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This Japanese garden in Reisterstown has been a labor of love for 35 years

Step out David Boteach’s front door and a gentle world beckons — one filled with wondrous plants, waterfalls and whimsical bronze busts of fauna peeking over the leafy flora. Here sit two frogs shyly holding hands beside a lily pond; there stands a blue heron looking past a cinnamon-skinned paperbark …

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Little black stoneflies are not pests, plus when to plant vegetable garden seeds indoors

A lot of these insects have landed on my outside structures. What are they? Good news. This is an adult little black stonefly. Stoneflies are native insects, not pests, and a great indicator species. They can only exist in very clean, unpolluted water, so sighting them means you have great …

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When to clean out your garden in winter and apply lime to your lawn

I’m confused. Should I clear out my garden at the end of the season or not? I’ve been leaving my flowers’ seed heads for the birds and the dead stalks for pollinators and overwintering beneficial insects. Also, the structures look beautiful, especially in ice and snow! Recently I read that …

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Garden Q&A: Are brown marmorated stink bugs here to stay?

We were inundated with disgusting stinkbugs about five years ago. Then they seemed to disappear. I saw three on the window screen recently. Are they coming back? The brown marmorated stink bug (or BMSB) never left and never will. It has already spread to 44 states, but we’ve had a …

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Garden Q&A: How do I prune hydrangea? And deal with hungry wolf spiders?

We love watching our panicle hydrangea change colors in the fall. It is enormous this year. Any ideas as to how to prune it back this fall? Hydrangea paniculata are bold in late summer-fall with huge white flower heads that segue to pink shades. If you can’t let it grow …

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Garden Q&A: What’s growing under our maple tree? A fungus called Dead Man’s Fingers

It looks like these strange-looking things are reaching up from the mulch under our maple. What are these? Dead Man’s Fingers (Xylaria polymorpha) can look like knobby arthritic fingers or a whole hand of blackened fingers, sometimes with white “fingernails.” They are a fungus, coming not from the mulch, but …

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Garden Q&A: What’s happening to my crape myrtle’s flower buds?

This year a lot of my crape myrtle’s flower buds turned white and wouldn’t open. I’ve had this crape myrtle for years and never had the problem. Is it getting old? Your crape myrtle is infected by powdery mildew. Like many fungi, powdery mildew has had a banner year with …

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Garden Q&A: What killed this tree?

These things like spaghetti pasta were sticking out of our tree that suddenly died. They crumbled when I touched them. Did they attack the tree and kill it? These are sawdust tubes pushed out by ambrosia beetles as they bore into your tree. The tubes are rarely seen this time …

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Garden Q&A: How to spice up your garden with fall perennials

What are some fall perennials to spice up my garden? I love mums, but what else is out there? Toad lily, for starters. Its speckles vary from bloom to bloom, so plant where you can enjoy its detail up close. More fall bloomers include: turtlehead, asters (a range of bloom …

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