Stories by Sid Mullis

Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016

Sid Mullis: Career cultivated here has borne fruit

Well folks, it's been quite a ride for me! I am retiring and today is my last day at work after over 34 years with Extension, with 31½ of those years spent working in Richmond County.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Aug 18, 2016

Sid Mullis: Be on the lookout for armyworms

If you have a bermudagrass lawn or some variety of Bermuda or bahia pasture, you need to be on the lookout for armyworms because they can do their damage quickly.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Aug 11, 2016

Sid Mullis: Thick shrubbery can hide wasp nests

Last Saturday, I was in my front yard pruning shrubs. My job was to trim a boxwood and a few dwarf yaupon hollies. One thing I prepared myself for was the fact that there might have been one or ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Aug 4, 2016

Sid Mullis: Seek all of the facts to diagnose plant illness

I have always said that it would be great if plants in the landscape could tell us what is wrong with them, but of course, they can't.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Sid Mullis: Get to root of azalea problem

A lot of what I do in my job is troubleshooting problems in the landscape. The following is a scenario I ran across while making a site visit to a homeowner's landscape a couple of weeks ago.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sid Mullis: Many Argentine ant baits available

There are numerous species of ants out there and of course there are fire ants, but what many of you are dealing with most of the time is Argentine ants. They are commonly known as sugar ants.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Sid Mullis: Crape myrtles thrive on dreaded sun, heat

What would summers in Augusta be without our beautiful crape myrtles? They are one of the most useful flowering trees we have. They thrive on sun and heat, two things we are blessed with in great ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Sid Mullis: Watering isn't always enough in high heat

Unfortunately, what I am about to write about is getting to be a column at least once every summer. I am talking about the extreme heat.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Sid Mullis: Time to watch for the trouble with tomatoes

Tomatoes have been coming in recently for early gardeners while others are just starting to harvest them. It is also the time of year when we start seeing different problems with the tomato plants ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sid Mullis: Vine borers difficult to keep off squash

What would we gardeners do in the Augusta area if we didn't have the dreaded squash vine borer to deal with? Have more squash than we would know what to do with? Well, it would be nice to at least ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sid Mullis: Harmless millipedes can become nuisance

I guess one of the hottest topics the last couple of weeks has been people having a millipede problem inside and around your house.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Sid Mullis: Powdery mildew is a common plant fungus

During the past couple of weeks I've had a lot of people bring me or ask me about crape myrtle leaves that are twisted and distorted and have a white powdery coating on them. The problem is a ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Fix watering habits for healthier lawn

Last Sunday, I got 2.3 inches of rain at my house. I think most places in the Augusta area got about the same. It was raining hard when I left the house a little after 8 a.m. heading to the early ...
By Sid Mullis

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Sid Mullis: Shade trees suffer for three reasons

Today I am going to discuss three reasons why young shade trees suffer and have problems in the landscape. The three reasons are lawn mower or weed eater damage, volcano mulching and building ...
By Sid Mullis

Friday, May 20, 2016

Sid Mullis: Look at your needs before choosing a grass

May is probably the most popular time of the year to plant grass for a lawn. Most of our warm season grasses are sodded as we are very limited on which grasses we can plant from seed.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Sid Mullis: Looks like a bad year for fire blight

One of the problems in the landscape I have been seeing and hearing about the most in the past two or three weeks is a disease called fire blight on flowering and fruiting pear trees. 
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Sid Mullis: Seeing white specks on your magnolias?

If you have noticed small white specks on the leaves of your magnolia trees, they have false oleander scale. They will be on the regular native southern magnolia trees (Magnolia grandiflora) as ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mullis: Know poison ivy when you see it

All of us who are outdoors a lot should be able to identify poison ivy. Failing to know it when you see it can lead to severe allergic reactions.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sid Mullis: Growing vegetables can be challenge in Augusta

Vegetable gardening in Augusta can be a challenge not only to newcomers but veterans as well. High humidity, fluctuating temperatures, wide variations in soil type (from extremely sandy to hard ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Sid Mullis: Bluebird house is fun project for back yard

If you don't already have a bluebird house or two in your back yard, I would encourage you to do so. Bluebirds are beautiful birds, beneficial because they eat insects, and fascinating to watch.
By Sid Mullis
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