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Darrell Blackwelder column: Fall webworms are making their presence known

In late summer, shade trees throughout the county are often covered with large, light gray, silken webs. Fall webworms enclose leaves and small branches in ... Read more

6 days ago by Darrell Blackwelder.

Morgan Watts column: Sampling hay

By Morgan Watts For the Salisbury Post Should I sample my hay and have it tested? The short answer is yes, and here is why. ... Read more

6 days ago by Post Lifestyles.

Darrell Blackwelder column: Sweet Autumn clematis has brilliant color

You may see a rather ornate vine coated in beautiful flowers cascading on trees and shrubs as you drive around the county. The vine is ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Darrell Blackwelder.

Core aerating is an important part of regular lawn maintenance

Core aerating is an important part of regular lawn maintenance, especially for renovation and maintenance of cool season fescue lawns. Core aerating penetrates the soil ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Darrell Blackwelder.

Michael Fine column: Raising fruit and vegetables: Mitigating excessive rainfall

By Michael Fine For the Salisbury Post The 2020 growing season (though not yet finished) will be remembered for several off-beat weather patterns that skewed ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Post Lifestyles.

Darrell Blackwelder column: Lawn mushrooms are popping up

Mushrooms seem to be popping all over the county with the unending rainfall, warm temperatures and extreme humidity over the past few weeks. My breakfast ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Darrell Blackwelder.

Morgan Watts column: Farm school is coming back

By Morgan Watts North Carolina Cooperative Extension North Carolina Farm School is coming back to the southern Piedmont in 2021. That may seem like a ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Post Lifestyles.

Lawn and order: Renovating a yard

By Amy-Lynn Albertson Rowan County Extension I recently bought a home in Salisbury and moved from a 100-acre farm to a ¼-acre lot in city ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Post Lifestyles.

Darrell Blackwelder column: Fall is the best time for cool-season fescue

Fall is the best time of the year to seed cool-season fescue lawns. This narrow time frame promotes optimum root growth and development for this ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Andy Mooney.

Farm at your fingertips: New app allows farmers to reach customers more directly

SALISBURY — Patterson Farm has been growing and selling produce in Rowan County for generations. That doesn’t mean that they haven’t adapted to recent times. ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Ben Stansell.

Rowan Farmland Protection Plan could preserve agricultural space for decades to come

SALISBURY — With development from Charlotte steadily creeping up Interstate 85, Rowan County could see increased development in the coming decades.  And while that development ... Read more

1 month ago by Ben Stansell.

Controlling crabgrass, Japanese stiltgrass

Hot weather and frequent rainfall, our now normal weather over the past few weeks, has provided perfect growing conditions for the spread and growth of ... Read more

1 month ago by Darrell Blackwelder.

NC State student takes on new challenges during internship

By Murphy Stafford Rowan County Cooperative Extension I am a senior at North Carolina State University studying animal science. For the past summer, I have ... Read more

1 month ago by Post Lifestyles.

Fig trees are gaining popularity in home gardens

Many homes in Rowan County have included fig trees in their plantings to supplement their fresh produce. Most plants are located in a protected area ... Read more

1 month ago by Darrell Blackwelder.

Amy-Lynn Albertson: Who are the bad guys among bugs of summer?

By Amy-Lynn Albertson Rowan County Extension It’s been hot and sweltering, like North Carolina hot, summer. Our flowers are wilting. Our grass is turning brown. ... Read more

2 months ago by Post Lifestyles.

Darrell Blackwelder column: Taking a weed-infested yard and starting over

I spoke to a friend a couple of weeks ago and he told me that he couldn’t tell the grassy weeds from his normal grass. ... Read more

2 months ago by Darrell Blackwelder.

Darrell Blackwelder column: Lantanas full of color

Lantanas are an excellent choice of summer color for our landscapes, especially with the excessively hot weather we’ve experienced over the past few weeks. It ... Read more

2 months ago by Darrell Blackwelder.

Many plants suffer in the heat of July

Many shrubs and bedding plants are suffering in the normal hot weather of July. Homeowners are concerned about their plants, especially newly set trees shrubs ... Read more

2 months ago by Darrell Blackwelder.

Darrell Blackwelder column: Hydrangeas are in full bloom

Many are curious about shrubs blooming throughout the county garnering white, puffy blooms. Some are confused and think these profuse bloomers are some type of ... Read more

2 months ago by Darrell Blackwelder.

Morgan Watts column: Do you sell eggs?

By Morgan Watts N.C. Cooperative Extension Do you have chickens and sell eggs? If so, keep reading for an overview of the N.C. Egg Law. ... Read more

2 months ago by Post Lifestyles.

Daylilies more than a ditch lily

By Amy-Lynn Albertson Rowan County Extension director The daylily is one of my favorite perennial flowers. It’s an excellent plant for a negligent gardener like ... Read more

3 months ago by Post Lifestyles.

Problems with bedding plants

What is wrong with my bedding plants? They were beautiful when I planted them but after a few weeks they are just sitting there and ... Read more

3 months ago by Darrell Blackwelder.

Darrell Blackwelder: Mud daubers build their nests in the summer

If you live anywhere near water — a lake, pond, or creek — you’re probably going to have cylinders of mud pipes from mud daubers ... Read more

3 months ago by Darrell Blackwelder.

Darrell Blackwelder column: Cow-itch vine

There is a colorful vine showing out now with colorful orange blooms across Rowan County. The trumpet creeper (Campsis radicans) is now visible along roadways, fences, ... Read more

3 months ago by Darrell Blackwelder.

Blackwelder column: Brown patch

The unseasonably cool weather and abundant rains in April and May provided perfect growing conditions for fescue. Unfortunately, once warmer temperatures arrive, so do foliar ... Read more

3 months ago by Darrell Blackwelder.

Blackwelder column: Powdery mildew is a common disease

My neighbors noticed something a little different on their shrubs this past week. There were powdery white splotches on the leaves and stems of their ... Read more

3 months ago by Darrell Blackwelder.

Watts column: Guarding poultry from predators

By Morgan Watts For the Salisbury Post Every year, I try to recap and talk about predators in poultry. Use this as a reminder when ... Read more

3 months ago by Post Lifestyles.

Magnolias in full bloom at Hurley Park

By Danelle Cutting For the Salisbury Post Even though we have had a lot of rain, we are still getting blooming and beautiful flowers at ... Read more

3 months ago by Danelle Cutting.

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