables disease issues 1 day ago

trees dying on Admiral Cochran Drive, Annapolism MD

Please let me know why many very large oaks, maples and others have died and continue to die. If it is a contageous decease, our community is close by.


Maryland trees 1 day ago

Id this weed

Please id this weed. I think it is invasive. It grows from a central root and spreads along the ground. It gets to about 3 ft tall. It is intertwined with shrubs I planted last year. All I can think to do is pull it. Thanks.


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Howard County Maryland plant identification 1 day ago

Cherry tree trunk

Is this trunk going to survive? Has the green water bag around it killed the tree? Thank you.... Kathleen


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Howard County Maryland trees abiotic issues 1 day ago

Sewer Flies

We have been trying to be rid of "sewer flies". We were putting enzyme down the drains, and in the end we felt like that did not have an effect. We put oiled cups over the drains too, without success. Finally, we agreed to keep the drain stoppers closed, and even thought to tape off the overflow holes. We have had very few in the house now after combating them all summer. However, we are seeing them outside on our doors. After all of this, we are beginning to wonder if they were coming in from outdoors in the first place or if it is the end of their season. Do you have any information on these sewer flies that will help us eliminate them?



Anne Arundel County Maryland pest control drain flies 1 day ago

Barberry shrub invasion

Good morning,
I discovered that one of our shrubs is totally covered with brown pod like structures that appear to be exfoliating it. There are a couple of nearby shrubs with just one or two of the structures. Could you please tell me what it is and how I might be able to save the shrubs?
Thank you,


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Montgomery County Maryland barberry shrub adventitious roots 1 day ago

Wasp Trap

What is the habitat of the "paper wasp"-(?)-the solid black stinging insect? We started with the TERRO wasp trap and were going through the bate quickly as it seemed to evaporate in the heat. So we tried making our own trap, learning the bate is sugar water. It worked well! Almost too well We are emptying dead flies, moths and a variety of hornets and wasps every 3 days. My problem is the solid black stinging insect does not seem interested in the sugar water and continues to haunt my gutters, windows and porch. Can you help educate me on this matter regarding the elimination of stinging insects?


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Anne Arundel County Maryland insect paper wasp 1 day ago

Preparing asparagus for winter

My Jersey Supreme asparagus has displayed its red berries since July. When do I cut it back and what else do I have to do to preserve it through the winter?


Anne Arundel County Maryland vegetables plant care 1 day ago

Poison Ivy Removal

I recently bought a home in Towson for my daughter, three boys, and two dogs to live in. She hired someone to remove a large quantity of overgrowth, including many vines, (including kudzu!) from the back yard. There is, however, still a lot more to get rid of and she has been working away at that, filling about 10 large bags with yard waste last weekend. In spite of wearing long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and gloves, she managed to get a case of poison ivy for her efforts. What is the best way of getting rid of poison ivy in an urban setting? She’s worried about the dogs bringing it in the house too.


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Baltimore County Maryland poison ivy vines poison ivy control 2 days ago

Native species to Maryland

What are the best species trees to plant that are evergreen and provide the best sound buffering from road noise?


Montgomery County Maryland plant selection native evergreen 2 days ago

Ugly bell peppers

All the bell peppers on one of my plants have brown discoloration (see picks). What is it, how do I cure it or prevent it next year?


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Howard County Maryland vegetables pest insects and mites 2 days ago

Dying Oak trees

This oak tree looked like this within 2 weeks. There are four other oaks around it that look fine, however in our neighborhood 12 other oaks look like this one. Is this sudden oak death or are we dealing with something else? In Pasadena, MD we had maybe an inch of rain within the last 3 months. Should it be cut down now, or wait until spring to see if it comes back.


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Anne Arundel County Maryland oak tree decline 2 days ago

Best late bloomong daffodils for Baltimore

I am using daffodils for a memorial for a friend who died on June 11th. Which daffodils are best to come up the latest in spring , closest to this date. I know it depends on the weather but I am hoping they might still be blossoming around this time. Any advice you can give me about the best daffodils and how best to plant and care for them would be appreciated. This will be a whole neighborhood and beyond planting. Thank you so much.


Baltimore Maryland flowers daffodils late season cultivars 2 days ago

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