Late summer and early fall is the time when you will begin to notice trees containing unsightly, light-grey webs. These webs often contain the fall webworm, a perennial pest of several trees all across North America.
Fall webworms have been observed feeding on more than 85 species of trees in the U.S., according to UGA Extension Horticulturist Bob Westerfield.
It seems like everything lately is focused on teams and it's not about upcoming SEC play either. Work has become team-based as well, and I am not quite sure how I feel about that.
My first experience working with a team of any sort was in college.
Tall fescue is one of the most popular turf-type grasses in north Georgia. People love tall fescue for its dark green color in fall and spring. It is also easy to plant by seed, making it popular with DIY, or do-it-yourself, homeowners.
Because it is a cool-season grass, meaning it prefers the cooler temperatures of fall and spring, it often becomes thin during the summer. Don't be alarmed. This is the grass's natural method of protecting itself during the hot summer months.
There has been a great debate in my house recently. It does not involve anything political but something much more profound. Who would win in a showdown - Clint Eastwood or Chuck Norris.
"Chuck Norris rules," was my answer.
Each plant in the landscape has a particular purpose or growth habit that dictates specific pruning requirements.
Often we prune to direct the growth or train plants into a certain form or to fit within a certain space, such as a formal hedge.
"I am so glad I am not a woman," one of my guy friends commented recently. "You have to 'heehee' and 'ooo' over each other. All y'all do is talk all the time. That's what's wrong with all of y'all."
True, women talk. Some of the things we talk about are not necessarily that important and most men would deem it gossip.
I have received many calls to the office from people wanting to control landscape and insect pests without the use of conventional pesticides. There are some options available for those opting to use less harsh chemicals. Many of the pest insects we find in our landscapes and gardens can be controlled with one of three environmentally-friendly products - Horticultural Oils, Insecticidal Soaps and Bt Products.
Horticultural oil is especially formulated for use on plants. It is a petroleum-based oil with an emulsifier added that allows it to mix with water. It kills scales, mites, aphids, whiteflies and other soft-bodied pests that ...
Mama has always been persnickety about her things. It just goes along with her O.C.D. So when she told me one evening her things in her bedroom were out of place, I knew to be worried.
"Has anyone been in your house?" I asked.
Trees provide great benefits to our home landscapes. They provide shade, help retain soils and add visual interest. It is important that we take care of our trees. Many of the things we do for our other plants in the landscape may provide benefits to our trees at the same time, such as watering, fertilizing and aerating. However, some maintenance practices may unintentionally damage our trees.
Improper mulching may do more harm than good for our trees.
I'll admit that I am a pack rat.
I am scared to pieces that the minute I throw something away, I will need it.
The quality of our water can have a direct and persistent effect on our health.
The EPA sets standards that public water sources routinely be checked. This is not the case with private water supplies, such as a well. Having your well water tested once a year serves as a good precaution and will keep you aware of any contamination.
They say everyone has a twin. Some people have more than one person they look like. Apparently, I have quite a few.
When I was younger and insisted on blunt heavy bangs, I was told on numerous occasions I looked just like Shannen Doherty. Or anyone who grew up in the '90's may remember her as the much-hated Brenda Walsh from "Beverly Hills, 90210."
While at the bank recently, I got in a conversation with a man and the bank manager. Our talk turned to how other parts of the country are so vastly different than the south.
"I went to California a while back," the manager said. "Beautiful state, had such wonderful fresh produce. But not the first bit of it was fried."
One of the best parts of growing tomato plants is the feeling of seeing your first fruit setting on the vines.
Unfortunately, many folks have experienced the frustration of discovering dark, sunken lesions on the bottom of their tomato fruit. This is a nutritional disorder called 'blossom-end rot.'
There comes a time in every parent's life, where you have to share one of your personal brutal life experiences with your child.
Sometimes, it's an experience that is hard, painful even, to talk about.
As the road twisted and turned while rising up through the elevation of the tree-smothered mountain, I slowed the car and looked at the place ...
"You need to clean your room."
Maxine, whom I've known and admired for many years, is my kind of Southern woman. She's exceedingly feminine, gracious, charming and tough as ...
In my early travels outside of the South, I was astounded to discover that people had never heard of kudzu. After all, Southerners have been ...
Somewhere tucked in the confines of my office are some old family photo albums.
Technology can be great.
I am going to admit something not too pretty here: I have a hard time with forgiveness.
The wildlife here ranges from sketchy looking squirrels, to bears to deer that are almost as domesticated as dogs.
We were cleaning up the dishes from Sunday dinner when Rodney called me into the living room where he was watching TV.
"He's a little boy," is the logic my husband gives me for just about everything our child does.
As best I can recall - and I've been thinking hard about this - I have only written one fan letter in my life.
The other day an email arrived from a Korean War veteran who started off by saying, "I suppose someone else will get this, add me ...
My favorite season is fall. In fact, I wish it could be fall all year.
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