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Azalea Lace Bug Damage @Pest and Disease Image Library, Bugwood.org

Azalea Lace
Bugs

Azalea Lace Bug Damage @Pest and Disease Image Library, Bugwood.org[/caption] Over 30 different types of lace bugs live in North Carolina. Each species of lace bug specializes in feeding on a specific plant species or plant family. The names of lace bugs typically indicate the types of plants upon which they feed. For example, sycamore lace bugs only feed upon sycamore trees, while lantana lace bugs specialize in feeding on lantana. The lace bug that gets gardeners the most riled up is the azalea lace bug. This common pest does not seriously damage azaleas, but it can make them appear sickly and off-color. Azalea lace bugs (Stephanitis pyrioides) overwinter in the egg stage and hatch in early spring. Nymphs and adults spend most of their time on the underside of azalea leaves, where they use their piercing-sucking mouthparts to remove chlorophyll from the leaf tissue, causing azalea leaves to take on an unsightly, mottled, yellow appearance. If this describes your azalea, check under the leaf for dots of brown or black excrement that are a sure sign your plant has a lace bug infestation. The most effective way to control azalea lace bug is to plant azaleas in the right location—out of direct sun. Planting a diverse landscape also helps reduce the numbers of lace bugs. Chemical control is possible. But if damage can be tolerated, treatment is not necessary because this pest does not threaten the health of azalea shrubs. — Donna Teasley

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Azalea Lace Bug Damage @Pest and Disease Image Library, Bugwood.org

Azalea Lace
Bugs

Azalea Lace Bug Damage @Pest and Disease Image Library, Bugwood.org[/caption] Over 30 different types of lace bugs live in North Carolina. Each species of lace bug specializes in feeding on a specific plant species or plant family. The names of lace bugs typically indicate the types of plants upon which they feed. For example, sycamore lace bugs only feed upon sycamore trees, while lantana lace bugs specialize in feeding on lantana. The lace bug that gets gardeners the most riled up is the azalea lace bug. This common pest does not seriously damage azaleas, but it can make them appear sickly and off-color. Azalea lace bugs (Stephanitis pyrioides) overwinter in the egg stage and hatch in early spring. Nymphs and adults spend most of their time on the underside of azalea leaves, where they use their piercing-sucking mouthparts to remove chlorophyll from the leaf tissue, causing azalea leaves to take on an unsightly, mottled, yellow appearance. If this describes your azalea, check under the leaf for dots of brown or black excrement that are a sure sign your plant has a lace bug infestation. The most effective way to control azalea lace bug is to plant azaleas in the right location—out of direct sun. Planting a diverse landscape also helps reduce the numbers of lace bugs. Chemical control is possible. But if damage can be tolerated, treatment is not necessary because this pest does not threaten the health of azalea shrubs. — Donna Teasley

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Public Gardens
Map

Check out the Map of Public Gardens on the NCSU Gardening Portal *  Click on a marker for detailed information about that garden. * Use the zoom tool on the left to focus in on a particular area or to view a larger area. * Click and drag to reposition the view. *  Click a type of garden in the key to view only gardens of that type. *  Scroll down below the full size map for an alphabetical listing of gardens.

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So many reasons to
compost . . .

Compost incorporated into the soil increases the organic matter content, improves the physical properties of the soil, helps roots penetrate better, holds moisture, provides aeration to plant roots, suppresses some diseases and supplies some essential nutrients. Compost can also be applied to the soil surface to conserve moisture, control weeds, reduce erosion, improve appearance and keep the soil from gaining or losing heat too rapidly. (Excerpt from the Extension Gardener Manual, Composting Chapter by Rhonda Sherman.) For more information see http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/topic/composting/backyard/

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Extension Master
Gardeners

Since 1979 North Carolina Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers have been guiding homeowners in making environmentally sound decisions in their gardens, lawns and landscapes. Extension Master Gardener volunteers work with NC Cooperative Extension to provide gardeners with unbiased, research based information on gardens, lawns and landscapes. Under the guidance of Extension agents, volunteers complete a 40 hour training program, pass an examination, and complete a 40 hour internship. To remain active in the program volunteers must log a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service and 12 hours of continuing education each year. Seventy three counties offer the Extension Master Gardener program and there are currently over 4,000 active Extension Master Gardener volunteers.   Go to NCEMGV.org for information on how EMGVs can help you, how you can become and NC EMGV, and how you can support the program.

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Searchable Database of Plants

Searchable Database
of Plants

Searchable Database of Plants[/caption] plants.ces.ncsu.edu  Identify the perfect plant for your yard!  Seach by height, light requirements, leaf color, flower color, ability to atract butterflies and song birds, and much more.

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Plant Problem Diagnosis for Woody Ornamentals in Winter

The recordings for the March 24, 2015 – Plants, Pests and Pathogens webinar have been posted:  Recording, Audio-MP3, MP4  This two hour, interactive webinar focused on Plant Problem Diagnosis for Woody Ornamentals in Winter.  The program is MORE »

42,000,000+ Households Gardening popular

According to a study conducted by the National Gardening Association in 2014 more than 42 million households will grow a vegetable garden and 90% of them will MORE »

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Pollinator Garden App popular

Identify plants you can add to your garden to attract and support pollinators. Below is a description quoted directly from the Pollinator Partnership website about their free, regionally specific App BeeSmart “With the Bee Smart™ MORE »

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Storm Damage to Trees popular

Recent snow and ice storms have caused extensive damage to trees.  Consider hiring a certified arborist to help assess the damage and prune or remove trees. See NC Cooperative Extension publication How to Hire MORE »

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NCSU’s 16th Vermiculture Conference popular

NCSU’s 16th Vermiculture Conference August 10-11, 2015, Raleigh, NC LOCATION:  NC State University at the Hunt Library (ranked Second Most Amazing College Library in the U.S.A) WEBSITE:   http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/workshops/worm_conference Currently contains information from last year’s conference MORE »

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Troubleshooting Strawberry Problems

Check out this wonderful tool for diagnosing problems with strawberry plants.  Check off symptoms that you have seen and narrow the list of potential causes.  A great tool for troubleshooting in the MORE »

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Plantsmen's Tour - JCRA 2nd Tuesday of Month 1pm - RaleighTue Apr 14, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
— 2 weeks away
Spring Plant SaleSat Apr 18, 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
208 W Chestnut St, Goldsboro, NC 27530, USA
— 3 weeks away
Wildflower WorkshopMon Apr 20, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Pitt County Arboretum, 403 Government Circle, Greenville, NC 27834, United States
— 3 weeks away
Plantsmen's Tour - JCRA 2nd Tuesday of Month 1pm - RaleighTue May 12, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
— 1 month away
Pollinator Gardening Workshop & Garden TourTue May 12, 2015
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
— 1 month away
8th Annual Pollinator Day CelebrationSat May 30, 2015
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
— 2 months away
Plantsmen's Tour - JCRA 2nd Tuesday of Month 1pm - RaleighTue Jun 9, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
— 2 months away
Plantsmen's Tour - JCRA 2nd Tuesday of Month 1pm - RaleighTue Jul 14, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
— 3 months away
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