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County Extension

  • 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. 

  • 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.