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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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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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*Pruning Ornamentals*

        Lightly prune boxwoods during late February.  If you haven’t pruned your butterfly bush, do so during this month. Prune summer bushes like butterfly bush, abelia, hibiscus, hydrangea, beautyberry, althea, rose of Sharon, and bush roses to encourage new growth.  They bloom only on new growth and hard pruning in the winter will encourage new growth in the spring.         Cut back dormant ornamental grasses or grass-like ornamentals such as liriope and mondo grass to remove last year’s unsightly foliage.  If clumps have become too big for the area, divide them and share with friends or plant in other areas of the yard.         Remove any old camellia blooms  and pick up and dead blooms off the ground to prevent spreading petal blight. Finish cleaning up any seedheads left for the birds in the perennial garden.  Cut back old foliage on most perennials with the exception of lantana, verbena, salvia and anything with a hollow stem that extends in to the ground.  Wait until March to cut those back.

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New Edition of Extension Gardener Posted popular

Check out the latest edition of the Extension Gardener Newsletter Winter 2016! https://extensiongardener.ces.ncsu.edu/extgardener-our-latest-issue/ Congratulations and thank you to Managing Editor Shawn Banks, Regional Editors Randy Fulk, Donna Teasley and Sam Marshall and Katy MORE »

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What Is Wrong With My Basil Plant?

If you’re planning to make pesto from your summer basil crop, do it sooner rather than later. This is because basil downy mildew, a fungal disease that attacks basil leaves, is now active MORE »

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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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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 harvest MORE »

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Low Maintenance LandscapingThu Feb 11, 2016 Today
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
Bur-Mil Park (Wildlife Education Center), Morehead, NC, United States
— 1 hour away
Low Maintenance LandscapingSun Feb 14, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
Greensboro Arboretum, 401 Ashland Dr, Greensboro, NC 27403, United States
— 3 days away
Totally Tomatoes - From Seed to SandwichesWed Feb 17, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
High Point Public Library, 901 N Main St, High Point, NC 27262, United States
— 6 days away
Totally Tomatoes - All About our Favorite FruitWed Feb 17, 2016
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr, Greensboro, NC 27410, United States
— 6 days away
Blueberry ProductionThu Feb 18, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
Rockingham County Agricultural Center 525 NC 65 Reidsville, NC 27320
— 1 week away
Totally Tomatoes - All About our Favorite FruitSun Feb 21, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
Greensboro Arboretum, 401 Ashland Dr, Greensboro, NC 27403, United States
— 1 week away
Beneficial Insects: It's a Bug-Eat-Bug WorldMon Feb 22, 2016
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr, Greensboro, NC 27410, United States
— 2 weeks away
Shiitake Mushroom Inoculation WorkshopTue Feb 23, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Rockingham County High School, 180 High School Rd, Reidsville, NC 27320, United States
— 2 weeks away
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