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Most plants growing in Maryland rely on transpiration, or water loss due to evaporation, in order to stay cool. This is why keeping your plants watered in the high heat is so important. However, heat stress and dehydration are not the same thing. This is as true for humans as it is for plants. In… Read more »

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by Caroline Hooks Boxwood leaves can drop for a number of reasons. This may be caused by boxwood blight, which is a fungal disease that was first discovered in 2011. Once boxwood blight is present in the landscape, it is very difficult to control. Hosts consist of plants in the Buxaceae family, including all boxwoods,… Read more »

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by Joanne Mead Proper mulching benefits tree health by controlling soil temperature in extreme heat and cold, retaining moisture, reducing competition from grass roots, controlling weeds, and preventing lawn mower and string trimmer damage. However, improper mulching causes irreversible damage to a tree. When mulch is applied properly, only a very thin layer should be… Read more »