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Growing Strawberries

Soil & Site: Strawberries are shallow-rooted and grow best in sandy loam soils that drain well, at a pH between 6.0 and 6.5. Clay soils drain poorly and are difficult to manage. In the year...


Pine trees (Pinus species) are one of the most important groups of plants. These trees are called conifers because they have needles, cones, and are typically evergreen. There are many different...

Sycamore Diseases & Insect Pests

Of the 10 species of sycamore (Platanus species), one species, American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) and one hybrid, London plane tree (Platanus x acerifolia) are common in South Carolina. Both...

Oak Diseases & Insect Pests

Although oak trees (Quercus species) are well adapted to South Carolina, they can be commonly affected by many pests and diseases. Maintaining healthy oak trees, by following recommended cultural...


Hydrangea macrophylla, also called bigleaf or French hydrangea, typically has either pink or blue flowers, although a few cultivars have white flowers. Flower color is determined indirectly by the...

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