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  • Invasive Plant, Pest and Disease Awareness Month sheds light on problem

    Invasive Plant, Pest and Disease Awareness Month sheds light on problem
    When a plant is listed as invasive, how far does it spread? How far apart should I plant bamboo for a privacy screen?
  • Five questions with interior designer Barbara Portnoy

    Five questions with interior designer Barbara Portnoy
    The woman behind the interiors of many of Baltimore's significant buildings celebrates this year the 15th anniversary of the founding of her business, Portnoy Levine Design Associates or PLDA. Raised in Connecticut and educated at the Pratt Institute in...

    Fewer branches don't add up to a safer tree

    Fewer branches don't add up to a safer tree
    I want to prune branches out of a tree so the wind will blow through it and it won't fall on my house. Is that possible? The answer is actually counterintuitive. One would think fewer branches would offer less wind resistance, but time lapse photography...

    Dogwood leaf spots don't mean doom

    Dogwood leaf spots don't mean doom
    My dogwood had leaf spots last summer. Now my neighbors say it's dead and I should cut it down. Should I? Your neighbors may think it had Discula anthracnose, a fungal disease that slowly killed many dogwoods — particularly stressed ones —...

    Orioles head groundskeeper is outstanding in her field

    Orioles head groundskeeper is outstanding in her field
    With frigid weather and a yard blanketed with snow, it's hard to imagine ever seeing green lawns again. Yet spring is approaching, ever so slowly, and it's time for Marylanders to think about reclaiming home field advantage. As head groundskeeper for...