Stories by Sid Mullis

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Mullis: Mistletoe pest for people, food for birds

Mistletoe has always been synonymous with Christmas. Its seasonal significance goes back centuries and spans several continents. It also makes great decoration during the holidays but it is not ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Take care of younger trees

Shade trees are valuable commodities around our houses, communities, and urban landscapes. It is a documented fact that nice shade trees increase the value of home and business properties.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Sid Mullis: Entrance-way planting designs

An attractive, well designed entrance planting is often overlooked by many homeowners who do their own landscape. Done properly, it can represent a nice welcome to visitors.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

Mullis: With rosemary comes holiday scents

One plant that has gained popularity as a Christmas gift and miniature, living Christmas tree is rosemary plants. You can use it as an indoor houseplant or in your landscape.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Mullis: Camellias need a little care but give a lot back with bountiful blooms

Camellias remain a popular garden center choice and continue to be in demand by area gardeners. They are one of the easiest plants to grow if you give them what they require.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Mullis: Dry winter so far

In a mid-October column, I told you that for the most part, you could cut off your sprinkler systems and only turn them back on as needed. Who knew we would need them so much during late October ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

Mullis: Mole removal can be tricky

Last week I wrote about armadillos and their control. This week I will continue that theme with another varmint that visits the yard and drives people crazy - moles. They make tunnels everywhere ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Sid Mullis: Get rid of armadillos by trapping them

More and more people have asked me what to do about armadillos digging in lawns and plant beds. Obviously, armadillos are getting more numerous in the Augusta area.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Mullis: Pests drawn indoors to escape cold

Common invaders in the Augusta area include boxelder bugs, lady beetles, kudzu bugs, spiders and millipedes. These invaders are generally harmless to people and property.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

Mullis: Sprinkler systems shouldn't be on this time of year

During this time of the year people frequently asked me what they should be doing to their lawn.There are things that you can do and I will touch on all of our warm season grasses of Bermuda, ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

Sid Mullis: Temperatures still too high to plant winter pansies

We are close to reaching the point during fall in the Augusta area for the ideal time to plant pansies in the landscape. They are always for sale beginning in early September but it is just too ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Mullis: Stinging caterpillars can cause pain

Stinging caterpillars have seemed to be a hot topic the last couple of years during the months of September and October.
By Sid Mullis

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

Mullis: Webworms cause cosmetic issues more than damage to trees

Just like last year, this has been a very big year for fall webworms. Webworms are the insects or caterpillars that make the webs at the end of the branches on trees such as pecans, hickory, ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

Sid Mullis: Planting perennials can present challenges

Many beginning gardeners think planting perennials is easy. You just plant them and year after year they perform with little or no care. I wish it were that easy but that is not the case.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Mullis: Fertilizing ends mid-September

This is the last weekend you should be fertilizing your lawn – if it needs it. It depends on how long it has been since you last fertilized. Mid-September is the latest we should be fertilizing ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

Too much water leads to leaf spots

Most leaf spots are worse when we have a lot of rain but that is not always the case. Overwatering the landscape, thus keeping plants' leaves wet, will also make things worse.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Mullis: Big trees compete with grass, plants for water

Sometimes big trees and nice grass just don't mix. The same can be said for big trees and other plants we try to grow near them, including landscape trees, shrubbery, annuals and perennials.
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

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