Stories 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

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Sid Mullis: Choosing the right fertilizer for your lawn

Take a soil sample before trying to determine what fertilizer is best for your lawn.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Sid Mullis: Guard gardenias from whiteflies

Gardenias are popular shrubs because we all enjoy their white fragrant, spring blooms. But the down side is whiteflies.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Sid Mullis: Lace bugs can a be nemesis to azaleas

For the most part, azaleas are pretty carefree when it comes to maintenance. But we do have a little insect called the azalea lace bug that is probably the biggest nemesis.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Sid Mullis: Spring growth means it's time for fertilizing

Spring growth has started on shrubbery in the landscape. With this new growth on plants comes the hunger for food, thus the need to fertilize.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Sid Mullis: Many spring blooms are behind schedule

Let's take a look at the timing of the blooming of our spring flowering plants. Right now things seem a bit out of sync.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Sid Mullis: Moss vs. algae and how to overcome both in your lawn

It wasn't that long ago that I wrote about controlling moss and algae in lawns, but I have gotten so many questions about it that I feel like it's time again.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016

Sid Mullis: Pre-emergence herbicides helpful against weeds

Earlier in the month I told you the best way to prevent weeds is by having a healthy thick lawn. But invariably, no matter what, we get some weeds that pop up. 
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

Sid Mullis: Proper tools, techniques key in pruning woody plants

Last week I wrote about cutting back liriope and ornamental grasses. Today let's focus on pruning woody plants in the landscape as well as using the correct pruning tools.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Mullis: Maintain monkey grasses in February

Liriope, often referred to as monkey grass or border grass, is one of the most useful and versatile ground covers and border plants that can be grown in the Augusta area.
By Sid Mullis
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