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By Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali and Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali,Special to the Sun | September 24, 2005
Last week I felt stinging on my arm while I was pruning and realized I brushed against a caterpillar. It reminded me of a weird Scottie dog, brown with fuzzy "ears" at both ends, green in the middle with one neat brown spot. The sting hurt like the dickens, until I put the old baking soda-water home remedy on it. What was that caterpillar? The saddleback caterpillar is the larval form of a common East Coast moth. Eggs are laid in clutches, and initially caterpillars can be gregarious, feeding in groups.
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By Jon Traunfeld & Ellen Nibali and Jon Traunfeld & Ellen Nibali,Special to the Sun | July 4, 2004
What happened to the trees? It looks like they're all dying. What's going on? The cicadas may be gone, but we'll see their impact all summer. The "flagging" injury you're seeing -- lots of dead twigs at the ends of branches -- resulted from the millions of small slits made by females for depositing their tiny white eggs. This disrupted the vascular system of the twigs, preventing water and nutrients from reaching the ends of branches. Although the results can look alarming, usually it amounts to no more than a benign tip pruning by Mother Nature.
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By SUSAN REIMER | October 10, 2004
My youngest child has left for college and friends keep asking how things are in the empty nest, and I tell them that my garden is getting better every day. My flowerbeds had been on their own this summer. There had been the illness and death of my children's grandmother, and their departures for college had turned my house for weeks into what looked like the staging area for a military campaign. I vaguely remember sprinkling some coffee grounds around the roses in early June, but nothing after that.
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By Ary Bruno and Ary Bruno,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 2, 2002
Like divas of the plant world, roses conjure up both lust and despair. No other flower can claim to have made so many swoon. Or to have left so many with a shelf full of chemicals in the garage and sulking plants in the garden. If you've been turned off by the labor-intensive regimen of roses in the past -- the spraying, the bugs and the black spot -- you'll be heartened to learn that new, improved varieties today make roses more of a friend than foe. "Nobody should waste their time spraying roses," says Frank Gouin, professor emeritus of horticulture and landscape architecture at the University of Maryland.
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July 28, 1996
Help! Hurricane Bertha's wind broke off a third of my red maple tree. Should I cover the cut with pruning paint or just cut the tree down?Trees with a stiff, upright branching pattern or brittle wood are susceptible to wind damage. These include some cultivars of red maple, silver maple and willows, and the Bradford pear. These types of trees should be pruned regularly to reduce wind hTC resistance. When individual branches break off, you will need to recut just outside the branch bark ridge with a sharp saw.Pruning paint is no longer in vogue.
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By JOHN FRITZE and JOHN FRITZE,SUN REPORTER | May 30, 2006
After years of enduring the hard knocks of city life - from encroaching development to approaching dogs - a lone city tree in Northeast Baltimore struck back against humanity one windy night in January and wrecked a car. The otherwise benign maple made its move about 9 p.m., as Henry Thomas Jr. relaxed in front of the TV with his wife. Thomas heard a crash outside, peered through the window and saw a huge branch in the driveway next to his month-old Chrysler C300. "We heard this boom and I was like, `Whoa,'" said Thomas, who is 57 and lives in Woodbourne Heights.
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | October 19, 1999
After weeks of agonizing discussion, St. John's College officials decided yesterday to take down the school's wind-damaged 400-year-old Liberty Tree, the last of the original 13 under which colonists gathered to kindle revolutionary fervor in the 1770s.St. John's officials had been debating the fate of the historic tree on the college's front lawn since Hurricane Floyd blew through town last month, ripping a 15-foot-long crack in its trunk and weakening a large branch that leaned precariously toward a dormitory.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | October 22, 2003
State lawmakers plan to look into the tree-trimming practices of Maryland's utilities to see whether the companies are doing enough to prevent lengthy and widespread power outages during severe storms. In a first step in reviewing the utilities' response to Tropical Storm Isabel, which left more than a million Marylanderswithout power, two legislative panels heard testimony about the outages yesterday from the power companies, including Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and Potomac Electric Power Co. Members of the Senate Finance and House Economic Matters committees said they thought the utility crews had done a good job under the circumstances in restoring power in about eight days.
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By Mary Gold and Mary Gold,Contributing writer | February 10, 1991
Picture yourself in the classroom again, blank notebook page in hand, debating whether to raise your hand and ask a question or wait and hope that someone else will do it.Remember?If you are at all interested in learning a little or a lot about gardening, now is the optimum time and best place to do it.This winter and spring hold some wonderful opportunities to get some horticulture education, perhaps meet new gardening friends and to ask all the questions you want -- at little or no cost.
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By Steve Chapman | February 9, 2005
CHICAGO - Listening to liberals and conservatives bicker about Social Security is like hearing someone talk about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Their perceptions are so different that it's hard to remember they are both talking about the same thing. Liberals see it as a sacred social welfare program that shields the elderly and therefore must be protected at all costs. Conservatives see it as a grossly overstretched entitlement that punishes the young and thus needs to be fundamentally reshaped.
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