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GREEN AND GROWING

Help! I’ve Got Ants

  GREEN AND GROWING This may not be a bad thing. Ants are both predators and prey. They eat the eggs of many insect pests and serve as food for birds, lizards, and other beneficial critters. Their tunnels aerate the soil as much as earthworms and allow water and...

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Cankerworm Wars: Stand Down

    GREEN AND GROWING I am declaring victory in the ongoing war against the fall cankerworm. Residents of Mecklenburg county have fought this arboreal pest for twenty-five years. It seems that we can now rest until a new   infestation arrives. This April marks the...

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Starry, Starry Lawns

    GREEN AND GROWING There was time, before chemical lawn treatments became the norm, when lawns throughout North Carolina were decorated with white to dark blue flowers. They belong to the Spring star flower, ipheion uniflorum. Our predecessors planted these small...

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Spring is Here!

    GREEN AND GROWING Spring is here. The weather, the flowers, the birds, and above all, the itchy feeling in the palms of gardeners’ hands tells us so, regardless of the date of the equinox or last frost. This winter’s persistent rain has forced most gardeners to...

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The Davidson College Arboretum: A Time Line

    GREEN AND GROWING 1869 – Early fathers of Davidson College envisioned that the campus would be a place to preserve local trees and woody plants. In June 1869, the Report of the Faculty to the Board of Trustees proposed “to make the Campus in its contents...

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