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Bradford Pear Exchange

The Bradford Pear became a popular ornamental plant for homeowners as it produces beautiful white flowers in the spring. …

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Wasps at Porch Lights

In recent weeks we’ve been getting a lot of messages regarding large wasps coming to porch lights. In all …

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Agri-Business in Union County

Agriculture is the single largest component of the economy in Union County. With ample farmland, a skilled workforce, and …

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Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are easy to confuse with bumblebees. Behavior and appearance are two characteristics that can be used to …

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Eastern Tent Caterpillar

Eastern Tent Caterpillars hatch about the same time as our native tree the Eastern Redbud starts to bloom. This …

Oak lecanium scales and eggs on willow oak. Photo: SD Frank

Lecanium Scales Full of Eggs

Oak lecanium scale and European fruit lecanium are nearly identical soft scales that infest oaks and many other tree …

Larvae of the larger elm leaf beetle. Photo: Gerald J. Lenhard, Louiana State Univ, Bugwood.org

Larger Elm Leaf Beetle

Elms have lots of pests. This week I have had several reports of larger elm leaf beetles, Monocesta coryli, …

Beech blight aphids (Grylloprociphilus imbricator) on a beech twig. Photo:SD Frank

Beech Blight Aphids

You might notice twigs on beech trees covered in a woolly sleeve. Get closer and it will begin to …

Oak lace bug adults, nymphs, and eggs on the underside of an oak leaf. Photo: SD Frank

Oak Lace Bug Damage

Oak lace bugs (Corythucha arcuata), like other lace bugs, cause stippling on leaves. Oak lace bugs, of course, feed …

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Cankerworms

Cankerworms: Paleacrita vernata (spring); Alsophila pometaria (fall) Prepared by: Bill Smith, Union County Urban Forester/ Certified Arborist. 2013 Location of Infestation …

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Management by Objectives: Successful Forest Planning

This publication covers effective forest planning, including setting goals. Three owner profiles are presented and …

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Using the Differential Shrinkage and the Cupping of Lumber Spreadsheet

Wood shrinkage is often calculated with the assumption that the radial and tangential shrinkage occurs …

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Protecting and Retaining Trees: A Guide for Municipalities and Counties in North Carolina

Learn how communities across North Carolina can protect and retain trees. This guide is based …

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FloodWise Flood Mitigation and Reduction Practices Budget Tools

This publication provides a set of budget tools for the ten most promising nature-based solutions …

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How to Hire a Tree Care Professional

Proper tree care is an important part of a homeowner's investment. This publication guides consumers …

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Managing Longleaf Pine Straw

Longleaf pine trees deposit an annual blanket of needles, often called pine straw, on the …

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White oak leaves are clustered along the end of a twig. Dead, brown spots are on the leaves due to anthracnose infection. Some leaves are curled due to these lesions.

Anthracnose diseases of trees

This fact sheets details the identification and management of a common group of fungal diseases, …

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Common Ragweed: A Problem Weed in NC Fraser Fir Production

This factsheet provides information about control strategies for dealing with common ragweed, particularly for Fraser …

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