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Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers

Since 1979, North Carolina Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers (EMGVs) have been leaders in this internationally acclaimed program, guiding homeowners in making environmentally sound decisions in their landscapes. Trained by North Carolina State University faculty and staff, EMGVs provide research-based information about gardening and environmental stewardship to individuals and communities across the state. EMGVs engage the community through education and outreach on a wide variety of subjects and through a broad spectrum of projects, all designed to maximize their impact.

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Wind, Trees, and Structures

Just a reminder as we approach the 4th of July and the busy hurricane months of July through September. Be …

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Venus Flytrap Flowers

The trap leaves get all the attention, but there’s also a lot to appreciate in the showy white flowers …

False oleander scales. Photo: SD Frank

Monitor False Oleander Scales

False oleander scale, Pseudaulacaspis cockerelli, is a tropical and subtropical pest originally from China. False oleander scale is common throughout …

Imported will leaf beetle on willow. Photo: SD Frank

Imported Willow Leaf Beetles

Imported willow leaf beetle (Plagiodera versicolor) are common on willows in landscapes and natural areas. Most of year adults and …

Crape myrtle aphids. Photo: SD Frank

Crape Myrtle Aphids

Crape myrtles are among the most commonly planted trees in the Southeast. The two main pests are crape myrtle …

Twospotted spider mites and webbing on a butterfly bush leaf. Photo: SD Frank

Scout for Twospotted Spider Mites

Twospotted spider mites are probably the most common spider mite species to damage ornamental plants, fruits, vegetables, and others. Twospotted …

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Mimosa Mess

The image below features the fine-textured foliage of mimosa (Albizia julibrissin) backlit by the morning sunlight in a Craven …

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Rust on Callery Pear

Rust infection of callery pear (Pyrus calleryana) fruit is a common occurrence in the spring, especially following periods of cool, …

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When Fire Blight Is Cool

Fire Blight, caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora, is difficult to manage and can be a serious economic threat …

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Staking Newly Planted Trees

It’s known that unstaked trees develop better trunk taper, and develop wind sturdiness much more rapidly, as compared with …

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Hi, Remember Me?

Yes, this is Photinia x fraseri, known as “red-tips” in olden times. In the first image, it’s easy to …