Tuesday, August 1, 2017

7th Annual Horticulture Industry Symposium

Horticulture Industry Symposium 2017

Hard to believe that is is August already and the precise middle of summer.  The registration and information is already up for this year's Horticulture Industry Symposium.  Please consider attending this year.  We have a lot of different speakers and interesting content.  The program continues to grow.  For more information visit these sites from The NC Arboretum:  2017 IPM Symposium





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

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Fire Ants Expanding their Territory

Fire Ants are Expanding their Territory 



Fire Ants are expanding their territory in NC and additional counties or portions of counties are now under quarantine.  Essentially, for the green industry this means that certain products (nursery crops, pine needles, hay, straw, etc) can't be move out of those counties without being properly treated.  For more information read the link attached above. 


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

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.