ALEXANDER COUNTY CENTER
September 2018

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County Offices will be Closed 
Monday, September 3 for Labor Day!

School started back this week and along with that some of you may be waking up early, cooking breakfast, and dropping the kids off at school. For those of you that prepare lunch for your kids, don't forget to keep their lunch safe. Food safety, especially in packed lunch, is one that we often forget and take for granted. Remember that bacteria that cause foodborne illness grows rapidly between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

What are those webs in the trees???
Have you noticed masses of webbing on the ends of tree branches in your yard or along the roadsides? They are the work of the fall webworm, a species of caterpillar native to our region. Fall webworm outbreaks occur every year in our area and are most noticeable in late summer and fall. The good news is fall webworms rarely cause serious damage and in most cases there is no reason to do anything about them.  Find more information at the link below:

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18th Annual Nursery Crop Field Day

The Nursery Field Day features the latest ornamental plant production research from around the region. This year's program includes updates on new and emerging pests, novel plant introductions, and boxwood blight. The Nursery Field Day will be held on Friday, September 21, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Hard and Flossie Clark Park in Collettsville, NC. The event, featuring hands-on educational sessions, equipment demonstrations, and a trade show, will provide 4 NC pesticide credits (categories, L, N, O, D, and X) and 3.75L NC landscape contractor credits. To register, please fill out a registration form.


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September Garden Calendar 

Plants in Flower
  • Crapemyrtle, Rose-of-Sharon, Dahlia, Canna, Ginger Lily, Chrysanthemum, Spider Lily, Fall Crocus, Liriope, Sedum, Asters, Goldenrod, Joe Pye Weed, and summer annuals 
Fertilizing 
  • NONE - See what's happening in Lawn Care. 
Planting 
  • September is a good time to set out landscape plants. Shop early to find the nicest shrubs. 
  • When planting containerized plants, try to be certain to disturb or "open up" the plants' root ball. 
  • Set out new chrysanthemum plants this month. 
  • Plant pansies to add color to your yard in the autumn, winter and spring months. 
  • Groundcovers will become well established if planted now. 
  • Transplant any evergreen trees or shrubs that need moving this month. 
  • Plant the following fall vegetables in September: mustard, onion, radish and turnip. 
Pruning 
  • Do NOT prune shrubs in September or October. 
  • Remove "weed" or unnecessary trees from your landscape. 
  • Rootprune any trees or plants you plan to move next spring. 
Spraying 
  • Spray for peach tree borer on your nectarine and peach tree trunks. 
  • Keep a close eye on all fall vegetable plants. Insects and diseases are more severe in the autumn. 
  • Control the following woody weeds by spraying the recommended herbicide: trumpet creeper, and blackberry. 
Lawn Care 
  • Tall fescue and bluegrass lawns should be seeded this month. For best varieties look at this here.  Remember to mulch the newly seeded areas with wheat or barley straw. Keep watered. 
  • Fertilize and lime your tall fescue lawns according to soil test results. 
  • Homeowners can apply an insecticide for lawn grubs in early September if needed. 
Propagation 
  • Spring flowering bulbs can be divided and replanted this month. Daffodils will be the bulbs that most likely need this consideration. 
  • Divide peonies. 
Specific Chores 
  • Clean up garden sprayers and lawn equipment if not in use.
  • Prepare house plants to reenter your home. Check them carefully for insect pests. 
  • If you do not have a fall vegetable garden, it is a good time to chop, burn or discard dead vegetable plants. 
  • Look for spring flowering bulbs to plant in October.



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