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fall flowers include asters like these purple ones

Goldenrods & asters: Important fall flowers for pollinators

Thanks to the University of Maryland/Maryland Grows this informative article about adapting to fall flowers for pollinators.

With the fall very clearly upon us, we tend to think more about falling leaves than flowers. Indeed, the big flower boom is ending, with all early-season flowers well past flowering. However, fall is a very important season for many pollinators. They still require food and shelter in preparation for the winter. In this blog, I would like to take a little bit of time to go over the importance of fall resources for pollinators. You’ll learn what you can do to make sure they are available in your green spaces.

Why is fall special in nature?

The end of summer/fall is a special time for many organisms in our temperate regions...

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4411 Necker Avenue in Nottingham

  • 4411 Necker Avenue, sidewalk view

You’ve been waiting for the perfect home to hit the market and finall...

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Man inspecting a roof, protect your home with a healthy roof

2 Investments to Protect Your Home This Autumn and Winter

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros. This issue is on how to protect your home this autumn and winter.

As the sun sets on the summer of 2022, we’re entering our favorite time of year: fireplace season! If your home is looking a little worse for wear, now is the time to repair. Colder months and harsher weather are on the horizon. The start of autumn is the perfect time to make a few home investments that will keep you and your family protected all winter long.

Chimney Repairs

Your chimney is both a critical part of the structure of your home and a potential safety hazard. A crack in the structure of your chimney or creosote build-up can be problematic. It can create a chimney that is a risk every time you light a log...

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2482 Keyway

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2830 Superior Ave.

Your search for single level living...

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September 2022 Calendar of Events

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many rules and regulations change often. Verify hours and safety protocols with before you attend any events in September 2022.

Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore 2022 Orioles schedule for September
Image: Baltimore Orioles

The Orioles are home a lot in September. Visit them before the season ends. Get tickets.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards
333 West Camden Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 685-9800

Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr, Baltimore 2022
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Ringo Starr and his current All Starr Band come to The Lyric for two nights only September 6 & 7, 7:30 pm – during his North American tour .
The Lyric Performing Arts Center
140 West Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201

Pikesville 5K and Doggie Dash

September 2022, Pikesville 5K and Doggie Dash
Image: Greater Baltimore Chamber of Commerce

Sunday, September 18, 2022, 8:00 for the 5K Walk/Run, 8:30 for ...

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MD gardeners adapting to climate change

Thanks to the University of Maryland/Maryland Grows this informative article about adapting to climate change. All images are from University of Maryland/Maryland Grows.

Maryland gardeners adapting to climate change

How are Maryland gardeners adapting their gardens and green spaces to climate change? We posed this question to our colleagues in the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and several of them shared examples of everything from composting and food gardening to planting trees and native plants, installing rain gardens, and more.

Action on climate change is needed on a large scale, and our individual actions at home and in our communities all add up too...

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four gutter-related problems

4 Gutter-Related Problems that Could Slow a Home Sale

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros on gutter-related problems.

You’re probably already familiar with our chimney cleaning and inspection services that make us a top choice for realtors throughout the Baltimore region. But that’s not all Clean Sweep brings to the table. We also offer a variety of services to ensure your client’s gutters are in top shape prior to a transfer of ownership.

Gutters certainly are not the most glamorous part of the home you are selling. That being said, it doesn’t make them any less important. When it comes to gutters, small issues in the present can mean catastrophe in the future. Avoid risks of basement flooding, roof damage, and foundation cracking...

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Emergency Planning 101

Emergency planning for when you have to evacuate your house suddenly for an unexpected event can be terrifying. Weather patterns have been getting increasingly volatile in the past several years. Natural disasters such as tornados and hurricanes have become a part of normal weather. It is better to know what to expect and have a plan just in case.

The information below provides tips to help you to prepare ahead of time so you will be able to grab what you need and go.

Emergency planning is something the whole family needs to learn about and put into practice.

Emergency planning 101 for your family

In addition, if you need help buying or selling a home, or know someone who does, please contact me.
Oh, by the way, I’m never too busy for any of your referrals.

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National Moth Week, hummingbird clearwing

Celebrate National Moth Week

Thanks to the University of Maryland/Maryland Grows this informative article about National Moth Week. All images are from University of Maryland/Maryland Grows.

The last full week of July is National Moth Week. I encourage everyone to take a closer look at the vast diversity of moths that fill our natural world. Butterflies and moths belong to the same insect group, but moths far outnumber butterflies in species diversity. Since many moths have muted colors or fly at night, we’re largely unaware of this bounty. Let’s take a whirlwind appreciation tour of the group to illustrate the amazing, bizarre, and quirky features of this major insect order.

National Moth Week, rosy maple moth
Rosy Maple Moth
National Moth Week, coffee loving Pyrausta moth
Coffee loving Pyrausta moth.

Moth adults come in all shapes and sizes, and like butterflies, wings are their ...

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