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Fall Pest Control

Fall sanitation is the key to disease reduction for the next year. Throw away diseased material. Do not put it in a compost pile. Leaving infected plant material on the plants or on the ground provides a source of inoculum for next year’s infections. If grubs are a problem in your lawn, apply Dylox throughout the end of October to kill small, newly hatched grubs. For those with fire ant problems, baits can be used whenever the temperatures are going to be 70 °F or higher. Otherwise a drench will be the most effective means of controlling fire ants in the fall. Start watching for winter annual weeds, such as hairy bittercress and chickweed. These weeds along with other weeds are better controlled now and throughout the winter before they set in in the early spring. If you see them germinating, apply a broadleaf herbicide when they appear. If Pecan scab has been a problem this year, it is not practical to spray for this disease. There are resistant cultivars of Pecans available and existing infected trees will still produce during years when the weather is less favorable for pecan scab.

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Fall Pest Control

Fall sanitation is the key to disease reduction for the next year. Throw away diseased material. Do not put it in a compost pile. Leaving infected plant material on the plants or on the ground provides a source of inoculum for next year’s infections. If grubs are a problem in your lawn, apply Dylox throughout the end of October to kill small, newly hatched grubs. For those with fire ant problems, baits can be used whenever the temperatures are going to be 70 °F or higher. Otherwise a drench will be the most effective means of controlling fire ants in the fall. Start watching for winter annual weeds, such as hairy bittercress and chickweed. These weeds along with other weeds are better controlled now and throughout the winter before they set in in the early spring. If you see them germinating, apply a broadleaf herbicide when they appear. If Pecan scab has been a problem this year, it is not practical to spray for this disease. There are resistant cultivars of Pecans available and existing infected trees will still produce during years when the weather is less favorable for pecan scab.

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October 24, 2013

Food Day 2013

October 24, 2013[/caption] Food Day - Oct 24, 2013 Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.  How will you Celebrate?

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Soil and Site
Clean-up

        Compost your yard waste! As you cut back perennials in preparation for the winter, think about returning that bounty to your garden as compost.  Compost is nature’s favorite fertilizer and soil conditioner.  Recycle grass clippings, leaves and healthy (not diseased) garden refuse.          Use shredded leaves as mulch, Fallen leaves contain lots of nutrients, but they decompose slowly.  Help the process along by grinding up your leaves and using them in vegetable or flower gardens, rather than sending them to the dump.  Don’t have a shredder? Rake the leaves into rows and run over them with a mower, preferably one with a bagger attachment.         Be sure to rake up debris around and under rose bushes.  Black spot disease can overwinter in fallen leaves and appear next spring.         Now is also the time for site analysis! Walk around your yard, noting what need to be worked on, cleaned up or removed.  Mark these areas on a map of the yard so they can be worked on later this winter.

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Plant Database

Find just the right plant using this searchable database.

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Backyard Composting

Instead of disposing of yard trimmings and kitchen scraps, you can compost them in your own backyard. Composting is an easy, fascinating, and natural way to recycle. Compost can be made from most MORE » – from   Gardening

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Choosing and Using Edible Flowers

Enjoy the Flavor, Color, and Texture That Flowers Can Bring to Food. “Choosing and Using Edible Flowers” by Cyndi Lauderdale and Lucy Bradley is available on-line for free. Full of guidance on how MORE » – from   Gardening

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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 »

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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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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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