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Too Late to Prune?

I continue to get a lot of questions about when to prune or when is it too late to …

Winter weeds

Pre-Spring Weed Control

I’m already getting questions as to which weed and feed product should be used on lawns this time of …

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Annual Spring Plant Sale

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March Gardening to-Do's

March Gardening List Trees and Shrubs Trees and shrubs are coming out of dormancy. Now is the time to fertilize them. …


Long Living Asparagus

Not many vegetables that we grow are perennial plants. Asparagus or Garden Asparagus Asparagus officinalis is one of those. As …


Learning From the Aphids

We do not like aphids! As master gardeners, we love to learn about gardening! So let me tell you, …

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The Welcoming Eastern Redbud

Like the return of old friends, every spring I look forward to the beauty of our native shrubs and wild …

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Snow and Ice on Tree Limbs

Have your small trees and shrubs recently lost limbs due to snow or ice? I have a butterfly bush …

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Pruning Fruit Trees

I have a friend with a few fruit trees that I will be helping to prune. A couple of …

Weeds in the lawn

Spraying Winter Weeds

I sprayed my winter weeds in the lawn during the break between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. It’s not …

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Free Event Backyard Food Gardening Feb 9

Extension Master GardenerSM Volunteer Association of Carteret County will present their annual speaker program free to the public on Wednesday, …


Sticking to Your Pruning Plans

As with the vegetable garden, if you make a plan for pruning and fertilizing your trees and shrubs it’s …

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