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General Resources:

NC State Extension Gardener Handbook

NC State Extension for Lawn and Garden Publications

Field Guide to Southern Piedmont Area

NC State Extension Gardening Portal

Pesticides and Pesticide Safety

NC State Extension Plant Database

Cooperative Extension Search

Homeowner’s Product Guide to Managing Diseases

Diseases & Disorders

Garden Tool Guide

How to Become a Beekeeper in North Carolina

Youth, Community, & Therapeutic Gardening

Soil Section:

Soil Testing for Lawns and Garden Form

Soil sample guidelines for homeowners

A gardener’s guide to soil testing

Raised Bed Vegetable Garden? Do you need a Soil test or Soilless Media Test?

Find your soil test report

NCDA&CS Current Estimated Time for Processing Samples

Understanding your soil test report

How to take a Proper Soil Sample (video)

Frequently Asked Questions about soil test and fertilizer

Lawn Section:

What to Type of Lawn to Plant

Organic Lawn Care – A Guide to Organic Lawn Maintenance & Pest Management

Information on Weeds

How to Care for Warm Season Grasses

How to Care for Cool Season Grasses

Establishing a New Lawn?

Caring for a New Lawn

Maintaining an Established Lawn

Renovating a Lawn

Lawn Alternatives

A complete guide for lawn care in North Carolina; Carolina Lawns

North Carolina Sod Producers

Selecting & Managing Lawn Grasses for Shade

Fruit Trees & Small Fruit:





Japanese Persimmon





Eastern North Carolina Planting Calendar for Annual Vegetables, Fruits, & Herbs

Guide for Small Fruit in Home Landscapes 

Native Plants Section:

Wildlife Friendly Landscapes

Plants Grown in Containers

Landscape Section:

Plan Before you plant

Basic Steps for Home Landscaping

Landscape Design

Permaculture Design

Checklist Landscape Uses

Checklist Developing Use Areas

Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants

Fire Resistant Landscaping in North Carolina

Shrub Section:

Database on Shrubs

 Pruning, Mulching, and Fertilizing Trees & Shrubs

Landscape Pests:

Moles and Voles

Resources from:

 NC State Master Gardener Program Youtube Channel

This video is part of a continuing educational series:

 Glyphosate: Can we separate fact and fiction? And, how do we control weeds without it?