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Garden Q&A Archive

Each week the University of Maryland Extension's Home and Garden Information Center offers free gardening and pest information. Have a question about your home or garden? Call 800-342-2507 or send a question to the website at hgic.umd.edu.

  • To get rid of flies indoors, eliminate their breeding ground
    To get rid of flies indoors, eliminate their breeding ground

    For months we have had flies in our home about the size of fruit flies but more boxy looking. Neither fumigation nor large amounts of gunk-digesting gel and bleach down the drain have eradicated them. We have looked in vain for rotting food sources harboring them. Suggestions?

  • Mushroom growth inside likely means water problems
    Mushroom growth inside likely means water problems

    There is a mushroom-looking growth on my ceiling. It gets big and then the petals fall off. It looks like there is a hole there, which is silvery inside. When one mushroom disappears, another one or two come out. Any idea what to do?

  • For tomato seeds, disease-resistant doesn't mean disease-proof
    For tomato seeds, disease-resistant doesn't mean disease-proof

    I started tomato seeds indoors last year, and they did really well after planting outside until half the plants had an almost instant wilting or blight. The seeds were VFN [resistant to verticillium wilt, fusarium wilt and nematode]. Any thoughts on varieties for this year or changes to the soil?

  • A splitting tree trunk can have many causes
    A splitting tree trunk can have many causes

    Can you tell me why the trunk of our weeping mulberry is splitting? It is 14 years old and has been moved twice. We treated it for fungus last summer. We are in zone 7a [on the U.S. Department of Agriculture map] and haven't had any big swings in temperature this season.

  • When hanging a hammock, avoid harming trees
    When hanging a hammock, avoid harming trees

    Our hammock has always been attached to an eye bolt screwed into a tree. When we took down the hammock this fall, we discovered the eye bolt has been completely engulfed by bark. Just swallowed up! We barely got the hammock off. How do we cut (drill?) out the eye bolt?

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