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Keep the Repellent Handy

Although hurricane Dorian has come and gone for most of us, its rainfall has likely left standing water in …

azalea lace bug

Azalea Lace Bug

One of the most damaging pests to the Rhododendron species, Azalea Lace Bug can infest large or small plantings …

fall leaves on grass lawn

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 …

Garden prep

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 …

Cicada killer wasp on foliage

Cicada Killer Wasps

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

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 …


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 …


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 …

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Phytophthora Blight and Root Rot on Annuals and Herbaceous Perennials

Identification and management of Phytophthora in annuals and herbaceous perennials in greenhouses and in the …

The Bees of North Carolina: An Identification Guide

Identifying bees on the wing is known to be tricky. The Bees of North Carolina: …

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Red Thread in Turf

This factsheet summarizes the characteristics of red thread.

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Spring Dead Spot in Turf

This factsheet summarizes the characteristics of spring dead spot.

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Large Patch in Turf

This factsheet summarizes the characteristics of large patch.

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Take-All Root Rot in Turf

This factsheet summarizes the characteristics of take-all root rot in turf.

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Summer Patch in Turf

This factsheet summarizes the characteristics of summer patch.

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Fairy Ring in Turf

This factsheet summarizes the characteristics of fairy ring.

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