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Fall Lawn Care

With the heat of summer and the dog days of August upon us, not too many folks are thinking …

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Fall Vegetable Gardening

As summer comes to an end, many are thinking about keeping cool and perhaps heading for the beach or …

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Sustainability in the Garden

According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, sustainable means “harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not …

What's Growing In Your Mulch?

There are several decay organisms that will live and thrive in hardwood mulch in your garden. Mushrooms are common, …

Flowers in Union County Teaching Gardens

Gardening Tips

Summer is here and the gardening is easy! Here are a few tips to help keep your garden in …

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Cicada Killer Wasps

Cicada killer wasps are starting to emerge. This picture was taken on Friday in a landscaped area outside the …

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Tick Season Is Here

Ticks are most active between April – September. When seeking a blood meal, ticks crawl up onto grass or …

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Slugs & Snails

Slugs and snails are much like some insects in their biology. Their damage to ornamental plants resembles that done …

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Japanese Beetles

Japanese beetles will be showing up in gardens soon. The adults emerge from the soil and like to feed …

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Non-Biting Midges Emerging

Chironomid midges (“fuzzy bills”) are emerging in large numbers from ponds, lakes as well as the rivers feeding into …

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Reducing Mosquito Populations

Mosquitoes are important pests because their irritating bites often interfere with outdoor activities and can transmit the disease to …

Pest Scouting in Your Garden

As the season gets warmer and our crops grow larger often pest problems start to appear. The best way …

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Just What Is a Gall?

Have you seen any abnormal growths or swellings on the trees or shrubs in your landscape? Often I receive …

Lichens & Trees

Lichens are non-parasitic organisms that grow on rocks, gravestones, and woody plants, without causing any harm to them. They …

Recent Publications related to Lawn & Garden

Nutrients are available based on soil pH.

A Gardener's Guide to Soil Testing

This publication tells gardeners why they should test their soil, how to obtain a soil …

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Summer and Fall Flowering Bulbs for the Landscape

Summer and fall flowering bulbs provide another dimension to gardening. They add beauty and interest …

Peonies for the Home Landscape

Peonies are long-lived, perennial flowers that produce large flowers in the spring. Colors include black, …

Dahlias for the Home Landscape

Dahlias, are a popular addition to the landscape because they have a wide height range …

Roses for North Carolina

Sooner or later most home gardeners think about growing roses. Landscape uses are quite varied …

Hints for Fall-Planted Spring and Early Summer Flowering Bulbs

This publication offers guidelines on planning a garden and buying bulbs, as well as planting …

Qualifiers for Quagmires: Landscape Plants for Wet Sites

Wet, poorly drained soils present one the most difficult challenges for growing plants in the …

Controlling Sedges in Landscape Plantings

More than 40 sedge species may be found in North Carolina landscapes. Although grass-like in …