The calendar said "Spring Begins," and on March 20, we could believe it. There was bright sun, yellow jonquils dotting lawns and roadsides, trees and shrubs showing hints of budding. After a long winter, filled with weather disasters around the world, we are ready for spring and the new hopes it always brings.
When it comes to snow, I have passed the point that I want to go out and play.
Signs of spring are already present throughout Georgia and gardeners are once again feeling the urge to dig in the dirt.
This column is like preaching to the choir about attending Sunday worship services.
During the past few nice weather days, your thoughts may have been on planting. Buying landscape plants can be confusing. Most garden centers offer about any size, color and shape of landscape plants. But which plant is right for your own landscape?
I was in fifth grade when the announcement was made that a meeting of the 4-H Club was being held that day.
We've got a gang problem in my neighborhood.
It's been a long cold winter and it is far from over.
I have visited 157 of the 159 counties in Georgia. They all have a courthouse.
I have forgotten the name of the sage who wrote: "Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: It might have been."
Herbs are great for the novice gardener. They grow quickly, and most can tolerate a range of soil conditions.
During winter months, many homeowners try to overwinter potted plants inside. Others enjoy inside plants year round, but there can be problems.
I am a fan of the eternal optimist. The person who sees the glass half full, rather than half empty.
Since I can't think of anything to write about, the following are a few tips to keep in mind as you work in your lawn or garden during the cold days of February.
I'm not against Valentine's Day or any of those other commercially-oriented observances on the calendar. I just think we should show our love and appreciation on an ongoing basis.
My scales broke.
I am starting to think Julia Sugarbaker was right. This is the South, and we don't ask if you've got crazy folks in your family, we ask which side are they on.
A few weeks ago I wrote about preparing for crabgrass control by using pre-emergent herbicides. Many of these herbicides, as well as many fertilizers and fescue seed, can be applied to your lawn using spreaders. These devices are fairly simple and are powered by the forward push of the operator.
Last week was not a great time to be a tree.
If you had asked me six months ago if I was going to get another dog anytime soon, I would have said no.
One thing Mama always told me was to never make fun of the way a person looked. She said that was just terrible for someone to make fun of someone based on something they had no control or say so in whatsoever.
With all of the recent winter weather, a summer lawn may be the last thing on your mind. However, now is the time to start thinking about controlling summer annual weeds, such as crabgrass.
"Mama, did you have time outs when you were a child?" Cole asked one day.
Broccoli is a vegetable that many home gardeners can produce successfully in Georgia.
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 are closely related and difficult to tell apart.
Mama's theory of the pedigree of my parking lot puppy had changed a few months ago. Her latest theory, which she expressed daily, was that Angel Doodle was a pit mix.
Are you planning to renovate an existing lawn or plant a new lawn using sod this spring? If so, now is the time to start your preparations. It may be hard to find motivation to think about your landscape during cold weather, but January is the ideal time to plan for laying new turfgrass.
Cole was mad at his father.
January is National Radon Awareness month. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, only behind tobacco smoke. It is responsible for a reported 21,000 deaths per year in the United States. Radon is a radioactive gas that forms when naturally-occurring uranium in granite bedrock decays into radium. This radium then decays to radon, a colorless, odorless gas. Radon is not harmful outside, but it can build up to damaging levels inside a house.
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