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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: Leaves fall prey to yellownecked caterpillar

Leaves have been stripped from our river birch trees, but we can’t seem to find the culprit. We looked under leaves, and my husband searched with a flashlight at night. What should we do? In late summer-early fall it’s common for a mob of caterpillars to strip leaves from 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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Garden Q&A: Keep eye out for new invasive pest

My relatives said I should not bring firewood from Pennsylvania when we come home after the holidays. Is there a quarantine? A new invasive pest, the spotted lanternfly, is just over the line in Pennsylvania and has now been found in Delaware and New York. All Marylanders need to be …

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Garden Q&A: Planting shrubs in the fall

Is it too late to plant shrubs or trees? I see a lot of good plant sales, but not sure I should take advantage of them. Fall is an excellent time to plant most shrubs, trees, grasses and perennials. Early to mid-fall is the best time because plants have three …

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Garden Q&A: Defeating a clothes moth infestation

My home is infested with small clothing moths that look like feathers. They ate holes in my grandfather’s WWII army blanket! I found larvae and tiny black dots of moth excrement. An exterminator put pesticide strips in the garbage bags I filled with clothes and bedding. The washer and dryer …

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Garden Q&A: Potter wasps and helleborus

I found this on a flower stalk in my garden when I was clearing out dead stalks. It’s about the size of a marble. Is something in it or did something come out of it? Good or bad? This tiny replica of a jug is the work of a potter …

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