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Cover photo for Soil Testing for Lawn and Gardens

Soil Testing for Lawn and Gardens

From April – November, Have Your Soil Tested At No Charge. Healthy soil is the foundation of successful gardening. The …

WNC AgOptions Grant Writing Workshop

N.C. Cooperative Extension, Cherokee County Center is offering a grant-writing workshop for farmers interested in applying for a WNC AgOptions …

Larvae of the larger elm leaf beetle. Photo: Gerald J. Lenhard, Louiana State Univ, Bugwood.org

Larger Elm Leaf Beetle

Elms have lots of pests. This week I have had several reports of larger elm leaf beetles, Monocesta coryli, …

Beech blight aphids (Grylloprociphilus imbricator) on a beech twig. Photo:SD Frank

Beech Blight Aphids

You might notice twigs on beech trees covered in a woolly sleeve. Get closer and it will begin to …

Oak lace bug adults, nymphs, and eggs on the underside of an oak leaf. Photo: SD Frank

Oak Lace Bug Damage

Oak lace bugs (Corythucha arcuata), like other lace bugs, cause stippling on leaves. Oak lace bugs, of course, feed …

Fall webworm nest. Photo: SD Frank

Fall Webworms

Fall webworms, one of our native insect pests, are a perennial nuisance and in some cases a destructive pest. …

Recent Publications related to Commercial Horticulture, Nursery & Turf

Historical graph of sod producers reporting excellent supply

2019 Sod Producers’ Report for North Carolina

This publication reports the results of an annual survey of sod growers in North Carolina …

3 days ago
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Cyclamen Mite and Broad Mite in Ornamental Plants

This Entomology Insect Note describes the biology and control of the cyclamen and broad mites, …

B. cinerea conidia

Botrytis Fruit Rot / Gray Mold on Strawberry

Botrytis rot, or gray mold as it is often called, is a serious disease in …

4 days ago
Bacterial spot symptoms on field tomatoes caused by Xanthomonas

Bacterial Spot of Pepper and Tomato

This factsheet discusses the symptoms and control of bacterial spot of peppers and tomatoes.

Figure 1. Area of adaptation of turfgrasses in North Carolina.

Carolina Lawns: A Guide to Maintaining Quality Turf in the Landscape

This comprehensive guide offers information on different grasses for North Carolina lawns, as well as …

2 weeks ago
Phytophthora shoot blight on annual vinca

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 …

A Step-by-Step Approach to Pruning Carlos Muscadine Grapevines

This review presents the key steps involved in pruning a mature Carlos vine for maximum …

3 weeks ago
Ripe fruit with soft wet flesh on tip

Water Damage

This factsheet discusses the symptoms and management of water damage in strawberry production.