Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Cicadas are Impacting Trees in WNC

Cicadas are Impacting Trees in WNC

If you or your clients are noticing dead twigs on forest or landscape trees, chances are that it is the result of Periodical Cicadas.  The female gender of these insects cuts slits in the twigs of various species of trees and lays her eggs.  The result is the death of these twigs which turn brown and ultimately fall off of the tree.  As this has already occurred there's little that you can do to prevent of control the problem, however pruning out the damaged twigs and destroying them may reduce the population for future outbreaks.  Check out the attached article on Periodical Cicadas:

Periodical Cicada





For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Post Drought Stress Symptoms

Post Drought Stress Symptoms

Although we are getting what appears to be adequate rainfall now, we are still seeing symptoms of drought stress or "post drought stress".    These symptoms may vary from wilting and slow growth to smaller than normal leaves and entire canopy death.   While some of these symptoms may have occurred last summer and into the fall there seems to be a continued showing of cracked trunks and branches with die back occurring on trees and shrubs now even though we are getting good rainfall.

Most of these problems relate back to a failure to water the plants adequately through an entire establishment period.  Trees, particularly those that are field grown and sold balled and burlapped are particularly susceptible due to the amount of root loss that they encountered when harvested.  Typically, a tree takes one year per caliper inch to get re-established so a 2 inch caliper tree will take 2 years of careful monitoring and extra care to see that the root ball doesn't dry out to reduce the potential for drought stress.  Some plants, such as Leyland Cypress and many flood plain species are drought sensitive and may require extra care to keep them from drying out.   Here are a couple of samples from a Sweetgum tree that was planted just before the drought of 2016 and is showing drought stress this spring:
   Note the cracking in the main trunk!↘







For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Job Opening

Job Opening
The following is a job opening that some of you might find of interest:


Trademark Homescapes Inc., a successful landscaping company providing landscaping, custom wood working, gardening and water features is seeking an experienced landscape crew member to fill a full time position. Pay is dependent upon experience.
Qualifications include: (must possess at least 3 of the listed qualifications) Nursery Background
Skilled Carpentry Experience
Masonry and Hardscape Experience

Track Hoe/Skid Steer Experience
Certified Plant Professional
CPP
Plant and Irrigation Installation Experience Associate/Bachelor Degree in Horticulture or similar
Must have a valid North Carolina Driver’s License. Accepting Resumes through June 1st
Send resumes to: trademarkhomescapes@yahoo.com 

For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

New Worker Protection Standards Coming into Effect on Jan 2nd

New Worker Protection Standards Going into Effect on Jan 2nd

It's December 1st and I want to make you aware of some new laws that will be going into effect on January 2nd.  If you use and apply pesticides you need to be aware of these standards as they will be enforced.  I have included the link below to give you guidance as to these new standards:
New WPS .
Also to compare the old standards with the new visit this document:  https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-09/documents/comparison-chart-wps.pdf

Some highlight of the new standards:

1. Annual training of all workers and handles associated in and around pesticide use.

2. Training of worker and handlers immediately upon hiring and prior to their being exposed to areas where pesticides are being used.

3. Expanded training requirements.

4. Records of training must be kept for at least 2 years.

5.  Fit test requirements for individuals using respirators.

Note on the latter.-  We are in the process of hosting a clinic for applicators that need to be fit tested. If you or your employees use respirators then they will need to be fit test to insure that the equipment they use actually works and that they are healthy enough to use a respirator.  The date has not been confirmed but tentatively it will be sometime in March.  If you have a need to get a fit test earlier contact the folk at Mission Hospitals- OccuMed for an appointment. (828) 213-0878.

For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Smoke- Respirator Use

Working in Smokey Conditions


There has been some concern about breathing during these times with smokey conditions prevalent over most of our area.  The link here:  Respirator for use during smokey conditions  takes you to a pdf that will describe the proper minimum respirator for use by individuals working outside in smokey areas.  Keep in mind this does not apply to areas close to the actual fires or where there are large particulates of ashes in the air.  Additional protection may be required. 

Also as indicate in the article you should contact your medical doctor before wearing any respirator. One note is that starting in January if you use a respirator as part of your work- applying pesticides, dusts, fertilizers, etc or working in other conditions that would require respiratory protection;  you will need to have the respirator test fitted for your face and conditions.  There are various health issues that will preclude your use of typical respirators.  Beards and other facial hair may also make wearing a respirator difficult due to the inability to properly get a seal to eliminate air movement around the perimeter of the respirator.   

Our recommendation is that if you or your employees have health issues or encounter breathing difficulties working in conditions where the air quality is compromised; that you cease working in those areas and go inside until the conditions subside.  If you can access proper respiratory protection devices then use them on a limited basis with reductions in the time you spend outside.   Be sure that you know the life span of the respirator that you will be using.  Once the device or filter cartridges are exposed to the air (particularly polluted air)  they begin to age. As the filter gets full of particulates the functional use of the device declines and will need to be replaced.    

If you or someone on your staff has known health issues it would be well advised that they be assigned to working in a structure with filter air.  Nothing that you have planned to do over the next few weeks are more important than the health and well being of you or your staff.     


For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Landscape Contractor Math and Bidding Clas

Landscape Contractor Math and Bidding Class


New guidelines require that Licensed Landscape Contractors obtain a minimum of 2 hours and a maximum of 4 hours of business credits each year as a part of their 7 hour requirement.  In order to assist clients with meeting this requirement we have developed a 3 hour class to provide basic training in Landscape Math and Bidding.  We may develop other business classes upon request but are planning to offer this class at least twice this fall.  The brochure attached below describes the class and provides a way to register to attend. 




For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Position Opening

Position Open

The town of Canton NC has a Right of Way Maintenance Position open.  See the job announcement attached;     Right of Way Job






For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Small Nursery for Sale

Nursery for Sale

Sharon Yaste of Brevard NC has the following for sale as part of an acquired nursery.  She is retired and is scaling down so does not need or want to keep the materials.  

 She has  approximately 1500 plants, a custom built trailer, and a custom built work bench for potting, lots of empty pots (different sizes), and 4 wood boxes with screens and the sand (for growing clippings).  There are approximately 22 varieties and she can send you the list.  

if you are interested in expanding your nursery or starting a new nursery this may be a good opportunity.  Contact Sharon at: 
 Sharon Yaste
PO Box 1788
Brevard, NC  28712
828-883-9096 (home)
828-384-8423 (cell)

I can not personally vouch for the quality of these plants but am sharing the information as it was passed on to me.  


For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Horticulture Industry IPM Symposium

Horticulture Industry IPM Symposium 

The attached flier for the IPM Symposium include new data that indicates the number of recertification  hours for each category.  Note there are hours for pesticide credits in both Carolinas and Tennessee as well as Landscape Contractor Credit hours in NC.  Please get registered soon as September 1st is the last day for early registration:



https://buncombe.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/2016-IPM-Symposium.pdf?fwd=no




For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Job Opening

Job Opening Posted

Thyme in the Garden, a retail garden center in the North Asheville area off of Merrimon Avenue has the following openings:
Local Garden and Gift Store Hiring Part-time Sales Clerk
6-20 hours; although this is not a seasonal position, hours fluctuate greatly with seasonal increases/decreases in business.   
Great environment. Ideal candidate will enjoy helping customers select product combinations from our unique selection of gifts and plants.  This type of sales engages your creativity! It also presents an opportunity for you to learn with the customer both about the plants and different products offered. 
Must Have:
·         Plant knowledge and enthusiasm for learning.  Experience of 2-3 years working with plants in a professional setting such as landscaping, horticulture, or agriculture is important.
·         Retail or other customer service experience preferred. Ability to engage customers in friendly, hospitable manner, good at reading customer signals.
·         Flexibility on amount of hours (the needs of the business fluctuate with the seasons)
·         Sense of design and confidence helping customers with creative tasks (plant arrangements, unique gifts, home and garden d├ęcor).
·         Ability to regularly lift 20-50 pounds and knowledge of safe lifting practices

·         Experience in a trade such as carpentry, welding, plumbing a plus

Contact Laura Carter at 828-628-3700 or visit their website at:


For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.