Stories by Sid Mullis

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

Sid Mullis: Cicada killers are harmless

Even though they are nearly 2 inches long and look intimidating, cicada killers are more buzz than bite. They are black with yellow markings across their abdomen and have yellowish legs and dusky ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014

Sid Mullis: As fall approaches, several insect problems come with it

Aphids might be bad on your crape myrtles if you have one of the older or dwarf varieties. The new, Indian name varieties are resistant to them.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014

Solutions to overgrown shrub dilemma

We plant small shrubs in the landscape and initially it looks bare with the plants so far apart and tiny compared to our homes. Fast forward several years and it's a different story. 
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Armyworms spotted in Augusta

I was warned by a gentleman who works for a turf company that armyworms had been spotted in the Augusta area. It was also confirmed by a few landscapers.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Symptoms of contagious virus show up on Knockout roses

Rose rosette virus has been described since the 1940s but it wasn't until 2011 that the causal agent was confirmed to be a virus spread by the "rose leaf curl" eriophyid mite.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Follow these tips in controlling fleas

Flea control can be one of the hardest battles to fight when it comes to controlling these insects both indoors and outdoors.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sid Mullis: Good management can help garden grow

During hot, dry times, focus your attention on water management first. Most gardens need at least one inch of water per week divided, between two or three waterings. The frequency usually depends ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Thatch can smother lawn if not removed

Thatch - a layer of living and dead roots, crowns and lower shoots that develop in lawns - can be a problem.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Mullis: Spittlebugs can damage lawns

An insect many of us who have centipede and St. Augustine lawns have to deal with every summer is the spittlebug. These are the black bugs with the orange stripes.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Rainfall brings millipede invasion

You might be having a millipede problem inside and around your house the past few weeks because of the above average rainfall.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Mullis: Check for chinch bugs at first sign of lawn damage

It's time for my annual warning about chinch bugs for those of you who have St. Augustine lawns.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, June 5, 2014

No perfect weapon against squash vine borer

This insect bores into squash stems, causing them to wilt during the day. Pretty soon, they eat so much of the stem that the squash dies.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mysterious holes around the yard? Find out who's digging them up

Lately I have been asked a lot about various holes that have shown up in people's yards, so today I will address possible critters that could be responsible.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Here are some problems gardeners can encounter this spring, summer

A lot of people tell me they cut out my articles and save them. This is one that you can do that with if you grow a vegetable garden, for the following are some common problems you might encounter ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Proper pruning is the best medicine for healthy azaleas

I did some major pruning on the azaleas in my front yard last weekend, so that has inspired me to write about them this week. I will cover some of the problems I have seen on mine as well as ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Mowing can affect turfgrass quality

Mowing the lawn is the most frequent turfgrass management practice and probably one that the average person does not think about much. But mowing can affect turfgrass quality as much as any other ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Treatment options for fire ants offered

Active fire ants make mid-April through mid-May a good time to treat and kill them. However, many people still do not know the best way to control fire ants.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Diagnosing and treating symptoms of winterkill on lawns

Just as I feared in January, we are seeing some winter damage on area lawns. The damage is most prevalent on St. Augustine and centipede with centipede being the worst. It seems like every year, ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wait a little longer until you fertilize your lawn

I get asked many times about applying pre-emergence weed and feeds during late February and March to prevent summer weeds, but it is too early to be putting out fertilizer.
By Sid Mullis

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Prepare gardens to enjoy beauty of hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are fascinating to watch. If you enjoy watching them, put out hummingbird feeders.
By Sid Mullis
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