Stories by Sid Mullis

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

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tree stumps from storm debris offer alternative to buying mulch

A lot of trees uprooted during the ice storm in February. A lot of other live trees have been cut down since. Many people had stumps ground and want to know what they do with them. Most ask if ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Plants might be suffering effects of January cold snap

Spring has sprung and new growth is coming out on our trees and shrubs. I am curious about the amount of new growth on plants damaged by the severe cold snap on Jan. 7, when it got down to single ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Stop carpenter bees from boring holes

I heard reports from some people about their first carpenter bee sighting about a week ago. That means we have about three or four more weeks to deal with their destructive behavior -- boring into ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Trimming trees properly after is crucial

As we all know, tree removal companies are everywhere, many from all over the country, trimming limbs and cutting down trees. Unfortunately, I have seen what I would call erroneous practices.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Pink muhly grass makes great addition

Pink muhly grass (Muhlenbegia capillaris) is a southeastern native grass that can make a great addition to any landscape. It is easy to establish and care for. Plant it in a location that gets ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

Kill summer weeds before they germinate

Normally during February or early March I remind you that it is time to apply a preemergence herbicide to your lawn to prevent summer weeds from germinating.
By Sid Mullis

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

Some trees can be saved after damage from ice storm

What a major mess we have after last week's ice storm. Many places looked like a war zone! It was only ten years ago that we dealt with the last devastating ice storm. I think this one was even worse.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

Keep roses lasting after Valentine's

Since today is Valen­tine's Day, I figured I would write something about roses.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014

Brown foliage on boxwoods is a common problem in cold months

If any of you have any boxwoods you probably see a lot of brown to bronze color foliage on them due to the cold weather. It shows up most often on American and English boxwoods. The leaves are ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014

Keep houseplants thriving in winter

Many people find it difficult to keep houseplants looking good through the winter. By understanding a little about how plants grow, you can do a better job of maintaining your plants throughout ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

The quicker you take care of winter weeds, the easier it is to kill them

Most, if not all of you have some winter weeds growing in your lawn. Winter weeds begin germinating when the weather cools down during the fall.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

Cold spell causes damage

Some cold damage to plants occurs at certain low temperatures, but what makes a big difference is how long it stays so cold.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

Disease resistant plants aid winter gardens

The best way to keep disease out of your winter annual flower beds is to start with disease resistant plants.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014

Heavy summer rains caused many gardening problems

The total rainfall for the year at my house was 76.1 inches, about 33 inches above normal. The official total at Bush field Airport was 55.52, but as we all know, it never rains as much out there ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

Sid Mullis: Winterize gardening equipment

Many of the garden tools that we use during the growing season sit idle during the winter. Take a little time and do some preventive maintenance on them.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

Blanketing plants won't protect them

Many people try to protect plants from freezing by throwing a sheet over them. This may make you feel better, but in most cases you are doing very little good.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

If you want pretty berries, get personal with plants

Red holly, nandina and orange pyracantha berries are just a few of the ornamental fruits that bring color to the garden.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013

Composting garden offers benefits

Choosing to fertilize your garden naturally through composting provides many different benefits.
By Sid Mullis