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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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red lawn mower

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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Seedlings under light

Start seeds for fall
planting

In July and August, start seeds indoors for cool-weather annuals for fall planting.  Try foxglove, pansy, alyssum, snapdragons, ornamental cabbage (kale) and prim roses. Pansy seeds germinate well when stored in the refrigerator (not freezer) for 10 to 14 days before planting.

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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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