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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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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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The North Carolina State University Lawn Care App is designed to assist North Carolina home owners with their lawn care. Focusing on the key categories of lawn care and maintenance, the NCSU Lawn Care App uses time sensitive information to tell you the HOWs, WHATs, and WHENs of how to care for your lawn. Lawn Care tips and how-tos are provided by the professors, researchers, and staff of the NCSU Turfgrass program.

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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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Plant Database

Find just the right plant using this searchable database.

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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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Summer Issue of Extension Gardener is Now Available! popular

Check out the New Issue of Extension Gardener, Summer 2016 Regional Information Smart Gardening: CoCoRahs Permaculture Design Moles or Voles Organic Lawn Management Tips and Tasks State News Sustainable Gardening What’s Wrong with My Plant? MORE »

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Getting Dirty in Your Garden Extension Master Gardener Radio Show and Podcast The Benefits of Native Plants Chris Liloia, Curator of the North Carolina Botanical Garden Native Habitat Gardens Recommended Resources Green Gardener MORE »

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