Homestead Garden – Keep green indoors this winter with the best indoor plants

With winter rolling in, your outdoor garden won’t be requiring your diligent attention for a few months. That begs the question: What’s a gardener to do? Whether you’re an avid gardener or you just like …

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Keeping holiday plants alive past the holidays


Traditional holiday plants like poinsettias add color and beauty to your home during the holiday season, but did you know they don’t need to fade away when the last of the decorations get boxed …

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How to Care for your Holiday Greens

To keep your wreaths and swags looking their best straight through the holiday season, follow these tips:

When choosing holly, look for glossy, firm leaves with no black spots.  If berries fall …

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A Bittersweet End to the 2018 Outdoor Gardening Season

It’s been a wet one hasn’t it! Record rainfall levels and days upon days of lingering results. Since spring we have battled powdery mildew and fungus levels to beat the band, phytophthora …

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Fall cleanup a drag? This year, give the raking and mulching to someone else.

Just a short while ago, your yard was the scene for fun and relaxation. But when fall comes around, there’s so much to do to get the yard ready for its long winter nap. Between …

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Keeping Pets Safe During the Holidays

Holidays are a time when families and friends come together to celebrate. For many people, celebrations include our pets, so we need to make sure we are keeping their well-being in the forefront of our …

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What a difference a degree makes in October

October in Maryland is a gorgeous month. Brisk morning air with broad sun throughout the day and cooler, sooner nightfall. In my humble opinion, there is no better place to experience the true transitions of …

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Fall is for Planting – Don’t Forget Bulbs


Warm soil + cool air = happy plants  
Just about everyone prefers moderate temperatures to summer’s scorching and humid heat of zone 7. That’s true for plants too. Fall is the only time …

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Ornamental Grasses – A Bold and Romantic Garden Look

We live in the home state of the original ornamental grass movement from the 1960’s. Fifty years ago, right here in Maryland, Kurt Bluemel and Wolfgang Oheme introduced and designed with the first ornamental grasses …

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Cutting Back + Cleaning Up

Storm Ready Gardening
The Mid Atlantic’s unpredictable weather patterns are infamous. The top 50 storms in Maryland have all occurred in the months of September and October. Property damage has included unnecessary destruction from loose …

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Canine and Feline Engagement while at work

With the Back-to-School season upon us, our pets need something to keep them engaged while we are away from the house. Have you ever considered what you could do to help keep your dog and/or …

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Add life and color to your dormant garden with fall annuals

When fall rolls around, it’s time for the unpleasant chore of yanking up the faded, scraggly blooms of summer. Luckily, there’s no need to tolerate empty pots and barren beds through the fall and winter. …

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Building a backyard fire pit


Wouldn’t you love to sit around your own fire pit on a crisp, starry night? It’s easier than you might think to build one. All you need are the right materials and a weekend …

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The best plants for shady gardens

There’s a common misconception that a shady garden means a dreary garden, but just because your garden doesn’t get full sun all day long doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful. Yes, the hosta is everyone’s …

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Beat The Heat

Summer is filled with fun and excitement, but it can also be quite hot and pose potential dangers to us and our pets. There are a few things to consider when planning summer activities with …

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The intricate language of flowers

Words are only one way to communicate. There is body language, sign language and, of course, hundreds of emojis we can use to express what we’re feeling.

Perhaps one of the more poetic ways to …

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Crapemyrtle Care Guide 2018


Planting your crapemyrtle in the proper site will promote flowering, control mildew, and avoid winter damage.
Thrives in sun and heat, provided adequate moisture is available
A slightly elevated position …

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Summer with Pets: Outdoor and Travel safety tips

Fireworks and Thunderstorms

Keep pets in a secure location preferably inside
Occupy the space with fresh water, toys, and leave a TV or Radio on for noise distractions.
Make sure your pet …

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Stressed? Head to the garden!

woman walking through tulip field

Avid gardeners have long known that working the soil is good for you mentally and physically, and now a new study proves it. The National Institutes of Health report that a study looked into the …

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Rose Care 101: Tip for Planting and Tending roses

Knock Out Roses in Landscape

Roses are one of the most beloved flowers due to its beautiful bloom, fragrant scent and cultural significance. From coast to coast, these stunners can make a wonderful addition to your yard.

To help your …

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