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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

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

Property transfers

Richmond County property transfers for Jan. 30-Feb. 6

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

Understanding how to manage animal manure

Organic and synthetic fertilizers are the most common way to add nutrients to the soil, but animal manure is good too, if you can find and transport it. 
By Dean Fosdick

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. 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

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

Property transfers

Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Oct. 14-30. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office. OCT.

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

Beets: A delicious year-round vegetable

The nice thing about growing beets is that you can eat them fresh for much of the year. A spring planting is ready to start harvesting by early summer, and a summer planting is ready from ...
By Lee Reich

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
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