Category Archives: general nature

Wait a little longer before pruning most plants


We’ve had a few frosts in eastern North Carolina and fall is definitely here, but pruning some plants now could be harmful to them. We haven’t had a hard freeze yet and many plants could yet have a growth spurt. … Continue reading

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Clear-cutting is an important strategy for forestry management


It seems most folks are put off by clearcutting. Their emotions tell them that what may look unsightly is also unhealthy. In some cases they might be right, but there are reasons some places are harvested that way. The species … Continue reading

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Ragweed can be more than a fall problem


A few days ago I overheard someone complaining about goldenrod causing her allergies. I wanted to say something but felt it was prudent to keep my mouth shut. Uninvited conversations seldom end well. The truth is that goldenrod has very … Continue reading

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Field bindweed and morning glory are pretty weeds that destroy ecosystems


Both have beautiful petunia-like flowers. Both are aggressive vines. Both are in the sweet potato family. Both are a menace in crop fields, and both invade non-crop areas. Field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) is perennial and morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea and … Continue reading

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Hop Hornbeam is a curious native tree with hard wood


Nearly everyone wants to know about native trees. Hop hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana) is a member of the birch family and is quite adaptable around here. It gets its name because its clusters of seeds look like the hops used to … Continue reading

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Here in the south, fall is a great time to landscape


We are all accustomed to planting in the spring. There are many reasons for this, but is it really the best time for long term plant survival? I guess that depends on a lot of things. There is no easy … Continue reading

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Hummingbirds can be lured to shady places


Last week I profiled some sun loving plants that attract hummingbirds. This week I’ll discuss my favorite shade dwellers that hummingbirds adore. There aren’t as many, since producing flowers requires energy. There’s less sunlight, so usually that means less spectacular … Continue reading

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