Stories 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

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
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