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October 31, 2011
Friends of Patapsco Valley & Heritage Greenway need 100 volunteers to plant 70 new trees and 10 bushes along Thistle Run in Catonsville. Friends of Patapsco Valley & Heritage Greenway need 100 volunteers to plant 70 new native trees and 10 bushes Saturday. The Nov. 5 effort from 9 a.m. to noon will provide a buffer along a section of Thistle Run, a small stream in Catonsville off Route 144 (Frederick Road), west of the intersection with North Rolling Road. Pre-register at http://www.patapscoheritagegreenway.org/eventcal.html to help determine amount of supplies needed.
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Susan Reimer | June 30, 2014
Every summer about this time, I spend a couple of days touring private gardens. And I get paid to do it. I am one of the judges of The Sun's annual Garden Contest, and it might be the best part of my job. We receive between 30 and 60 entries each year, and the other judges and I whittle the list down to between 10 and 20. We schedule the visits, load up my car with icy, cold bottled water and off we go, covering hundreds of miles over two or...
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | June 30, 1994
The county Environmental Affairs Advisory Board will allow the owner of Carrolltown Center to plant about 10 trees to replace ground disturbed for construction of the mall's last possible business.The board granted the owner of the Eldersburg mall a variance to the Forest Conservation Ordinance yesterday. The variance applies only to the construction of Blockbuster Video at the mall, which faces Liberty Road.Blockbuster plans to open a 5,500-square-foot store there this fall. Construction, adjacent to the Super Fresh store, will disturb 8,500 square feet of ground and bring to 25,000 square feet the cumulative amount disturbed since the ordinance took effect last year.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2014
Ocean City wants people to plant more trees. The town has announced a $25 rebate to match a Marylanders Plant Trees state coupon for each tree planted in its area. The 2009 state program gives out coupons for $25 off the purchase of a tree at participating nurseries; Ocean City 's rebate would make that $50. Marylanders Plant Trees surpassed its goal of 100,000 new trees by 2013, according to its website. The state coupon initiative is funded through a settlement against a major power generator for Clean Air Act violations and contributions from tree vendors.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,tim.wheeler@baltsun.com | April 25, 2009
State and federal officials announced Friday that they are sweetening payments to Maryland farmers in hopes of taking cropland out of production to help clean the Chesapeake Bay. Meeting on a farm near Westminster, Gov. Martin O'Malley and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack signed an agreement to funnel $198 million in federal funds to the state over the next 15 years. The money will allow the government to increase payments to farmers to plant trees rather than crops along streams.
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By Dennis Bishop and Dennis Bishop,Special to the Sun | July 6, 2003
After mulching my flower-beds with hard-bark mulch, I watered them for about 20 minutes, but none of the water reached the soil. What would cause this? Some of the water may have run off the mulch, but the mulch itself probably soaked up most of the water. When they are dry, finely shredded hard-bark mulch and pine mulch will soak up an enormous amount of water. And they will hold the water until they are saturated. After that, the water will begin to pass through and soak the soil underneath.
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By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,Staff Writer | March 28, 1993
Builders who must plant trees as part of Carroll County's forest conservation ordinance may be able to tap into "tree banks" under a proposal before the commissioners.The so-called banking program would allow developers to buy the rights to trees that have been planted in designated areas for that purpose, county officials said.Designated banks would be targeted for builders who must plant where trees previously didn't exist, such as in commercial and industrial areas. Those who must replant trees felled during construction would not be able to use the banks.
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July 13, 2012
In a letter July 5, a writer complained that CA planned to plant trees in open space to reduce mowing. He viewed this as a reduction of open space and a violation of his right to live near grass maintained by CA. I disagree. Getting rid of grass to plant trees will: a) reduce maintenance costs, b) lower the use of greenhouse gases required to mow, c) reduce the use of herbicides and pesticides required to keep that monoculture looking like a golf course, d) reduce runoff into streams and the Chesapeake Bay (including runoff of those chemicals)
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March 24, 2012
SYKESVILLE - The Town of Sykesville will host a Main Street Planting Day event on Saturday, March 31, beginning at 1 p.m., and is seeking people to help out with the task. People will help plant trees and flowers on Main Street and the parking lot islands. Students service hours will be available. Ivy Wells, Sykesville's director of economic development and Main Street manager, said the planting is made possible through a donation of the Sykesville/South Carroll Rotary Club in honor of the late Harry Weer Haight.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | September 13, 2000
Perhaps fewer landscaping regulations would mean more attractive trees and shrubs. Perhaps, if Carroll County bureaucrats stayed out of the lawn care business, developers would plant more evergreens and blooming bushes. That is the message that Commissioners Donald I. Dell and Robin Bartlett Frazier are sending to taxpayers. They have proposed abolishing all but one of the county's landscaping requirements. Under their proposal, residential landscaping would no longer be regulated, and commercial and industrial landscaping would be subject to minor oversight.
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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
I ordered some trees from North Carolina and the nursery wanted to send them in February. What is a good time to have them delivered? You can't put the trees into the ground until the soil is workable, meaning it's dry enough so a clump crumbles in your hand when squeezed. That time varies from year to year depending on weather. April is a good bet. Sandy soils are ready earlier than clay soils. If the soil is unworkable when your plants arrive, keep them outside in a cool, shady area.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2013
Federally funded efforts to curtail farm pollution of the Chesapeake Bay are falling short, and recent spending cuts by Congress cast doubt on the efforts' ultimate success, an environmental group said Monday. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation said farmers planted only a fraction of the stream-side trees last year than they should have to meet goals set for creating forested buffers to reduce polluted runoff from fields, feedlots and pastures. Maryland and the other five states in the bay watershed have pledged collectively to establish 185,000 acres of new forested buffers on farmland by 2025, the Annapolis-based group said.
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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
I found an egg case when pruning my shrub. It has light brown "Styrofoam," like a praying mantis egg case, but it's narrow with a cross hatch down the back. Will this hatch caterpillars? In the spring, your egg mass will hatch cute baby Carolina praying mantises, our native species. (The bulkier egg masses commonly seen are from Chinese or European praying mantises.) The praying mantis is a deft predator whose strategy is to remain perfectly still until its prey - such as stink bugs - comes close and then pounce.
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December 20, 2012
I have a few comments about increasing the gas tax ("Get Maryland moving," Dec. 17). First of all, before they take any more of my money, they need to make it impossible to raid the Transportation Trust Fund, like they have done in the past. I wouldn't mind it if there wasn't so much of the current money being wasted. Let me give you a few examples I have noticed recently. I have property near Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and I have used I-70 for the last 35 years to get there. The intersection near Frederick has been changed at least twice in the past, say, 10 years.
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July 13, 2012
In a letter July 5, a writer complained that CA planned to plant trees in open space to reduce mowing. He viewed this as a reduction of open space and a violation of his right to live near grass maintained by CA. I disagree. Getting rid of grass to plant trees will: a) reduce maintenance costs, b) lower the use of greenhouse gases required to mow, c) reduce the use of herbicides and pesticides required to keep that monoculture looking like a golf course, d) reduce runoff into streams and the Chesapeake Bay (including runoff of those chemicals)
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Tim Wheeler | May 9, 2012
B'more Green generally stays away from touting commercial products or companies, largely because we lack the time or resources to vet them.  But my green-thumbed colleague Susan Reimer passed this along, and it seemed too worthwhile to ignore: Nature Hills Nursery , which claims to be the largest online nursery and garden center in the nation, is offering to award a total of $4,500 in plants, shrubs and trees to four noteworthy community gardening...
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April 22, 1998
The Hampstead Town Council awarded a five-year solid waste contract last week to Browning Ferris Industries Waste Services of North America.BFI submitted the lowest bid for the solid-waste contract. Hampstead will pay the company $936,319 over five years.Three other companies competed for the contract, said Town Manager Neil Ridgely. USA Waste, the current contractor, did not submit a bid.BFI will begin picking up the town's trash and recyclables during the first week of July, Ridgely said.
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March 24, 2012
SYKESVILLE - The Town of Sykesville will host a Main Street Planting Day event on Saturday, March 31, beginning at 1 p.m., and is seeking people to help out with the task. People will help plant trees and flowers on Main Street and the parking lot islands. Students service hours will be available. Ivy Wells, Sykesville's director of economic development and Main Street manager, said the planting is made possible through a donation of the Sykesville/South Carroll Rotary Club in honor of the late Harry Weer Haight.
NEWS
March 8, 2012
It is encouraging to see Baltimore making an effort to save our mature trees as well as aggressively plant new ones ("Speak for the trees," March 2). Unfortunately, many new trees are sabotaged from the start by the mounds of mulch that are piled around them. Horticulturists - including the horticulturist at the U.S. National Arboretum - have written about this practice and have tried to explain how harmful it is, but landscapers persist in it, and no one seems to view it as a problem.
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