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Peeling bark is sign of emerald ash borer

The bark on my neighbor’s large ash tree is being peeled off. Short bark strips lie all over the ground at the base. Is it squirrels or woodpeckers or a deer rubbing its antlers? Is it something to worry about? This ash tree is probably infested with emerald ash borer. …

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Garden Q&A: Darkwing fungus gnats

This 1 1/2 inch critter looks like a pile of small worms, but moves like a slug! I have seen it on three occasions in the morning following rain. The individual worms seem to move independently of the total mass. What is it? This is a neat find — a …

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Home & Garden: Getting the most out of home composting

Energetic retiree Lew Shell is known to farmers and gardeners around the state. For many years, he was a Master Gardener and Horticultural Consultant for the University of Maryland Home & Garden Information Center and the Nursery Manager for the Anne Arundel County Farmers’ Coop. Though officially retired, he is …

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At home with WBAL anchor Deborah Weiner

According to conventional wisdom, life in the country is simpler than in the city. But for Deborah Weiner and her family, it’s the opposite. Weiner, a longtime news anchor and investigative reporter for WBAL-TV, spent nearly two decades living in a large home in northern Baltimore County. Two years ago, …

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Garden Q&A: Hover flies – Baltimore Sun

A tiny flying insect appears late afternoon/early evening in our neighborhood and lands on people. Could you help us identify it? Shoo away gently. This is your friend times two. The syrphid fly, commonly known as a flower fly or hover fly, feeds on nectar and pollen, making it a …

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Garden Q&A: Protecting dahlias – Baltimore Sun

My dahlias are still blooming like it’s summer. How long does this go on? Since they can’t handle winter, how do I protect them? Dahlias are jewels in the garden until frost. Do not wait until soil freezes to dig up the tubers or you’ll be left with mush. After …

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Garden Q&A: Sneaky barberry seedlings

I have pulled up over 50 barberry seedlings from my yard this year, both green and purplish. (I counted.) I have barberry myself, the purple and yellow varieties, but mine don’t produce berries. My neighbors have the same. So where are all the barberry seedlings coming from? Barberry is popular …

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