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Applying Fungicide

Pre-Fall Lawn Tips

It has been almost two weeks since I’ve been able to mow my lawn. I’m sure the neighbors think …

close up of flower heads with salmon-red color

Have You Seen Thickhead in Your Garden?

No, I’m not talking about your brother-in-law. Thickhead or redflower ragleaf (Crassocephalum crepidioides) is an introduced weed that I’m …

Mulched Garden Bed

Mulching Your Garden Beds

How was farming possible in the thousands of years before the use of commercial fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides? You …

Cover photo for Wasps at Porch Lights

Wasps at Porch Lights

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

Vegetable Garden

Vegetable Crop Rotation Tips

If you have a vegetable garden or otherwise grow annual plants, a one-time proven cultural method for preventing disease …

Black Eyed Susan

Drought Tolerant Black Eyed Susan

A native plant selection, Black Eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta is technically an annual plant starting from seed each year in the …

Garden broccoli

Planting Cool Season Vegetables

Something most people don’t realize is that many of the crops we call “cool season” vegetables are actually biannual …

Lawn spreader

Fertilize Your Summer Lawn

When it comes to lawns, in our area we grow warm season grasses. They should probably be called hot …

Dangling tree limb

Thunderstorms and Trees

It’s worth mentioning that with the heat comes severe thunderstorms. This means strong winds that can break off dead …

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Potato Aphid on Ornamental Plants

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Bandedwinged Whitefly on Ornamentals

This factsheet describes the bandedwinged whitefly (Trialeurodes abutiloneus).

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Walnut Scale Insect on Ornamentals

This factsheet describes walnut scales (Quadraspidiotus juglansregiae).

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Oystershell Scale Insect on Ornamental Plants

This factsheet describes oystershell scale insects (Lepidosaphes ulmi).

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Nantucket Pine Tip Moth

This factsheet describes Nantucket pine tip moths (Rhyacionia frustrana).

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Colletid bee

Colletid Bees (Plasterer Bees, Cellophane Bees, and Polyester Bees)

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Spotted Lanternfly

This factsheet offers information on the biology and management of the spotted lanternfly, an invasive …

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Insect Pests of Dogwood in North Carolina

This fact sheet compiles common arthropod pests of dogwood trees (Cornaceae) in North Carolina. It …

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