I wish I had a dollar for every time someone asked me how to keep deer from eating landscape plants.
As the Dawson County population increases, natural areas are being replaced by homes. Homeowners soon realize nuisance deer are difficult to control in residential areas.
Proper pH of the soil is very important to plants. If the pH is low, lime may be added any time of the year.
However, since lime is slow to react, applying lime as soon as possible is important.
As I have gotten older, birthdays have become less of the big deal they were when I was younger.
Of course as a child, birthdays were eagerly anticipated and I was proud to show how many fingers old I was. The birthdays in my 20's were full of frivolous fun that included surprise parties and dinners that spanned for hours and consisted of dessert.
Winter has officially started and cold days are ahead. Despite the weather, the following are a few landscape tips to keep in mind during the winter months.
• Winter is the time to apply miscible oil sprays to kill overwintering mites, aphids and scale on deciduous trees and shrubs. Spray miscible oils when temperatures are above 40 degrees F, but not within 24 hours of a freeze. Since the oil kills insects by suffocation, avoid spraying on windy days to ensure that all surfaces of the plant are covered.
I hate to admit that over the last decade, the Christmas season has lost some of its sparkle.
Don't get me wrong, I still love and celebrate the reason for the season, but the trappings of shopping, the hectic fury of schedules and the feelings of not doing enough for everyone on my list has left me feeling more like the Grinch or Ebenezer Scrooge than someone celebrating the most magical time of the year.
In the south, we love tradition. Maybe it's because in our ever- changing world we find comfort in knowing that some things can stay the same.
Christmas is a special time of year, and I try to share with my children simple traditions I remember as a child.
I can't speak for all men, but when it comes to the men in my life, their idea of quality bonding time has involved some form of sports.
My grandfather and uncle would spend Saturdays at Georgia games; evenings were spent watching the Braves or some God-awful wrestling. This was their father-son time even though they worked more than 50 hours a week together.
Flowering and foliage plants make welcome gifts. How long they remain attractive may be directly related to the care they are given. Careful handling is also an important factor that may affect these plants.
Proper watering is critical. Large plants in small containers dry out quickly. Also, the relative humidity indoors tends to be quite low during the heating and air-conditioning seasons. Under these conditions, check plants daily.
"You're going to have to just get a thick skin," is something I have been told more times than I care to count.
"This is a rough job," one of the attorneys I worked with told me. "You will be called names, cussed at, spit on, probably even hit. You're gonna have to have a thick skin, kid."
It's hard to believe Christmas is almost here. At my house we take holidays one at a time. I try not to think about Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving. Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it's time to select a Christmas tree.
I remember as a child going with my father to find a Christmas tree on my family's farm. The selection was not great, but with luck we would find an Eastern Red Cedar tree that would pass my mother's inspection.
Two things were almost always around when I was a child: Dogs and shotguns.
Even though I am fairly certain the guns actually belonged to Pop, Granny threatened to use them more than he did, if that was possible.
As you enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, please be thankful for the American farmer.
Give thanks to the American farmer for growing most of the food we eat and material for many of the clothes we wear.
Granny has always been known for doing two things really well: Cooking and quilting.
Before arthritis completely crippled her hands, she could make the most beautiful handmade quilts ever seen. Her skills in the kitchen were even more impressive.
There have been countless books, movies and late-night infomercials geared to the topic of how to become a millionaire using other people's money. It seems like regardless of how good your business idea or invention is, bottom line, it's better to take a risk using someone else's money instead of your own.
If using other people's money is all it takes to become a millionaire, I am expecting my son Cole to be topping the Forbes 500 by the time he's 10.
November can be a lull or lively time in the garden. If the weather allows, many jobs can be done now to improve next year's garden. Some jobs can even be done indoors so weather does not have to keep you from gardening pursuits.
It bears repeating - soil test.
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It would be, I decided, a nice gesture of Southern thoughtfulness if I made a dish of my famous macaroni and cheese.
Much to her irritation, Mama was told by her insurance company she needed to get a checkup.
It is now that I have reached the age where the wiser generation, those who taught me and mentored me, are starting to take their ...
The only times I saw Granny openly cry was when my grandfather had brain surgery, when he died, and when her beloved German shepherd, Bo ...
My trusty American SUV rumbled along a rocky seldom driven road kicking up a cloud of dust that enveloped the trucks following me.
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While studying for a degree in journalism, I learned the basics of telling a good story and answering questions before they could be asked.
Remember that time you dropped a few pounds, felt really good about yourself and then you got on Instagram to take a photo and saw ...
My uncle is always nice.
The little house in which I was privileged to be raised, the same one I wrote of recently, needed its annual deep cleaning. This involves ...
Wild garlic and wild onion are two of the most frustrating cool-season weeds homeowners have to deal with here in Georgia. Both of these weeds ...
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There are two Bibles that sit, always untouched, on the fireplace mantle in our living room. They are delicate and old, yellowed pages are falling ...
This is maybe the first ever time I have not started the New Year with some grand resolution of losing at least 10 pounds.