Stories by Sid Mullis

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

Sid Mullis: Rid your yard of weeds with tips

Using herbicides whether pre or post emergent is all fine and good when it comes to weed control, but you must look beyond herbicides for weed control. 
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

Sid Mullis: Now is the time to fix landscaping errors

We all make a few landscaping mistakes along the way. Fortunately, winter is a great time to correct those mistakes.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

Sid Mullis: Laying sod in winter challenging

The reason it is best not to sod in winter unless you have to is that roots in sod originate at the soil surface, where temperatures closely mimic air temperatures. If the air temperature is at or ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016

Sid Mullis: Winter is right time for fireplace safety

The cold weather we've had since Sunday makes us want to build more fires in our fireplaces and wood stoves. If you are like me, you haven't had near the number of fires you normally would have ...
By Sid Mullis

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

Sid Mullis: 'Crape murder' damages tree

Every few years during the winter I have to write about the unfortunate practice we see of "crape murder" everywhere around town.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015

Looking back on 2015 in the garden, yard

Today is my annual recap of the 2015 gardening year.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015

Mullis: How to get rid of wild onions, garlic

Wild onions or garlic are some of the hardest weeds to control in the Augusta area for the average homeowner. Just about everyone calls the weed onions, but in almost all cases it is garlic.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

Pansies not blooming? Here's why

If you have pansies and they are healthy looking plants, but not blooming well, here are some potential reasons.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015

Kissing bugs present little danger

Here in the Southeast, very few of the kissing bugs carry the parasite. In the U.S. we are much more likely to be struck by lightning than to ever, in our whole lives, get infected with Chagas ...
By Sid Mullis

Friday, Nov. 27, 2015

Choose best poinsettias for holiday season

When shopping for poinsettias, you need to know what to look for so that you can get the most for your money. Then you need to know what to do to keep your plants looking their best until Christmas.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

Mullis: Overwatering dangerous for plants, bills

I know you will find it shocking, but some people continue to water their lawn this time of the year like it is still July or August, even after all the rain we got in late October and early November.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

Sid Mullis: Tree topping is terrible practice

Topping is a terrible practice that should not be done to trees for numerous reasons.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015

Mullis: Be on lookout for yellow jacket nests, then be careful

Yellow jackets will be around until the first hard frost. I don't see one in the immediate forecast so it could be later this month or even in December.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015

Sid Mullis: Get blooms all winter by forcing bulbs

With just a little effort, many types of spring flowering bulbs can fill your household. Tulips, narcissus (daffodils), hyacinths, crocus, scillas and other bulbs can be forced into midwinter bloom.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

Mullis: Make a plan to control winter weeds

As always, I get a lot of questions about killing summer weeds in lawns. Many times people don’t know they are summer weeds; they are just weeds that they want to disappear.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

Mullis: How to bring color to fall, winter landscape

Flowers, berries, fruit, and fall color are usually the primary sources of color; however, the leaves, stems, and trunks of plants can also add much color and interest with low maintenance.
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
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