After the recent rains, you may have noticed an increase in the number of fire ant mounds in your lawn. The reason for increased fire ant activities is simple; fire ants like to work in warm soil that is not super hard and compact. For a few days after rain, even heavy clay soil is "soft" and much easier for fire ants to build mounds.
The feel of fall is in the air and some trees are showing off outstanding colors.
About the time I conquered use of the 12-inch ruler, a teacher one day produced a stick that was slightly larger than a yardstick and told us that one day we would measure everything in meters and centimeters.
Fall is a time when most plants go dormant and a good time for the homeowner to help protect plants from the cold days ahead.
Just as with any occupation, the work week of a journalist has its ups and downs.
MOULTRIE - Being a farmer was always one of those jobs that I thought about as a little boy. It fell in somewhere in the mix of cowboy, policeman, fireman and doctor.
The last thing we need is a new nuisance insect, but we now have (megacopta cribraria), commonly referred to as the "kudzu bug."
I have struggled at times with what I want them to do with my body after I breathe my last.
It's becoming as common as falling leaves in the fall and flowers in the spring. What I am referring to is homes invaded by lady beetles. In recent years, I have had countless phone calls from homeowners with thousands of lady beetles on the outside walls and in many cases inside the house.
Like some of you, I grew up in the era when tests at school were prepared on mimeograph machines that utilized a lovely-smelling purple ink.
I was barely three months old when the first episode of "The Andy Griffith Show" premiered on CBS, so I probably slept through the first one.
October is the busiest month of the year in the landscape. It signals the ideal time for planting and transplanting woody ornamentals and herbaceous perennials. It's also time to plant fescue turfgrass, winter ryegrass, bulbs and pansies and to apply pre-emergence herbicides for winter weed control.
About this time every year I receive questions related to when and how to harvest pumpkins and winter squash.
As a teenager, I attempted from time to time to perform assorted mechanical functions on my own car.
In the next few weeks there will be a morning that is my favorite every year.
If I am being honest, there's more times than I count that things don't go my way.
It seems like summer is slowly beginning to turn to fall. Some vegetable gardens may still be producing well, but others are beginning to wind down for the season. For those of us whose gardens have given up, consider planting a cover crop this fall to improve your vegetable garden next summer.
September is not only the full-fledged beginning of the new school year, it is also start-up time for organization activities that have filled many planning hours during the "dormant" days of July and August.
According to Mama, I am not a grown up yet. I do not have a full appreciation of country music and until I do, I cannot be deemed a grown up.
I am not sure what started the discussion but I was in trouble - big, big trouble.
Part of the joys of homeschooling is seeing my child's face light up during our discussions, the animated way he gets excited and can sit and talk about certain subjects for 45 minutes - which he said he didn't have the opportunity to do before. The heartbreak is hearing my child's fears of failure.
In college statistics, I realized the Evan Esar's quote that "statistics is the science of producing unreliable facts from reliable figures" was true. They taught my class how to go to extremes with the science of figures. The point was to understand that everything has a counter point.
When you live in a small town, people know you. When you have the privilege of living in a small town in the mountains, people know your dogs, too.
I never thought I would be one to homeschool my child.
Not many people nowadays are familiar with whole milk, in which the richest part does indeed rise to the top of the container.
Marriage has got some pretty bad statistics associated with it. I read something that said the divorce rate percentages were now closer to 60/40 split instead of 50/50.
Have you noticed trees containing unsightly, light-grey webs towards the ends of their branches? These webs contain the fall webworm, a perennial pest of several trees all across North America.
"You lied to me," Cole announced with all seriousness one day.
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