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Garden Q&A: Getting rid of tree of heaven, a lanternfly magnet

With the spotted lanternfly threatening from Pennsylvania, I don’t want to have one of those trees of heaven that attracts them! I’m terrible at identifying trees. How can I avoid having the neighborhood magnet for these pests? Tree of heaven itself is an Asian invasive pest, and now we have …

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Orioles outfielder Adam Jones’ Lutherville-Timonium house is up for sale

Orioles outfielder Adam Jones’ house in Lutherville-Timonium is on the market for $2.695 million. Built in 1952, the house at 11151 Falls Road includes six bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, a three-car garage and a pool. The center fielder is putting his house up for sale months after …

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Garden Q&A: How to go hunting for Asiatic garden beetles or earwigs

Our purple coneflowers bloom and within 24 hours the petals disappear! It’s been a problem for years. We’ve sprayed for slugs and bugs. We dug up all the flowers several times and put in new soil. Nothing works! I hate to turn the bed into grass, since bees and butterflies …

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Garden Q&A: Spiderworts come in all shades of purple, pink, red, white

We just moved into our house this spring. A flower has been blooming for over a month in my garden. Could you identify it for me? Spiderwort is a perennial that is native to Maryland, but there are many species, all from this hemisphere. They will interbreed, so we can’t …

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Want to live on Baltimore’s ‘Miracle on 34th Street’? Now is the chance.

Rachel Rabinowitz sits on the porch swing at 716 West 34th Street, rocking gently outside the rowhouse she’s been trying to sell for months as a real estate broker. Overhead hangs a canopy of Christmas lights, never mind that it’s almost August. Next door, a faded baby Jesus sits in …

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Garden Q&A: Rust on serviceberry trees is common with cool, wet weather

My serviceberry trees produced normal fruit initially, but then developed orange-colored spikes all over the fruits. Some leaves turned yellow and rust-colored with spots. Also, there are tubular deformed protrusions on branches. I think this is rust. Red cedars are 15-20 feet away. Should these be removed since they are …

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Garden Q&A: What is eating my pussytoes?

What is eating my pussytoes? I don’t mind sharing, but for a good cause. You’ve got a winner! The caterpillar on your pussytoes is that of the pink, black, white and orange American painted lady butterfly. Recently declared the longest-migrating butterfly on the planet, it flies even farther than the …

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Baltimore area’s most underrated neighborhoods: Lesser-known places to call home

Of the 250 or so Baltimore neighborhoods, just a few are well known – nearly everyone has heard of places like Fells Point and Federal Hill. But there’s a reason to keep an eye on those with a lower profile. The city and surrounding counties are full of underrated places …

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This Baltimore County couple designed their garden to tell the story of their lives

Charles and Amy Newhall’s gardens are a place to lose oneself. The pristine landscape that surrounds their Baltimore County home is lush and leafy, with hues of green stretching from large lawns and ground-hugging plants to trees that seem to kiss the clouds. Dubbed Brightside Gardens, the four-and-a-half acres include …

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