Stories 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

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Mullis: Stinging caterpillars can cause pain

Stinging caterpillars have seemed to be a hot topic the last couple of years during the months of September and October.
By Sid Mullis

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

Mullis: Webworms cause cosmetic issues more than damage to trees

Just like last year, this has been a very big year for fall webworms. Webworms are the insects or caterpillars that make the webs at the end of the branches on trees such as pecans, hickory, ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

Sid Mullis: Planting perennials can present challenges

Many beginning gardeners think planting perennials is easy. You just plant them and year after year they perform with little or no care. I wish it were that easy but that is not the case.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Mullis: Fertilizing ends mid-September

This is the last weekend you should be fertilizing your lawn – if it needs it. It depends on how long it has been since you last fertilized. Mid-September is the latest we should be fertilizing ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

Too much water leads to leaf spots

Most leaf spots are worse when we have a lot of rain but that is not always the case. Overwatering the landscape, thus keeping plants' leaves wet, will also make things worse.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Mullis: Big trees compete with grass, plants for water

Sometimes big trees and nice grass just don't mix. The same can be said for big trees and other plants we try to grow near them, including landscape trees, shrubbery, annuals and perennials.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

Sid Mullis: Cicada killers are harmless

Even though they are nearly 2 inches long and look intimidating, cicada killers are more buzz than bite. They are black with yellow markings across their abdomen and have yellowish legs and dusky ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014

Sid Mullis: As fall approaches, several insect problems come with it

Aphids might be bad on your crape myrtles if you have one of the older or dwarf varieties. The new, Indian name varieties are resistant to them.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014

Solutions to overgrown shrub dilemma

We plant small shrubs in the landscape and initially it looks bare with the plants so far apart and tiny compared to our homes. Fast forward several years and it's a different story. 
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Armyworms spotted in Augusta

I was warned by a gentleman who works for a turf company that armyworms had been spotted in the Augusta area. It was also confirmed by a few landscapers.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Symptoms of contagious virus show up on Knockout roses

Rose rosette virus has been described since the 1940s but it wasn't until 2011 that the causal agent was confirmed to be a virus spread by the "rose leaf curl" eriophyid mite.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Follow these tips in controlling fleas

Flea control can be one of the hardest battles to fight when it comes to controlling these insects both indoors and outdoors.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sid Mullis: Good management can help garden grow

During hot, dry times, focus your attention on water management first. Most gardens need at least one inch of water per week divided, between two or three waterings. The frequency usually depends ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Thatch can smother lawn if not removed

Thatch - a layer of living and dead roots, crowns and lower shoots that develop in lawns - can be a problem.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Mullis: Spittlebugs can damage lawns

An insect many of us who have centipede and St. Augustine lawns have to deal with every summer is the spittlebug. These are the black bugs with the orange stripes.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Rainfall brings millipede invasion

You might be having a millipede problem inside and around your house the past few weeks because of the above average rainfall.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Mullis: Check for chinch bugs at first sign of lawn damage

It's time for my annual warning about chinch bugs for those of you who have St. Augustine lawns.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, June 5, 2014

No perfect weapon against squash vine borer

This insect bores into squash stems, causing them to wilt during the day. Pretty soon, they eat so much of the stem that the squash dies.
By Sid Mullis
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