Matthew Brown

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Articles by Susan Brown Special to Topsail Advertiser

  • Pender Gardner: Wet weather promotes fungal diseases

    Recently our region has been stuck in a pattern of frequent late afternoon and evening thunderstorms. This frequent rainfall, combined with high humidity, has created the perfect environment for plant diseases, turning our lawns, landscapes and gardens into a fungus heaven. As a result, gardeners need to keep a close watch for symptoms of foliage disease, such as brown, red, purple, or yellow spots on plant leaves. READ MORE

  • Master gardener: Extinguish fire ants this fall

    Did you know that fire ants were not always found in the Southeast? READ MORE

  • Pender Gardener: Fall is for planting

    If you think spring is the only season to do major yard work, think again. Fall is the best time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials in our region. That means the next few months are the perfect time to work on landscaping. The weather is cooler, making it more enjoyable to work outdoors and less stressful on new plantings. READ MORE

  • Container plants provide interest, color to fall and winter landscapes

    Planted pots belong in every garden and can be a great way to express your personality. Whether you have sun or shade, live in an apartment or a house, you can introduce striking textures, forms, and colors with container plantings. The approach of winter does not mean your containers need to go dormant. There are many exciting plants you can grow in containers to provide interest and color to your fall and winter landscape. READ MORE

  • Master Gardener: Fall color options for coastal landscapes include native trees

    As winter approaches, it is becoming harder to find interesting color in the garden. Most perennials and shrubs have finished blooming and warm season annuals have succumbed to frost. But have you noticed how colorful many of the trees along the roadside are? When trees experience the cooler temperatures and shorter days of fall the process of color change takes place. Many of our native trees that are currently showing fall color would make excellent additions to your landscape. READ MORE

  • Pender Gardener: Poinsettia is the most popular flowering plant sold in the U.S.

    It’s that time of year again. Time to celebrate and consume a great deal of food. Time to hang the lights, decorate the Christmas tree and shop till we drop! Speaking of shopping, did you know the poinsettia is the most popular flowering plant sold in the United States, with more than 70 million sold nationwide each year? With work in the garden winding down and the dreary and cold days of winter upon us, what better way to spice up your life than with a poinsettia? READ MORE

  • Master Gardener: New year resolutions help gardeners plan for spring

    In January and February there is less work to be done in the garden, making these cooler months a great time to plan for the upcoming spring. As gardeners, there are many things we can do to improve the environment and ecosystems around us. Consider adopting one or more of the following resolutions for your garden in the New Year. READ MORE

  • Master Gardener - How to avoid common tree-pruning mistakes

    During my career as a horticulturist I once worked as a landscaper. We had demanding clients who took pride in their pristine landscapes. One of my duties was to prune trees. I remember being terrified of cutting a huge hole into a tree or cutting a branch too close to the trunk. My boss use to always tell me “you can cut more off but you cannot glue it back on.” These are words to prune by. READ MORE

  • Master Gardener - Dividing perennials multiplies landscape plantings

    Buying enough plants to fill all the empty spots in your landscape can quickly become expensive. One way to minimize the number of plants you need to buy over the long term is to purchase perennials. Perennial plants return from the same roots each year. Most multiply and spread, and can be divided every few years to make new plants. Most perennials are not temperamental and, if properly divided, will fare well whether they are divided in spring or fall. READ MORE

  • Master Gardener: Help prevent pesticide resistance by following simple steps

    I receive several calls each week from residents wanting to know how to get rid of pests such as moles, weeds, aphids, scale, and mole crickets in their yards. Humans have been attempting to control insects, weeds, rodents and other pests for thousands of years. In the last 50 years synthetic, or man-made, pesticides have become important pest management tools. Over time, many pesticides have lost their effectiveness due to the development of resistance in the target pests. READ MORE

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