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Today's Features

  • Elly May Clampett from the 1960’s hit situation comedy would be the first to tell you nothing’s better than having lots of critters around. While you might not have enough wealth borne of “Texas tea” to invite all of Elly’s exotic animals into your garden, it’s relatively easy to create a great space that’s “for the birds.”

  • Many homeowners care for lawns, gardens, shrubs, and trees by applying plant nutrients and sometimes pesticides. When these items are improperly stored or applied, the result may be that these products move through the soil into the groundwater or wash off into surface waters.

  • Busy bees keeping you busy?

    We have had some recent cold weather for this time of year and that may cause honeybees to seek out a new space to accommodate them. In the early spring, honeybee colonies may become overcrowded and then the bees send out a pheromone scent to alert the colony they need to move to another location. Unfortunately, they may end up somewhere inside your house or they may swarm to a nearby tree or shrub waiting for the scout bees to tell them where their next home will be.

  • Upon their return from a 16-day cruise to Europe, Florence and Bob Hopkins of Shallotte celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary May 9 with a renewal of their vows at St. Brendan's Catholic Church.

  • In the midst of all the dire news these days, television commentators, newspaper and magazine articles, Joe and Jane Q. Public all seem to be concentrating on the power of “hangin’ in.”

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  • There are several horticultural requirements when you move to the South. Obviously, you must grow evergreen azaleas and camellias. You have to leave the lilacs behind—at least the common lilac (Syringa vulgaris). And, if you truly want to be a part of the southerner’s garden club, you need to grow gardenias.

    Since gardenias aren’t the easiest shrubs to grow, here is some information so you can enjoy the sweet smell of success with gardenias.

  • Never before has the demand for energy been as high—and never before have homeowners become so aware of the energy savings possible with landscaping, especially with the high cost of energy which has escalated over the last few years.

    Although it is not possible to control the weather, certain landscape practices can help modify the climate in and around your home.

  • All kinds of ripe produce are now just beginning to overflow from gardens and orchards and the one dish that really means “summertime” is the salad!

    With the abundance of fruits and vegetables this time of the year, just toss them into a salad bowl and enjoy them, with or without a dressing. Summer salads only require a nice, clear dressing, not a heavy, creamy dressing. For grilled zucchini, squash, eggplant or even fresh green beans, try using a garlicky or citrusy dressing.

  • Now is the time to get started on the warm season grass activities (e. g. Bermuda, Centipede, Zoysia, and St. Augustine). Seed, sprig, plug or plant rolls of sod now and throughout the summer in the Cape Fear region of North Carolina.