Inspect Plants Before Buying and Planting

— Written By Bill Hanlin and last updated by JoAnne Gryder
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Spring is rapidly approaching and many of us are thinking about what plants to put in the inspecting plants 2landscape. The type of plants to choose from can be endless and can either be ordered or purchased locally. Before you put the plants in the ground, it is best to inspect them for potential problems.

Trees, shrubs, and even vegetable plants, may be infested with insect or disease problems before they are sold. If you are purchasing plants locally, carefully look over the entire plant. Some times the pest can be extremely small, like mite infestations. If the plant is discolored or has unusual leaf spots, you may want to look for another plant.

If you order plants, examine the contents of the package as soon as it arrives. Plants may dry out or plant parts may be broken during shipment. If the plants do not meet your satisfaction, contact the company the plants were ordered from.

You can lower your potential for bringing in problems by buying from a reputable nursery or garden shop. These businesses take pride in offering a quality product and will make things right if a problem occurs shortly after sale of the plant.

Extension Plant Sale. The Wilkes Extension Service is having its annual plant sale from now until March 18th. As in the past, we will be offering blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. For the first time we will be offering an assortment of culinary herbs such as thyme, oregano and rosemary.

Order forms are available at the Wilkes Extension office. You can also go to the Extension website at https://wilkes.ces.ncsu.edu/ or our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wilkesces/ to download an order form. Please call us at 336 651-7330 if you have any further questions.