Orange County, North Carolina

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Toxic to goats: english ivy+wisteria if eaten at same time?

I have a perplexing question: Goats can eat english ivy and wisteria separately, but if both plants are in their system at the same time, there are substances in each plant that combine to cause toxicity and death (based on experience of targeted grazing business in southeast US and confirmed by University of VA). I have been doing online research to determine the interacting toxic substances in each plant (maybe lectin and saponins?), but it is far from my base of knowledge and I'm stumped. What I specifically need to know is: the toxic substance in wisteria that interacts with the ivy compounds present in the dried wisteria leaves and seed pods? The reason I'm asking is that I have a mixed patch of wisteria and english and am hoping my goats can graze the evergreen ivy in the winter when the wisteria has shed its leaves.

Orange County North Carolina over 5 years ago

BONAP website, THE single best plant website in all of North America, that you fail to list.

Why do you not include the Biota of North America Program (BONAP) within your list of outstanding plant websites? This is a publicly held website, which has been cited and used by hundred's of thousand's of botanists throughout the world. The Director of BONAP, Dr. John Kartesz, originally from McKeesport Pa. is also the individual responsible for developing the USDA PLANTS database, which you do list! The BONAP database began in 1969 as a vast collection of note cards, now digitized and includes over 6,000,000 US county-level records, more than 350,000 colored photographs, and over 1,500 botanical fields; all fully interactive. That is twice as many photographs, and three times county records as USDA PLANTS, plus hundreds more botanical fields! BONAP has become the gold standard for scores of plant nurseries nationwide, plus all of the State Heritage Programs of NatureServe, most natural resource agencies of the U.S.federal government, most major herberia and other plant repositories throughout North America, plus hundreds of other natural history groups, such as the National Audubon Society. Please take a look at BONAP.org so that you can assess the website for yourself.

Orange County North Carolina over 2 years ago

If/when to apply weed and feed

When should I apply weed and feed to a creeping red fescue lawn in Orange County? I tried to establish a red fescue lawn last fall because my back yard doesn’t get much sun, but it has come in rather spotty and has weeds growing in it now.

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Orange County North Carolina over 1 year ago

Toxic compounds in wisteria + English ivy and their interaction relative to goat forage

Please help, I'm perplexed! My goats can and will eat English ivy and wisteria separately, but apparently, if both plants are in their system at the same time, there are substances in each plant that combine to cause toxicity and death (based on experience of targeted grazing business in southeast U.S. and confirmed by University of VA). I have been doing online research to determine the interacting toxic substances in each plant (maybe lectin and saponins?), but I'm stumped. What I specifically need to know is: the toxic substance in wisteria that interacts with the ivy compounds present in the dried wisteria leaves and seed pods? The reason I'm asking is that I have a mixed patch of wisteria and English and am hoping my goats can graze the evergreen ivy in the winter when the wisteria has shed its leaves.

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Orange County North Carolina plants goats over 5 years ago

Tree defoliation

I have a few trees on my property that are being defoliated en masse - the entire tree - and it's just that type of tree - similar to the report in https://ask.extension.org/questions/418867 - I am unable to personally identify the tree - but it's not a Beech tree as reported in that question - but I may have some identifying pictures that I'm unable to match to CES publications or image search - but I'm figuring you might be able to identify.

I'd love to know the tree and pest, mostly out of curiosity.

[Edit: ] Maybe an elm tree and a larger Elm Leaf Beetle? https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/notes/O&T/trees/note85/note085.html

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Orange County North Carolina about 2 years ago

Fatoua villosa - I am losing

I've been battling a very aggressive weed in my perennial bed all summer. I think after much consultation with the internet that the plant is Fatoua villosa / mulberry weed. I have been spraying the emerging green shoots with glyphosate all summer, which kills the shoots, but it keeps returning. It has tremendous runners/roots crisscrossing my bed. I decided to pull up the root below one little shoot - picture attached. The entire bed was created, tilled, amended, planted/mulched in Fall of 2015, and I saw no evidence of it then, so I think it was a stowaway on some nursery plant. If someone could confirm that this is what I am dealing with and provide any suggestions as to how I might eradicate it (without destroying all of my perennials) I would be very appreciative. Thank you Gary

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Orange County North Carolina almost 2 years ago

What is eating these trees?

In the last week or two I have noticed at least a dozen trees (beech primarily?) on our property in southern orange county appear to be dead or dying. On closer examination the affected leaves are brown and look like the green of the leaf has been eaten away leaving only the network of veins. The only insects I see are a few caterpillars, but there don't seem to be enough of them to have caused such widespread damage. I believe that only two species of trees are affected by this problem and the other (poplars, sycamores, maples, oaks, etc) seem fine. My question is what is infecting the trees and what, if anything can I do to save them and the others in the area. Please let me know if you need additional photos. julie

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Orange County North Carolina about 2 years ago

re: grape hyacinths

Hi- My grape hyacinths have started sending up leaves last week (Sept. 20th or so). I was planning to dig them up to winter them over and transplant them to a better location next spring. With first frost coming in a month or two it's going to be close as to whether they'll be through blooming and all. What should I do? TIA- Monroe W.

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Orange County North Carolina almost 2 years ago

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