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Weed of the Month: Smilax (Greenbrier)

Smilax spp. Smilax vines go by the common names greenbrier or catbrier due to the thorns covering their stems. There are 300 to 350 smilax species worldwide. Approximately twenty-four species are...

What is it? Wednesday

Eyed click beetle, Alaus oculatus (Coleoptera: Elateridae) Eyed click beetle, Alaus oculatus, is a relatively large beetle found throughout eastern North America. The Entomological Society of...

TIME FOR TATERS

Between now and the end of March is a great time to plant potatoes. If you ask, “why should I plant potatoes” then obviously, you have never eaten a potato that was dug from the ground the day you...

Gardening Myths: Lichens Kill Trees

When landscape trees are stressed and declining, folks commonly notice a greenish/grey, frilly growth on the bark. This growth is an organism known as a lichen and is frequently blamed for the...

Weeds can be a Scourge in Your Home Lawn

The majority of the weeds in the landscape now are winter annuals and will die back in early summer due to warmer weather. These weed seeds germinate in fall and early winter. As weeds mature, they...

What is it? Wednesday

Chinese Mantid Ootheca “Ootheca” is a Latinized term that comes from oo-, meaning “egg” and theca, meaning “cover”/”container”. An ootheca is an egg...

Pruning Muscadine Grapes

Muscadines are our native, southern grape. Unlike bunch grapes, muscadines have thick, tart skin. The meat of the fruit is very sweet and flavorful and good for fresh eating (nature’s sweet-tart),...

What is it? Wednesday

Biscogniauxia, (formerly Hypoxylon), Canker Biscogniauxia, a common genus of fungi found throughout the United States, causes canker, dieback, and death of stressed oaks (Quercus spp.), pecan (Carya...

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