Garden Plugs A newsletter for Henderson County Henderson County Center
May-June 2011 NOW IS THE TIME
Contact Us Henderson County 740 Glover St. Hendersonville, NC 28792 (828) 697-4891 Phone (828) 697-4581 Fax henderson.ces.ncsu.edu Editor: Diane Turner Email: [email protected]
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Lawns Do not fertilize tall fescue and bluegrass lawns again until September. Excess nitrogen can lead to brown patch disease in lawns. Mow tall fescue lawns to 2 ½ to 3 inch height. Research has shown that mowing to the proper height will help control weeds. Keep an eye out for small plants of crabgrass and other summer weeds so you can pull them while they are small. Ornamentals Begin to remove foliage from spring blooming bulbs as the leaves turn completely yellow and brown. Plant annuals now in the landscape, be sure to keep them well watered and deadheaded to encourage continual blooming throughout the summer. Miscellaneous Do not plant warm season vegetable crops such as peppers and tomatoes until after Mothers Day. Soil temperature should be warmed up to at least 65 degrees before planting. Keep garden vegetables watered with at least 1 inch of water per week, especially tomatoes. Hummingbirds are here and hungry. Make a sugar solution for the feeder by dissolving 1/4 cup of sugar in 1 cup boiling water.
UPCOMING EVENTS 05/12/11 2:00pm-3:00pm Grow a Great WNC Lawn 05/13/11 10:00am-11:00am Spring Garden Walk 05/17/11 3:00pm-4:30pm Container Gardens 06/03/11 10:00am-12:00pm Hypertufa Leaf Casting 06/14/11 06/16/11 9:00am-11:00am Intro Botanical Drawing
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BROWN MAMORATED STINK BUG Since last autumn, the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) has been invading homes and other buildings throughout the state. The stink bug feeds on a variety of hosts in the landscape, including—but not limited to—Buddleia sp., hibiscus, zinnia, and sunflower. Both fruit trees, such as apples and peaches, and vegetables can also serve as host plants. Stink bugs inflict leaf and fruit damage primarily from feeding with needlelike mouth parts. The North Carolina Agricultural Chemicals Manual suggests either malathion or permethrin as a control agent for ornamentals and vegetables. The biggest problem for homeowners is the bugs’ overwintering behavior of collecting inside structures and homes when seeking shelter, much like the multicolored Asian lady beetle. They do not harm people, but they can emit an unpleasant odor when crushed or vacuumed. Appearance in homes usually begins about late September or early October. For homes, sealing and caulking all entry spaces usually keeps stink bugs at bay. If they are found inside, hand removal and vacuuming are the best options. A piece of ladies’ hosiery over the vacuum’s nozzle allows for easy disposal of the insects and keeps the odor from lingering in the vacuum canister.
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