Home Landscape and Garden Best Management Practices

Brief overview of best practices for home landscape and garden management. Covers tips on planting, mowing, watering, fertilizing and mulching efficiently, as well as strategies for controlling stormwater runoff, managing pests, recycling yard waste, encouraging wildlife, and more. Source: University of Maryland Extension

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Home Landscape and Gardening Practices to Protect the Chesapeake Bay and Waterways

Describes home landscape and gardening practices that help protect the Chesapeake Bay and regional waterways and identifies actions residents can take to make a big difference. The “Bay-Wise Maryland Yardstick” helps home gardeners see how they “measure up” through this self-assessment on a variety of gardening practices, from planting, mulching and fertilizing to recycling yard waste, managing pests, controlling stormwater runoff, and more.  Source: University of Maryland Extension


Eco-Friendly Gardening

Incredibly useful page explaining the benefits of adopting more environmentally-friendly approaches to managing your landscape, includes links to a variety of related topics (e.g., choosing the right plants, rain gardens, native plants, invasive plants, homeowner’s guide to stormwater management, and more. Source: Penn State Extension

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Gardening Fact Sheets from USBG

Useful links to information and tips about gardening, insects, weeds and other topics. Source: United State Botanic Garden


Monthly tips for gardening in Maryland

Monthly tips for gardening in Maryland are easy to find in the compilation from the University of Maryland Extension. Major categories include ornamental plants and flowers, lawns, trees and shrubs, vegetables, fruits, insects, soil mulch and compost, wildlife and houseplants, with links to monthly tips for each category. A terrific free resource!  Source: University of Maryland Extension


How to Grow a Healthy Lawn

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Learn how to grow a healthy lawn with this free publication from the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Office, ”Livable Lawns.” Covers how to prepare the site and explains how to select the most appropriate species of turf for your lawn. Also illustrates how to plant a lawn and care for it, including information about proper mowing techniques. Source: University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Office


Managing Wildlife Problems: Moles

Learn about the habitat and behavior of moles and management approaches, such as using repellents to creating barriers or trappings, in the brief publication by Virginia Cooperative Extension.


Wildlife in the Home Pond Garden

Learn how to manage insects, birds, reptiles, pets, fish and wild mammals in the garden pond from this useful overview from Virginia Cooperative Extension. Includes a handy Home Garden Pont Pest Reference Chart outlining the pests, potential damage and suggested control measures for homeowners.