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August Garden

Plants in Flower Crapemyrtle, Rose-of-Sharon, Peegee Hydrangea, Abelia, Canna, Dahlia, Trumpet Creeper, Cardinal Flower, Butterfly Weed, Phlox, Cleome, Hosta, Liriope and summer annuals Fertilizing Strawberries will benefit from a feeding of nitrogen fertilizer this month. Do NOT fertilize shrubs in August, September, October or November. Planting Plant pansy seed this month in flats for planting in the landscape in September. Spider lily (lycoris), colchicum (autumn crocus) and sternbergia bulbs should be planted in August. Sow seed of the following perennials: hollyhock, delphinium and stokesia to produce healthy plants for next spring. Continue repotting house plants. Plant the following fall vegetable plants this month: beets, Chinese cabbage, cucumber, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, radish, rutabaga, spinach, squash and turnip. Pruning Do not prune shrubs in August, September, or October. Spraying Spray the following landscape shrubs for the following insect pests: arborvitae and juniper(spider mites), azalea and pyracantha (lace bug). Continue with rose spray program. Peach and nectarine trees need a trunk spray for peach tree borers at the end of August. Spray the following fall vegetables for insects: broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower (worms), squash (borers). Continue weekly sprays on bunch grapes and tree fruits. . Control the following woody weeds by spraying them with the recommended herbicide: greenbriar, kudzu, trumpet creeper and wisteria. Lawn Care Treat all lawn areas for grubs. Use the recommended insecticides. In late August, prepare the lawn areas for seeding if you plan to have a tall fescue or bluegrass lawn. Propagation Cuttings of your favorite shrubs can still be taken in August. Specific Chores If you are planning to do some fall landscape planting, be sure you have a planting plan prepared. Continue watering favorite landscape plants and your vegetable garden if dry weather persists. Begin the construction of a compost bin. Dig Irish potatoes this month.

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Alexander County 4-H

Now's the time to be thinking about becoming a 4-H member and what club best suits your interests.  Alexander County has a wide variety of special interests clubs and community clubs.  There is no cost to join 4-H and it offers kids so much.  If you would like more information on joining 4-H please call the Alexander County-NC Cooperative Extension Center at 828-632-3125.  You can also visit: http://alexander.ces.ncsu.edu/alexander-4-h-clubs-and-groups/ for a list of clubs and time and place they meet.  Join the Revolution of Responsibility!!

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Alexander Junior Livestock Show

The 2016 Alexander Junior Livestock Show will be held Saturday, August 27 at H&H Arena.  The show is open to 4-H and FFA members from the following counties:  Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Caldwell, Catawba, MORE »

Quality Hay Making Tips

Set baler pickup tines about one inch above the ground. This helps prevent contaminating the hay with dirt, which raises ash percentages and reduces digestibility. Baler wear and tear caused by picking up MORE »

4-H Mini Garden

It is time to sign up for Mini Garden. If you would like to participate in the Mini Garden Program please call the 4-H Center by Friday, April 15. Seeds will be available MORE »


4-H Summer Opportunities

Alexander 4-H Summer Opportunities Calendar is now available.  Lots of fun events have been planned and we look forward to spending the summer with your youth.  If you have any questions please call MORE »

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376 1st Avenue SW, Taylorsville, NC 28681
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8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
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Shooting Sports MeetingMon Sep 12, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM— 2 weeks away
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376 1st Avenue SW, Taylorsville, NC 28681
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376 1st Avenue SW, Taylorsville, NC 28681
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