The southern pine beetle is consistently the most serious pest in the South. It attacks all species of pine native to North Carolina and prefers trees that are damaged or under stress. Trees damaged by lightning, hail, wind, construction or harvesting equipment, heavy pruning or other stresses cause them to omit odors that attract beetles.
Plant selection and bed preparation enables rain gardens to tolerate periods when the soil is saturated as well as periods of dryness. A rain garden differs from other gardens in the amount of time it can remain flooded and still thrive.
Ornamental grasses are becoming more popular in the landscape. They provide color, texture, interest and diversity throughout the garden. They are extremely adaptable and there is a grass for just about any situation. Most ornamental grasses can stand alone when used as an accent plant or focal point, especially when plumes of several species are present.
The Brunswick County Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Cooperative Extension, Brunswick County Center, Building N, in Bolivia. For more information, call the Cooperative Extension office at 253-2610.
Many of us have plants in the landscape suffering from the extended drought. Plants that have been well established in the landscape are struggling and in some cases dying from lack of water. When will it end?