Home & Garden Information Center

The Home & Garden Information Center (HGIC) provides research-based information on landscaping, gardening, plant health, household pests, food safety & preservation, and nutrition, physical activity & health. 1-888-656-9988 (SC residents only, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, M - F)

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Boxwood blight leaf browning.Boxwood Blight: Be careful when using boxwood holiday greenery in your home and landscape - You can help prevent the introduction of the destructive boxwood blight by taking some important steps this holiday season ... (continue)

The ever-popular Italian cheese, mozzarella.Home Cheese Making: Mozzarella - The creation of cheese came from the very basic need of early humans to save and use milk. Cheese making has evolved to span ... (continue)

Root pruning is a technique used to reduce transplant shock.Rearrange Your Garden by Transplanting Trees & Shrubs This Winter - December is a great time to transplant trees and shrubs, for several reasons; cooler temperatures and ample rainfall coupled with dormant plants ... (continue)

Leyland Cypress planted as a monoculture screen along a roadway.Mixed Screens - In the landscape, trees and shrubs are often used to create buffers and screens. On occasion, both may be used to frame a desirable view as well. Many plant species ... (continue)

Limit the amount of desserts that you eat and only indulge in ones that are not available at other times of the year.Control Holiday Weight Gain - The two-month long “sweet season” begins with leftover Halloween candy and winds down with pumpkin and pecan pie, eggnog, fruitcake and candy. Bite by bite the ounces ... (continue)

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Master Gardener Training Course 2018: Anderson/Oconee/Pickens Counties - OPEN REGISTRATION - The class will meet each Monday, January 22 through May 14, 2018, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the main conference room of the SC Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Office. ... (continue)

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The HGIC staff of horticulture Extension agents and food safety specialists are available to answer questions via their toll-free number, 1-888-656-9988 (South Carolina residents only), between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. South Carolina residents can also email HGIC@clemson.edu for questions answered by our agents. Please include in which county you live, for us to better answer your questions. Non-residents of South Carolina can locate their local County Extension Office here.

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