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Plants in Flower: Crabapple, Carolina Silverbell, Dogwood, Redbud, Flowering Cherry, viburnum, Pearlbush, Lilac, Carolina Rhododendron, Sweet Shrub, Piedmont Azalea, Banks Rose, Exbury Azalea, Spirea, Pieris, Evergreen Azaleas, Kerria (Easter Rose), Drooping Leucothoe, Weigela, Wisteria, Periwinkle, Ajuga, Candytuft, Violets, Columbine, Trillium, Flags (Dwarf Iris), Bloodroot, Bleeding Heart, Jack-In-The-Pulpit, Anemone and Siberian Sqill Fertilizing Fertilize shrubs if not done in March. Once you can determine whether your fruit trees have any fruit, you can decide how much fertilizer to give them. Planting Many gardeners prefer to transplant azaleas in April so they can group the plants according to their flower color. The following vegetables can be planted this month: beets, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, Swiss chard,broccoli, cauliflower, onion, and potatoes. Pruning Prune spring-flowering plants like azalea, lilac, forsythia, spirea, and weigela after the flowers fade. Prune berry producing shrubs like holly and pyracantha while in flower to prevent complete removal of all of this season’s berries. If needed, trim spring flowering trees like Bradford pear, flowering cherry and redbud. Cut out any winter damage that may have occurred this year. Spraying Spray the following landscape shrubs for the following insect pests: azalea-lace bug, boxwood-leaf miner, euonymus-scale, hemlock and juniper-spruce mites and hybrid rhododendron-borer. Spray iris beds for iris borers. Spray broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower for worms if needed. Spray your squash plants near the base of the stem to control squash borer. Continue through June 1 and use only the recommended insecticide. Begin weekly tree fruit sprays after flower petals fall. Start a fungicide spray program for your bunch grapes this month. Follow with weekly sprays. Continue with rose spray program. Scout or observe your landscape plants before spraying. Pests may not be present. Lawn Care Maintain mowing height of fescue and bluegrass at 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches. Do NOT fertilize. Propagation This is a good time to layer new plants by lowering a branch of your favorite shrubs and covering it with soil and a stone. Specific Chores Visit your local garden centers and nurseries to see what plants and products are available. Mulch all of your landscape plants as needed. Pine needles, cypress mulch and pine bark are good mulches. Prepare labels for all new plants and keep records on how well they perform.

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April

April Garden
Calendar

Plants in Flower: Crabapple, Carolina Silverbell, Dogwood, Redbud, Flowering Cherry, viburnum, Pearlbush, Lilac, Carolina Rhododendron, Sweet Shrub, Piedmont Azalea, Banks Rose, Exbury Azalea, Spirea, Pieris, Evergreen Azaleas, Kerria (Easter Rose), Drooping Leucothoe, Weigela, Wisteria, Periwinkle, Ajuga, Candytuft, Violets, Columbine, Trillium, Flags (Dwarf Iris), Bloodroot, Bleeding Heart, Jack-In-The-Pulpit, Anemone and Siberian Sqill Fertilizing Fertilize shrubs if not done in March. Once you can determine whether your fruit trees have any fruit, you can decide how much fertilizer to give them. Planting Many gardeners prefer to transplant azaleas in April so they can group the plants according to their flower color. The following vegetables can be planted this month: beets, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, Swiss chard,broccoli, cauliflower, onion, and potatoes. Pruning Prune spring-flowering plants like azalea, lilac, forsythia, spirea, and weigela after the flowers fade. Prune berry producing shrubs like holly and pyracantha while in flower to prevent complete removal of all of this season’s berries. If needed, trim spring flowering trees like Bradford pear, flowering cherry and redbud. Cut out any winter damage that may have occurred this year. Spraying Spray the following landscape shrubs for the following insect pests: azalea-lace bug, boxwood-leaf miner, euonymus-scale, hemlock and juniper-spruce mites and hybrid rhododendron-borer. Spray iris beds for iris borers. Spray broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower for worms if needed. Spray your squash plants near the base of the stem to control squash borer. Continue through June 1 and use only the recommended insecticide. Begin weekly tree fruit sprays after flower petals fall. Start a fungicide spray program for your bunch grapes this month. Follow with weekly sprays. Continue with rose spray program. Scout or observe your landscape plants before spraying. Pests may not be present. Lawn Care Maintain mowing height of fescue and bluegrass at 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches. Do NOT fertilize. Propagation This is a good time to layer new plants by lowering a branch of your favorite shrubs and covering it with soil and a stone. Specific Chores Visit your local garden centers and nurseries to see what plants and products are available. Mulch all of your landscape plants as needed. Pine needles, cypress mulch and pine bark are good mulches. Prepare labels for all new plants and keep records on how well they perform.

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Alexander County Extension Center has Facebook.....stay up-to-date on different events taking place and what your local Extension Center is doing in Alexander County. "Like Us" and "Share" us with your friends so they can get to know what is Extension has to offer.

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Solar panels

Solar Energy Property
Tax Resources

With a surge in solar power installations across North Carolina, Extension specialists have developed materials to address questions about tax implications, land appraisal and more. Solar Generation Property Taxation Solar and Wind Energy Development Opportunities: Tax Implications

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Food Processing and Manufacturing Initiative

Food Processing and
Manufacturing Initiative

NC food processing and manufacturing initiative feasiblity study released The agricultural resources, industrial capacity and research innovation assets present in North Carolina create opportunities to catalyze development of value-added food processing and manufacturing businesses, according to a joint NC State-NCDA&CS economic feasibity study released Jan. 12. One page summary of the Initiative View the Full Report

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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 »

SummerCamp

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 »

A New 4-H Horse Club

We are excited to announce that we are offering a new horse club for 4-H’ers. Denise Vick, of Alexander County, has opened up her equine facility for 4-H’ers who have an interest in MORE »

Commissioner’s Choice Awards

The Alexander County Commissioners, and North Carolina Cooperative Extension would like to recognize individual volunteers, organizations, communities, etc. for their hard work.  This can include, but is not limited to, school classroom volunteers, MORE »

Plant Sale

Now is the time to order fruit trees and other fruit plants.  We are offering a variety of small fruit plants and trees this year. Blueberries – Tifblue, Powder Blue, Premier, Climax Strawberries MORE »

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Livestock Club MeetingMon May 2, 2016 Today
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
376 1st Avenue SW, Taylorsville, NC 28681
— 2 hours away
Shooting Sports MeetingMon May 9, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM— 1 week away
Alexander Beekeepers MeetingMon May 9, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Where:
376 1st Avenue SW, Taylorsville, NC 28681
— 1 week away
Cornerstone CloversMon May 16, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
376 1st Avenue SW, Taylorsville, NC 28681
— 2 weeks away
Livestock Club MeetingMon Jun 6, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
376 1st Avenue SW, Taylorsville, NC 28681
— 1 month away
Shooting Sports MeetingMon Jun 13, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM— 1 month away
Alexander Beekeepers MeetingMon Jun 13, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Where:
376 1st Avenue SW, Taylorsville, NC 28681
— 1 month away
Cornerstone CloversMon Jun 20, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
376 1st Avenue SW, Taylorsville, NC 28681
— 2 months away
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