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County Extension

  • 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. 

  • Caring for your garden through August

    By Judy Koehly

    We all know we must select and plant specimens according to light, soil and water requirements. This is basic, but excellent advice upon which all gardens should be based. But a heat wave, a dry spell, too little or too much sun and even imperfect soil will quickly create chaos in the garden. 

    Now is a great time to check out how your garden is working with the climate. In your sunlit garden, does a plant quickly wilt? Does it look exhausted by mid-day? 

  • Certain azaleas offer an ‘Encore’ performance

    One of the great plant success stories of recent years has to be the Encore azaleas. Developed by azalea breeder Buddy Lee of Independence, La., this group of evergreen plants provides decent spring color and an even better flower show in the fall. Twenty-four selections of Encore azaleas are currently available. Visit www.encoreazalea.com to see the different forms and flower colors. 

    Rather than list a lot of information you can find elsewhere, included are some personal observations about this great group of plants:

  • Brunswick County Youth honored at State 4-H 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 activities. 

    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 gathered during the second day of Congress. 

  • Have you noticed a lack of blooms on flowering plants?

    Recently we have received several calls on the Extension Master Gardeners Hot Line concerning lack of blooms on various types of plants. 

    Following are some possible reasons but sometimes there are just no explanations. 

    Shrubs and flowers that are supposed to bloom but don’t often frustrate gardeners. Someone recently reported nothing in their yard would bloom, and went on to name several species that normally flower well in this area. 

  • Go green: Add a rain garden to your landscape

     Rain gardens are a great way to treat stormwater runoff from roofs, parking lots and driveways. 

    Rather than piping all of that water to a stormwater pond, these depressions in the landscape trap the water and allow it to infiltrate just as it did in its natural state. 

  • Local youth makes bid for North Carolina 4-H President

     Each year during the third week in July youth from throughout North Carolina meet on campus at North Carolina State University to celebrate. The event is known as North Carolina 4-H Congress. 

    Youth ages 9-19 make presentations on a number of topics and compete to represent the state in several national competitions.

    Last week, a delegation from Brunswick County included Justin Simmons of Supply, who made bid for state president. Simmons, a home school graduate,

  • Now is an excellent time to take soil samples

    It is again time for the annual soil sampling promotion. Now is an excellent time to take soil samples. Submitting samples now results in receiving your analysis in three to four weeks or less rather than submitting in the winter that will take 12-16 weeks minimum for results to be received. 

  • Great lawn expectations, even with turfgrasses

     If you haven’t already figured it out, Southeastern North Carolina is one of the worst places in the world to grow turfgrasses. We sometimes have winter temperatures that cause injury to warm-season grasses like centipede and St. Augustine. It’s just too blasted hot in the summer for even the most heat-tolerant, cool-season grasses like tall fescue to survive. Throw in weeds, ground pearls, high pH, large patch, dollar spot, chinch bugs and all of the other issues and you have tough turf growing conditions.

  • Using vines in the landscape to create screens in limited space

    Sometimes, when there is not enough space for a hedge or a shrub, but a screen is needed, vines may be the answer. 

    Vines help add privacy, camouflage wire fences, hide an unsightly wall, or add character to tight places. They can create a shade buffer from the hot sun on the side of a building or cover a romantic walkway into a garden “room.” There are several vines both popular and appropriate for use in gardens of North Carolina.