Skip to main content

Logo for N.C. Cooperative Extension N.C. Cooperative Extension Homepage

brown dog tick

Tick Season Is Here

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

slug

Slugs & Snails

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

Japanese Beetles on leaves

Japanese Beetles

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

Hundreds of midges resting on the window of a home

Non-Biting Midges Emerging

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

mosquito

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 …

eyespot galls on red maple leaves

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 …

dahlias

Dahlias 2019's Bulb of the Year!

The National Garden Bureau, the non-profit organization promoting gardening in North America on behalf of the horticulture industry and its …

Ground Bees

Excerpt from Dr. Steve Frank ground bees article This time of year many people notice small dirt mounds in their …

Growing Great Tomatoes

With the last days of frost around the corner many people are getting ready to plant summer gardens and …

Evergreen Clematis

Clematis or Clematis – how do you pronounce it? Either way is fine and usually, most gardeners know what …

ground bees

Ground Nesting Bees

Around this time each year, we begin to receive questions at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Union County office …

Recent Publications related to Lawn & Garden

Photo of Northern cardinal

Songbirds

This publication describes the habitat, cover, food, water habits and home range of various songbird …

4 hours agoWorking With Wildlife
pltagar

Low-Cost Habitat Improvements

The smaller habitats that abound on private lands and in many backyards can be enhanced …

4 hours agoWorking With Wildlife
Photo of people at the Goler Community Garden in Winston-Salem

How to Organize a Community Garden

This publication covers the keys to a successful community garden of individual plots including forming …

1 day ago
Figure 1. Simplified layout of strip mowing / disking plan.

Herbaceous Plants for Wildlife

This publication describes methods for maintaining and establishing herbaceous plants as valuable sources of food …

6 days agoWorking With Wildlife

I. N.C. Cooperative Extension

This chapter of the NC State Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Guidelines provides and overview of …

6 days ago

NC State Extension Master Gardener Program Guidelines

This publication provides guidelines for the NC State Extension Master Gardener program, including how to …

6 days ago
Pesticides on work clothing and protective gloves

Handling and Cleaning Up Damaged Pesticide Containers at Home

This publication offers guidelines if a recent storm resulted in water damage to a pesticide …

6 days agoDisaster Recovery

Basil

Basil is a popular herb known for its flavorful foliage. The fresh or dried leaves …