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)

Fact Sheets

Link to Landscape, Garden & Indoor Plants Fact SheetsLandscape, Garden
& Indoor Plants

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& Other Problems

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Close up of leaves infected by Pecan phylloxera (Phylloxera devastatrix).Featured  Publication - Gardening
Southern Pecan Leaf Phylloxera – Warty-like bumps on pecan leaves can start popping up in May. Resembling chickenpox, these bumps are a result of a tiny aphid-like insect feeding on the foliage of the pecan ... (continue)


Turf grass should be irrigated when it shows signs of moisture stress.Seasonal Garden Tips
Conservative Turfgrass Irrigation – 
Turfgrass irrigation, along with mowing and fertilizing, is one of the basic management tools we implement when entrusted to the care of turf. Although the application of water ... (continue)

Hamburgers and HotdogsFeatured Publication - Food & Nutrition
Food Safety Answers for College Students - Food safety is probably the last thing kids heading off to college are thinking about but it can be important. Many kids have no idea how to safely cook, store and re-heat foods. If you or your kid is moving away from home for the first time the following basics of food safety is worth a quick read. ... (continue)

Watermelon, Tasty and HealthyFood Safety & Nutrition News
Watermelon –Summertime is in full swing and that means the grocery store is colorful with fresh fruits and vegetables. Produce is at the most vibrant and tasty and that can provide the perfect opportunity ... (continue)

Cover Crop Basics - OnlineUpcoming Events
Cover Crop Basics ONLINE Course – Cover Cropping is an important part of Sustainable Farming, even in the backyard garden. Clemson Extension Agents Millie Davenport and George Dickert are offering an ONLINE ... (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. You 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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