Stories by Sid Mullis

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

Sid Mullis: Homemade mulch cuts costs, helps protect plants

Pine straw is not your only option when it comes to mulch. Using fall leaves, compost, and recycled wood chips can cut down on spending while still allowing you to have the best yard in the ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015

Sid Mullis: Fescue, ryegrass seed only a temporary lawn fix

As you visit the big box stores this fall you will notice big stacks of fescue and ryegrass seed. Don't be fooled into thinking you can plant these as a permanent lawn, particularly you folks that ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015

Mullis: Landscape benefits from soil testing

Far too many homeowners fertilize their landscape "blindly" because they never take a soil test from their yard.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

Now's the time to plant broccoli, cauliflower

The vegetable transplants have been available at garden centers and feed and seed stores since before Labor Day. If you haven't gotten yours in the ground, it is not too late. 
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015

Use practice of 'gibbing' so camellias bloom early

If you have one or more camellias in your yard and like to experiment with the blooms, try "gibbing" them.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

Sid Mullis: Bacterial leaf scorch affecting oaks

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how so many of the hackberry trees are dying. Unfortunately they are not the only tree species dying. We are beginning to see more and more oak trees failing.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

Mullis: Dealing with moss, algae

A question I have gotten a lot in the past month is what to do about moss growing in the lawn. I will also touch on algae as well. Let's first distinguish between the two.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Aug 20, 2015

Borers attacking hackberry trees

This year we have a far different hackberry problem. They're under attack by some kind of borers and many of the trees are dying.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Aug 13, 2015

Sid Mullis: Garden spider is crafter of orb web

Black and yellow garden spiders and other types of orb weavers are generally harmless but can be a nuisance when they build large webs in places inconvenient for humans.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Aug 6, 2015

Mullis: Redo landscape to make it less thirsty

If your landscape plants have looked wilted day after day and all those stressed plants are taking your extra time and water, maybe it's time to redo parts of your landscape.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Sid Mullis: Chinch bugs can damage St. Augustine lawns

Most of us have gotten very little rain since July 3, and couple that with above average temperatures, chinch bugs have wreaked havoc on numerous lawns, including my own.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sid Mullis: Limelight hydrangeas show beauty late in season

Have you noticed all the gorgeous white flowering shrubs in landscapes the last two or three weeks? I am sure they have caught your eye. What you are seeing are Limelight hydrangeas.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Tips for keeping ticks at bay this summer

Preventing tick bites and infestations is the best way to avoid the many problems ticks can cause. The best way to reduce the number of ticks around the home is to keep grass and brush cut ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sid Mullis: Time to kill mole crickets

If you have had mole cricket problems in your lawn, now is the perfect time to treat for them - a couple of weeks before and after the Fourth of July.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sid Mullis: Hot weather reprieves needed for your plants

The problem is, in the kind of heat we have been experiencing, the plants lose the water faster than they can take it up from the soil.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sid Mullis: Got yellowing plants? They might have 'wet feet'

Areas with poor drainage tend to hold moisture well and this often causes the roots of a plant to rot.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Mullis: Snakes aren't all bad once you get to know them

During the spring and summer, our University of Georgia Extension office gets calls and e-mails about snakes. I even had the privilege of seeing a big black one crawl under my driveway a couple of ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Mullis: Popular plant prone to spot fundus

Indian hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis) is a popular plant in both commercial and home landscapes.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sid Mullis: Leaf blister affects oaks

In the Augusta area, water oak, willow oak, and southern red oak are the most common oaks affected by leaf blister fungus.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mullis: Knockout roses are low maintenance, full of blooms

As most homeowners know, when knockout roses hit the market several years ago, they revolutionized the rose industry and for good reason - they are practically maintenance free and they bloom ...
By Sid Mullis
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