Stories by Sid Mullis

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

Mullis: Watered lawn best to reduce thatch

A: With all the cold weather we have had this winter, particularly during February, it would be best to wait until after the turf greens up and is actively growing, but before the hot, potentially ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

Bald cypress trees can thrive outside swamp

Most people think of bald cypress trees only in a swamp, growing in groves with roots submerged in water and branches draped in Spanish moss. 
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015

Mullis: Killing winter weeds takes time

To get good herbicide control, the winter weeds should be actively growing when they are applied. Winter weeds get some growth spurts but shut down when it gets really cold.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

Mullis: Fruit tree varieties make home orchards possible

New and improved fruit tree varieties continue to come on the market that make gardeners in Augusta and farther south better able to grow peaches, nectarines, pears, plums, and even apples.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Mullis: Winter is the best time to plant new shade trees

Fall and winter is always the best time of the year to plant shade trees. Getting them started correctly makes all the difference in the world for healthy trees.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

Mullis: Camellias a pride of many gardens

Camellias are one of our most popular plants since they have everything you could desire in a plant: fantastic shape, form, foliage and flowers. Camellias are the pride of many Augusta gardens.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

Mullis:Select plants that match the cold hardiness zone

The degree of resistance our ornamental plants have to freezing temperatures depends on the weather conditions prior to the freeze and the genetic make-up of the plant.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

Mullis: Gardeners faced challenges in 2014

Today is my recap of the 2014 gardening year. Very shortly after the year began, on Jan. 7, we dropped down to 12 degrees Fahrenheit, thanks to a polar vortex. 
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014

Blueberries can't be beat

Blueberries are becoming increasingly popular in gardens across Geor­gia and South Carolina, and for good reason. They don't take much space and they are pretty much carefree.
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
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