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Dear Plant Doctor: Wc just
moved to the Sandhills of North
Carolina and the lawn of the home
wc purchased has never been taken
carc of. We need some help in de
ciding what would be the best way
to handle our front yard.
Wc moved here from Michigan
where we had a beautiful front lawn.
A good lawn fertilization program
was all that was really required for a
nice lawn up north.
Wc would like to know what
types of sod the golf courscs use in
North Carolina. People arc on them
daily and they hold up very well.
However, wc arc also considering
the use of artificial turf or white riv
Please let us know what is the
best cover for oui front yard.
Answer: Most golf courscs use
hybrid bermuda grass. This warm
season grass is easily ovcrsccdcd
with cither annual or perennial rye
grass during the fall for winter and
early spring color. Hybrid bermuda
grass is a high maintenance, finc
tcxturcd, sun-loving, turf grass that
is highly resilient to traffic and wear.
It is suitable for home use where a
high quality (and high maintenance)
lawn is desired.
Artificial turf or white stones can
be utilized but will not provide
many of the environmental and aes
thetic benefits of a living ground
Turf grass is just one of the many
ground covcrs available for your
front yard. English ivy, low growing
junipers, Asiatic jasmine and others
can be effectively utilized to provide
a living green ground covcr for your
I am sending you two publications,
Only Lawn Cover Choice
Volunteers arc being recruited In
Brunswick County in conjunction
with "Speak Up! For North Caro
lina's Abused and Neglected Chil
dren," the 1993 public awareness
and volunteer recruiting campaign
of the N.C. Guardian ad Litem pro
Guardians ad litem are trained
community volunteers appointed by
juvenile courts to represent the best
interests of children involved in
court proceedings as a result of hav
ing been abused or neglected. Vol
unteers are paired with attorney ad
vocates, ahd they work together to
ensure that children's rights and best
interests are before the court.
During 1991-92, 2,272 guardian
ad litem volunteers worked with 140
attorney advocates to serve more
than 12,257 children across North
For more information on becom
ing a guardian ad litem volunteer in
Brunswick County, call Betty Buck
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The best treatment of your front yard
is one that is environmental iy sound
and agrees with your life style, bud
get, and sense of aesthetics.
Dear Plant Doctor: 1 have two
questions I would like you to ad
dress and reply to at your conve
First, 1 have a number of dwarf
pittosporum bushes around my
house and most of them arc devel
oping barren areas at the bottom of
the plants. It seems like the tops arc
healthy but the bottoms arc becom
ing very sparse. Also the leaves on
bottom arc a very light green color
in the affected areas. All of these
plants are near the house.
My other problem is clover grow
ing in the lawn. My entire lawn is
centipede grass and it is being in
vaded by large patches of clover.
I enjoy your column and would
appreciate your comments and sug
Answer: Pittosporum (Pittospor
um spp.) is susceptible to numerous
fungal and bacterial pathogens that
would cause the symptoms you de
However, I suspect the problem
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relates to inadequate pruning anil/or
fertilization. Opening up the plant
canopy by the use of numerous thin
ning-out pruning cuts will allow bel
ter light infiltration and air move
ment. This will greatly reduce the
susceptibility of your plants to dis
Next, use a slow release fertilizer
with trace nutrient elements. Your
pittosporum problem could also be
due to a nutrient deficiency.
Nitrogen deficiency first shows up
on the lower leaves of the plant and
moves up the plant as new growth is
initiated. A soil test in the pittospo
rum beds is also highly recommend
Large patches of clover in a cen
tipede grass lawn signal a potential
problem. Centipede grass prefers a
slighdy acid soil reaction whereas
most clovers prefer soils with a
greater tendency toward alkalinity.
In other words, you may have ap
plied too much limestone to your
yard or the soil is naturally loo alka
line for optimum ccntipcdc gras
growth. Please take a soil sample.
Clover is a wonderful cool season
legume lhat fixes nitrogen in a form
that can be used for plant growth.
Clover will go dormant or disappear
in this area as soon as the weather
heats up. Use cultural practices
(such as mowing and proper turf
grass fertilization) to control clover.
The last resort should be herbi
cides. Clover can be easily killed
with several common turf grass her
bicides which include Ortho
Chickwecd and Clover Control
(mecoprop) or Banvcl (dicambd).
Send your comments and ques
tions to The Plant Doctor. P.O. Box
109. Bolivia. N.C. 28422.
Trie Brunswick County Literacy
Council is spnsoring a tutor training
workshop at its office in Supply.
The 12-hour workshop will pre
pare students to use the phonics
based Laubach method with an adult
It is scheduled for Friday, April
23, from 6-9:30 p.m. and on Sat
urday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. It will be led by Rich Dixon of
The literacy council currcnUy has
a wailing list of adult students
throughout Brunswick County, so
tutors arc needed in most areas.
There are also programs allowing
volunteers to work in the elemen
tary, middle and high schools.
To prc-rcgistcr, or for more infor
mation, call the office at 754
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Speech Contest Winners
Shallotte Middle School students Heather Heavener (left) and
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Islands. The subject was "/ Can Make A Difference." Pruitt spoke
about how he can make a difference in the future as a teacher.
Heavener talked about how she can make a difference by helping
classmates as a tutor, picking up litter around the school and
teaching others about the effects of smoking. Both advanced to
zone competition to be held April 21 in Whiteville.
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