Articles by Charlotte Glen

  • Mistletoe: Friend or Foe?

    Mistletoe: Friend or Foe? Mistletoe is a common plant throughout North Carolina that can be found growing on the branches of deciduous trees. This same mistletoe is often harvested and brought ... READ MORE

  • Dealing with Mounds and Tunnels in Lawns

    Dealing with Mounds and Tunnels in Lawns Are areas of your lawn bumpy and uneven? When you walk across these areas does the soil sink or feel soft? If so, some type of soil dwelling critter is ... READ MORE

  • Time to control burweed and other winter lawn weeds

    If you have ever walked barefoot through your lawn in spring and thought you were stepping on sandspurs chances are lawn burweed has infested your yard. Lawn burweed, also known as spurweed (Soliva sessilis), is a common turf weed easily identified by its low ferny foliage and sharp, spiny seed pods that ripen in late spring. Now is the time to spray this weed to prevent these prickly pods from forming. READ MORE

  • Success growing fruits and berries depends on plants

    Thinking of planting fruit trees or berry bushes? Your chances of success have a lot to do with which fruits you choose to grow. Many garden centers in our area currently have fruit and berry plants for sale. Before you rush in to buy, take the time to plan ahead to ensure the money you spend is not wasted. READ MORE

  • Choose the right tomato for your garden

    Tomato planting season is upon us, leaving gardeners with some pretty big decisions to make. The tomato variety you select now will have a huge impact on your future success, but hundreds of different varieties are available. Will you go with hybrids or heirlooms? Determinate or indeterminate? Large or small fruits? Sorting through this confusing array will help you choose the right varieties for your garden. READ MORE

  • Choose these easy vegetables and herbs for this year’s gardens

    Many vegetables and herbs can be grown in our area, though some are easier than others. If you are a beginning gardener or are simply looking for a few easy crops, consider the following suggestions for your garden this year. READ MORE

  • Read the label before using any pesticide

    Have you ever hesitated to use a pesticide because you were not sure how to mix it, where or when it should be applied, or what threat it posed to bees, wildlife, pets or people? All of this, along with other essential information, is listed on every pesticide label. Reading the label before you buy or use a pesticide will help you decide which product is right for your pest problem, how to correctly apply it, and what risks are involved. READ MORE

  • Is it time to plant?

    It only takes one warm weekend for gardening fever to become an epidemic, making everyone anxious to plant. But is it too early? The answer to this question depends on what you are planting, where you are located, and how much risk you are willing to take. READ MORE

  • Improve Your Soil with Compost and Cover Crops

    As you get ready to plant this spring, don’t forget about adding organic matter to the soil. Organic matter, such as compost, improves all soil types, which results in naturally healthier plants. You can purchase compost in bags or in bulk or make your own at home with yard debris and kitchen scraps. You can even grow your own by planting certain cover crops, known as green manures, and tilling them into the soil. READ MORE

  • Is there anything deer will not eat?

    High populations and disappearing woodland habitat are forcing deer to seek food in our backyards and gardens. One of the easiest ways to minimize deer damage in your yard is to landscape with plants deer prefer not to eat. While no plant is deer proof, there are many good landscape plants for this area that deer find less palatable — a solution that is both effective and relatively low-cost, once you know which plants to choose. READ MORE

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