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Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers

Since 1979, North Carolina Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers (EMGVs) have been leaders in this internationally acclaimed program, guiding homeowners in making environmentally sound decisions in their landscapes. Trained by North Carolina State University faculty and staff, EMGVs provide research-based information about gardening and environmental stewardship to individuals and communities across the state. EMGVs engage the community through education and outreach on a wide variety of subjects and through a broad spectrum of projects, all designed to maximize their impact.

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2024 Master Gardener Training

We are now accepting applications for the 2024 Master Gardener℠ Training Class. For an application or more info, email …

Shawn is bending down to prune long stemmed perennials to benefit pollinator nesting.

Pruning for Pollinators

Take a look at this episode of Extension Gardener on the Crystal Coast video series, as Shawn Banks discusses …

Spraying Herbicide on Weeds

Pesky Winter Weeds

January is a good month to control those pesky, winter weeds if you haven’t already. I have a lot …

Yaupon Holly with red berries

Native Plant, Yaupon Holly

In this episode of Extension Gardener on the Crystal Coast video series, Shawn Banks takes a look at Yaupon …

Pennywort in the lawn.

Dormant Lawncare and Weeds

By the time I write this article my lawn is usually dormant. This year is a different story. The …

Pruning branches on a tree.

What to Prune and When

I’ve already started receiving the pruning questions this fall. The question I’m referring to is, “When can I prune …

Collards in the garden.

Collards and Other Cole Crops

The cold temperatures seem to have taken an extra-long time to arrive this year. Not that I’m complaining. I …

photo of foliage, thick stems rooting at the nodes with subteranean flowers photo credit: J C Neal

Have You Seen Tropical Spiderwort?

Tropical spiderwort (Commelina benghalensis), a noxious weed, has been found in several landscape beds in Raleigh. See a fact …

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 …