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The Leopold Education Project

Increasing urbanization, growing use of electronic devices and other indirect ways of experiencing our natural environment increasingly disconnects us …

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Code of the West in Winter

Winter is fast approaching and we all know that the possibility exists for winter cold and storms that can …

Christmas Tree Farm

Harmony for the Holidays!

I find one of the best ways for me to regain peace and harmony at my house is to …

Planting flowers

Take the Gardening Survey!

What home gardening programs/workshops would you like to see offered through the Swain County Cooperative Extension in 2023? The following …

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Leyland Cypress Lamentations

So many Leylands. So many problems. Tall, elegant Evergreens are often used for aesthetic borders for privacy barriers and …

kudzu

What Can You Do About Kudzu?

The hills are alive with the sound of….kudzu growing. Sorry, this is no Rogers and Hammerstein musical, and I …

poison Ivy

Leaves of Three, Let It Be

It’s that time of year when I’ve been itching to be out in the yard, cleaning up and getting …

eastern-tent-caterpillar tent Photo by SD Frank

Eastern Tent Caterpillars

Spring is early this year. We know it, the plants know it and guess what? The Eastern Tent Caterpillar …

Minda Daughtry

Extension Office Has New Horticulture Agent!

Article written by: Jessica Webb, The Smoky Mountain Times editor@thesmokymountaintimes.com The first thing Minda Daughtry, the new horticulture agent for the …

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Jumping Worms

Matt Bertone, the director of NC State University’s Plant Disease and Insect Clinic, just published an Extension factsheet about …

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Figure 1. Riverine swamp forest.

Natural and Constructed Wetlands in North Carolina: An Overview for Citizens

This factsheet is designed to give a brief overview of natural and constructed wetlands and …

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Pesticide Selection for Water Quality Protection

While research has shown that pollution of surface and groundwater supplies from turfgrass pesticide application …

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Figure 1. Asphalt is being applied to straw as a tackifier. Note

Replacing Asphalt: Recommendations for Straw Tackifiers

There are a number of viable alternatives to asphalt for tackifying straw to hold it …

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Illustration showing the water cycle

A Gardener's Guide to Protecting Water Quality

This publication discusses ways that gardeners can protect water quality and avoid runoff and soil …

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The North Carolina Phosphorus Loss Assessment Tool (PLAT)

Phosphorus management is an important aspect of the USDA-NCRS nutrient management standard. Anyone applying animal …

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Site Selection for SDI Systems in North Carolina

Subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) is a relatively new system that may give North Carolina producers …

Managing Lawns and Gardens to Protect Water Quality

The purposes of this factsheet are to identify several major pollutants that often originate in …

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Swine Manure as a Fertilizer Source

This factsheet explains the three factors of proper swine manure management: the nutrient content of …

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