Save the forest! leave your firewood home


October 14, 2006|By Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali | Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali,Special to The Sun

We're going camping and want to take our firewood with us. We live in the part of Maryland quarantined to prevent spread of the emerald ash borer insect.

As I understand the regulations, we can transport wood depending on air temperatures, correct?

No! Firewood is the most common way this pest is spreading in the United States.

The emerald ash borer is a serious threat. No hardwood, nursery stock, green lumber, woody material, living or dead - including stumps and roots - or even uncomposted ash chips can be moved from the quarantined area.

Encased wood from outside Prince George's County may be driven through the county at temperatures over 40 degrees. Unenclosed wood may be driven through when temperatures are under 40 degrees.

Don't pack firewood - buy it where you burn it. For more information, please call us.


Cut back dahlias and cannas and lift them out of the ground for storage in an unheated basement or garage.

Make your second application of 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of fescue or bluegrass lawn.

Jon Traunfeld, regional specialist, and Ellen Nibali, horticulture consultant, work at Maryland Cooperative Extension's Home and Garden Information Center, which offers Maryland residents free gardening information. Call the center's "hotline" at 800-342-2507 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.) or e-mail plant and pest questions through the Send a Question feature at

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.