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 plants. 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 your home. THE PLANT DOCTOR C. BRUCE WILLIAMS Extension Area Turf Specialist r\ * ) The dogwood (Corn lis florida) is an excellent small flowering tree, but can be easily killed if planted MX) deep. 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 soulangiana). 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 trouble. 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 the problem. 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 not known. 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 Note 79. 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. CLUB BRIEFS 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 spokesman. 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 Mil p. 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 nursing scholarship. 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. Seniors Meet 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 information. 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 Town Hall. 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 boating. 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 County. 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. 28459. Members Renew 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 January. The auxiliarists' next meeting is Tuesday, March 10, at 1 p.m. at the new post home on Sabbath Home Road. Disabled Veterans 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 4364. BIG NEWS!! 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