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Extension Gardener

Extension Gardener™ is a statewide horticultural program that provides timely, research-based horticultural information. It helps Carolinians: increase their gardening knowledge, manage their landscapes, and sustain the environment.

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Hybrid Crape Myrtle

Extension Gardener

Extension Gardener™ is a statewide horticultural program that provides timely, research-based horticultural information. It helps Carolinians: increase their gardening knowledge, manage their landscapes, and sustain the environment.

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bagworm

Identifying
bagworm

Look for bagworms feeding on Japanese maple, Leyland cypress and junipers. Remove and destroy the bags to minimize damage to the plants.  Bagworms are parasitized by several kinds of parasitic wasps.

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Lilac leaf with powdery mildew

Dealing with powdery
mildew

Hot, dry weather favors powdery mildew. It is typically not fatal to woody ornamentals but can make them look bad. Consider replacing susceptible plants with resistant varieties.

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Listen to the Weeds .
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Image by Kathleen Moore[/caption] When weeds are present, it usually indicates something is missing from the growing conditions the turfgrass is experiencing. Recognizing the different kinds of weeds helps to unravel the mystery of what needs to be changed to achieve a healthy lawn. Too little nitrogen allows white clover, crabgrass, broomsedge, and speedwell to thrive. While the opposite, excess nitrogen from too much fertilizer, will yield annual bluegrass, chickweed, and ryegrass. Weeds that indicate you’re mowing too closely and too frequently include annual bluegrass, chickweeds, moss, pearlwort, and crabgrass. Soil conditions can also play a major role in weed development. If you have compacted soils, you’ll find these weed combinations: annual lespedeza, broadleaf plantain, goosegrass, prostrate knotweed, and prostrate spurge. With wet soils, lawns will have moneywort, pearlwort, liverwort, moss, and sedges as their weed indicators. In dry soil conditions, yellow woodsorrel, black medic, and bracted plantain are commonly found. Before mowing starts this spring, take time to see what types of weeds are present in your lawn. Continue to monitor the kinds of weeds that appear. Their presence will let you to know what changes need to happen to cultivate a dense and healthy lawn. — Jan McGuinn

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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 »

Porcupine with a sweet potato body and green bean spines.

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 »

Emerald Ash Borer 
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Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer, a beautiful but extremely destructive, exotic insect pest, has now been detected in North Carolina. These beetles kill ash trees by feeding on the trunks. So far Person, Granville, MORE »

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