Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

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Worms (canker?) on trees (Red Oak & Cedar)

I sent the following note to the Mecklenburg Lawn & Garden (Horticulture) Help Desk, but without photo. This note has photos attached. Need help dealing with small green worms (fall cankerworm ?) that are on a red oak and a cedar (angel cedar or cedarus deodara ?) tree. They're stripping the leaf between the veins and the needles on entire branches. I understand banding is not especially effective and it's a bit late for this crop of worms. Can the trees be sprayed? If so with what? The worms move like typical inch worms, with a humping movement and have three pairs of legs on one end.

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Mecklenburg County NC 6 months ago

lawn grass identification?

Hi, I'm a homeowner in South Charlotte, and I'm trying to identify which type of grass I have in my lawn. There are a couple of .jpgs attached to this email; if anyone could identify the grass type I would greatly appreciate it! (Planning to renovate one section this Fall.) Thank you very much!

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Mecklenburg County NC 6 months ago

Infestation Identification

I have 2 crepe myrtle trees that suddenly show significant presence of an insect, scale, or fungus. I have attached some photos. Please help me identify the substance and recommend treatment. Thank you, Loren Schofield

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Mecklenburg County NC 6 months ago

Leggy seedlings

Hello! I hope you can help, please?

Can you tell me why my seedlings are so tall and leggy? They are being grown under lights (2 Gro-lux bulbs & 2 fluorescent) where I have African violets growing/blooming successfully. The back tray has zinnias and sunflowers and the other trays include herbs (sage, dill, chervil, chives, marjoram, nasturtiums). The sage, chives, and marjoram seem to be coming along fine but the others are leggy. The lights are about 11 inches above the tops of the trays and around 7 inches from the tops of the plants.

I wouldn’t otherwise be starting these so late in the season but my zinnias and sunflowers became leggy on my first try as well. Those plants were grown outside and eventually ended up in full sun! Again, tall, skinny and leggy. The first herbs seemed to be eaten by caterpillars. I caught a couple and doused them in a half inch of neem oil. I swear I saw them doing the backstroke - it didn’t seem to phase them. Maybe you can tell me the name of caterpillar who dined on them and how to organically get rid of them? I have sprinkled some bird seed in the pots to attract the birds and I haven’t seen any since but I still think there is something chewing on them at night. They are potted in raised large window boxes in mostly full sun on the deck railing so I don’t think slugs are getting to them.

Thanks for your help!
Karla Guidry Charlotte, NC (University area and close to the Cabarrus County line)

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Mecklenburg County NC 6 months ago

Deformed Zinnias?

I planted some zinna's recently in a raised bed. They have grown well except that the stems seem to be deformed with about half of them bending downward. The foliage seems to be developing well. They receive full sun and have been well hydrated. I have fertilized them with neptunes fish emulsion and I did spray some spinosad and used diatomaceous earth for a caterpillar infestation. I planted them in some composted cow manure. I have read of herbicide carry over in manure from pyridine carboxylic acids could this be the cause of the bending/twisting stems?

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Mecklenburg County NC 6 months ago

100 percent sure

Is there a way to know without question?

Mecklenburg County NC about 5 years ago

Identify plant

Identify plant

Mecklenburg County NC over 5 years ago

GRASS

PLEASE ALLOW ME TO ASK A QUESTION AS IT RELATES TO GRASS ERADICATION. MY LANDSCAPER TREATED MY FRONT LAWN ON FEBRUARY 24, 2014 WITH FERTILIZATION WITH CRABGRASS PRE-EMERGENT. THE FOLLOWING MONTH, MARCH, 2014, MY ENTIRE LAWN HAD NO MORE GRASS EXCEPT FOR CLUMPS OF WEEDS AND WHAT APPEARS TO BE CRABGRASS. I HAD BERMUDAGRASS EVER SINCE I LIVED IN MY HOUSE IN 2001 AND I NEVER HAD A PROBLEM. NO SOIL COMPACTION, NO IRRIGATION PROBLEM AND NO DRAINAGE PROBLEM. THE SOIL SOAKED THE RAINWATER. I NEVER AERATED NOR RE-SEEDED BECAUSE MY LAWN WAS IN SATISFACTORY SHAPE. DID THIS LANDSCAPER USE A NON-SELECTIVE HERBICIDE BY MISTAKE OR A CONTACT HERBICIDE OR A SYSTEMIC HERBICIDE. IF HE USED A NON-SELECTIVE HERBICIDE WHY DIDN'T THE WEEDS AND CRABGRASS DIE? I KNOW THAT POST-EMERGENT IS BOTH A SELECTIVE AND NON-SELECTIVE HERBICIDE AND THAT PRE-EMERGENT IS SELECTIVE. I ALSO KNOW THAT A CONTACT HERBICIDE KILLS ONLY THE GREEN TISSUES ( GRASS) ABOVE THE SOIL AND THAT SYSTEMIC A NON-SELECTIVE HERBICIDE MOVES WITHIN THE PLANT FROM THE POINT OF APPLICATION. MY QUESTION IS THIS. IS IT POSSIBLE THAT A POST-EMERGENT CONTACT HERBICIDE WAS SPRAYED ON MY LAWN THAT KILLED MY GRASS ABOVE THE SOIL AND DIDN'T KILL SEEDS GERMINATING BELOW THE SOIL. I BELIEVE THAT THERE IS A STRONG PROBABILITY THAT A NON-SELECTIVE HERBICIDE WAS USED BY MISTAKE WHETHER IT WAS CONTACT OR SYSTEMIC. I WILL TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR KIND REPLY. PLEASE REPLY. I WILL BE VERY THANKFUL. THANK YOU. SINCERELY, JEROME WILSON 2016 HARVEST RED ROAD INDIAN TRAIL, NC 28079

Mecklenburg County NC over 6 years ago

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