November can be a lull or lively time in the garden.
My dad was a man who never talked much about his service in the Army. In his sock drawer were a couple of medals I didn't appreciate until I was grown.
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.
A friend and I were chatting one night, catching up on things and the conversation turned to our usual wistful, wishful discussion of how life was really going.
Early March can be one of the blandest times in the landscape.
"Mama, is it bad that I am happy?"
I just finished sending out congratulatory messages across the globe to various women I have worked with through the decades.
Now is the time to start preparing your garden for potato plantings.
"So, how are Mama and Uncle Bobby doing without Granny?" my friend Renee asked as she took a seat across the table from me.
It must be open season on people who are overweight.
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.
I sometimes think people have lost all sense of boundaries and personal decorum.
The winter storm of the past week has led to many shrubs and trees damaged in home landscapes.
I have often marveled how teachers could do it. Not just the keeping a classroom of children occupied or trying to keep track of how many kids have gone to the restroom, either. I have always been in awe of those good teachers who really inspire their students to learn.
I am not by any means a jewelry girl.
My "here" is quite different from what it was at the beginning of 2015.
No one listens to me.
Winter doesn't seem like a good time for insect control in your home orchard or landscape, does it? The frigid temperatures of February aren't conducive to much insect activity. However, right now insects are hiding out on your trees and shrubs waiting for the warm temperatures of spring to pop out and mess with your plants.
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