It is important to know about ticks for several reasons. They can carry Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and may cause further infection if their mouthparts break off when the ticks are removed.
The three species of ticks throughout Georgia that commonly feed on humans are the lone star tick, American dog tick and black-legged tick.
Summer is a busy time in the garden.
Following are a few tips to keep in mind:
The first day of this year's Dawson County Produce Market was a great success.
Seven local farmers and gardeners sold a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.
While most of us are familiar with common poisonous plants that cause dermatitis (skin irritations) such as poison ivy or poison oak, we fail to recognize common ornamental plants in the landscape that may cause internal poisoning when ingested.
Although most adults would not intentionally eat the leaves or fruit of ornamental plants in the landscape, young children or pets sometimes do.
Once again the Dawson County Extension will host a produce market in Dawsonville.
This is the ninth year for the market. Last year it was a great success with farmers, as well as gardeners, selling locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Every year about this time I receive calls related to how to grow daylilies.
Daylilies can be grown successfully in all areas of Georgia. They are frequently seen growing under adverse conditions. However, this does not mean that they thrive on neglect. Those who specialize in growing daylilies are aware that nice foliage, quality flower, and repeat blooming are dependent on proper culture.
The recent rain was great, but with high temperatures we may soon be back in drought conditions. You cannot completely "drought-proof" your landscape, however, steps can be taken to help plants survive periods of limited rainfall. The most obvious way is to select and grow plants known to have a high degree of drought tolerance. There are also a number of cultural/management practices that will help conserve moisture in the soil and minimize the amount of water-demanding new growth.
First, make certain plants have a generous supply of mulch over their root system. Three to five inches of mulch ...
With reducing pesticides on our gardens comes the question: "What can I do to control insects and diseases without pesticides?"
Over the past 30 years the No. 1 question I have been asked is: "What killed my plant?"
Every spring I receive a large number of phone calls related to controlling mosquitoes around the home. Mosquitoes not only interfere with leisure time, but some species are able to transmit diseases.
Most cases of rabies are confirmed in North Georgia. This should be a wake-up call for all residents. Rabies is a deadly disease that can be transmitted to humans. Cases are mostly found in wildlife such as raccoons; however, a family pet such as a dog or cat can also have and transmit rabies.
We know that landscaping adds beauty and gardening can provide great vegetables. However, the work you do with your landscape and garden can be much more rewarding.
The hills will soon be alive with the sounds of lawn mowers. Since the 1950's homeowners have made lawns a key part of most landscapes.
With the arrival of spring comes the strong urge to renovate or add to the landscape in our yards.
Most old home places in the south have at least one black walnut tree. The black walnut is a wonderful tree except one thing: The roots of black walnut trees produce a substance known as juglone.
I am usually aware of the title of a book I am reading because I think that the author intends for it to be significant ...
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.
My chiropractor, like many doctors, often adds a new piece of reading material for waiting clients, usually in the form of a page of inspirational ...
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.