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Summertime lawn
care

Remember to change directions when mowing the lawn. Go east to west one mowing and then switch to north to south on the next cutting.  Do not fertilize cool-season lawns until September.

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Summertime lawn
care

Remember to change directions when mowing the lawn. Go east to west one mowing and then switch to north to south on the next cutting.  Do not fertilize cool-season lawns until September.

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Field of flowers

Prolong the flowering
period

Remove spent blossoms to prolong the flowering period.  The plant puts energy into the blossom to attract a pollinator.  Once the fruits/seeds begins to develop the plant no longer needs pollinators or flowers so all the energy goes into the fruits/seeds.  By removing the spent flower, you prevent the fruit/seed from developing and the plant has to start the reproductive cycle over with a new flower.

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Irises in bloom

Divide Those
Daylilies and Irises!

Every couple of years, after they finish blooming in July is the ideal time to divide and transplant daylilies and irises. After digging a mass of irises, pull apart the rhizomes and discard any with holes or decay. Replant large rhizomes with at least one nice fan of leaves. When dividing daylilies, dig up the entire clump, cut into sections with a shovel or large knife and replant right away. Share the extra plants with friends and establish new beds. Keep the plants watered while they get reestablished

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vegetable garden

Prepare for your fall
garden

Start preparing the soil for fall vegetable gardens. In July and August, start seeds indoors for cool-weather vegetables to plant this fall. Try collards, spinach, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower.

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Plants Pests and Pathogens at 10 a.m. June 24, 2014

The June Plants Pests and Pathogens webinar will start at 10:00 tomorrow, Tuesday, June 24. The featured presentation is “Attracting Songbirds to your Garden” from Chris Moorman, Coordinator of the Fisheries, Wildlife, & MORE »

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Floriculture InfoSearch

Floriculture InfoSearch is a powerful, but focused search engine designed to bring you floriculture information from the scientific literature, trade and association magazines/websites, NC State University, and the American Floral Endowment Floriculture Archive MORE »

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Veggie Varmint

The “Veggie Varmint” contest, hosted at the Burke County fair each year, is delightful, creative way to connect children with produce. Without the pressure to “EAT IT”, children (and adults) are encouraged to MORE »

Downy Mildew
Image by Gerald Holmes, courtesy of Bugwood

Downy Mildew

Downy mildew is here! Look on the tops of leaves for angular, yellow to brown wounds that stop at a leaf vein. Management suggestions: • Plant early in the season so you can MORE »

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Greenstriped Mapleworms

Greenstriped Mapleworms Greenstriped mapleworms are found in the piedmont the end of June and early July. As their name suggests their preferred hosts are maple trees, but they are also found on boxelder MORE »

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High Tunnel WorkshopMon Aug 11, 2014
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
— 2 weeks away
Plantsmen's Tour - JCRA 2nd Tuesday of Month 1pm - RaleighTue Aug 12, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
— 2 weeks away
Pollinator Garden TourWed Aug 13, 2014
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
— 2 weeks away
National Honeybee Day CelebrationSat Aug 16, 2014
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Where:
Old Waynesborough Park, U.S. 117 Alternate, Goldsboro, NC, United States
— 3 weeks away
Plantsmen's Tour - JCRA 2nd Tuesday of Month 1pm - RaleighTue Sep 9, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
— 1 month away
Pollinator Garden TourWed Sep 10, 2014
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
— 1 month away
Pollinator Garden TourWed Oct 8, 2014
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
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Plantsmen's Tour - JCRA 2nd Tuesday of Month 1pm - RaleighTue Oct 14, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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