Stories by Sid Mullis

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

Mullis: Overwatering dangerous for plants, bills

I know you will find it shocking, but some people continue to water their lawn this time of the year like it is still July or August, even after all the rain we got in late October and early November.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

Sid Mullis: Tree topping is terrible practice

Topping is a terrible practice that should not be done to trees for numerous reasons.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015

Mullis: Be on lookout for yellow jacket nests, then be careful

Yellow jackets will be around until the first hard frost. I don't see one in the immediate forecast so it could be later this month or even in December.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015

Sid Mullis: Get blooms all winter by forcing bulbs

With just a little effort, many types of spring flowering bulbs can fill your household. Tulips, narcissus (daffodils), hyacinths, crocus, scillas and other bulbs can be forced into midwinter bloom.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

Mullis: Make a plan to control winter weeds

As always, I get a lot of questions about killing summer weeds in lawns. Many times people don’t know they are summer weeds; they are just weeds that they want to disappear.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

Mullis: How to bring color to fall, winter landscape

Flowers, berries, fruit, and fall color are usually the primary sources of color; however, the leaves, stems, and trunks of plants can also add much color and interest with low maintenance.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

Sid Mullis: Homemade mulch cuts costs, helps protect plants

Pine straw is not your only option when it comes to mulch. Using fall leaves, compost, and recycled wood chips can cut down on spending while still allowing you to have the best yard in the ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015

Sid Mullis: Fescue, ryegrass seed only a temporary lawn fix

As you visit the big box stores this fall you will notice big stacks of fescue and ryegrass seed. Don't be fooled into thinking you can plant these as a permanent lawn, particularly you folks that ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015

Mullis: Landscape benefits from soil testing

Far too many homeowners fertilize their landscape "blindly" because they never take a soil test from their yard.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

Now's the time to plant broccoli, cauliflower

The vegetable transplants have been available at garden centers and feed and seed stores since before Labor Day. If you haven't gotten yours in the ground, it is not too late. 
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015

Use practice of 'gibbing' so camellias bloom early

If you have one or more camellias in your yard and like to experiment with the blooms, try "gibbing" them.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

Sid Mullis: Bacterial leaf scorch affecting oaks

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how so many of the hackberry trees are dying. Unfortunately they are not the only tree species dying. We are beginning to see more and more oak trees failing.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

Mullis: Dealing with moss, algae

A question I have gotten a lot in the past month is what to do about moss growing in the lawn. I will also touch on algae as well. Let's first distinguish between the two.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Aug 20, 2015

Borers attacking hackberry trees

This year we have a far different hackberry problem. They're under attack by some kind of borers and many of the trees are dying.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Aug 13, 2015

Sid Mullis: Garden spider is crafter of orb web

Black and yellow garden spiders and other types of orb weavers are generally harmless but can be a nuisance when they build large webs in places inconvenient for humans.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Aug 6, 2015

Mullis: Redo landscape to make it less thirsty

If your landscape plants have looked wilted day after day and all those stressed plants are taking your extra time and water, maybe it's time to redo parts of your landscape.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Sid Mullis: Chinch bugs can damage St. Augustine lawns

Most of us have gotten very little rain since July 3, and couple that with above average temperatures, chinch bugs have wreaked havoc on numerous lawns, including my own.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sid Mullis: Limelight hydrangeas show beauty late in season

Have you noticed all the gorgeous white flowering shrubs in landscapes the last two or three weeks? I am sure they have caught your eye. What you are seeing are Limelight hydrangeas.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Tips for keeping ticks at bay this summer

Preventing tick bites and infestations is the best way to avoid the many problems ticks can cause. The best way to reduce the number of ticks around the home is to keep grass and brush cut ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sid Mullis: Time to kill mole crickets

If you have had mole cricket problems in your lawn, now is the perfect time to treat for them - a couple of weeks before and after the Fourth of July.
By Sid Mullis
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