As of July 2019 it is illegal to use synthetic pesticides on your lawn in Montgomery County, MD. Watch as Scott Brown owner of Damascus Enterprises interviews Chuck Shuster from the University of Maryland Extension Office to find out more information on what the regulation entails and what products have been approved to use. The […]

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Netting Your Pond In The Fall

September 25, 2019 // By Scott Brown

Colorful leaves look beautiful on the trees, but as they begin to fall they can find their way into your pond and then eventually to the bottom of your pond. When left at the bottom they will decompose and negatively affect your water quality which can become toxic to your fish. Netting your pond is […]

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Are Your Landscape Roses Under Attack?

August 29, 2019 // By Scott Brown

What MITE It Be? During the hot, dry days of summer your rose bushes can become host to a devastating tiny critter called the Two-spotted spider mite. When these conditions are prevalent the mite is very active feeding and reproducing on your bushes. What to look for At the start of an infestation the mite […]

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When it comes to poison ivy, oak or sumac, it pays to know the facts. Few lessons are as important to homeowners as learning how to properly identifying these plants. Within 12 to 72 hours of touching any one of them, you could develop an uncomfortable, itchy, rash characterized by redness, swelling and unsightly blisters. […]

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Algae 101

April 25, 2019 // By Scott Brown

First a few facts about Algae Types of Algae: The two types of algae that most water gardeners experience are suspended algae and filamentous algae. Suspended algae consist of millions of microscopic algae floating throughout the water. This causes the water to turn green or “pea soup” color. Filamentous, or string, algae forms long and […]

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How to Clean Your Aquascape Classic Skimmer

April 4, 2019 // By Scott Brown

Steps to cleaning your Aquascape Classic Skimmer: Remove skimmer cover Pull net out of notches Dispose of debris Remove and clean filter mat Important Note:  Plastic rack should sit flat on tabs Replace filter mat Pro Tip:  This is an excellent time to clean your Aquascape IonGen probe. You can learn more about Aquascape Iongen […]

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Key Benefits of Outdoor Lighting

March 29, 2019 // By Scott Brown

Outdoor lighting allows you to enjoy your property while showcasing key features and spaces during the day and night. It serves both aesthetic and practical purposes in your landscape. Below are some of the key benefits of adding outdoor lighting. Appearance After you have invested time and money in to your landscape and house, you […]

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How Dirty Is My Pond?

March 21, 2019 // By Scott Brown

Most healthy, natural-ecosystem ponds require minimal effort to maintain, aside from a thorough annual cleaning. When deciding the right time to clean your pond, there are two major considerations: biology and aesthetics. Biology One of the most important reasons to regularly clean out your pond is to provide the safest environment for your plant and […]

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Preparing Your Yard for Spring

March 14, 2019 // By Scott Brown

Five Steps for Landscape Cleanup Success When the temperatures begin to rise and the trees start to bud, it’s time to start preparing your landscape for the impending spring growing season. Follow our top five steps below to have your yard primed and ready to bloom. Step 1: Clear leftover leaves and brush During the […]

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Fertilizing a lawn in the spring can be very beneficial. It can help the lawn get a good start on the year, encourage a healthy lawn and help with a quick green up. A healthy lawn means it has a better root system to combat heat, cold, drought, mowing, foot traffic, and other stresses.  It’s […]

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