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County Extension

  • 4-H’ers attend poultry institute

    Justin Simmons, son of Cleveland and Sybil Simmons of Supply, and Elizabeth Mintz, daughter of Ray and Cheryl Mintz of Leland, were accepted to attend the 2010 North Carolina State University Poultry Science Summer Institute during the first week of August.

    The four-day, four-night annual conference is “designed to broaden high school students’ understanding of the educational disciplines, scholarship opportunities, careers and industries related to poultry science.”  

  • Some insects and critters can help your garden

    It is an excellent idea to invite many friends into your garden, especially the ugly ones like toads, assassins, wasps, stinkbugs, spiders and dragonflies. Each of these amazing friends in your garden helps keep your plants healthy and happy.

  • Good growth and recovery time for Brunswick lawns

    Lawns along the coast aren’t looking too bad unless you were in those areas that missed all of the rainfall. Summer’s hot temperatures gave us lots of growth and recovery time. Keep a good thing going as we slide toward fall by adding potassium and be prepared to knock large patch out before it kills parts of your lawn.

  • 4-H’er wins award at Congress

     A Brunswick County 4-H’er was among award-winners at the recent 2010 State 4-H Congress July 19-22 in Raleigh.

    Congress is the high point of the 4-H year, bringing young people from across the state to the North Carolina State University campus for four days of activity. At the beginning of summer, youth gather at their 4-H District Activity Day events to give presentations on topics of their choice to a panel of judges. Winners advance to the state level, where they gather during the second day of Congress.

  • Local Junior Master Gardeners complete Golden Ray program

     Five Brunswick County 4-H members completed the Golden Ray Series of the Junior Master Gardener Program during 4-H Summer Fun.

    Participants Eliza Douglass, Jessica Hockett, Jacob Cheers, London Robinson and Nickolas Dinnall received certificates for completion of the program. Master Gardener 4-H volunteers Grace Wrigley, Sharon Benson and Mercy McCurdy led the special interest group.

  • Kendrick Morgan honored with 4-H scholarship at luncheon

     Kendrick Morgan of Brunswick County was honored with a $2,000 scholarship at the annual North Carolina 4-H Scholarship and Awards Reception and Partnership Luncheon on Wednesday, July 21, at the Jane S. McKimmon Center on the North Carolina State University campus in Raleigh.

  • The challenges of growing centipede grass in Brunswick

    Nitrogen fertility has a significant impact on large patch development. High nitrogen levels promote the growth of soft, succulent leaves that are susceptible to attack by the large patch fungus. To help prevent disease outbreaks, apply a low rate of nitrogen fertilizer at 4 to 8-week intervals or use a slow-release nitrogen source to maintain an even growth rate. To reduce disease outbreaks during the winter and early spring, avoid fall applications of nitrogen fertilizer. Finally, maintain phosphorus and potash fertility levels according to soil test recommendations. In addition:

  • Summer plant performance

     You know there is no better teacher than experience, although it often makes for expensive lessons. One thing I love about my job is having this forum to tell you about my gardening experiences, so here we go with a summer plant performance update for 2010.

    Zoysia grasses have received lots of breeding interest in the last 10 years or so. That extra work is beginning to pay some dividends for anyone who tries to grow a decent lawn in this challenging area we call home. 

  • Centipede grass horrors: Why is my grass dying?

    By Charlie Spencer 

    Master Gardener

    It is that time of year when the Master Gardener information phone starts to ring off the hook. Homeowners who have centipede grass in their yards realize that there is something wrong with the grass. It is dying in places, usually in a circular pattern.

  • Consistently hot weather can cause turf woes

    The people who keep weather records tell me the last 60 days have been consistently the hottest since they started keeping records on such things. That’s probably not news to most of you. The heat has been brutal this year.