Stories by Sid Mullis

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sid Mullis: Leaf blister affects oaks

In the Augusta area, water oak, willow oak, and southern red oak are the most common oaks affected by leaf blister fungus.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mullis: Knockout roses are low maintenance, full of blooms

As most homeowners know, when knockout roses hit the market several years ago, they revolutionized the rose industry and for good reason - they are practically maintenance free and they bloom ...
By Sid Mullis

Friday, May 1, 2015

Mullis: 'Fat' azalea leaves sign of disease

A disease on the leaves is called leaf gall which is caused by a fungus Exobasidium vaccinii, which is dormant in the developing buds from one year to the next.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Not all azaleas bloomed well this year

The azaleas that bloomed this spring were really pretty. They seemed like they peaked just in time for the Masters. But not all azaleas bloomed well this year. I am sure you noticed if you have ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mullis: Drought-tolerant lantana perfect for our climate

Lantana produces mounds of flowers from early May until November or even sometimes December, with peak bloom in August. It attracts butterflies and hummingbirds and is resistant to deer browsing.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Ornamental grasses should compliment landscape

Ornamental grasses can make a striking addition to any landscape. They can be used effectively as accent plants or fillers.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Mullis: Maintenance important when growing wisteria

I can't think of anything blooming in the spring that is prettier with its beautiful, large, pendulous flower clusters hanging from the trees.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mullis: Names, terms can cause herbicide confusion

If you are not opposed to using herbicides, there is a pretty large selection from which to choose. In fact, so many are on the shelves at the garden center that many people get confused.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sid Mullis: Redbud and Carolina jessamine are blooming all around us

This week I've noticed two prominent blooming plants, redbud trees and Carolina jessamine vine.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Mullis: Blooming white plum trees emerge in spring

Every spring I am asked what are all the white blooming trees we see everywhere along roadsides, along rights of way and in the woods.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Mullis: Readers ask about killing weeds, scalping lawns

Today's column will be a compilation of the questions I have gotten during the past week or two.
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
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