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Can A Septic Tank Ruin Shrubs ? ^
Dear Plant Doctor: Please ad
vise me as to what type of tree and
shrubbery would do well in a area
where my septic tank lines run
I would like a tree that docs not
have a large root system, but that is
also very attractive as it is easily seen
from the road view of my home.
Last I worked the ground between
the lines and planted a white dog
wood with a/alcas around it. The
dogwood and several of the azaleas
died later in the year.
I am not sure if the septic lines
were the problem or if there was an
other reason for the death of these
Please suggest several types of at
tractive trees or shrubs that would
do well in this situation.
Answer: A properly functioning
septic lank and leach field should
not cause any problems for vegeta
tion. However, if the leach field is
saturated, you could have a perched
water table that would adversely af
fect plant growth
The plants for your landscape
should be chosen on the basis of
many factors, some of which in
clude your (or family) needs, plant
hardiness, required cultural practiccs
and design criteria (form, color and
texture of plant material).
One of the few points landscape
architects and landscape designers
will agree on is the fact that the pri
mary focal point of a home land
scape should be the home (or specif
ically the front entrance).
Everything you do to your land
scape should complement and not
compete with the architecture of
The dogwood (Corn lis florida) is
an excellent small flowering tree,
but can be easily killed if planted
Some other small flowering trees
that you may want to consider in
clude the Eastern Rcdbud (Cercis
canadensis), Kousa Dogwood ( Cor -
nus kousa), the Franklin tree
(Franklinia alaiamuha), Golden -
Chain tree ( Laburnum anagyroides)
or the Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia
All of these plants do well in the
coastal Carol inas.
Use raised beds with plenty of
well-composted organic matter for
your azaleas. Good luck.
Dear Plant Doctor: I have been
living in Faycttcvillc for about six
and a half years and have learned to
carc for my ccnlipedc grass.
However, I have encountered some
thing this year that has me bafTlcd.
There were a lot of ants in my
lawn for the previous three years
and I used Dtazinon twice a year to
control them. This year earth from
around the centipede grass roots
seemed to bubble up. No amount of
Diazinon or malalhion seemed to
dcicr whatever insect is causing the
It is not moles, nor is it anLs.
This pest causes little mounds
which arc about one inch in diame
ter with a height of about one-half
inch. They arc scattered throughout
a lawn that was previously healthy.
I've talked to a number of people,
but none of them knows what is
causing the problem. Someone sug
gested that a mole cricket might be
What remedial action can 1 take
to control this problem?
Answer: The first step is to posi
tively identify the problem. Don't
ever use pesticides when the pest is
Contact Nathan Williams at the
Cumberland County N.C. Coope
rative Extension Service office (91(>
484-7156) and he can help you
make a positive diagnosis.
Dr. Rick Brandenburg has recent
ly published an excellent publication
on diagnosing insect problems in
turf called "Insect Management In
Turf -AG447. Just in case you
problem docs turn out to be mole
crickets, I am also sending you
"Mole Crickets In Turf' -Inscct
Send your gardening questions to
The Plant Doctor. P.O. Box 109.
Bolivia. N.C. 2X422. Please enclose
a SASE if you arc requesting a reply.
S~* l ? l L I~lf A. I Tl
LU/UUUMI C?KS MWUfU IflftJt?
Scholarships At West High
Three West Brunswick High
School seniors are receiving aca
demic scholarships from Calabash
Elks Lodge No. 2679 this year, ac
cording to John F. Ziefel, club
Recipients are Jessica Rae Robin
son of Route 1 , Supply; Tcrrcncc M.
Nawara of Calabash; and Jennifer
Vcrecn of Route 3, Shallotte.
Miss Robinson has earned a 3.11
grade point average (GPA) and will
receive a S1,5(X) academic scholar
Nawara, who has maintained a
4.0 GPA, or all As, will receive a
SI, 250 academic scholarship.
In a first-time award by the lodge.
Miss Vercen will receive a S500
Ziefel said all three recipients
were highly recommcndcd to the
club and arc involved in numerous
school and church activities.
Sandy Howard was chairman of
the scholarship committee, serving
with A1 Wright and Jim Mahony.
A covered dish luncheon will be
featured at the next meeting of the
Town Creek Senior Citizens Club,
set Thursday, March 5, at noon at
Town Creek Township Park.
The Southport 55 And Over Club
will join the group for lunch and a
brief business meeting, and mem
bers are asked to bring breakfast ce
reals to donate to VIC.
Call Marie Young, 253-6839, for
Riverboating Was Topic
"Riverboating" was the subject of
a program presented by Bonita Dale
Brown of Curric at the Feb. 10
meeting of the Brunswick County
Historical Society at the Leland
A native of Wilmington, Mrs.
Brown now makes her home near
Moore's Creek and the Black River,
where she became interested in resi
dents' tales of ancestors who
worked on boats delivering supplies
to early settlers. She has searched
available records on approximately
100 steamboats that plied the waters
of Black River and the Cape Fear
River, and has identified 115 known
rivcrboat landings between Eliza
bethtown and Wilmington, reported
society member Johnsic Holdcn.
Mrs. Brown displayed a sizeable
collection of photographs of these
side-wheelers, stern-wheelers, log
rafts and riverside landings as she
discussed the hazards of early river
The Brunswick County Historical
Society meets quarterly, publishes a
regular newsletter and supports the
Lacs! History /Gcnen'.ogy section of
the Brunswick Community College
Library. Its purpose is to collect,
preserve, study, evaluate and publi
cize the history of Brunswick
Memberships are S10, annual;
S20, sustaining; and S100, life. Dues
arc payable each January to the soci
ety at P. O. Box 874, Shallottc, N.C.
The Ladies Auxiliary of Holdcn
Beach VFW Post No. 8866 received
a certificate at the recent district
meeting in Lcland for attaining 100
percent membership renewal in
The auxiliarists' next meeting is
Tuesday, March 10, at 1 p.m. at the
new post home on Sabbath Home
To Sell Barbecue
Saturday Feb. 28
Cape Fear Chapter No. 78 of Dis
abled American Veterans will sell
pork barbecue dinners Saturday,
Feb. 28, at chapter headquarters on
Rhctt Street in Southport.
Commander A1 Hancock said
plates selling for S4 each will in
clude hush puppies, cole slaw, baked
beans and dessert. The sale starts at
1 1 a.m.
The ladies auxiliary will hold a
yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in
conjunction with the barbecue sale.
The DAV will provide free deliv
ery for five or more orders of barbe
cue. For delivery, call 919-457
In the coming weeks, look for your
occupation on our discount coupons!
different occupational coupon will
appear each week One coupon per
person, per week can be used
storewide-on total purchase!
Feb. 19-25. 1992
"We fit your lifestyle"
Ladies' Apparel. Accessories. Jewelry. Gifts
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STAFF PHOTO BY SUSAN USHER
Essays Were Tops
Shallotte Middle School eighth graders Chad Smith and I m toy a Fullwood accept $50 sa\ings bonds
from Calabash Elks lj)dge 2679, presented by Harry Vincent, esteemed leading knight (right) as As
sistant Principal William Detrie ( background ) looks on. The two won first- and second-place respec
tively in an essay contest on the U.S. Bill of Rights. Serving on the selection committee were Charlie
Mahony, chairman, Casey Anderson and Hans Buff.
We Reserve The Right
To Limit Quantities.
Limit 3 per customer.
Frozen Grade A
4-7 Lbs. Average
2 Liter - Diet Coke, Sprite, Diet
1 6 Oz. - Post
Prices in this ad good Wednesday, February 19 thru
Tuesday, February 25, 1992.