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Welcome to the Consumer Horticulture Department, N.C. Cooperative Extension, Brunswick County Center!

Here you’ll find links to some of our most-requested topics and resource materials!

Resources for gardening in our Zone 8/Coastal Plain: 

What grows well in Brunswick County gardens:  Brunswick County Newcomer’s Packet

Or try our  North Carolina Extension Gardener Toolbox where you can search for plants, and understand their light, soil, and water needs.

For Coastal Landscapes, check out NC State Sea Grant’s Coastal Landscape Initiative Site:  NC Sea Grant-Coastal Landscapes

Click on these links for Drought Tolerant Plants and Salt Tolerant Plants

Curious about stormwater management through the use of rain gardens? See our Rain Garden Handbook for ideas, including plant selections.

Finally, come visit our educational Demonstration Garden!  for a great in-person look at what grows well in Brunswick County.

Soil Test First!

Soil testing is a must for ascertaining the appropriate pH and soil nutrients for your turf and other garden plantings:  Soil Testing Information

Lawn/Turf Information

No Cool Season Grasses here! Warm Season Turfgrass Information including maintenance calendars tailored to Brunswick County.

Integrated Pest Management

Before grabbing a chemical, it’s important to understand an integrated approach to pest management. Pest Management Basics

Read these informational fact sheets and chemical listings before applying any insecticide, fungicide, or herbicide! Pesticide Fact Sheets

All about Trees!

Pruning Crape Myrtles

NC Urban Tree Council: Tree Care Information

Trees and Storms (including Wind Resistant Trees)

Brunswick County Pruning Calendar

Selecting Tree Care Professional including links to help find certified arborists.

Native Plants and Wildlife

Recommended Native Plants for Urban Landscapes

Native Plants for Watershed Buffer Zones

NC Native Plant Society

Butterflies and Their Host Plants

Landscaping for Wildlife

Audubon Native Plants for Birds Lists

Pollinator Plant Guide for Our Region (Coastal Plain)

Other Frequently Asked-for Resources:

Palm-Cycad General Care Factsheet

Palm Disease Factsheet

Vegetable/Herb Planting Calendar

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For additional assistance and resources, feel free to give us a call at 910-253-2610.